Goals, plans, and dreams for 2019

It’s no secret I love setting goals and making plans! The New Year is my favorite time of year (besides summer and Christmas of course) and I’m excited to kick off 2019 on the blog with my goals, vision board, and word of the year for 2019.

{Be sure to leave a comment and share your own 2019 goals!}

It's no secret I love setting goals + making plans! The New Year is my fav time of year (besides summer + Christmas) and I'm excited to share my new goals! | GOALS, PLANS, AND DREAMS FOR 2019 | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

2018 Review

If you missed my big review of 2018, be sure to check out that blog post here! In this post, I’m just going to do a quick check-in on how I did with the goals I set for myself last January.

I’ll warn you — I didn’t do so hot on all of these. However, I think part of that is because my priorities changed a bit. And also partly because I set a lot of goals. I pared down the list a bit for my 2019 goals.

Goals I accomplished will be in bold and all the ones I didn’t quite get to will just be in regular text.

Blogging goals (2/6)

  • Devote time every day specifically to working on blog-related tasks.
  • Start earning money.
  • Develop a social media schedule and stick to it.
  • Introduce at least two new free content upgrades.
  • Grow Instagram following to 1K.
    • I did this! But then I purged a bunch of inactive/spam followers to hopefully help my engagement so I’m back below 1K again.
  • Grow email list to 200.
    • Right around 260 lovely email subscribers these days!

School goals (3/3)

  • Don’t skip class unless I’m sick.
  • Stay on top of readings and assignments.
  • Make the Dean’s List last semester of undergrad and get good grades in grad school.

Health goals (1/2)

  • Do at least one healthy thing every single day.
  • Drink a bottle of water every day.

Relationship goals (1/2)

  • Go on at least one “real date” with Brendan every month.
  • Spend quality one on one time with at least three friends per month.

Personal goals (1/4)

  • Create and stick to morning and night routines.
  • Start habit tracking.
  • Read 24 books.
  • Take more photos.

As you can see, I didn’t do so hot achieving my goals for 2018. But I’m honestly okay with that. I set these goals at the very beginning of the year and as time went by, my priorities changed and so did my goals. I like to think of goals not as binding or restrictive, but rather as inspiration and aspiration for what you want to accomplish.

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2019 goals

With all that being said, I think it’s time we move on to my goals for 2019.

For this year, I decided to reduce the number of goals I’m setting for myself and really focus on the most important categories and aspirations.

Blogging

  • Grow Instagram back to 1K.
  • Post weekly on the blog for the majority of the year.
  • Introduce 1 new free content upgrade.

School/Career

  • Graduate with my M.A.Ed with honors.
  • Get a teaching job!

Health

  • Go to the gym at least 1x per week.
  • Run at least 1x per week.
  • Finish a 10k.

Personal

  • Read 24 books.
  • Take 1 second of video every day.
  • Actually commit to habit tracking.

I feel really good about these goals and I think keeping them in mind will help me start the year off on the right foot.

2019 Vision Board

Last year, I made my first ever vision board. I did it digitally (and elaborated on the process in this blog post). I had it as my laptop background and lockscreen for the whole year and as my phone lockscreen for a good portion of the year. Having my goals in a visual format that I looked at every single day helped me keep in mind what I was working toward.

I decided to follow a pretty similar process for 2019 but I went for a different format — fewer pictures with my most important goals as the most prominent visually. I once again made two versions: one for my phone and one for my computer.

Check them out and let me know what you think in the comments down below!

It's no secret I love setting goals + making plans! The New Year is my fav time of year (besides summer + Christmas) and I'm excited to share my new goals! | GOALS, PLANS, AND DREAMS FOR 2019 | HONEYBEE JOYOUS
It's no secret I love setting goals + making plans! The New Year is my fav time of year (besides summer + Christmas) and I'm excited to share my new goals! | GOALS, PLANS, AND DREAMS FOR 2019 | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

As you can probably tell, the things I’m most excited about this year are graduating from graduate school and starting a teaching job!

Word of the year

Last but certainly not least in this post comes my 2019 word of the year. In 2018 my word was reach, meaning I wanted to grow but on purpose. I wanted to be an agent of change and a force pushing myself to move forward. It didn’t go the way I expected it to, but I’d say I did a good job bringing that word to life.

In 2019, I’m looking to base my year on a different word. I often feel like I get caught up in sweating the small stuff — worrying about the future, worrying about what people think, worrying about making things perfect (seriously this one is a big problem. It leads to an all or nothing kind of mentality like “Well I don’t think I’ll have time to blog this week so I might as well not post for the rest of the month.” or “I don’t have time to deep clean the whole kitchen so I might as well just leave the dishes in the sink.”)

This year I want to focus on celebrating rather than sweating the small stuff. I want to focus on joy and gratitude rather than worry and stress. This year will (hopefully) hold a lot of big, scary changes for me like finishing school and getting a grownup job. And in the midst of all that I want to be able to focus on the things that make it worth it rather than the things that make it stressful.

In light of all that, my word of the year for 2019 is

D E L I G H T

I’m hoping that bringing my mind back to this word in times of worry will help me remember how much I have to be grateful for and how much there is to celebrate. My goals for the year will help me focus on this by keeping me centered on the things that make me happy.

{Now it’s your turn — I’ve shared A TON in this post and I’d love to hear about your goals, visions, and words of the year for 2019. How do you guide your intentions at the new year? Let me know in a comment!}

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