Greetings from 2019! I am still working to wrap my head around the idea that 2019 is already here. It is nuts to think about all that happened in 2018 for us (sold a house, started a job as a teacher, got a puppy, launched several courses, bought a bus…) and I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store.
I never felt like typical new year resolutions worked for me…which led to me feeling bad when I inevitably failed in, say, April to keep the goals I set in January.
So this year we decided to do things a little differently. Well…I decided, and the family is getting dragged along with me, lol. I plan to focus on something different each month, My hope is that it will give me fresh excitement and a new wave of discipling each month, thus ideally eliminating my usual resolution burnout.
Here is my plan:
January: Food (Currently we are doing the Daniel Fast and trying to eliminate sugar as much as possible)
February: Fitness (My goal with this is to better incorporate consistent workouts into my weekly schedule)
March: Technology (I have done technology fasts in March in the past and I LOVED it!)
April: Risk (The hope for this month is to focus on adventure and trying new things…ideally it is also a way to put a positive spin on downsizing for the kids)
May: Finances (We have some big dreams and need to do a better job of sticking to the Dave Ramsey budget plan; this month the goal is to have this all locked down)
June: Wellness (Physical, mental, spiritual, emotional – the goal here is to focus on creating peace and prioritizing health and happiness)
July: Habits (We need to do a better job as a family of setting our future selves up for success. And it all starts with the right kinds of habits)
August: Relationships (The end goal here is to make sure that we are prioritizing the relationships that really matter, and carving out time to build new relationships as well)
September: Hobbies (Our family has an incredibly broad range of interests, and I want to make sure we are carving out time to do what brings us joy)
October: Rest (Stress management and self care are important not just for Derrick and I, but for the kids as well. I want to take this month to breathe deeply and be intentional about taking time for stillness and rest)
November: Gratitude (It is the month of Thanksgiving, after all! Gratitude positively changes the attitude of our hearts, and I am excited to lean into that this month)
December: Generosity (When we give freely, expecting nothing in return, we can find incredible happiness and meaning. I want to instill the joy of giving in my kids’ hearts this month)
Well – there it is! The year at a glance. I am excited to work though each month’s focus with my family and to grow in discipline, grace, and joy.
What are you focusing on in 2019?