Let’s look past the fact that it’s the middle of February while we dive into the goals I have for 2019.
Last year I met my lifelong idol, we built and bought our dream home, and had a baby girl that turned out to be the stuff that dreams are made of.
Last year I had goals to save enough to put 50% down on our home, and otherwise survive the changes from having a newborn, moving, and transitioning back to public school. At the start of the year there was quite a bit of travel as well. Until I was too far along to fly comfortably. I survived, and had a better year than I expected.
This year my goals are simple. At my core I want to stay put. This isn’t my season to travel the world and I’m wholeheartedly ok with that. I see us settling into this home and our little piece of land. Learning about nature, and what we can about the world through books.
I want us to slowly conquer our fear of bugs, learn about snakes, and climb trees. I want to read and write and share my passions and lessons I’ve learned here.
So far I have just one trip planned: The kiddos, my mother-in-law and I are heading to Florida next month. If that’s the only time I board an airplane all year I won’t be sad about it. I’m waiving all notions of FOMO and leaning in to our little space.
Speaking of our space. I’m obsessed. Completely obsessed. And I’ll need to dedicate a whole other post about our new home and the yard makeover that’s been underway, and the trees we are naming etc etc. But just know that it’s likely 90% of my pictures this year will be taken in our new backyard.
I am an ambitious woman with go-getter tendencies. But this year I want to let a bit of that cool down and focus on evolving, leading and being present with my family.
I’m not big on resolutions but I’m huge on goals. Here are my goals for 2019. Broken down into categories.
Learn 5-7 meals I enjoy making and we enjoy cooking: Every time I’ve resolved to cook more I’ve failed terribly. I think part of that is because I make it a goal to cook a certain number of meals weekly. This time I’m aiming to find meals I enjoy making and setting no particular timeline surrounding that.
Find an enjoyable fitness routine: If there is such a thing.
Read for me: I want to dive into books on optimism, and run away to far away worlds. Enjoying reading for pleasure.
Learn 3 full piano songs: This will require a lot of practice but I want to make this happen.
Open IRAs for my kiddos: I recently opened savings accounts for them and I want to max out each of their IRAs this year.
Pay down our mortgage: By 1/5th!
Sell our other house: This actually should be at the top of my list.
Open a Solo 401k: Another retirement account I’ve been eying.
Publish an ebook
Create a product
Share more causes I care about
Summer (Home)school: Continuing our tradition for the third year.
Summer Camp: A first for my kids! Looking into one week of a nature camp.
I can’t commit to a word for the entire year but one I’m feeling a push towards right now is LEAD. And a phrase that comes to mind is Black Girl Magic.
I’m a little behind the curve on getting this going. And with a baby that still insist on waking me up a couple times a night I imagine it’ll be a while before I feel completely “myself” again. But I’m going to cherish the heck out of this year. And pray it’s a great one.
What are some of your goals for 2019?