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hello 2020

hello 2020 and goodbye 2019. I am so ready for a new year and a new decade. As I was reminiscing on the last decade and especially the last few years, I couldn't help but feel overwhelmed with a sense of loss and grief. The last three years we have had to say goodbye to loved one that we weren't expecting to say goodbye to. Of course, there were highs mixed in with those lows. This year, Tim and I will celebrate TEN years of marriage, we welcomed two kids over the last five years, we are finally getting settled in to our homestead in the country and professionally are accomplishing some pretty cool things.

I looked back on my Instagram top nine and was happy to see so many great memories. I love seeing so many happy moments to reflect on. I had the amazing opportunity to see and listen to President Trump as he spoke at the American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting (1). I also had the opportunity to sit down an discuss agriculture solutions with our Governor Newsom (3). This Christmas was a hard season to celebrate as we had just lost my sister in law to cancer, but we spent time together as a family and managed to finally get a tree up (2). It was a Christmas filled with love, family and traveling this grief journey together (4). This spring I had the chance to eat lunch and talk with advocate role models Peterson Farm Bros (5). Enjoyed the beauty of almond bloom earlier in the year (6). We celebrated nine years of marriage (7) and this year we are trying to figure out what we want to do to celebrate ten years.... moderate suggestions would be much appreciated! Almond harvest is always a great memory to look back on. We are blessed to be able to farm with family (8) and experience the joys of mother nature daily. We like to shake things up a little (9) and were able to reap a successful harvest off our new orchard.

Looking into the new year, I am not a fan of resolutions. I like to reflect on a word or way of thinking. 2018 was a year of extreme highs and lows. 2019 followed with even more lows and a few highs mixed in. I am so looking forward to 2020 and a new decade to refresh and recharge.

I want 2020 to be the year of health. Health for my family and friends. I don't want to lose anymore loved ones in 2020. I want our family to stay healthy and get more active. I am probably the least active now that I have been in the last decade, so I hope to recharge and enlist the family in being more active. Healthy living is more a way of life, and I plan to embark on this journey. I hope you all can keep me accountable on this and travel this health journey together. There is just something about doing it together, that helps us all. I am fully aware of those people who join a gym in January and stop going in February. My health journey is going to be much different. Just be more active, make better decisions and figure out the best way for us to live. live in the moment. live in joy. live in the now. live healthy.

2020 is a new decade of new beginnings. new chances. new opportunities. new experiences.

I am so ready for new. lets go!

Until Next Time,
Almond Girl Jenny


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