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Helloooo!!! I unintentionally took nearly an entire month off from blogging, and honestly, it was incredibly refreshing! I’m excited to be back to blogging, but this upcoming year will bring some changes in how I maintain this little space on the web and my social media accounts. You’ll understand more of what I mean when you read my 2019 goals. But first, let’s look back at my 2018 ones.
2018 Goals Update:
1. Go on a summer vacation. Yup! We went to the Dominican Republic for a week. It was a wonderful, much-needed vacation! 2. Go on at least 4 overnight dates. Yup! We visited Des Moines in March, Minneapolis for the Strong Bonds retreat in May, went camping for our anniversary in Wisconsin and Minnesota in June, and were in Minneapolis for a few days in December for Andy’s annual Recruiting training and the Army Ball (which I have yet to blog about.) 3. Read 30 books. Definitely! I actually read 46 books in 2018 (I still need to recap my December Recent Reads.) It’s not quite a book a week, but I’ll take it! 4. Fully fund our emergency fund/save for new (to us) vehicles. Yes and no. We achieved our goal of buying me a new-to-us Ford Focus with cash in July, but we tapped out our emergency fund when Andrew’s truck unexpectedly broke down in Missouri in December. 5. Continue working towards my Business degree. In 2018, I completed 4 classes and CLEPed out of another class.
Bible Verse of 2019:
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
-1 Corinthians 15:33
Some people pick “words of the year,” but I prefer to pick a Scripture verse of the year. My goal with this particular Bible verse was to find a group of Christian friends to grow in relation and in my faith with. We have definitely found that group! 🙂 Andrew and I even hosted a small group in our home in the fall (let’s be honest, he was gone for most of the fall, so it was mostly me hosting everyone ;))
Overall, 2018 was a great year for me, despite its many challenges. Here’s what I have in mind for 2019!
1. Buy a new-to-us truck and pay it off in full. Yet another topic I haven’t discussed on the blog but promise to share about soon. We decided the best course of action for us after Andy’s truck fiasco was for us to buy a new-to-us truck with a loan and pay it off as quickly as possible. We haven’t found a truck that we love quite yet, but as soon as we do, the debt snowball is on. (Again.)
2. Continue working on my Bachelor’s in Business Administration/Human Resources. 2019 will be a big year for me educationally, as I hope to graduate with my second Bachelor’s degree before the Army (supposedly) moves us out of Iowa in Summer 2020. To achieve this goal, I need to take 6 Liberty classes this year as well as pass 5 CLEP exams. It’s definitely a stretch, but I am confident that I can do it!
3. Get healthier physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This goal sounds incredibly vague, but I will be breaking this down into more attainable steps in my PowerSheets. Physically, I’d like to eat healthier and exercise more. Emotionally, I’d like to focus on self-care and improving positive character traits within myself. Spiritually, I’d like to strengthen my faith.
4. Read 24 books. Clearly, this is a massive decrease in the number of books I read. Please see #2 for why 😉
5. Spend less time blogging and on social media. I want to live an intentional life this year and focus more on the present life around me. To do this, I feel the need to spend less time writing on my blog (and reading other blogs) and on social media. I’ve tossed around the idea of turning off comments on my blog so that when I do write, I will focus more on writing for myself. I’m still not 100% sure that’s the route I want to take, but I will be focusing less on blogging in the upcoming year and plan to put all freelance writing opportunities on hold.
Bible Verse of 2019:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!
-2 Corinthians 5:17
Ever since I was little, I have been an incredibly picky eater and haven’t been very physically active. While thinking about what I want 2019 to look like, I decided that getting healthier in all aspects of my life was the most important thing I could do for my future. As I scoured my Bible looking for a verse to call “mine” in 2019, nothing really stood out to me– until I read 2 Corinthians 5:17. I plan to write this goal around our house and incorporate it into my everyday life.
For the past few years, I’ve posted monthly blog updates on my goals, but I will be discontinuing those posts this year. Instead, I’ll be tracking my monthly progress through my PowerSheets. (PowerSheets are intentional goal-setting guides by Cultivate What Matters.) I haven’t decided if I’ll be sharing monthly recaps on my Instagram, but at the end of 2019, I’m sure I will share my thoughts on my first year of PowerSheets and if they were worth the investment.
As excited as I am for the new year, January 1 holds no special magic. In fact, I’m getting started on my resolutions/goals on January 7th– I was traveling over New Years. If you haven’t made any goals for the upcoming year, it’s never too late!