Time has FLOWN this year… OK not really. But I can’t believe I haven’t posted since January! Coronoavirus has put a huge damper on everyone’s lives, and has affected our family for sure.

I had planned to go full time with Silverbrook Design and Marketing in June, but after some long and difficult decisions, my husband and I decided that the time just isn’t right for our family. But not to worry! I am still pursuing the dream… just a little more slowly for now.

You can check out work I’ve done at both Employment Enterprises and Master Print if you’re interested in what I’ve been writing!

Meanwhile, here’s an update on the 40 before 40 list:

Health and Wellness

  1. Lose 100 lbs
  2. Run another half marathon
  3. Complete a sprint triathlon
  4. Swim 50 yards in under 40 seconds
  5. Exercise at least 4 days per week regularly
  6. Go skiing again
  7. Quit smoking DONE! I haven’t smoked since Nov. 5, 2019
    UGH unfortunately I started again amidst the quarantine. I’m quitting for real this time, I swear…
  8. Try Botox – I’m thinking of going for plasma skin tightening instead. Still researching this one.
  9. Quit drinking soda regularly – Working on this one! It’s hard! But I’ve cut back considerably and am incorporating more water and tea.


  1. Start an LLC DONE! Silverbrook Design and Marketing LLC is in business!
  2. Operate my own business full time – As mentioned, this is still on hold for now. But the dream is alive!
  3. Get 5 different customers
  4. Earn $30k in one year with Silverbrook
  5. Get 30 blog subscribers (current count = 1)
  6. Get 50 Instagram followers (current count = 17)
  7. Get 200 Facebook fans (current count = 137)
  8. Learn a new software program DONE! Learned Adobe Premiere Rush AND Adobe Premiere Pro


  1. Relearn to play the guitar with Alex
  2. Visit a state I’ve never been to (choose from Alaska, Hawaii, North Dakota, Vermont, Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Oklahoma, or Kansas)
  3. Take the kids ice skating
  4. Visit another country DONE! Went to Iceland in November 2019 AND planning a 40th birthday trip to Paris and Rome in 2022!
  5. Relearn how to crochet
  6. Take a pottery wheel class
  7. Relearn enough Spanish to have an everyday conversation


  1. Get a dog DONE! Huckleberry Finn, a gorgeous chocolate Lab, joined our family last summer.
  2. Take a kidless vacation with Andy
  3. Weeklong family beach trip – happening in 2 weeks!!
  4. Family trip to Disney
  5. Visit my grandma in Texas
  6. Take a girls trip… somewhere
  7. Help Mom move to Virginia – happening soon! Her house is on the market 🙂
  8. Take a trip with Mom DONE! We went to Iceland together


  1. Adopt a family for Christmas
  2. Volunteer at a charity event
  3. Close down our storage unit
  4. Get a tattoo to signify Katie – coming August 30!
  5. Get a tattoo to signify Alex – done! Check out Betty, my tattoo signifying Alex (Sagittarius, the archer)
  6. Dye my hair a fun color (once I’m no longer a corporate employee) – OMG… so I bleached my hair and dyed it purple during quarantine. I turned out looking ridiculous. #neveragain
  7. Make family yearbooks from all of our digital photos, starting with 2015-present
  8. Start on an addition to our houseSurprise, we moved! Just before quarantine we moved a whole 2 miles to the neighborhood across the way from our old one. The house is perfect for us and we’re thankful to have had a bigger space to be stuck together in.

Wow, I forgot about some of these. I need to get cracking…

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