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My 10 Goals For 2019

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A few years ago I STOPPED making New Year’s resolutions and instead started making a list of goals I wanted to accomplish throughout the year.

The old way of making resolutions usually went like this, “I want to lose weight” …great, so in January I’d start eating healthy and by March I was shoveling chips into my face.

I’d pick back up with the resolution in June. I’d start hitting the gym, counting calories, and buying huge bags of spinach. But by December, I was again shoveling Christmas cookies in my mouth.

I had lost 3 lbs over the course of the year (yay!! I smashed that resolution huh?), but I couldn’t fit into my old jeans. Did I really make any progress?

Setting Goals Instead of New Years Resolutions

When I set resolutions here were no actionable items, just an idea. There was no way to hold myself accountable. Also, why are we tied down to ONE resolution for the whole year?

So instead I started setting goals (some long term, some short term). I then make actionable ways I can achieve the goals and check back on the list frequently throughout the year to see how I am doing.

This year I have set some pretty big goals! I decided if I put my goals out there into the world, it would hold me accountable to getting to where I need to be.

My 10 Goals For 2019

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1. Be Less Wasteful

Not letting leftovers go to waste, freezing food when I know I’m not gonna eat it, using a vegetable more than one way- NO MORE throwing away lettuce or spinach.

2. Feel Good In My Jeans Again

As I said earlier I don’t want to say “lose weight” so instead, I just want to comfortably fit into my pre pregnancy jeans. It’s been much harder to take off the baby weight round two. I plan on getting back to running and eating healthy.

3. Spend Less Time on My Phone

When the Apple iPhone update came out I was really shocked at how much time I was spending on my phone. Since then I have made a conscious effort to get off my phone and to be more present. Plan to take this to the next level in 2019.

4. Save Time and Save Money

This one speaks for itself. January is already looking really busy so I have planned ahead and set up meal delivery for our family and even our baby! I am using Little Spoon baby food delivery for the first time and I am so excited to try it out.  

5. Run a 5k

My last 5k was in 2016. I will be extremely happy if I can actually accomplish running another 5k this year! I have a new pair of my favorite running shoes headed straight to my front door this week. 

6. Take Three Family Vacations

That seems like a lot, huh? We already have a Disney Cruise planned in June. I want to take the family on two more trips (whether close or far). Traveling is important to me and good for my soul.

7. Travel To A New State

I suppose this is just an extension of #7, but a few years ago my husband and I bought this cute scratch off map of all 50 States. Our goal is to travel to each state. We have barely put a dent in the map, so hoping to scratch off a state or two this year.

8. Read Three Books

This is one of the ONLY goals I didn’t hit in 2018. I want to read more! Send me all your book recommendations.

9. Use Less Plastic

I want to be better at bringing my own reusable shopping bags to the grocery store and even the mall. My overall goal is using less plastic all around. I just bought these reusable sandwich bags and I am loving them. 

10. Become More Organized

Working with the professional organizer for my pantry organization transformation was really good for my soul this year. I want to continue to organize spaces around my house (and life) and practice some of the principles of living a more minimalistic lifestyle.

What Goals do you have for 2019? Let me know in the comments.


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  1. I love all of your goals for this new year, especially your travel ones. We want to start visiting more states too, and planning smaller trips nearby to give our children more memories and experiences. Your Disney cruise sounds like so much fun!

  2. Great goals! My goal is to cook more for my family and spend less money. I also am quitting my job in May so my goal is to start making a part-time income (at least) through my blog!

  3. Hmmm. I’ve just finished my 2019 Goals sheet in my Bullet Journal. My words for the year are Attainable insipiration and Growth. I have quite a few Health and Personal and Work goals – I just haven’t got any specifics yet… but your post is a reminder. Get specific!

  4. These are excellent goals and I love the idea of goal setting rather than a “new year resolution.” In 2019 my goals are to earn all of my ECE credits and get back to working with kids. Also to continue working diligently and growing my blog! Cheers, friend!!

  5. They sound quite similar to my goals, although the be less wasteful one is a good idea! Good luck!

  6. I love the idea of setting goals instead of resolutions. I have never had new year’s resolutions, but I think goals are important. Thanks for bringing that to the forefront of my mind.

  7. These goals are awesome! I love how you focus on confidence instead of weight loss. I need to get into that mindset as well, but it’s hard. I also really need to read more. When I am so busy with kids and life, it’s hard to make time to sit and read a good book, but I miss it.

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