Since the day I began blogging, I have posted my goals annually and have also followed up with posts on how the goals are or aren’t being accomplished.
I haven’t posted my goals for 2019 yet. Here they are now, though, updates in italics included!
Read Bible-2 chapters per day, at least. I have kept with this generally–in fact, I started out the year doing more than 2 and have tapered down to 2, sometimes less, over the summer. My goal is to read through the entire Bible in 1.5 years (be done by end of June 2020).
Review old memorized verses. I have done alright with this. I purposely didn’t make this specific because in years past, if I set a goal to review x number of verses in a month and I didn’t reach it, I felt like a failure and fell behind more. With this general goal, I have a little more freedom to do what I can when I can. I’m hopeful that I will work on this better when I am teaching my daughters preschool this fall, as I teach them verses that are old ones that I have previously memorized.
Read 4 books. So far, I’ve read Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah.
Get together with (in our home or at a park or something) any families from our Community Group we didn’t get together with in 2018 AND a specific list of families in our community as well. We’ve hosted a few families in our home for the first half of the year, as well as a couple different families in our neighborhood. This has generally just been a helpful goal to aim for and has helped me to make sure I am intentional with these relationships within my community and community group.
Date once per month with Seth. I haven’t kept great track of this but I am confident we have gotten at LEAST one date per month, if not more. We’ve enjoyed some local restaurants (we’re not chain people), thrift-store shopping, and a long bike ride to name a few.
Date once per month with one of my kids. We’ve accomplished this monthly this year! And it has been such a joy! We actually added a rotation to our calendar that I will share about in a future post.
Put X amount into savings for next house (not to be touched for any other use). We have really stunk at this goal, for a number of reasons. The main two would be that we were slapped with a lot of medical bills and unexpected home repairs this year, as well as just poor planning, i.e., we didn’t even decide what amount of money we wanted to set aside until we realized we had taken MORE out of savings than we had put IN. This is definitely a lesson learned that we can apply to future months and years!
Make blog banner and logo (or pay small fee to have it designed). I have done some research on this and have actually had a logo idea for a couple years. I just need to figure out where to go from here and how to get this banner and logo up.
Have a consistent weekly Mixed Tape Monday. I started my year out strong with this one and haven’t really kept up with it as of late.
Work at: 1) More personal posts, particularly on music (my own writing or interactions with others’ writing) and homemaking (organizing , my family, birthday and anniversary posts, cleaning, making food, teaching my kids, being a wife), 2) some interviews 3) monthly follow-up on goals posts 4) Take the Great Course Photography course through the library. I have dabbled in some of these things but still have a lot more to work toward.
- Have our third annual BYC. Check! We did this in March and I am so grateful to all the musicians who participated as well as to all the people who listened and/or brought dessert! My parents even flew out around that time, so I was able to pull my mom in on a couple songs! She has a beautiful voice and is a song-writer too.
- Practice 2 hours/ week (during kids’ Quiet Time or after their bedtime). I was diligent about this at the start of the year and REALLY enjoyed it and noticed musical growth; these practices have depleted, however. Adelaide rarely takes naps anymore so this quiet hour during the afternoons looks a little different now. I am glad I have a growing, maturing three-year-old, just sad that I have to figure out a different time slot to use for music practice (or to possibly just suck-it-up and use that quiet hour even if it is a little more interupted or to possibly practice when both of my daughters are present and my son is at school–see this article I drew that idea from).
- Enter at least two song-writing contests. I have entered a total of three contests thus far. I haven’t won anything but the experience I have gained from just having a goal to work toward has been well worth-it!
- Music practice must trump blog-writing if I have to choose. This has been an easy one to stand by. If you notice I am not writing on here, you can be sure I am at least playing guitar and singing and song-writing some.
What goals did you set for 2019? How is it going for you?