A Year in Review: 2018 + My Goals for the New Year

Resolutions. That’s all you hear about this time of the year, right? I’m not so much a resolutions girl. I’m more of a goal setter. And I am such a list making nerd. So, compiling a list of my accomplishments (both personal and blog-wise) for 2018 and my goals for the new year has been one of my favorite posts to write.

I love looking back at the year and seeing all the amazing things I have done (or not done).  And goal setting is something that I have done for myself since I was a child. Whether I always met those goals is another story.

Nonetheless, I cannot foresee a better time than hours before we ring in 2019 to share with you my year in review and goal setting for the coming year.

2018 Year in Review for Fry, Party of Five + Goals for 2019

A Year in Review: 2018

Most of my accomplishments this year are more personal than professional. I gained friends and grew closer to God. I did many of the mom things I always wanted to do and survived the longest summer ever with triplets! It was a good year. The highlights are below…

Joined a Bible Study Group

In the spring my husband and I were asked to join a small bible study group in the town in which we live. I almost immediately burst into tears with joy when I read the message. I had been wanting to join a c-group as they are called at our church, but none of the available groups were a good fit for us…time or place-wise. That’s why I immediately replied YES to request! If I could have screamed it through the computer, I would have.

Almost 10 months later I have learned so much about God and the Bible. What’s more is that I have also gained lifelong friends. Seriously. They are the best. What started out as an hour-long Bible study only (and a babysitter for our 8 kids total) has turned into 2+ hours of fellowship and food.

We have been through so much together in less than a year – financial woes, job worries, family matters. We have let our guard down in front of each other, we have cried, and we have laughed so much. They are my people.

Became Dugout Mom

Also in the spring, my son started t-ball. My husband help coach so I more than happily defaulted to dugout mom. By the 3rd game, I was deciding the batting order! Getting those 5 and 6-year-old boys to listen to me wasn’t the easiest. Hey, you’re on deck. Please stop hitting the fence with your bat. Stop kicking each other. 

I cheered them on when they struck out. I gave them high five’s when they got a hit. I’m not sure how many games we won, but in the end, it didn’t matter. They did (somewhat) end up respecting me. I loved every minute of it.

I can’t wait until next season…

Launched Fry, Party of Five

In late summer I started blogging again. After a much needed year-long break, Fry, Party of Five was launched in August. This time around, I made it a goal to blog for the fun. This time it was about the writing and sharing my heart that I wanted to focus on, not making money. If I did along the way, though, that would just be a plus.

In the end, I have made a bit of money. My family and I also got to go on two fun-filled sponsored trips. I wrote 40 blog posts and I gained more social media followers. I didn’t stress about when I would write. I wrote when I had something to share. I didn’t force it. And it has been amazing. This quote below says it all…

I write for if I do not I shall go mad

Survived Summer Break

I am proud to say that I survived 99 days of hell summer with triplets. There were good times – going to the splash park, having picnics, swimming the days away in our neighbor’s pool.  And there were bad times – them fighting from dusk ’til dawn, rainy days where we couldn’t swim, never having a clean house.

I survived 99 days just to have my babies leave me for Kindergarten. And it has been wonderful…for both them and me!

Became Involved at the Kids School

Long before the kids started school I knew I wanted to be “that mom.” You know the one. The one that volunteers for every little thing. The one that not only donates her time but supplies and whatever else is needed too. The one that is so totally annoying.

Well, I’m not sure that I have become “that mom”. I have, however, become a member of the elementary booster club. I help make decisions on activities and where to spend money. I have baked 40+ potatoes for parent/teacher conference night. I have sold spirit wear and bought a ton of spirit wear.

I have also become a lunch buddy through the Marshall Area Youth Network nonprofit. I spend quality time with a 5th-grade girl, mentoring her during her lunch hour at school. This has been the most rewarding for me. I hope it has for her too!

Joined Marshall Main Street

In October I applied for a part-time job with Marshall Main Street (another local nonprofit) that I could do mostly while the kids were in school. I got an interview. It seemed like a dream. Finally, I would possibly be contributing to society again. I interviewed. I got the job. I turned it down. It just wasn’t a good fit for me.

I loved the idea of their mission though, to help revitalize our town’s downtown district, so I went to a few board meetings and became an official member earlier this month.

So, I guess I am contributing to society again. I’m just not getting paid for it!

Goals for 2019

For the Blog

I cannot believe how quickly 2018 is winding down to a close. These past 5 months of blogging again have been so much fun, but also a lot of work and commitment. It’s crucial for me to set goals. This way I am always working towards something. I’ve thought the last few days about all I have accomplished this year and where I’d like to take Fry, Party of Five in 2019.

For the new year, it is my hope to continue providing you all with valuable content related to motherhood and life in general. I’m so happy you stumbled upon Fry, Party of Five. I love sharing my ups and downs of motherhood and parenting. And the blog just wouldn’t be complete without those lifestyle posts…lists, favorites, and food!

Fry, Party of Five Blog Goals

Moving forward, I am also getting a goal of building my email list to from currently 4 to 1,000 subscribers by the end of 2019. It’s a huge task but I’ve done it before and I know I can do it again. This means more opt-ins for you, more value, content upgrades and inclusion in my exclusive email list!

I’ve had a huge growth of social media followers (mostly Instagram) in 2018. I love social media. It’s such a great way to share blog posts. I love making memes and posting real life photos.

I have gigantic social media goals for 2019…

Current Social Media Stats and Goals

Facebook     3,544 // 4,000

Instagram      7,451 // 8,300

Pinterest       7,077 // 8,200

Twitter      6,248 // 6,600

Personal

I probably have a lot of the same personal goals as many of you. Lose weight, exercise more, eat better, etc. I tend to start off well with those, then lose track about 3 months in. And because I am a bit crazy, I set those same goals every year with the best intentions.

Adding to those health goals, this year I’d also like to start stretching more and meditating. I started a once a week yoga class recently and it’s done wonders for me and my old back. Meditation is important to me because I feel like a calm mind means a more focused mind. And I know that when I am focused I am most definitely a better mom and wife.

Reading is one of my most favorite things to do. Since the kids were born, I read less and less. This year, though, I finished three whole books! I’d love to read 30 in 2019. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but I am going to read more, friends. I need to read more!

Personal Goals 2019

I also want to be a better friend. I mean, I’m not a bad friend. I just don’t have that super close, can call at 2 am kind of friendship. And I want to be that someone for someone else. That’s gonna change this year.

Write it in your heart that every day is the best day in the year. -Ralph Waldo Emerson Click To Tweet

This year has been the best. Seriously. I’m living my best life right now, friends and I am loving it. I know it’s cliche, but I am so blessed. I can’t wait to see what 2019 holds for me!

Do you set goals for resolutions for the new year? I’d love to hear about them in the comments. Let’s start a conversation!

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