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I just love this time of the year where I get to plan for the new year ahead and reflect on what I did and did not do in the past year. Before I share what my goals are for 2019 I wanted to look back on how I did in 2018 on my goals.
I think one thing that held me back in the past from achieving things was not being as open with my goals for the year. So when I saw this post on Money Saving Mom about her goals for 2018 I was inspired to create my own similar post.
So let’s check out how this past year as gone and how I did on my goals.
My Goals for 2018
Read 55 books. This was my reading goal for 2017 but I only got to 46. I’m determined to hit this goal in 2018
Final Verdict: I hit this goal and actually read 60 books this past year. I’ve been close to hitting my goal the last two years but missed it by a book or 2 so I’m happy I read more than my goal in 2018. Check out some of my favorite books I read here.
to lose 30 pounds
Final Verdict: I’m down almost 15 pounds from the start of 2018. So I didn’t hit my goal but I’m very proud of losing those 15 pounds. Hopefully, I can lose a few more in 219.
be able to walk 1 mile without stopping. (Because of my leg weakness due to my stroke I can’t walk very long without pain and serious fatigue. I am pushing myself to walk further and I’d love to be able to do a mile again)
Final Verdict: I don’t know how far I can walk. I don’t think I could go a mile. I do know that when I really push myself I can go a lot further than I imagined I would be able to go. Back when I was first learning to walk again I never thought I could walk as far as I can now.
4. to read 2 marriage books to improve our relationship
Final Verdict: I did not do this. I really want to focus more on self-improvement in 2019 so I plan to devote some time to reading books to strengthen our relationship.
5. Go on an overnight trip with Blake just the two of us.
Final Verdict: We drove down to pick up our daughter from her grandparents so we had the car ride alone together and spent a lot of those days picking her up just the two of us. So I’m counting this as a half win.
6. Once a month or more Dates with Blake. (Nothing fancy but just the two of us going to do something on our own)
Final Verdict: We may not have done this once a month but we made an effort to spend more one on one time together this year. When I would notice we were arguing more and getting on each other’s nerves it would be time for a date.
7. Read 3 books aloud with Isabella (We are working on a Wrinkle in Time now)
Final Verdict: We read two books. I wish she was as into books and reading as I am but she just isn’t. I enjoy the time together reading so I want to keep trying to do this together. I’m thinking of trying audiobooks sometimes together.
8. Spend one weekend a month with no working on my blog
Final Verdict: I didn’t do this monthly but I did take more breaks from blogging and social media than I had in years past. I realized I wanted to be more present with my family and that even after taking a couple days off it wasn’t that hard to catch back up.
9. Go on a family road trip.
Final Verdict: Isabella and I went to California together for my great Grandmas 100th birthday. Unfortunately, Blake had to stay home to work. Next week we are going as a family to visit my husbands family. Which means we will be technically going on a road trip in 2019, not 2018.
10. to create a healthy Emergency fund right now we have basically no savings
Final Verdict: This is something we are working on. We have money growing in an account that we are excited to keep building in 2019. I’m hoping to write a post on how we are doing this and how we finally found an account that worked for us.
11. to create and follow a budget each month that works for us.
Final Verdict: This wasn’t done as well as it should have been and it did cause some stress for us this year not being as in control of our money as we should have been. Improving our finances is a major project for 2019.
12. To have a $10,000 month with my blog
Final Verdict: This did not happen. I did have some decent months though and I know that if I keep doing what I’m doing and working hard that my income from my blog will increase.
13. Launch 3 new products.
Final Verdict: I launched one new product this past year. My how to be Clutter-Free ebook. I’m very proud of this book and although I didn’t achieve my goal of 3 new products I’m glad that I was able to at least put out one new product.
14. to do one collaboration with another blogger (as an introvert reaching out to do this is a struggle)
Final Verdict: To be honest I did not even attempt to do this and I really want to make an effort to collaborate and reach out to other bloggers.
Overall there were a lot of things on my list that I either didn’t complete or that was just not done. There was more accomplished from this list than I had thought that there would be.
That’s why it’s important to reflect on the year that just happened because you probably don’t even realize all that you have achieved.
Two Highlights of 2018 That Weren’t on My Goals List
There were two big things that happened in 2018 that weren’t on my goals list:
1. We Moved to a new apartment. Moving is a lot of work and not something we had planned to do again so soon. Our lease was up in April on the house we were renting and the owners decided to sell so we had to move. Although I really liked the old neighborhood we were in we ended up moving to a really great school district in walking distance for Isabella. So while I may hope to move to a larger place in a better neighborhood soon. I am very happy with the school she is attending.
2. I launched a second blog! I had been thinking about starting a second blog for a while and splitting up my organizing/budgeting posts from my blogging posts. So I finally did this in November. You can check out my new blog karissaancell.com. Where I am moving my blogging and social media content from this blog as well as creating new content for bloggers.
Starting my blog 6 years ago was such a great decision and even all these years later I love blogging and want to help other bloggers grow and help people interested in blogging get started.