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2020 Vision

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What’s that? 😲 Is that 2020 on the horizon? Yep, yep it is. I’m not one for setting “New Year’s resolutions,” but I do like to reflect on the year past — perhaps because the bounds of time (that being January 1 — January 1) helps me to focus in on what has transpired.

Where was I January first 2019 … ah yes, I was on the coast of Florida soaking up the sun with my family, my best friend, and an adorable puppy. I actually went through my photos to remind myself of the details and am re-realizing just how sweet that trip was 😅

The every day beautiful sunset on Casey Key, made more precious with this pup!
The every day beautiful sunset on Casey Key, made more precious with this pup!
Driving the little convertible around town, not a bad day!
Driving the little convertible around town, not a bad day!

So I decided before the year closes and I dip my toes into the 2020 water, I’d consider my accomplishments since January 1st, 2019… and also share them with you!

  • I graduated from a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training.
  • James & I moved in together (with our good friend Julia 😊) and things got even better.
  • I earned a promotion as an assistant manager at BKBX.
  • I started writing a weekly newsletter for Thorn Alexander.
  • This blog, She & Jim came into existence. 👋
  • James & I traveled Utah & Arizona and got to spend amazing time outdoors with friends.
  • I left my job, my apartment, and my Boston life.
  • James & I traveled Europe for 4 months with one bag each & many good hosts. 🙏
  • We got engaged on a mountain in Lucerne, Switzerland. 💍 🏔️
  • I started teaching regular yoga classes, a big goal of mine!
  • I launched Annie’s Three Good Things Project.
  • I filed for my own LLC (Sheila Murray LLC)! 😮
  • I enrolled in and began a program to become a certified life coach! 1
  • I was interviewed on two podcasts! One is called “Not Another Wellness Podcast” and I’m sworn to secrecy to not yet mention the other… so stay tuned.
  • I taught a charity yoga class for the Three Good Things Project which raised over $800 and, in total, the project helped to raise over $5,000 for Comfort Zone Camp!

Undoubtedly I am in a different space than I was one year ago — a new taste for adventure, new writing platforms to keep up on, and a new career path. Right now I’m in a place with less financial flow but the flow of creativity, of giving back, and of freedom has never been stronger! How does that work? 🤔 It works by integrating daily, positive affirmations, by asking help and accepting help from others, and by leaning into things that feel scary.

So … what’s next!? MORE travel, lots of entrepreneurial spirit, and the relocation of where we think of as “home.” Come January, I’ll teach my last yoga classes in New Hampshire 🧘‍♀️ and head out on the first trip of 2020 — Oregon! I’ve never been to Oregon before, so I’m excited about this one. For the first five days there I’ll be doing coursework toward my life coach certification. Most of the class is online, so I’ve already begun, and when I saw that there was an opportunity to attend an in-person portion of the training in Portland, James and I decided to make a trip of it! After the five days in Portland, we will head to Eugene to stay with some friends, and then we’ll all head to Bend together.

Upon our return in late January, we’ll do a quick pack-up and start driving westward! James and I have decided to relocate to Colorado, a place that we’ve both considered living in for a few years now. Where are we planning to live? That is to be decided! … or for you to advise in the comments below 👇 We have a few ideas, but there is always room for fun surprises. 🤸

In March we are bound for Puerto Rico ☀️ , to celebrate the 90th birthday of a very dear friend. Our travel days to and from Puerto Rico are quite possibly crazier than our European adventure, and it will still be easily worth it.

In May we travel back to New Hampshire to see my sister graduate from pharmacy school (WAHOO Erin!!! 👩‍🎓 ) and it’s from the East Coast that we’ll set off for Hawaii to attend the wedding of one of James’s best friends. After Hawaii (provided we actually decide to return) we’ll head to New York for a college reunion and to see James’s sister, Allie, get married to her fiance, Tony! Then we’ll finally make our way back to Colorado. 🏔️

We hope to mix a few other trips into the year, especially with our newfound access to all the beauties of the West. We may also travel to Chicago along our drive West, and we’ll definitely be back to the East Coast once again for the weddings of our two good friends in September.

In the meantime, when we’re not in transit or at our destination, we’ll be building our own businesses. It’s an incredibly exciting time for both of us as we jump into the world of business ownership. James will continue to focus on software development and writing, and I’ll be building my coaching business, while keeping up with yoga & writing. We look forward to experiencing all the learning moments of working remotely, self-employment, and inevitable trials & errors. May the 20/20 vision of 2020 bring us great luck! 😉


A few highlights told via photos:

Taking it all in, in Utah
Taking it all in, in Utah
Us. For four months this year. Packs on our back. A little too hot.  A little too happy considering our little sleep and tired feet.  All worth it.
Us. For four months this year. Packs on our back. A little too hot. A little too happy considering our little sleep and tired feet. All worth it.
The roomies for four months!
The roomies for four months!
Annie’s Three Good Things food drive donations
Annie’s Three Good Things food drive donations
Keeping tradition —  I’ve been doing secret santa with these friends since high school (the boys are a new edition in the past two years 😜 )
Keeping tradition — I’ve been doing secret santa with these friends since high school (the boys are a new edition in the past two years 😜 )
Pictured before the Annie’s Three Good Things yoga class
Pictured before the Annie’s Three Good Things yoga class
Yoga class in progress. 🤫
Yoga class in progress. 🤫
I also taught a yoga class Christmas Eve! And in a Santa suit!  My friends decided to tack on some planking post class 🤪 Still time to sign up for New Years Eve!
I also taught a yoga class Christmas Eve! And in a Santa suit! My friends decided to tack on some planking post class 🤪 Still time to sign up for New Years Eve!
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