Last year I made a list of 18 things I wanted to do, 18 for 2018. While I didn’t accomplish all 18 things on the list, I did stay more on target than if I’d not made a list. It also served as a great reference point when I felt myself getting a bit stuck during the year.
I think I learned a bit from the list as well. Some of it was quite vague and needed tweaking to be a bit more specific. Some of the vague items worked well though. Click here to see my 2018 list.
My favorite accomplishments from my 2018 list:
- I read 58 books! A few more than 18 and I read 12 of the ones on my list of 18.
- Managed to do a fairly good job guarding my heart. The biggest change from this is I no longer start my day with Facebook. And limit my time as well as apply the “snooze for 30 days” button liberally.
- Adding a garden area to the front yard. Started a butterfly garden area at the edge of the driveway! And a wildflower area in the backyard as a bonus!
- We took a wonderful, fun summer vacation to Duluth, Minnesota. And I even met Carrie from Northwoods Scrapbook, she’s as kind and gracious in person as on-line.
- Joined in the Happy Homemaker Monday each week. Such a wonderful community of blogs that Sandra, the host, brings together each week.
Areas on the list where I fell a little short:
- The 18 pounds wasn’t ready to leave and I think invited company over the holidays!
- Our house looks like mostly the same mess as last year.
- I missed one month on the fresh flowers for the kitchen table. 11 out 12 though.
- No walking in a 5K last year and not nearly enough nature walks (though I did go on a big one, traveling down to Prairie State Park where I met Rebecca from Rebecca’s Hearth and Home, also as kind and gracious in person as on-line)
- The weekly photograph challenge was too much for me.
The list of 19 Things I’d like to do in 2019:
- Treat myself on the 9th of each month
- Prepare for Christmas by buying 2 gifts (one for each kid) each month
- Keep a Kindness journal
- Make a list of 19 books to read (and of course, read them!)
- Take a trip
- Eat a salad at least 3 times a week
- Join in for each Happy Homemaker Monday
- Continue to protect my heart from drama and negativity
- Read the bible, maybe just the old or new testament? Suggestions?
- Un-subscribe from 3 junk emails a week
- Learn to use Photoshop or other photo editing software beyond the stuff on Windows
- Have one family outing/activity a month
- Go on one date day/night a month with my husband
- Send real birthday cards to family and friends each month
- Complete at least one minor organizing/clutter clearing project a month
- Put some pictures up in the living room
- Send a card/call a friend family member once a month (keep in touch OFF-line)
- Learn a new craft
- Spend time outside every day
Have you thought about what you’d like to spend 2019 doing?