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I have been thinking about this post for a few weeks now since we’re already half-way through October. But every time I sat down to write it, I couldn’t. I wanted to write about my goals for the last three months of 2019 (and this decade) but that started to feel so daunting that I took a step back, but I’m ready now.
I love setting goals, I love having something to work towards. 2019 was my first year to use Powersheets to help me stay on track and I loved having them. At the beginning of the year, I got really clear on what I wanted to focus on in 2019. I also have been able to re-evaluate every 3 months/90 days to make sure my goals are actually helping me get to where I want to be when I’m 80. I just finished my goal refresh, and here’s what I want to end the year doing.
My big goals for the end of 2019:
Love my people well
This has been my #1 goal in 2019. To love my people well. And this is what I want to do in the next few months to love them well:
Put my phone down. I’m starting social media free weekends again so that I can really be with my people when we’re all together. I also plan to put my phone away earlier in the evening so that when Griffin is home, we can just enjoy being together as a family.
Weekly or monthly date nights. We’re big homebodies. A fun date night for us is ordering pizza and staying in. But, we currently live with my in-laws which means we have a babysitter on hand if we give some notice. We have been wanting to get out a little more without Von (even though she’s fun to bring, so we’ll have family date nights too) but it will be fun to go on dates more often with Griffin.
Share more personal/day-to-day stuff on my blog. While we live with my in-laws, we live in a different state from my parents and most of my extended family. I want to be better at sharing what’s happening with us here on my blog so that my family can stay updated.
Grow my faith
As I sat down at the beginning of the year, I knew I wanted to end 2019 in a better place faith wise than it started. I’m happy to say that my faith has been growing, that I have been building a better relationship with God and a lot of the things I have been doing, I’ll keep doing.
Read the scriptures daily. This is one that I really want to be better at. It’s one of the daily habits I have written on my Powersheets (which I look at daily) so that I can remember to do this. I used to read every single day, I loved being full of the Spirit that comes when we read His words, but I lost the habit but I’m ready to change that.
Study Come, Follow Me weekly. We have a new Sunday School program in my church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) where we ALL (like everyone all over the world) study the same chapters of scripture each week and talk about them on Sunday. Actually studying has been hit or miss for me all year, but I love the New Testament and want to really dig deep every week.
Attend the temple each month. I lovelovelove the temple but after Von was born it was hard to go. Just last week I said “I’m going to go” and went when Griffin got home from work. I left full of peace and an overwhelming feeling of the love of God. I will be going to the temple more because I need God’s power than comes when we go to the temple.
Be a Writer
This was a very general goal at the beginning of the year. I didn’t know what it would look like, but I knew that I wanted to be writing. I tried freelance writing but I hated constantly applying and searching for new clients. It’s just not for me. Then in July, I started writing my book. I finished draft 1 in September and I’m currently working on my first round of edits. Which leads me to my goals:
Finish first + second round of edits. Basically I’m trying to make my book as good as possible. For these rounds of edits, I’m focusing on the plot, characters, and dialogue.
Start looking for agents. I want to be a published author, and I’d like to be published through a publishing house. I know I could self publish, but I’d like to try this way first. I know it will take a lot of hard work, pitching and finding an agent, but I’ll be on the lookout and making a list of agents that I’ll start pitching to in 2020 once my book is ready.
Publish blog posts weekly. I still love blogging and blogging is a lot of writing. While I will be working on my book a lot more and possibly be blogging less, I’ll still be here talking all things books, mental health, motherhood, and faith.
Cultivate our Finances
Pay off all our debt!!! My big goal for 2019 was to pay off all our debt. This didn’t seem possible at first when we were paying $1600 in rent each month and then got hit with paying for several things on our only car to be fixed, then I got my wisdom teeth out and then Griffin lost his job. Um. Yikes. But, we’re now living rent-free so our number one goal is to get all of our debt paid off.
Next week I’ll write out all our debt/cards and we’ll start using the snowball method. We can totally do this and we’re so excited to be debt-free!
Start my no-spend year. I’ll be talking more about this soon, but I’ve really been feeling that I should do a no-spend year. Again, I’ll talk about what this looks like soon but we’ve got some big financial goals in our future (like a second car and a house/townhouse) so I want to save but I also want to recognize my abundance and be content with what I have.
Show myself love
I sort of lost myself after I had Von, I don’t know if there was some PPD or if my PTSD/anxiety just came back in full force but 2018 was avery hard year for me. In 2019 I wanted to be better at showing up for myself and taking care of my mind and body.
Move every day. I try to get out and walk or work out at home every day. I need to work out and move my body to help my mental health so I’m finally making this a priority.
Drink water every day + eat veggies. Moving my body is good, but I also want to fill it with good things.
Start journaling again. All growing up I was an avid journal writer. I had 13 journals from the years 12-19 so um, yeah, I wrote a lot. It helped me process life. After I got married though I just sort of stopped. I’ve been doing it off and on again to help with my anxiety, but I really want to start doing it again because I always feel so good when I do (instead of scrolling through Instagram).
Prep for 2020. I’m really excited about the rest of 2019. I’m excited to fill my days with the things that truly matter most to me and see what I can do to end 2019 strong. I’m also excited to start planning for 2020. I just ordered the new Pink Linen Powersheets to help me do this!! I’m so excited for them to arrive. I’ll do a full walkthrough on Instagram once they get here.
A little about Powersheets.
You may be saying, what are these Powersheets that you keep mentioning Taylor?
Well, they are an intentional goal-setting tool that I use to help me stay on track + help me get focused on the things I really want to do and accomplish in my life. You get to do a ton of prep work (which is one of my favorite parts) because it always helps me dig down deep and turn to God as I think about my goals for the upcoming year. Then every month you have a tending list which is where you write out your goals and get to track them.
They’re fun and beautiful and help me live more intentionally! They have 4 stunning covers this year and I love this color theory that they make to help you decide which to pick. You can learn more about them + buy them here.