My Goals for 2019 & 2020
I love the fresh start of a new year. I love the chance to dream big and imagine what the year will hold. As our Christmas taught me, I am glad I don’t know what the future holds and this makes me more determined than ever to simply make the most of each day. Whatever it brings.
I always have lots of little goals and projects each year. You know the type. I want to organize things and declutter rooms and cook healthier and walk more. These are things I will still work on throughout the year but I choose to focus on a couple big goals throughout the year.
I always try to focus on a personal goals, financial goals and blogging goals. It helps me zone in on the areas that are most important to me. Last year, I had 6 goals for the year and this year, I am choosing to focus on 5 goals.
As I looked back over my goals for 2019, I was pleased to say that I met most of them.
Here’s a look into my goals for last year and for the new year!
Could I do better and spend more time? Yes. But did I focus on putting aside the chores and to do lists and setting down my phone to spend time with them? Yes. I want to be intentional about the time I have with our children – especially while they are young and at home with me. It’s hard to believe Nathan is already in Kindergarten! It really is true what they say that the days are long but the years are short.
I ended the year having read 68 books on my own and 23 chapter books with Nathan. I also finally transferred all my book lists (since I started keeping track in 2012) to a special reading journal. I love being able to look back and see all I’ve read. I am now including a page for the kid’s chapter books as well. Picture books read could fill a whole journal every year! 🙂
We had a wonderful time cruising to Alaska last June. My in-laws graciously kept the kids for a week and we enjoyed both the cruise, our time alone, and exploring Alaska. There is still so much more we would like to see in Alaska but we are so glad we saved as long as we did to make this dream a reality. We love to travel and create memories with our family, but it was nice to create these memories just the two of us. Now we are saving up for our someday trip to Europe!
Sadly, this was the first year in several years that I did not see an increase in blogging income. I did maintain my blog income, despite several traffic dips and online algorithm changes. My blog continues to be a good source of income for me, and has allowed us to save in ways we didn’t always think possible. Still, I would like to try to increase my blog income again.
This year, I put aside the blog more than I thought and wanted. But being a wife and mom will always come first. If this means my growth continues to be slow and steady instead of fast and furious, I am okay with that. When I did devote time to work, I feel like I was better focused on the most important things first. It changed my mindset of how I blog and I plan to carry this forward.
1, Have a baby and adjust to life as a family of six – with 4 little ones ages 6 and under.
This is definitely my biggest goal for the new year! Our new baby boy is due in March, just like our other 3 children. He should be born just after Lily turns 2 and Emma turns 4, and hopefully before Nathan turns 6. We are all excited but I am starting to realize we have less than 3 months until this new baby is born and lots to do! See the next goal for one of my before baby projects.
2. Get caught up on our digital photo albums.
I started making yearly photo albums at Shutterfly for our family in 2014, when Nathan was born. They end up being around 100 pages and I love having a yearly photo record for our family. I also still make smaller books for special moments (like births and baptisms). Somehow, I feel behind this year so it’s time to get caught up. I need to finish journalling in our 2018 album and completely create the 2019 one. I want to have both these albums created (and waiting for a free unlimited pages sale) before the baby is born. I also have a couple smaller books that I want to complete too. This is my year to get caught up again! Would you be interested in seeing a blog post, looking inside my photo albums?
3. Read daily – with the kids and for myself.
Even in the busy-ness of our lives, we thrive on reading in our house. I had a great reading year but am choosing not to set a book goal this year (especially with a new baby coming). I simply want to read daily. I’m so tired at night that I have fallen out of the habit of reading before bed. I want to revive it. This is also my goal for the kids, of which we do better – and I want to maintain or increase our reading time. We read picture books daily but I also want to make our nightly chapter books a cherished routine for Nathan and add Emma. We are reading Homer Price right and thoroughly enjoying it.
4. Save cash to fully fund our new car savings account.
Like I said earlier, we are making this our main savings goal this year. We are going to increase our automatic contributions and put more of my blogging income toward meeting this goal. Thankfully, our Tahoe is at 260,000 miles and still driving great! My van has some quirks but since we paid cash for it, it is easier to find the money to pay our mechanic to fix some of those things.
5. Increase blogging income again – while still staying focused on ROI.
Finally, I want to focus on increasing my income while truly serving you, my faithful readers. I’ve been feeling the pull on my heart to write more encouragement for church worker wives, as well as all the wives who want to simplify their lives at home. I am looking into small switches that increase income (such as switching ad companies, which I already did to great income increase). I wrote and sold 250 some custom books last year and have plans to launch a new custom book this winter. Through it all, I want to stay focused on maximizing my time and focusing on what will bring the best return on my investment (ROI).
There you have it! There’s a look into my goals for the new year. What are some of your goals for 2020? I’d love to encourage you as we start this new year together!
Congratulations on your new baby to be! (somehow I missed the announcement lol). Yes I would love to see how your digital albums turned out! I am so far behind in my photo organization. I love reading your blog!
Aw, thank you, Patti! Once I get caught up, I will have to share a full post of how I go about creating and publishing my digital albums. I have a pretty good process now, but third trimester exhaustion is kicking in, so we’ll see if I can get 2018 AND 2019 done before baby arrives! 🙂
I put my books in a spreadsheet and it takes seconds. I am an avid reader over watching anything, so I completely applaud your reading goal with littles!!!
Another baby in March is amazing! Congrats in advance. I remember reading before you even had Nathan and your journey… what an amazing life, family and blessings from Him!
Good luck to all your goals for 2020 and many more blessings to you and yours Kristen!
I used to use a spreadsheet…and then a google doc…and then my bullet journal. I think I’ve settled on an official journal…for now! 🙂 It really is neat to look back over all we have read, isn’t it? And yes! It’s been a busy couple years for all of us, and I am indeed thankful for loyal and faithful readers like you, Christina! Many blessings to your family in the new year!
Congratulations on your reading goal for 2019! I actually read 60. The last four were really short poetry books. I started keeping a reading journal in 1992. A good thing as I can’t always remember which of my 1500 or so books I’ve read.
A boy due in March, the same as your other kids. What are the odds? My only child (now 29) was also born in March. His birthday is on the 7th.
I hope you are able to meet your financial goals in 2020.
Blessings to you and your family!
Way to read, Nancy! It’s so nice to hear of others with reading journals, too. I’m looking forward to adding to it for years to come! March does seem to be a popular month for birthdays. Not only are my 4 children March babies, but so is my Mom and my mother-in-law. 🙂 As for financial goals, we are going to do our best. Thanks for the encouragement!
Thank you for sharing. I hope to have a vision board done this weekend and you have given me some great ideas for new goals.
Glad I could help provide some ideas, Meg!
This year we are launching another capital campaign at our church. I wonder if you have any thoughts about sacrificial giving beyond the tithe? You already have such a no frills budget that I would be interested in thoughts!
That is a very good question! My thoughts would be to see what I could do without to add to the capital campaign. Perhaps, doing a no spend month and giving what I saved that month. We tend to give a larger gift once or twice a year to our school (usually at the auction) and try to support missionaries (like Zach or Emily) throughout the year. Sometimes those come from adjusting budget amounts in other areas, and sometimes they come from “extra” earnings that weren’t originally included in our budget. I pray your new capital campaign is a positive and successful one!