New Years Day of years past was filled with high expectations of myself and other people and situations. When those expectations weren’t met–by myself or others–I became angry, and I took out this anger on those close to me, usually my husband. I was struggling with things I couldn’t put into words–namely, my mental health–and I was allowing the world to affect the way I viewed my life.
When we have expectations, we set ourselves up for disappointment.
Not this year. I didn’t create resolutions, and I didn’t tell myself I have to be a certain way or do a certain thing in 2019. Going into 2018, I felt God was telling me the coming year would be better than the last, and it was. And going into 2019, I feel that same message. So that’s my only goal: to be better. And I hope that’s yours too.
Instead of expectations, create goals.
You can have a combination of goals, or goals for just one “category” of life, or goals for every “category.” Here are a few of my goals and plans for 2019:
- Offer Bible study groups (keep an eye out for February!)
- Transition to a new hosting site
- Begin collaborations/working partnerships
- Continue finding and developing my niche
Physical Health & Fitness
- Have a better relationship with food
- Consistently choose healthy options
- Lose 5 pounds
- Gain muscle
- Run a half marathon (February!)
- Launch website
- Gain 2 clients
Personal & Writing
- Pay off credit card debt
- Go through Financial Peace University
- Go on one type of adventure a month with Belle
- Write one article a month
- Publish with local magazines 4 times
- Travel twice–road trip and flight–with Belle
- Work on book once a week
- Write in my bullet journal daily
- Read one Bible verse a day
- Continue to grow in my faith and trust in the Lord
- Be better at controlling my responses — respond with grace, not frustration
And when you meet a goal, create a new one! After all, there are 365 new days ahead, with at least 365 new opportunities. Struggling to think of goals to set? Send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can work through developing your goals together.
What goals do you want to set and achieve in 2019?