About halfway through December, I decided that I was going to make a resolutions post for my blog. Since then I’ve been dreading it. I never know how I should format these posts or how to articulate what I’m thinking eloquently so that other people understand. By the end of December I felt the time crunch. Then, like a real genius, inspiration hit.
Last year, I chose to not pick a word of the year. I just never got into it when I did pick one, and I didn’t want to force myself and be disingenuous. I figured that 2019 would be no different. Then, as I sat flipping through open tabs on my computer, it hit me
My word of the year is “achieve”.
I’ve known for many months what my big picture goals would be, but I didn’t think of a word that directly correlated to them. When the word achieve popped into my head, and I knew it was my word for 2019 it gave me the motivation to work on this post. It also made me excited to jump into 2019 full force and start getting things done.
successfully bring about or reach (a desired objective, level, or result) by effort, skill, or courage.
synonyms: attain, reach, arrive at
I choose the word “achieve” because in 2019 I have a lot of things that need to get done. I’ve put off a lot of things in my life, and 2019 is the year of achieving the things I’ve let slide for a decade. These are all the areas in my life where I am going to achieve.
In 2019 my goal is to eat healthier. That means whole foods, lots of fruits and vegetables, less meat, less processed foods and learning how to read nutrition labels. Being healthy also means exercising. That means hitting the gym and working out at home. The end goal is for my body to feel good and maybe shed a few extra pounds.
I’m a shitty friend. Not in that, I’m mean to my friends; I just don’t make as much effort as I should. In 2019 I want to reach out to my friends instead of waiting until they reach out to me. I want to rekindle some old friendships and hopefully make some new ones along the way.
If you’ve been a long time reader, then you know my husband, Nick, and I have had our fair share of ups and downs over the years. 2019 is our make or break year. Either we make this work, or we have to let our marriage go. We’ve been stagnant for too long as it is and we’re both ready for something different. In 2019 we’ve decided to really put in the effort to fix our relationship.
My parents and grandparents instilled in me the importance of family. So when I say family, it doesn’t just include my husband and kids. It also means my parents, my in-laws, my sisters, my brother-in-law, and my nephews. When it comes to my kids, I want to be the best mom I can be. That means in 2019 I want to be more involved with my kids and dedicate more time to do the things they are interested in doing.
For my extended family, I’d like to spend more time with them. I’ve lived away from my parents for ten years and want to make up for some lost time. I also don’t have the closest of relationships with my in-laws, and I’d like to see if we can’t become closer. I also want to get my kids together more often with their cousins. I grew up seeing my cousins regularly when I was a kid and would like my kids to be able to say the same.
My finances are going to be a big deal in 2019. A big goal is to be financially stable. That means deliberately saving money, paying down debt rapidly, and investing wisely. That also means getting a second income but I’ll talk more about that later.
I feel like everything listed above and everything I’ll list below fall under this category, but these are the goals that pertain only to me. In 2019 I plan to obtain my bookkeeping certificate, go back to school to get my undergraduates degree and start working outside of the home. It seems like a lot to do in one year, but I’m determined and excited and a little scared if I’m being honest.
Currently, I stay home and take care of my kids and house. At the beginning of 2019 that probably won’t change. My goal is to be better at it. Have a better routine with my kids and my cleaning. Hopefully, after completing my bookkeeping certification I’ll be working outside of my home, and my goals may change, but I don’t know what that looks like until I have a job.
In 2019 I want to spend more time doing the things I like as well as finding some new hobbies. I’d also like to dedicate more time to family recreation. The kids love to camp and hike, and I can always use a vacation in the woods away from a screen. I want to get out and experience new things as a family.
What are your big goals for 2019? Do you have a word of the year?