Our mantra for 2019 was “get shit done” and throughout 2019, we lived and breathed that mantra nearly every single day. As we move from 2019 into 2020, we do our annual look back at our progress throughout the year to celebrate the victories and remember the lessons learned. 2019 was a HUGE year for us in so many ways!
- Shop for and secure boat slip. This was a success in 2019. We secured a slip at Lippincott Marine in late March 2019, just before taking possession of our boat. Having spent most of the summer at the boat, we are really happy that we chose Lippincott Marine as our “home” marina. The marina staff are excellent, our boat neighbors and community at the marina were very nice and helpful and our experience there has been great. (We wrote a post about our options and our ultimate decision to choose Lippincott Marine here if you missed it.)
- Begin boat shopping. We were super excited to have reached this goal on our list and couldn’t wait to get going with boat shopping! We started boat shopping on Friday, 3/1/2019, as soon as the weather was reasonable. We definitely didn’t expect to spend only two days boat shopping before finding “the one” and making an offer on Sunday, 3/3/2019, but, when it’s right, it’s right! (If you missed our boat shopping recaps, here’s some quick links: Boat Shopping Round 1 and Boat Shopping Round 2.)
- Buy the damn boat! We closed on our boat on Friday, 3/29/2019, a year ahead of our originally anticipated plan! We’re still a bit in shock that we actually own a boat that’s big enough to live on, even though we spent most of the summer loving every minute aboard her. We’re boat owners! And one more achieved goal away from running away! This was, by far, one of our most exciting, happy goal achievements of 2019. (We documented our boat buying adventure. In case you missed it, here’s some links: We Made An Offer And We’re Under Contract, Survey And Sea Trial: The Final Decision-Maker, and She’s All Ours: Taking Possession Of Our New-To-Us Boat. We also did a Boat Buying For Dummies Guide, since we couldn’t find anything online that laid out the entire process, from hair-brained idea through taking possession.
- Spend a lot of time on the boat. Lots of success here in 2019, too. We spent nearly every weekend on the boat during the summer of 2019. We learned her systems, made repairs and upgrades, spent time just hanging out and spent time with family and friends onboard throughout the summer. Most of all, we enjoyed the quiet moments of watching the sunset from our cockpit.
- Enjoy a lot of cocktails. This one’s a no-brainer. Miller Lite and Rum Punch were of no short supply onboard Moxie this summer.
- Determine what items we need on the boat. We’ve been successful so far with determining what items we need onboard Moxie, but, this one will be a work in progress for a while (or maybe forever).
- Winter 2019 – Finish left-over small tasks associated with renovations in our current home. This was probably the most rewarding goal that we achieved in 2019. We were 100% done with the renovations in our house on Friday, 11/1/2019. After 7 long years of renovations, we are finally DONE! What a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction! We’ve renovated nearly every square inch of our current home and are absolutely in love with the living space we’ve created. When we bought our house in 2012, we knew it had potential but seeing the potential come into reality has been a hugely rewarding process, despite the blood, sweat and tears along the way.
- December 2019 – Savings goal of $51,255 from saved monthly debt payments since July 2018. Since we’ve ended up in a position that we’re a year ahead of our original plan and have already purchased our boat, our savings through 2019 did not measure up to the $51,255 that this goal originally called for. But, we were successful in saving a considerable amount during 2019, which we are quite pleased with.
There were also a few additional goals for 2019 that weren’t on our original five year plan that we added into the 2019 mix.
- Spend a week in Bonaire in January 2019. Did it and LOVED it! Aside from being Alexis’s first time out of the country, our trip to Bonaire was life-changing! The diving was absolutely INCREDIBLE and Bonaire is a stunningly beautiful island! We loved our time in Bonaire so much that we’ve added it to our list of places that we must visit on our own boat in the future.
- Go to Tortuga Music Fest in April 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We had a great time at Tortuga in April 2019 and were able to make it a vacation for a group of us. We discovered that Fort Lauderdale is beautiful, but, it is extremely expensive. But, it didn’t keep us from checking out the luxury yachts and homes or enjoying the vibe while we were there.
- Josh getting his Divemaster certification in 2019. Josh successfully completed his Divemaster requirements on August 14, 2019, and is now a PADI Certified Divemaster! Becoming a PADI Pro will allow him to earn money while doing something he loves in the future, which is a huge benefit to our future lifestyle (and bank account!).
There was also one goal that wasn’t on our goal plan until 2021…”We anticipate listing our current home for sale in late October / November 2021, with a hope of finding a buyer and closing before Christmas 2021.” I’m a firm believer in things happening when they are supposed to happen, so, when the universe provided us with two private-party showings and then a full-asking-price offer for our house at the beginning of November 2019, we took it as a sign that it was time to get moving, two years ahead of schedule or not. We accepted the offer and haven’t looked back since. After all, 2019’s mantra was “get shit done,” so, let’s get this shit done!