Change and Growth in 2018 – Motivational Top 5 List!

My Phrase for 2018:





Belated Happy New Year!


Phew, I’ve been away for awhile, dealing with illness and other obligations, and THEN the holidays! Please pardon my absence, especially those who read and subscribe to my blog! I’m working toward getting back into blogging now and hope to pick up the pace as this first month of 2018 progresses. I do hope you all enjoyed the holidays and I hope you are ready to tackle this new year with a renewed sense of purpose.



Since I didn’t get started on Monday with a motivational post (per my own blogging topic schedule), and since today is my “Top List Tuesday” post — I thought I’d combine the two ideas with a motivational top 5 list of goals for 2018!



But first … I wanted to reflect on 2017.


You might be one who chooses a word or phrase as your motivational focus for each year. My 2017 word was “Breakthroughs.”  I think I would include victories and even special events within that concept.


Several prominent ones come to mind:


Feb. 11, 2017My hubby and I celebrated our anniversary — our 11th on the 11th. I am fascinated by numerology and the significance, even in the Bible, for certain numbers and sequences of numbers. Two 11s are said to signify, “A Conscious Spiritual Journey – a wake-up call for lightworkers, a validation of your thoughts, and a resounding yes from Divine Source.”

June 26, 2017I became Dr. Banks when I finally concluded my 7 1/2- year doctoral journey and successfully defended my dissertation, for my Doctor of Education degree in educational technology and e-learning.

July 25, 2017My only son and daughter-in-law had their first child, who is my FOURTH granddaughter!

October 29 – November 3We survived the historic windstorm of 2017 here in Maine, which did more damage than the ice storm of 1998, with falling trees taking out power lines and cell towers for over 500,000 Maine residents for nearly a week (and even longer for some of the most rural residents). We had no power, no phone or Internet services, and no heat during that time, aside from intermittent power from a generator for an hour or so at a time and a kerosene heater for warmth. (For a full account of that storm, check out my post HERE).

November 25, 2017 – After 36 years of trying, my hubby Dave FINALLY got his deer up in Belfast, Maine, on his uncle’s posted property. We were blessed with 75 lbs. of venison in our freezer!



So what’s YOUR word or phrase for 2018?


I’ve decided my phrase is “Change and Growth.” So to kick off this first “top list” of 2018 on this blog, I want to revisit my  post from December 1st, when I discussed my goals. As it turns out, they all do address the ideas of changing and growing.

In order to accomplish goals, we usually do need to change our mindsets and our existing behaviors, and subsequently grow into new ones.  I have divided my list of goals into 5 primary categories, as you will see below.



     Freelance Work

I have a few clients right now with various contract lengths and terms. The freelance life is a fluid entity, where long-term or permanent work is a rarity (at least in my experience going on 11 years so far!), but I always appreciate the work when I have it to do!


     Entrepreneurial Endeavors

I still need to put more effort into my K’Lee’s Kreations business – this includes building up an inventory of “ready to sell” items, as well as promoting my custom orders, and getting all my various sites up and running. My initial plan was to have my main site feature the entire business, then use smaller sites to feature specialized areas or products.

I’ve been debating the wisdom of that initial plan and thinking “simplify” for greater peace of mind! Now, instead of having numerous sites and monthly fees elsewhere, I’m moving everything but my Etsy shop here to WordPress … so stay tuned! 😉

For both freelance and entrepreneurial goals, I need to put more effort into promoting and marketing myself. I need to better maximize the potential of Pinterest and Instagram for my businesses.


     Professional Development

I still would like to take courses or otherwise learn more about grant writing, white papers, press releases, ebooks, and those types of specialized areas of writing that I see job leads for frequently.


     Educational Goals

As I mentioned, I finally achieved my ultimate goal of earning my doctoral degree in 2017.

I want to use this degree to eventually obtain better and higher paying jobs in instructional design, curriculum/course development, assessment writing, and online tutoring/course facilitation.

Ever the lifelong learner, I still plan on pursuing additional education in other areas of interest, including life coaching.


     Personal Goals

*Achieve better health – lose weight (about 40 lbs. to go!), eat better, get more sleep, exercise regularly.

*Blog consistently and begin earning residual income from blogging – still learning about the monetization aspect of blogging!

*Write my next book, finally – my “fire story” from 1985.

*Allow for more “me” time to do whatever – or nothing – without feeling guilty!

*Stash money away in hubby’s and my joint savings account, and in my IRA, on a consistent basis.

*Do something “crafty-creative” every day – whether it’s working on an actual project, or skimming through magazines and books for ideas, or designing/planning the next project.

*Pay off debts and eventually sell this home and buy a new one in New Hampshire (back to NH for me), so I can be near my two youngest daughters and sons-in-law…AND three of my four granddaughters!


So What About YOU?


Do you routinely reflect on, review, and revise your goals?


Do you have a focused word or phrase for 2018, to lead you toward achieving your goals?








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25 comments to “Change and Growth in 2018 – Motivational Top 5 List!”

