Do you make resolutions or set goals? I’m both, I think. Making resolutions help me make a fresh start. Goals help my achieve those resolutions. And I because I am a list maker extraordinaire, compiling a list of my accomplishments for 2019 and my goals for 2020 has been on my mind for some time now.
Looking back at the year and reflecting on all the wonderful things I have done (or not done) is something I strive to do the last few weeks of the year. It’s important for me to remember the good, the bad, and the ugly so that I can better plan and set goals for the new year.
What better time than now, less than a month before we ring in 2020, to share with you my 2019 and goals for the coming year.
A YEAR IN REVIEW: 2019
Much like last year, nearly all of my 2019 accomplishments more personal than professional. I volunteered my heart out and then got a job. I gave up caring about what I look like in a bathing suit, visited new cities, and celebrated an important anniversary. It was an amazing year, friends. The highlights are below…
Living Room Remodel
On New Years Day my husband Matt and I started a huge remodel project in our 1923 home – the 15 x 30 living room. Plaster walls were patched and repainted Sherwin Williams Repose Gray. The stained trim and build-in shelves were sanded and painted white. We sanded and refinished the wood floors. We painted 450 square feet of ceiling. The fireplace surround was painted and water damaged plaster was busted out and dry-walled.
What we thought would just take a few weeks took more than 5 months. Mid-May we were finally finished. And now I have my dream living room.
10 Year Anniversary
In June, Matt and I celebrated 10 years of marriage. 10 years. We have definitely had our share of ups (triplets) and downs (trying to keep our marriage together while raising triplets). We have survived and thrived. Teamwork makes the dream work, right?!
We spent a weekend in Saint Louis celebrating with tons of good food and a possibly too expensive hotel room!
I am convinced that this summer was my best, most fun, most relaxing since I was a kid. How blessed I was to be able to be home with my children for more than 90 days.
We did not let those days go to waste. We spent sunny days swimming – usually 4-5 days a week – with our forever friends. On rainy days we went to the library or snuggled on the couch watching movies all day long. We even went to the movie theater often, watching all the new releases.
Seriously. I did not want the summer to end. Those lazy days under the summer sun with JH&S will be some of my most cherished memories in the years to come.
Volunteering / New Job
My volunteering with Marshall Area Youth Network as a Lunch Buddy Mentor lead me to the job (outside of the home job) I have been dreaming of for some time now – Public Relations Coordinator for M.A.Y.N, a hometown non-profit that focuses on youth.
It’s part time. If the kids don’t have school, I don’t work. I don’t get paid either, but that’s not a bother because this job is more for me and my community than it is making money. At the end of the day, I won’t make enough to retire anytime soon, but my heart is happy and I am filled with pride on the difference I am helping to make within our small community!
Fry, Party of Five
The blog started out strong in 2019. By springtime, both the blog and I fizzled out. I stopped posting on a regular schedule. I got bored, I guess. I spent most of the summer focusing on the triplets. Again, much like 2018, I didn’t stress about when I would write. I wrote when I had something to share.
Very surprisingly, I did end up having a very good year.
44 blog posts (so far) – 20,928 words
53k+ page views – 85% of those in November and December
38k+ blog visitors – 83% of those in November and December
My most popular post in 2019 was actually shared in December 2018. It got 1 view then. This year it has gotten more than 37k views thanks to Pinterest and my 1.5 million monthly viewers!
In one year I gained about 100 new Facebook, more than 4,500 Instagram, and 800ish Pinterest followers. Facebook is the most difficult to keep followers. And I completely understand. If they’re anything like me less is more in your feed.
I worked my butt off at the beginning of the year to gain more Insta followers. More followers has definitely helped me get more sponsored opportunities. I lost 124 Twitter followers. Does anyone tweet anymore? It’s my least favorite social media outlet.
GOALS FOR 2020
For the Blog
Not so long ago I wanted to be known, to be famous for the thoughts that I put into my previous blog, The Triplet Farm. I wanted to be ridiculously extraordinary. Today I want mediocre. Today I just want to write more.
And if I get 30,000 page views a month I will be happy. If I get 300 page view a month I will be happy too. It’s the writing, the sharing, the spilling my guts that I love.
Before, I set actual number goals for my social media. This year, I am not. “Yay” if I gain. And “it’s okay” if I don’t.
I have a lot of the same personal goals as I did last year. Lose weight, exercise more, eat better, etc. And much like years past I will start off well with those goals, then fall off the wagon. And because I am
a bit totally insane, I set those same goals every new year with the best intentions on making them happen.
My reading goal for 2019 was 30 books. I’m not sure that I even completed three. I started several. Those books are still marked where I left off. I’ll start them again and finish them someday. My goal this year is just read what I have and quit buying books. Seriously. I have like 200 books that I haven’t read. For me, though, just having them is completely satisfying. Even if I know it will be quite some time before I have the time to sit down, relax, and just read the day away.
Another yearly goals for me is to be a better wife and mother. I’m not the worst, but I’m not the best at times either. We all have our moments, right?! Keeping my family at the top of my list is of the utmost importance to me. They are the best part of me!
In the end, I can actually say that I am living my best life, friends. It’s completely cliche, I know, but I am so wonderfully blessed. I can’t wait to see what 2020 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!