Wednesday, December 6, 2017

2017 Goals Recap

I mentioned all the way back in January that I have really enjoyed setting goals the last few years. I don't always meet them, but they help me to stay more on track with things that are important to me. 
I don't want to say I did super great on my goals this year, because, well, I definitely could have done better. A lot of them went really well until this last month or so. Moving has thrown everything for a loop and hasn't left a lot of time for much else, but overall this year, I did pretty well with most of my goals. 
Here's what they were: 

Complete another Bible reading plan
This is one that went really well until this last month or so. I kept up on it for the most part and if I missed a day, I made it up the next day. I have really enjoyed being in the New Testament a lot more this year and paired with the Be Still journal, I felt like I mixed up my quiet times a bit this year, which was a good thing for me and really refreshing! 

Read 25 books
This one I think I will actually meet. I am at 20 completed books right now and I am in the middle of a novel and 2 non fiction books right now. My husband and I are taking a trip in a couple weeks sans kiddos which will give me some reading time on flights as well, so I don't think it will be a problem to hit 25 by the end of the month! Something I did a little different this year is I almost always had a non fiction book going. I read those slower and I prefer to just read a chapter or so at a time so I can soak up whatever I read, whereas with novels I read and read and read. My husband and I have read several parenting books this year, which has been really fun. One of us will read a chapter out loud to the other. I have really enjoyed getting his take on certain topics and I'm glad we are getting some of the same ideas from these books so we can decide together what we want to put into practice. That is why I have 2 non fiction going right now-I'm reading one on my own and one with him. 

Health and Fitness
I didn't ever really set a specific, measurable goal for this. I should have, but didn't, and it showed. For the first half of the year or so, I set workout goals each month and did well with that, but kind of stopped somewhere in the summer. I may try to do that again next year because it kept me pretty consistent with workouts. 

Blog once per week
I am so bummed about this one! I did SO good on this until November! Again with the moving situation. This is my 65th post in 2017, so I definitely averaged more than once a week with doing Blogtober, so I think I'm going to call this a semi-win. I had wanted to do once per week just for consistency. In the past I have done weeks where I post almost every day and then nothing for months, so I wanted to just have something more consistent. Once per week felt totally do able to me most weeks. 

Daily memory journal
This was a fail, and here's why. I did great the first half of the year or so. I really enjoyed doing this most days because it was fun to write down cute things the kids said or did, or great conversations I had with my husband. But it got to the point of feeling like I had to sit down at bedtime and do it and sometimes I didn't want to take 5 minutes to write something out. I think maybe an electronic type would be better for me because I can type a lot faster than write so it wouldn't take me long at all to put it in my phone. Is there an app for this?! I do really cherish having little memories written down for the future, so I would like to find something that is do-able. 

Christ likeness
This isn't necessarily a measurable goal, so I am basically going off of how I feel. Compared to this time a year ago I would say I feel like I know God a lot better than I did 1 year ago, which I think is how it should always be in our Christian walk. Always evolving and changing and growing. So I would say this goal went well and I would like to think I am better today than I was last year :) 

This was a HUGE year for our family and there were so many unknowns, bumps in the road, and joys this year. One of my favorite posts to do every year is a yearly recap and I am excited to sit down soon and go through our year and remember everything we've done and walked through in 2017. 
I haven't really started thinking about goals for 2018 yet, but I will have to do that soon, as well. Do you set goals each year, and if so, what are you thinking about for next year? 

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