My 7 Goals for 2019

I’m a bit leery about setting goals for this year because my kids are still early in their ABA journey, and our lives are still rather unsettled.  So, I’m setting these goals with the idea of being gentle with myself and knowing that flexibility may be required.

I’m separating my goals into five categories:  homeschool, health, business, hobbies, and faith.  There are other things I’d love to tackle like organization, but I’m choosing just a few goals so even though chaos may sometimes reign in my house, I can focus on the important things that I want to accomplish this year.


Use the Barton reading program with one of my dyslexic children 4x a week for at least 45 weeks.  I have two dyslexic children.  One is a hard worker and does fine with having me as a teacher.  For one of my goals in November, 2018, we saved $250 and bought Barton Level One.  The child breezed through that, and now, we’re on Barton Level Two.

I have another child with dyslexia who isn’t such an eager learner, so I won’t be starting with that child right away.  One thing at a time.


Follow the Paleo diet.  I’ve been struggling with my weight and eating habits.  Most of my life, I’ve been obese EXCEPT for the three times I’ve followed the Paleo diet religiously.  (Yes, I’ve yo-yoed three times since my youngest was born 8.5 years ago, each time gaining and losing the same 75 to 95 pounds.)

I just had my physical, and while my blood lab work was very good, I know it won’t stay that way if I stay at this weight with these eating habits.  It’s time to start Paleo again and accept that it may need to be a lifestyle for the rest of my life.

Eat at least 6 fruits and veggies a day.  I used to eat 8 to 10 fruits and veggies a day, but as I ate more carbs and sweets, that fell by the wayside.  This year I want to get back on track and am setting my goal for 6 fruits and veggies a day.


Blog 3x a week for at least 45 weeks of the year.  Life’s been crazy, and sometimes I blog 4x a week; sometimes I blog 1x a week.  Now that I’m getting up early in the morning, I want to split my morning work time between my freelance work and the blog, so I need to set intentional goals, like blogging 3x a week, to get more done.

Increase my business income by 10%.  A few years ago, I was making a very nice part-time income working from home.  However, as my children’s behavior got worse and intensified, I had to let many jobs go, and my income shrank to almost nothing.  I’d love to be where I was before, but I know I can’t. . .not yet.  However, I would slowly like to add a bit more work and increase my income by 10%.


Read at least 30 minutes a day.  I love to read, and always have.  This year I’m not going to set a certain number of books that I want to read because it’s difficult to keep that up with our current family issues.  But I am quite sure I can commit to 30 minutes a day.  (Later this week I’ll be sharing what books I’d like to read in 2019.)  I’m going to keep track of my books on my Goodreads account.  I’d love it if you’d follow me there, and I’d love to follow you if you have a Goodreads account.


Read at least 6 religious/spiritual books.  I’d like to deepen my spiritual life this year, and one way I’d like to do that is by reading 6 religious/spiritual books.  These can be biographies of saints, or books for mothers, or books about faith.  I just want to nourish my soul by reading more of these books.

Read the Bible in a year.  I found this chart, and will use it to guide me through reading the Bible in a year.  As a Catholic, I hear much of the Bible in our regular Mass every week, but I’d like to make a concentrated effort to read the Bible in a year myself.

Have you set goals?  If so, I’d love to hear them!


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