I love to take some time at the beginning of a new year to look back at the previous year. It’s always interesting and helpful to see what worked, what didn’t, and how I did on my goals.
In the past, I’ve felt frustrated and even embarrassed when I didn’t accomplish my goals, but this year I have a different attitude. Instead of looking at unmet goals as failures, I’m taking time to actually examine why they didn’t work out.
So let’s see where I ended up with a 2018 goal review.
1 | Lose 20lbs through exercise & intermittent fasting.
Final Result: By mid-year I was down 10lbs and feeling pretty good, but the fall was a busy season of transition and unfortunately I didn’t meet this goal. I’ve realized that I’m less concerned with the number on the scale and more focused on how I feel overall so I have different health goals for 2019.
2 | Create a weekly meal plan.
Final Result: This happened some weeks, but not every week. I haven’t found a consistent system, but when I plan our dinners for the week, my stress level is much lower. I’m rolling this 2018 goal over into 2019.
3 | Organize & decorate the master bedroom so it feels like a peaceful haven and not a cluttered catch-all.
Final Result: While I wouldn’t call this complete, we’ve made some strong progress. We have a few small tasks and our bedroom should feel even more restful than it already does.
4 | Declutter the entire house & develop systems to prevent clutter.
Final Result: I reduced the clutter in our house tremendously over the course of 2018. Every room was purged. I’m still working on putting systems in place that prevent clutter from reappearing.
5 | Go on a monthly date night.
Final Result: Success! We managed a night out every month, and we even spent a weekend away in Tahoe (we were with friends, but we had some good quality time sans kids).
6 | Develop a chore system for the kids with the dual purpose of teaching responsibility and providing an opportunity to earn money.
Final Result: This one completely bombed. I had one month where I tried a money-earning method I’d read about and it was a major fail. One kid found it so overwhelming and stressful that I was forced to pull the plug mid-month. Needless to say, we still want our kids to learn to earn money, as well as share responsibility in the upkeep of our home so onward we go.
7 | Launch a new business & work towards consistent income.
Final Result: While I did start a new content creation business, my effort to earn consistent income from it was derailed in the fall when I started working part time at my husband’s company. Yes, I was earning extra income, but the transition from full time stay-at-home-mom to part time working mom was much harder than I anticipated. Now that I have a better handle on my schedule, I have some big plans for 2019.
Reflecting on 2018
I’ll be honest: 2018 was a difficult year for me. During the summer, three of my closest friends moved across the country (along with their kids who were my son’s best buddies). In the fall, I went back to work part time, which was a good but challenging transition. And in December, after 8 years of living 10 minutes away from us, my parents moved back to Colorado.
2018 was also full of blessings and fun memories. We took an amazing family vacation to the beautiful island of Kauai. I took my kids to the County Fair for the first time. We spent the 4th of July at a local resort with family and enjoyed crazy good fireworks. We camped and played at the beach and opened our door for many gatherings with friends and family.
While I didn’t meet some of the goals I set, I also learned a lot about where I want to focus my time and energy. I’ve spent time thinking about what worked and what didn’t, as well as laying out goals for 2019. I’m starting the new year with excitement and anticipation, feeling ready for some new challenges.