Hey friends! I know we are almost a month into the year and I’m a little behind on posting my new year’s goals, but it’s better late than never, am I right?
A quick update on my 2019 goals:
- Read 6 books – I read 23! I think my favorite book I read this year was The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.
- Exercise at least 1 hour a week – according to my apple watch yes, but I definitely slacked towards the end of the year about intentional workout time.
- Listen to more Christian music – yes, although it probably still wasn’t enough! My favorite album is Bethel’s Victory album
- Be more intentional with what I say yes to – I’m still working on this one, but reading The Best Yes certainly helped me filter what I should say yes and no to!
- Look for ways to bless my husband – while hard to quantify, I think I did grow in this area although it also still needs work.
- Pray scripture over my husband daily – I did! I made a list of 31 verses and would cycle through them every month
- Memorize one verse per week – I did and it was amazing how often the scriptures I’ve memorized would come to mind in different situations
- Publish 20 blog posts – I published 36! I way underestimated myself I guess 🙂
- Write in my prayer journal daily – for the most part, there were some days where I felt praying in other ways was needed
- Find a way to make another income – sort of, I did have a side job for part of the year
As I was goal planning for this year, I realized that my goals need to be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-based). Some of my goals last year were pretty vague, so it was hard to know if I accomplished them or not. So this year I’m trying to set myself up for success by clearly defining what achieving my goals actually looks like!
My 2020 goals
- Listen to one new Christian album monthly – this is a SMART version of my goal from last year and also ensures that I keep searching out new music rather than listening to the same songs
- Intentionally exercise twice weekly – I chose the word intentionally to avoid the copout of my apple watch telling me I exercised when I didn’t really try to, and to get me in the habit of exercising multiple times a week. I’ve already made progress on this by buying my first gym membership which I never thought I would do!
- Review my life plan monthly – this is so that I make sure I’m prioritizing the right things and continuing to grow into the person I want to be.
- Plan one date monthly – y’all know how important I think dates are, but it’s unfair to expect Matt to plan them all for me. Romance goes both ways! So I’m committing to planning at least one date a month so he can enjoy it as well.
- Stay within budget at least 9 months – I think this might be the hardest one but something we really need to do.
- Do an in-depth Bible study of a book or topic – I have read the Bible a few times through now and want to challenge myself to dig deeper into a certain book or topic and look at it in a way that I haven’t before.
- Write 30 blog posts – this will be a bit more of a challenge for me with all the other activities I’m involved in, but I think it’s possible!
- Work on one craft every month – to ensure I actually do something just for fun that rejuvenates me.
- Drink 40 oz of water daily on average over the week – I am SO bad at drinking water, but I’m hoping with the help of my Camelbak, a water tracker app, and my new sodastream I can do it!
- Read 10 nonfiction books – I love reading fictional books because they are entertaining and I can usually breeze through them pretty quickly. But nonfiction books are often better for teaching and helping you grow, and I want to make that a goal to ensure that I’m continuing to learn even after I graduate (which is right around the corner!)
In addition to these goals, I made a list of habits that I want to continue doing so that I don’t forget to build upon what I’ve already made a routine in the last year. I’ve found that writing down what goals I’ve made progress on every day, week, and month is helpful for making sure I stay on target.
I don’t know about how you motivate yourself to accomplish your goals, but for me there’s nothing like that feeling of accomplishment that comes from doing what I said I was going to do. The flip side of that is that I’m my own worst critic, and I need to remind myself to make room for a little grace in my goals, too. I love the verse that reminds me that “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning…” (Lamentations 3:22-23). Even if I mess up on my goals, each day is new and full of God’s mercy, offering a chance to begin again.
I would love to know what your goals for the new year are, so please let me know in the comments below!