What I Achieved in 2018 (and I didn’t meet any of my goals!)

Wow, this year has been a doozy.  We’ve been on a tailspin for almost three years now, and for the first time, I feel like I can catch my breath. . .a bit.

But let’s start first with the optimistic goals I set back on December 26, 2017.  Here’s the sad truth–I didn’t accomplish any of those goals.

In some ways, 2018 was a complete disaster.

  • I gained a lot of weight,
  • My sugar habit is still out of control,
  • I didn’t exercise almost at all, save for some 10 minute yoga sessions early in the morning,
  • I didn’t read as much as I wanted,
  • I didn’t blog as much as I wanted.

For the first time since I’ve been blogging (and I started in 2008!), I didn’t accomplish any of my goals.  2018 was a wash, or so it looks on paper.

However, I consider 2018 a success in many ways.

Here are all the things I did accomplish this year:

  • I pursued testing that revealed what we suspected early this year–we have not one child, but two with high-functioning autism.
  • I enrolled my kids in online, public school to get the necessary testing for their academic needs.  The testing revealed that not one but two of my children have dyslexia.
  • In July, our child who was first diagnosed with autism a few years ago started ABA therapy.  In September, our child who was diagnosed just this summer started ABA therapy.
  • I still found time to read books, though not as many as I would have liked.
  • I still blogged, though not as much as I would like.

While I said last December 26, 2017, that 2018 would be the year of taking care of myself, that didn’t happen.  Instead, I got help for my kids.  Things have been chaotic at our house for quite some time, thanks to the kids’ undiagnosed issues.  Now, we’ve got the diagnoses, and we’ve started programs to help them.  We’re in for a long road, I know, but with time and effort, the kids will get better and be able to manage their emotions and their difficulties better.

Maybe 2019 will be the year our life starts to get back on track and I take better care of myself.  In a few days I’ll post what I would like to see happen in my life in 2019, but I don’t know if I’ll call those things my goals.  Right now, life still feels a little too precarious to set ambitious goals.  I just want to get back to center.

Were you able to accomplish your 2018 goals, or did Life take you off the rails as it did me?  I’d love to hear.


  1. Scoopsmommy says:

    2018 was one of my worst years. I didn’t take care of me at all. I have two children, one 20 and the other 22. One with depression and the other with debilitating back pain that resulted in a surgery a few weeks ago (her second surgery for scoliosis issues.). My husband was unemployed for more than three months in the summer. We have had family discord. One of daughter’s friends has substance abuse problems resulting in many hospitalizations. Her issues have also hit our family hard. I feel like every time I relax and take a breath, something new bad thing happens. I work part time, but have been working full-time because of a co-workers illness. I have been disorganized this year. For 2019 though, I am putting myself first though. I am taking care of ME! This week I am going to make a plan for how I am going to do that. I DESERVE it! And so do you! We have got to take care of ourselves.
    1) No one else can do it for us.
    2) We set a good example for our families.
    3) We will have more energy both mentally and physically to take care of our loved ones.

    I work at an outpatient center, and I see the devastating results that neglecting your health has on your body and spirit. This year I plan on exercising 5 days a week for at least 30 minutes a day. (That’s only 2.5 hours a week. Aren’t we worth that???) I plan eating healthy, whole foods and limiting sweets to once a week. I plan on carving out time for ME, by asking off of work and planning things that I want to do for ME at least once a month. I’m not going to beat myself up when goals aren’t met, but jump back in the game.

    I’m reading “You’re Best Year Ever” by Michael Hyatt. Very inspiring.

    • Thanks for your honesty. I can relate to a lot of what you said, and you’re right, we’re the only ones who will take care of us. Please continue to let me know how you’re doing meeting your goals in 2019. I’ll be cheering for you!

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