Setting My Focus for 2019

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I’m sure you’re tired of seeing all the goal and planner posts for 2019. You probably even thought, “Lady, it’s February. If I haven’t written out any goals for 2019, I’m not gonna do them at this point, and I’ve learned everything I can about goal setting from the twenty other emails I’ve received on it.” I’m not here to judge you or to educate you on the best way to set and reach your goals. Instead, I just want to let you know that wherever you’re at in the process, you’re not alone. I encourage you to set some goals or new positive habits now, if you haven’t already, or to try again if your goals for January didn’t go as expected. I’d also like to ask that you be my accountability partner if you’re willing.

My word for this year is Peace.

We were already given the gift of peace if we just accept it, so I want to focus on intentionally removing those things that take me further away from it. For me, this means being honest with myself about what I really want, accepting the reality of what is, and making sure I’m intentional in my pursuit of that peace through my day-to-day actions.

My goals for this year are focused on my soon-to-be-born son, this blog, and our family finances.

I’ve dealt with health issues on and off for most of my adult life, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say it was nothing compared to the stress and worry I developed soon after finding out I was pregnant with my first child. I wish for my son to have the best chance in life possible and to have a good life with lots of love. There’s so much to prepare for in these last few months of my pregnancy, and he will continue to remain my priority once he enters this world. By focusing on the key things I want for him, I’ll keep my stress levels down and be better able to keep up my health and take care of him. I’ll never be a perfect parent, but he’ll have the best of me.

For the blog, I meant to launch it back in Fall 2018, but pregnancy is rough. I think all my fellow moms can attest to that. It was a struggle to keep up with the pace I had initially set for myself. In response, I dealt with a lot of guilt over not being on top of my game and had to focus on giving myself grace. Now that it’s launched, I want to make sure that I’m consistent in my writing. In one of those many emails about goal setting, I read that you have to be realistic with yourself and cut your goals in half if you want to achieve them. Knowing that a lot of time will be dedicated to my son, I want to plan ahead and take things at a slower pace while still growing as a writer and photographer. To further my growth, I plan to continue working with a writing group, finish some online classes I started, and get creative with projects that I do just for myself and my family.

Then there are our finances. Kids cost a lot of money, but luckily we have always been blessed to have enough for what we really need. I’d like to focus on our spending habits, though. I want to have enough money put away for his education and an emergency fund for him should anything happen. There’s also, of course, the additional day-to-day expenses that come with kids so we’ll need to adjust where our money goes to stay within budget and save up for him.

I didn’t have my planner and goals ready to go on New Year’s, but that didn’t stop me from making a plan, and it doesn’t have to stop you either. I just finished putting my goals together and the last week of January was the first time I really used my planner. All of this is to say that you can do this! And if you need an accountability partner as well, you know where to find me.