Setting goals last year, made a world of difference in my life. I’ve set goals in the past, but this year I checked in on them, and I really worked on them!
2018 Goal Review
- Finish my novel – I did this! I finished my novel during NaNoWriMo. Actually, I finished it about two hours shy of the end of NaNaWriMo, sitting in an airport after landing from Seattle.
- Reach my goal weight – Not only did I not reach my goal weight, I ended the year heavier than I’d been when I started it! BUT I’m on track this year to hit my goal weight, and I plan on staying at that weight for as long as possible, to become a lifetime Weight Watchers member.
- Go to Therapy – I also did not do this, but I did call a therapist, and I plan on going this year. No excuses.
- Travel at least once a month with the family – I traveled so much for work this year, that I honestly found it really hard to travel with the family. Also, we moved, and the process of buying a house, moving out of your old place, and into your new place, does not leave a lot of room for travel.
- See at least one movie in theaters each month – Almost, like suuuuuuuper close.
- January – Missed this one
- February – Black Panther
- March – Missed this one
- April – Super Troopers 2, Avengers Infinity War
- May – Book Club
- June – Ocean’s Eight, Incredibles 2
- July – Ant-Man and the Wasp
- August – Teen Titans
- September – Smallfoot
- October – I missed this month, but made up for it the following month
- November – Ralph Breaks the Internet, Dr. Suess’ The Grinch (twice)
- December – Spiderman (twice in December and once in January)
- Get out of Debt – I did this, and it was so nice, I did it twice. We had a lot of house debt towards the end of the year, so I cashed out some stock and paid that off too. Read about how I felt when I paid off my student load here (spoiler: I cried like a baby).
- Create my 5 year plan – In 2018, I came up with a few five year plans. And even though I changed my mind a lot, and started and stopped plans, one thing is completely clear. I want to run my own business. I want to be my own boss! And I’m going to do whatever it takes to do it in the next 5 years.
- Give my marriage the love and time it needs – It took us some time, but I finally got where I needed to be with this one. I still want to go to couples therapy this year, because we have been together for 13 years, and we have a lot of baggage that we carry around with us.
- Find ways to give back – Yes! I am now donating to about four different places on a monthly basis. I sent an order of food to our local food bank, from Amazon. And Eric has been working with Jack and the scouts to help out in our community. We really only scratched the surface in 2018, and I plan on giving back a lot more this year!
- Live life according to my life tenets for Joy and Happiness – My word of 2018 was Joy. And I did everything I could to find as much joy as I could. And honestly it was such an amazing focus for me. I have suffered from depression and anxiety, in the past. And even though it did rear it’s ugly head a few times in 2018, I was able to come out of it with joy.
I got some amazing things accomplished in 2018 like buying a house, changing jobs to something I can do from home, and getting out of debt. And now, I have to get back to myself. Back to my creativity, and my love of things like nature and painting.
Also, 2019 is going to the be the year when I finally take my blog seriously and see what I can make of it and my business. The business I have yet to create, of course,
So here goes, my goals for 2019:
- Post to the blog three times a week
- 10% growth in blogging stats every month, including social media
- Post one video every week
- Create a shop with planner items, including paper, stickers, and covers
Personal and Family
- Go to therapy
- Attend couples counselling
- Reach goal weight and maintain it
- Start seeing a chiropractor
- Do yoga, a lot!
- SAVERS every morning
- End each month at zero balance on all cards
I feel like I can write out about 100 goals for this year, but I want to keep them measurable and manageable. I’ll be tracking in my planner each month using something like this:
I’m also going to post quarterly reviews here on the blog, instead of just a mid-year review. It’s all about accountability.
I know we all feel good in January, with the start of a new year, but something feels different this year. Is anyone else feeling it?