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How I Met My Goals in 2019

Goal-setting for 2020 has been my primary concentration this week. While working through my new planner from Inkwell Press, I spent time going over what I accomplished in 2019. I noticed some key elements for success as I reflected and decided to reapply these same practices for 2020.

  • One Word: In a previous post, I mentioned that I studied One Word throughout 2019. That word was “content.” I learned to apply Philippians 4:11-12:

Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.

Philippians 4:11-12 NASB

I have a new One Word I’m studying in 2020 and will be posting more about that discovery throughout the year.

  • Basics: I decided that before I could work on the more advanced goals I have for myself, I needed to get some priorities straight at home. I started a new cleaning regimen and reorganized the majority of my home. I enlisted the help of my family members when possible, and I saw improvement in their organization and life skills as well. While I’m planning to continue with my cleaning schedule, I’m going to concentrate on decluttering in 2020.
  • Focus: I let go of lofty goals for writing and reading in 2019. I also decided I needed to add in some self-care through daily knitting. So, each day I tried to write, read, and knit.
    • While I didn’t formally publish my writing, I maintained consistent book reviews. This writing directly related to my goal to read every day. I journalled more, which gave me more material for writing about writing and about additional aspects of my life. I did write poetry for my own projects, worked on poems for family and friends, and started a novel concept for NaNoWriMo, and drafted a series poem for poetry month in April. But, I didn’t force myself to write. I simply wrote.
    • I haven’t counted all the books I read in 2019, but my main objective was to read about four per month. I am confident I achieved that goal based on the number of book reviews I was able to schedule for my blog. I estimate I read at least fifty books with the help of two book clubs, Audibles, and my own study habits.
    • I completed eighteen knitting projects in 2019. Three of the projects were ones started in previous years, and I determined to finish them. But, the rest were new projects. I made a few items for myself, gifts for family and friends, seven throw pillows, and an afghan. I already have a few plans in mind for 2020.

As I worked through my 2020 planning, I discovered an area of improvement I hadn’t set out to accomplish in 2019. I developed my musical skills by

  • Accepting the serving opportunity at our church to assist with worship planning.
  • Continuing to play in my local community orchestra.
  • Joining a community choir.
  • Purchasing a new viola.
  • Starting piano lessons.

I am excited to continue sharing my musical abilities with others in 2020.

Now that I’ve applied being content through focusing on the basics, I am ready to continue these good habits and expand my goals for 2020. Stay tuned for more updates!

Categories: Between the Lines: This Writer's Journal

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Book Reader and Reviewer
Home Educator
Labrador Retriever Owner
Mother of Three Boys
Quiet Moments (a rare commodity!)
RV Camping
Singer in Church Choir
Wife of My High School Sweetheart
Yarn-Lover (the wool kind and the story kind)

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