Nineteen For 2019

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: 

  1. I read 58 books! A few more than 18 and I read 12 of the ones on my list of 18.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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:

  1. The 18 pounds wasn’t ready to leave and I think invited company over the holidays!
  2. Our house looks like mostly the same mess as last year.
  3. I missed one month on the fresh flowers for the kitchen table. 11 out 12 though.
  4. 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)
  5. The weekly photograph challenge was too much for me.

I decided to make a new list for 2019. Hopefully, I’ll have more success with my list this year. 

The list of 19 Things I’d like to do in 2019:

  1. Treat myself on the 9th of each month
  2. Prepare for Christmas by buying 2 gifts (one for each kid) each month
  3. Keep a Kindness journal
  4. Make a list of 19 books to read (and of course, read them!)
  5. Take a trip
  6. Eat a salad at least 3 times a week
  7. Join in for each Happy Homemaker Monday
  8. Continue to protect my heart from drama and negativity
  9. Read the bible, maybe just the old or new testament? Suggestions?
  10. Un-subscribe from 3 junk emails a week
  11. Learn to use Photoshop or other photo editing software beyond the stuff on Windows
  12. Have one family outing/activity a month
  13. Go on one date day/night a month with my husband
  14. Send real birthday cards to family and friends each month
  15. Complete at least one minor organizing/clutter clearing project a month
  16. Put some pictures up in the living room
  17. Send a card/call a friend family member once a month (keep in touch OFF-line)
  18. Learn a new craft
  19. Spend time outside every day

Have you thought about what you’d like to spend 2019 doing?


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8 thoughts on “Nineteen For 2019

  1. Hooks and Needles

    Hi Jean. Wow love your list, I’m going to take another look tomorrow. I’m hoping to have a blogpost together myself by the weekend but in the meantime, you mentioned bible reading and I just wanted to share with you this one I’ve started. You could just read the new testament part or psalms or even opt for one of the other reading plans they offer. It’s not a direct link here but if you google it, you should find it. I think you do need to download the free bible app that goes with it, but you can choose a different bible translation once you’ve downloaded it. It’s called –
    Discipleship Journal’s Book-at-a-Time Reading Plan 1 year.
    Cathy x

  2. Rachel

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your 19 things! They all seem very practical and completely doable. One thing that I am also doing, although I didn’t have it listed is similar to your #2– however instead of buying an actual gift, I am buying gift cards to the places that I know that I will be shopping (ie. for January I have already bought 2 Amazon gift cards).

    1. Jean Post author

      Oh, I like your idea. Some of my gifts for my boys (teenagers) will likely be gift cards to places I know they like to go and eat.

  3. Rebecca Knox

    Good for you, Jean! You did a GREAT job with your 2018 list! (58 books??? Really!) :O (And I thought I was doing good with my 29!) Wow! You go, Girl!!! I’m so glad that you came to Prairie in 2018! What a blessing! Your 2019 list looks great, too! I just now got mine posted. (Better late than never right?) 😀 Have a blessed 2019 and good luck in all your endeavors! Perhaps we can hike a trail at Burr Oak or something this year! Blessings, my friend! <3

    1. Jean Post author

      Yes, 58 books! Surprised myself a bit with that although I do read rather fast and having a list helped (even if I didn’t read all the books on my list), so did reading the Amazon first books almost every month (Prime members get to pick one e-book from a selection to read for free each month). I’d love to meet and hike at Burr Oak or elsewhere when the weather improves a bit this year! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!


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