This year I set goals with the idea of being gentle with myself.  I knew that we’re still deeply invested in therapy for the kids and that time would be at a premium.  To be honest, for awhile, I stopped updating or even looking at these goals.  I know how much I can handle and when I need to let things drop.  However, since it’s the end of the year (and I’m working on setting goals for 2020), I wanted to answer the question, “How Many of My Goals for 2019 Did I Accomplish?”  I’ll admit, the answer surprised me!

Here’s the update:


Use the Barton reading program with one of my dyslexic children 4x a week for at least 45 weeks. 


When I wrote my original goals post, my first dyslexic child had progressed from Level One of Barton to Level Two.  We’re now two lessons away from completing Level Four.  While that is good progress, we did not always hit the goal of 4x per week.

The second child with dyslexia I tried to teach and got halfway through Level Two before meeting strong resistance.  This child has now finished Level Three with a Barton Reading and Spelling tutor 4x a week.



My original goals were to follow the Paleo diet and to eat 6 to 8 veggies a day.  I decided to not follow Paleo because, while it works great for weight loss, for me, I don’t think it’s sustainable for the rest of my life.  (That’s why I gain significant weight whenever I go off Paleo.)  Instead, I’ve been learning about and following WW (Weight Watchers) since February, but since I only followed it sporadically, I’ve only lost 10 pounds.

I’m eating 5 fruits and veggies a day, but I’m still eating crap and not following WW closely, so I still have a lot of weight to lose.


Blog 3x a week for at least 45 weeks of the year.


Increase my business income by 10%.  


I’ve had several different work opportunities come up, and that has lead to an increase in my work at home income.  I haven’t done the final computations yet, but I’m quite sure my business income has grown by more than 10%.


Read at least 30 minutes a day. 


Honestly, I haven’t kept track of my reading time because that feels like a chore.  But I can tell you that I set a goal on my  Goodreads account to read 26 books this year, and read 32, so I’d say this goal is on track.  I’d love it if you’d follow me at Goodreads, and I’d love to follow you if you have a Goodreads account.


Read at least 6 religious/spiritual books. 


Sadly, I didn’t read any religious or spiritual books this year.

Read the Bible in a year.


I found this chart, and began the year using it every morning, but that habit fell by the wayside.  Instead, I joined an 8 week Bible study in the spring, and this fall, I joined a weekly women’s Bible study using the book, Touching the Divine, which studies the book of John.


The first week in January, I added these goals:

Raise $1,000 for a trip to Michigan


The girls and I took a trip to Michigan in October to help my mom recovery from hip replacement surgery.

Write one thing I’m grateful for a day


Right after the new year, I saw this excellent video that inspired me to write down one grateful thing a day, but oops! I forgot about this goal and haven’t done it EVER!

Did you set goals in 2019?  If so, I’d love to hear how you did on accomplishing your goals this year!