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  1. Marcie W. - January 9, 2018 Reply

    You had quite an exciting year with just as much amazingness ahead for 2018! I make it a point to set both personal and professional goals with each new year. It really helps keep things on track!
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  2. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle - January 9, 2018 Reply

    My word is definitely balance. I have a tendency to focus on work so much that I forget why I’m working!

  3. Ana De- Jesus - January 9, 2018 Reply

    It sounds like you had an incredible 2018. Congratulations on getting certified as a DR that is amazing and how wonderful that you and your husband celebrated 11 years of marriage in January. I hope that 2018 is a magical year for you.

  4. Angie - January 9, 2018 Reply

    This is a great article. I liked the first collage and the biblical references, what you want for the new year is motivational. I think my word will be growth, changes- It’s something that’s come up in my recent posts too. Blog more, save & study, pretty much most of what you said lol. Enjoyed the read: )

  5. Jennifer Van Huss - January 9, 2018 Reply

    I’m a horrible at goal setting. I either set a goal that is far too big for me and eventually give up or I make a goal to easy and I accomplish it and give up.
    I’m going to give your advice a try!


  6. Emily Fata, - January 9, 2018 Reply

    This is such a great post! I do routinely reflect on, review, and revise your goals…usually monthly, but sometimes sooner than that. I like to set goals for myself to stay motivated and on top of things. 🙂

  7. The Bonfire Dream - January 9, 2018 Reply

    Looks like it was a great year and the following one will be even better! Can’t wait to see how it goes for you 😛
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  8. Jhunelle J ? - January 9, 2018 Reply

    Congrats on your achievements thus far! Goal setting was never my strong point, I’ve always been more focused on being grateful and taking any small step forward 🙂 I do need to practice goal setting more though!

  9. Vera Sweeney - January 9, 2018 Reply

    We usually sit down together and go over what was good, bad and ugly from the previous year. If it was ugly, it’s gone. If it was bad, there’s room for improvement. Obviously, if it was something good, we want to make it better!

  10. taashina - January 9, 2018 Reply

    Such an inspiring post! I find myself setting too many goals and objectives. I have to remind myself to slow down and focus on one or two objectives a day. Congrats on your achievements!

  11. Nikko - January 10, 2018 Reply

    Wake up, get up, dress up and show up. Keep the haters jealous. Such and inspiring post. I force myself to think deep. Great blog.

  12. Nikko - January 10, 2018 Reply

    Amazing post. All inspiring article and times to keep myself motivated and inspired. Work on myself. thanks for such a beautiful article.

  13. Megan - January 10, 2018 Reply

    Wow, sounds like you had a productive Near Year – It’s amazing what goal planning and focus can achieve!

  14. Sadaf F K. - January 10, 2018 Reply

    Love this post! I hope you keep on doing all the good work that you do in 2018 and ahead with a lots of success. Much love! xx
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  15. Czjai Reyes-Ocampo - January 10, 2018 Reply

    Wow! Congratulations on earning your doctorate degree! I’ve been wanting to go back to studying for my master’s degree and hopefully this year could be the year that it finally happens. 🙂
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  16. Taylor Mobley - January 10, 2018 Reply

    What a great year you had. My word is “intentional”

  17. Alicia Taylor - January 10, 2018 Reply

    It sounds like you’ve had an eventful year! Congrats on all the achievements and I hope your anniversary in February is even better than the last. Also, no more windstorms. I grew up in Florida. We get them we call them hurricanes 🙂 ). My words for this year are gratitude and acceptance.
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  18. Jenn @ EngineerMommy - January 10, 2018 Reply

    I love the idea of picking a word to define the year ahead. I haven’t figured out mine yet though. I am hoping to have more balance in 2018 and try to juggle everything better in the new year.
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  19. Heather - January 10, 2018 Reply

    I’m better about setting short-term goals, but I need to step back and examine the year, five year, ten years. It sounds like 2017 was a wonderful year with new baby in the family and new degree. I hope your 2018 is just as fulfilling.

  20. Evelyn, - January 10, 2018 Reply

    Welcome back! Thanks for your quotes at the beginning – love them!! This is the year that I am determined to live as called by my inner authority – balancing heard, heart and determination. <3 Evelyn, PathofPresence
    Evelyn, recently posted..Choose to Be Crazy Happy: 5 Tips To Increase Positivity

  21. Lauren Ashley - January 10, 2018 Reply

    Congratulations on your degree! It sounds like you had a great year. I’ve set quite a few goals for myself this year. I’m trying to reach a few professional and personal goals. My word is unstoppable.

  22. Lisa Rios - January 11, 2018 Reply

    Happy anniversary! How wonderful that your year is off to a great start already

  23. Amy Dong - January 12, 2018 Reply

    Though I’m not a resolutions person, I do do the phrase thing each year. Mine this year is “admire and respect”…mainly focused on those I love most, my hubby and kids. It’s so hard to focus on the good things about those I live with each day, so that’s my growth goal 🙂

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