Goals for 2019

I cannot believe that it is already almost a New Year! How time flies! Resolutions will be made by all. Instead of resolutions, I’m setting goals.  Refusing to let the next year go by the seat of my pants, I’m going to be very intentional about my time and how I spend it.

  1. Post at least 2 articles a week on the blog
  2. second draft the WIP I completed for NaNoWriMo
  3. Pay off all credit card debt
  4. Purge my house of all unnecessary items
  5. learn and practice cooking more

Only five goals for the ENTIRE year?! Yeah, I know. Weird. But I want to achieve these goals more than ones I’ve set in the past. These goals mean more to me as a person. They are incredibly pressed closer to the thin film of skin on my heart than any of my past goals had been. I am terrified. I am terrified of not completing these goals to my fullest potential. Realizing this terror, I made a plan (my therapist would be so proud to hear me say that). By setting only five overall goals for the year I allow myself 2.4 months per goal. I don’t have to rush through them. Some like goals 1 and 2 will be things I work on throughout the year, but I don’t have to feel guilty if I spent a month working on just the book if that happens. It gives me grace to do things my pace.

I had opted to think about my goals early in December letting me plan this post for a few weeks. I knew without a doubt that I wanted at least 2 posts to go up weekly preferably 3. I knew that I wanted to push the project I completed NaNoWriMo with to  the next stage. I was tired of living in debt and struggling financially all the time. My house is a disaster zone and needs deep cleaning. And my family rarely eats a home cooked meal because I can’t cook (also I might be feeling inspired to do number five due to all the cooking shows I watch….Read about those here).

If any of you are anything like me then you struggle with losing motivation halfway through. Seriously. Halfway through doing anything, I lose all motivation. I find myself not wanting to do that particular thing anymore. Every. Single. Time. Every goal I’ve ever had has gone the way of broken motivation. And this is where I continue to struggle. Somehow.. I have to get past this in 2019. Because I can’t handle not making this blog a success or completing that WIP. I don’t want to cry myself to sleep over finances or have to refuse company over because my house is disgusting. And I definitely do not want to continue the pattern of my son eating tortino’s pizza bites for dinner because I can’t cook actual food.

How do you keep motivation to complete your goals? Let me know in the comments!


8 thoughts on “Goals for 2019

  1. I find that making a daily “to do” list helps me keep focused and crossing off things as I complete them is very encouraging and helps me stay motivated. Best wishes for 2019.


  2. Your goals are so similar to mine! Though I’ve been meaning to redraft my NaNoWriMo novel for about six years now, hopefully you’ll have more success with that one than I have! Second drafts are haaaaard >.< Good luck and have a great new year 🙂


  3. Hi Alley. I find writing down my ‘whys’ of why I want to achieve a particular goal really helps. Then I refer back to them, often! I also make a plan. I have the same goal as you of decluttering so I have a plan to clear out at least two drawers or cupboards each week for the next 3 months. I haven’t started yet mind you! You’ve reminded me to put it on my to do list for today 😉


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