The idea is to make a list of things you want to get done in the calendar year. The rules seem a bit arbitrary, so I've included some easy things on my list.
Since sharing my "dessert free" goal, I received a few questions, so I will list out all 19 here with a little bit more detail. And I will provide updates in future posts.
1. Dessert Free - no desserts
I will not be having any desserts in 2019. You can read more about this in the post here. Eating any dessert like food as a snack is also not allowed. Yes, I am making up my own rules!
2. Lose enough weight to be able to wear my wedding rings without having resizing them.
You can see a picture of the problem in the dessert free post. Due to swelling, using coconut oil, I had to remove my rings last summer. I didn't go to the doctor for it. The swelling went away, but now my rings won't slide onto my finger! I've gained about 25 pounds since getting married, so it's time to lose of that weight!
3. Go to Samaria, MI
Samaria is not far from where I live. When we get off an exit of a major highway, my home is to the West. Samaria is to the East. We got married in 2002 and I don't recall ever going east! The idea with this one is to add a little bit of adventure to our lives.
4. Visit a Michigan State Park that we haven't been to
Michigan has more than 700 state parks. Each year we pay the extra $10 to have the state park pass on our license plates. We've only gone to the state parks within 30 minutes of our home and to the Holland State Park.
5. Go somewhere on a bus
I may be doing this one alone as Ted doesn't seem interested! I saw the Ann Arbor, MI bus station when I was in downtown Ann Arbor for a holiday dinner. Going on a bus seems like something fun to do!
6. Blog more/write more
I want to write consistently this year. This is my fourth blog (the other 3 are listed at the bottom of the home page). In the previous year, I've gone weeks at a time without writing anything new! My goal for this year is writing at least 15 minutes every day.
I also tallied up how many blog posts I wrote this year, so that I will know if I do more this year than last year.
7. Increase Side Hustle Income
Having some extra income on the side has been wonderful! It helps pay for cat food and extras for the cats. This year, I want to use it to help with #11.
8. Eat a non-scratchy vegetable every day
I want to have veggies at every meal but that was going to be too much of a stretch for me to do every day from the start. So, for now, I will be doing one a day.
9. Pray for someone every day
In a sermon a few months ago, the pastor asked something like "If God answered all your prayers from the last week, who would come to know Jesus as their Savior"? I felt convicted. What's the point of being a Christian if you aren't praying for others?
10. Open an investment account
Seems like I should have one by now! This will be a non-retirement account.
11. Reduce mortgage by at least 1/2
Lifestyle creep and increasing the number of cats we care for, means we haven't paid off our mortgage yet! With dual income and no kids, we had planned to pay it off in 15 years. That didn't happen since I took out a 25 year loan. #7 will help with this.
12. Get a massage!
I've gotten recommendations for places to get a massage more than once but haven't followed through. This is the year!
13. Practice piano and organ every day
My current piano teacher says I am to practice every day. My progress in the past has been slower than desired, and I wasn't practicing every day. So, we will see how every day practice works out.
14. Ride my bike in spring and summer
Last year, I didn't ride my bike once! This year I am going to ride it. Part of the problem last year, was having too much stuff stored in front of it in the garage. So this year I will make access to the bike easier.
15. Eat out at a restaurant we have never been to at once a month
There are so many restaurants to go to and we get into a rut of choosing the same places. This year we will be intentional to try out different places.
16. Try out time scheduling
Time scheduling is concept from the book Deep Work. The idea is to write down on paper what you are going to do during the day. Then you will limit or not allow any interruptions when working on certain projects (the deep work). I want to try this out to see if it will help me stick to a consistent schedule for writing and music practice.
17. Read Bible Every day
I want to increase my knowledge of the Bible. I've read the entire Bible in a year once by following a reading plan. But sometimes I was just rushing through it to get it done for the day.
18. Get a new couch
We've wanted a new couch for a while. So, this will be an easy one for 2019.
19. Increase in person social contact
I am an introvert and would be fine staying home with the cats most of the time. I like people and getting to know people better. This year, I will be attempting to have more dinners or lunches with more people.
For the 19 for 2019 that are every day goals, I'm using a calendar to track if I do the goal each day. There are 5 of them - Write, Pray, Veggies, Bible, and Music Practice. This will also work as a visual tool to help me not "break the chain".
What are your goals for 2019?