2018 Goals – January Update

In 2017, I did an experiment and didn’t make any goals for the year. My focus was on scheduling the things I wanted to do. However, it was pretty much a bust. 🙁 Don’t get me wrong, the scheduling part was great and I did get a lot of “stuff” done. The problem was that I felt scattered most of the time and unfocused.

This past year was a bigger challenge than 2016 and I didn’t think that was possible. And, not having specific goals left me feeling unhinged a lot of the time. I need structure. Goals give me that structure and allows me to have boundaries and white space. I also missed the accountability of not posting my goals online. It gives me incentive and have been told from readers that they like reading about the goals.

2018 Goals Update January

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This year, I am going to combine the scheduling with the goals. I have 12 goals for different aspects of my life and I will be taking some time today to schedule those goals into my calendar (in bite-sized chunks). My hope is that by combining them both, I will have a scheduled yet focused year. I am also posting them here for the accountability and will give monthly updates about how I am doing.

Here is how January went down:


1. Read at least one chapter of the Bible each day (On track with this. Working my way through Genesis)

2. Cut out sugar and dairy for at least 8 weeks (fast Wednesdays & Fridays) (Mostly good. I’ve had some slip ups but still doing better than I had in a while. Now that my birthday month is over, I will be more strict.)

3. Read one personal book per month (fiction, self-help, spiritual, etc.) (Killing it! Read two books in January and halfway done with two others.)


4. Go on one date with Michael per month (January date done.)

5. Send Michael (and Andrew) at least one love/text note per week. (Done every week for Michael missed a couple for Andrew. I need to be more mindful of this.)


6. Read one book out loud to Andrew per month (I have been reading the Acts of the Apostles out loud for his Religion class. I also read one short book to him.)

7. Go on a family vacation (Have been discussing this with Michael working out the details and plan.)

8. Pray with Andrew daily (daily devotional book before or after school) (Done for January.)


9. Rebuild emergency fund ($1,000) (Not started yet.)

10. Save at least $10 per week (Done for January.)


11. Launch two courses/programs this year (Still working out the details for these.)

12. Do at least 2 FB lives per month (aiming for weekly!) (I’ve had some tech issues but have done a couple of these. Need to be more consistent.)

Have you made any goals for 2018? If so, do share in the comments! I would love to support and encourage you in any way I can! How are you doing with your goals? Do share!

Goals for 2015

Last year, in spite of knowing that I had a busy year before me, I tried to focus on being intentional, rather than Goals for 2015reactive. I have to admit that it was very challenging and I don’t think that I was particularly successful in my attempt. However, that doesn’t mean I am going to give up. This year I am going to try again, and hopefully my 3 Words will help me focus and remind me to pay attention to what is important.

At the same time, things have to get done, so here is an overview of the major things I want to accomplish this year, while trying to be realistic:

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

1. Have a date night with Michael at least once a month.

2. Send Michael a “love text” at least once a week.

3. Have focused quality time with Andrew at least 3x week (besides homeschooling and usual family time, such as chores, before bed routine, etc.)

4. Finally put up some pictures and decorate our apartment. I am a minimalist at heart, but our place is pretty bare, even by my standards. LOL! I am not much a decorator but it is about time I learn.

Personal Goals

5. Get up at 6am five days a week. Trying to force myself to get up early everyday seems to set me up for failure. So, I am hoping that giving myself grace to sleep in twice a week (Sunday and one other day), I will put less pressure on myself.

6. Spend at least 15 minutes a day reading the bible and praying the rosary daily.

7. Exercise at least 15 minutes a day, 5 times a week. We bought Andrew the Wii U for Christmas this year and it inspired me to break out my Wii Fit, so now I actually look forward to getting up to exercise.

Educational/Blogging/Business Goals

8. Keep up with my course work and graduate in May! I can’t believe it is almost over. I can’t wait!

9. Blog here at Simple Catholic Living at least once a week during school and 3x a week after I graduate.

10. Finish and launch my grammar website (grammarplace.com).

That’s it. I’m sure that these goals may be modified over the year, but I am okay with that. At least I have a guide to help me stay on track.

Now it’s your turn. What are your goals (or resolutions, if your prefer) for 2015?