Yesterday, Harell and I celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary. 19 years. We have accomplished a lot in those 19 years. We built a family, he built an IT company, and I built my career in education. We both celebrated our birthdays last week as well. We began dating when I was 22. We have now officially been together for half of my life. And yesterday/today is the official mid-year mark of 2019. Day 182/183 of 365. So I thought it appropriate to take some time to reflect on the goals I set for myself at the beginning of this year.
Too many times, we set goals, or make resolutions, only to not return to them. I want to be a little more purposeful this year. These were my 19 for 2019 in January. As of July 1, 2019, I have crossed out the goals I have attained.
- Minimize sugar intake
- Increase weight when strength training
At least 2 weekend trips with Meg (my college BFF)
- Plan family trip to Philly
- Journal daily (both personally and professionally)
Organize home library Submit proposals for 5 or more conferences (I always submit to ILA and SoMLA annually, I’d like to add a few more)
- Write EVERY day
Plan a weekend at Hershey Park with my nieces and nephew (it was part of their Christmas present) Connect with family and friends
- Complete several MasterClass classes
- Begin a daily visual gratitude journal
- Plan family weekend trips
- Read 119 books (my 2017 AND 2018 reading seasons weren’t pretty!)
- Plan a weekend at the Spa at Hershey with my mom and Chloe
- Clean out my email inbox (EEEK!!)
Plan monthly adult evenings out (either date nights or with other couples)
- Lose 23 pounds (I’m putting a specific number out there, because I need to hold myself accountable!)
- Plan family trip to Niagara Falls
You can see I have about 3/4 of my goals to work on still. Some of them, I won’t be able to assess until the end of the year. A few of them (specifically the health related items) I will put a laser focus on beginning this month. And a few of them, I started out strong and fizzled early in the year (journal daily, write every day, daily visual gratitude journal). This is the time to renew my commitment to my goals and to finish this year off on a strong note!
Coincidentally, I noted in my January 2, 2019 post, that I read Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis over winter break. I connected (my “One Little Word” for 2019) with many of the lies women tell themselves. Interestingly enough, I am reading her follow up, Girl, Stop Apologizing while on vacation this week, mid-way through the year. In her latest book, she challenges women to stop defining themselves in light of other people and to stop talking themselves out of their dreams. I’ve spent a lot of time this week reflecting on the excuses I need to let go of and the behaviors I need to adopt on my path for growth. I’m thinking about how I can finish the last half of 2019 strong and go into 2020 dreaming big!
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