9 Goals in 2019

I think it’s safe to say that as humans, we all have a goal of some type. They all vary person to person, but they exist. Each year, more people than I can count make resolutions, and each year those resolutions are forgotten or abandoned. I prefer to make goals. I think that goals are attainable, and less stringent. I personally know that when I accomplish a goal, I feel like I’ve done something worthwhile. I might set lofty goals, but I do them with the best of intentions. I’m hopeful that this set of goals – just 9 for this year – will be met with success.

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Goal #1: Focus on Faith
Growing up, I attended a Lutheran school, and as a result had religion class each morning, chapel on Wednesday mornings, and when I was in 7th & 8th grades, we had confirmation classes on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Each week I’d attend church, and Sunday school (until 9th grade), and faith has always been a big thing to me. In recent years, however, Kalen and I have stopped attending church. I rarely read my Bible, and I find myself not praying like I used to. I want to get back to that.

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Goal #2: Focus on Health
This goal isn’t about losing weight. It’s about filling my body with nutritious food. It’s about getting my body up and moving. It’s about controlling my diabetes, and improving my lab results. If I lose weight, I lose weight, but that isn’t my ultimate goal, or my reason for this one.

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Goal #3: Focus on Paying Down Debt
This goal is currently focused primarily on credit card debt. We have our fair share of it, and we’d rather not. So right now we’re going to be strict. Strict with spending, strict with payments, and strict with curbing our wants. Our ultimate goal is really financial independence, and in order to do that we need to focus on the bigger picture. It’s going to be hard, but I know we can do this.

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Goal #4: Focus on Increasing Savings
As I said, we’re aiming for financial independence. In the process of paying off credit card debt, we’d like to increase the amount we have saved (or invested).

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Goal #5: Focus on Studying
I am in an online school and the draw of it is that you can work as quickly as you’re able. So far, I have not utilized that aspect of the university, and I’m at my loan limits (unless I went the private route, and I don’t want to do that). If I don’t finish the 16 classes remaining in the next year, I’ll have to pay out of pocket, 100%, and I don’t want to do that either. So my goal is to focus my attention and efforts on getting through these courses so that I can FINALLY graduate and perhaps use my degree.

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Goal #6: Focus on Creating
I have an Etsy shop that I’ve neglected the past two years. I used to stay up late and create fun pieces of jewelry, or crochet a cowl I’d designed, painstakingly picking the materials I’d use. I’d like to revamp that shop – taking new pictures, creating new pieces, and listing pieces that were made and then set aside. Ideally, this revamp would increase sales which would increase profit which would benefit goals 3 & 4 directly. Another area in this goal is writing. I’ve always wanted to be an author, and I want to make time to focus on that.

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Goal #7: Focus on Fresh Air
It’s funny – growing up, I spent my time outdoors. Playing in the yard, walking uptown, swimming, biking, or just soaking up some vitamin D. As an adult, I take prescription levels of vitamin D. I rarely get outside anymore. I rarely do anything anymore. I’d like to go on more walks (with Molly!), walk downtown (we live in an area with a lot to do), ride my bike, or even just sit on our deck and enjoy the sunshine.

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Goal #8: Focus on Growing
Growing up, we always had a garden. Baskets full of tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, peas, beans – free produce that I loved to eat as I picked it (well, not ALL of it haha). Last year I did some container gardening. We planted tomatoes, zucchini, and jalapenos. Zucchini was a no-go (which was heartbreaking), but the other two did really well. This year I want to do a raised bed, and plant more than that. We eat so much zucchini, that I’d like to grow as much as we can so we can spiralize and freeze it for future use. Plus, who doesn’t like to play in the dirt?

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Goal #9: Focus on Home
That might sound weird. I get it. But there’s a lot that I still want to accomplish inside and outside of the house. Hanging wall art, organizing the basement, straightening the pantry, decluttering. I feel like owning a home is an ongoing project and a constant day of cleaning, but I’m okay with that.

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