My 19 for 2019

2018 is coming to a close and I’m not sad to see her go. While it wasn’t an entirely bad year, it didn't exactly feel like a great one either. I’m hopeful that 2019 will be full of many happy memories and lots of good stuff happening.

I don’t usually make New Years Resolutions, but this year I was inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s 18 for 2018 and one of my fave bloggers Mavis Butterfield’s weekly goals updates, so I’m going to try this out. Some of these items are long term, some are short term and could be completed in a weekend, and a few of them may not be finished at all. And that’s ok! This is just what I’m striving toward this year.

1: Focus on healthy daily habits: yoga, water, fruits and veggies, and activity

Positive thoughts: this year I am going to attend yoga at least twice a week, drink 12 ounces of water before coffee or tea in the morning and then 44 more ounces throughout the rest of the day, eat all of my servings of fruit and vegetables each day, and close my activity rings on my watch.

2: Read 25 books

These faces. So full of sweetness and so much barkiness.

These faces. So full of sweetness and so much barkiness.

3: Get dog barking and door behavior under control

You know that we love our puppies. Maybe too much. But one thing that we haven’t done super well is teach them manners. They bark all day long and their excitement when we come home and have guests over drives us, but especially me, a little bonkers. Since we can’t seem to fix it on our own, we’re going to call in the big guns and get some professional help. Here’s hoping for some (mostly) bark free, but cuddle filled days ahead!

4: Get dressed up once a month and go on a date (with my husband)

5: Makeover master bathroom

I painted sample colors on the wall an embarrassing amount of time — uh, a year or two ago? — and that’s about as far as I got in fixing up this space. I’d like to keep it really simple by finally slapping some paint on the wall and maybe swapping out the light fixtures and adding shelves on the wall and…

6: Secret (for now) project

This is something that I’ve dreamed of doing for a long time. I’m keeping it a secret for now, but plan on telling you all about it later this year.

7: Write! Write! Write!

I’m not a great writer, but it is something that brings me a lot of joy. I’m going to rejoin my writing group to keep the creativity flowing.

8: Be more social

Totally ‘grammable walk with these guys today #justwaittilitrains #iboughtthemraincoats

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9: Post regularly on Instagram

10: Automate bill payments

I pay our bills and invariably, at least two or three times a month, I panic and worry that I’ve forgotten to pay one. Then I start stress sweating while frantically logging in to all of our accounts to double check. Is this normal or a personality quirk? Either way, I’d really love to sit down once a month to pay the bills and then not think (too much) about them until the next time they come due. Do you have a system, program, or budget app that helps you with this? I’d love to hear about it. In the past, I’ve tried checklists, phone reminders, and budget categories. The bills always get paid on time, I just continue to worry that I’ve forgotten one. Some bills are on autopay, but even so I worry about them. Am I a lost cause?!

11: Go on 10 camping trips

My helper plus a small veggie garden haul

My helper plus a small veggie garden haul

12: Plant a garden and grow 125 pounds of produce

It took me several years of failure, but I’m finally getting decent at gardening. Last summer, I grew a little over 40 pounds of produce in our raised beds! I think I can do much better in 2019 if I get my seeds started earlier and convince my husband to build me a few more beds…

13: Go on girls’ trip to the hot springs

14: Perfect home cleaning routine

I feel like we’re always cleaning, but our home never feels clean. Getting a house keeper isn’t in the cards at the moment and neither is getting rid of my husband or dogs, so what’s a girl to do? Guess we’ll find out…

15: Fashion makeover

I’m in need of a serious hair and fashion makeover.

16: Complete 12 craft projects

17: Launch FOLL website and create email template

I’m going to help the friends of my local library create a standalone website to help them get members more involved and have an easier way to renew registration and donate online. The email template will also help them save money as they are currently mailing out quarterly newsletters.

18: Clean out and organize cabinets and closets (and keep them that way)

19: Spend less time on my phone

What are you working toward in 2019?