Motivational Monday: Look Back at 2018 Goals and Ahead to 2019 Goals

Reflecting on My Phrase for 2018:





Since we have arrived at the first Motivational Monday of 2019, I wanted to look back again on my phrase for 2018.

I thought looking at the goals I wanted to achieve / did achieve in 2018 would give me motivation for achieving my goals in this new year. I have added some updates and many of them are ongoing!


Did you choose a word or phrase for 2018?


I selected my phrase for 2018 as: “Change and Growth.”  I had previously written out my goals, and as it turns out, they all DID address the ideas of changing and growing. Imagine that?

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



     Freelance Work

As of March 21, 2018, almost 1 year ago now, I got hired for a full-time remote position, so this was a big win and goal achieved!


     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! [And, note, my 2019 phrase is, Declutter and Simplify!] Now, instead of having numerous sites and monthly fees elsewhere, I’ve moved 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’ve mentioned previously, 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.

As of last fall, 2018, I have also signed up for small business management, computer graphics, and virtual assistant programs to add to or enhance my skill sets.



     Personal Goals

*Achieve better health – lose weight (about 30 lbs. to go!), eat better, get more sleep, exercise regularly. Update as of January 7, 2019: I some how lost 10 lbs. over the holidays! I think it was due to not eating as much, since I was so busy between work and sewing for Christmas!


*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. Update as of today, January 7, 2019: I now have 3 separate accounts earning money, with a total balance of about $5000. This is a big win over last year at this time! 🙂 Two of these are IRA accounts: a personal one through Edward Jones, and my work account through John Hancock.

The third is kind of neat and offered through PayPal, called Acorns. I opened the account with $25, and now have $25/week transferred from my checking account. My current balance is over $500 just in that little account. They also offer opportunities, such as I am sharing, for you to earn money by inviting friends to open and invest in accounts.


*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. Update as of January 7, 2019: I got a good launch into this, nearly every day in November and December, while I was sewing and crafting for Christmas! 🙂


*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! Update as of January 7, 2019: We have paid off some smaller debts, moving on to more!


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

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So what about YOU?


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


Did you choose a focus word or phrase for 2018, to lead you toward achieving your goals? Do you have one for 2019?




44 thoughts on “Motivational Monday: Look Back at 2018 Goals and Ahead to 2019 Goals”
  1. I do not do this but now I’m going to. What a great way to keep track of your goals and see how far you have come and what you have achieved. I love this idea. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I always do goals & affirmations for every new year. This year I have 8 affirmations that I repeat to myself at least twice a day, as well as some big big goals! So excited for this year!

  3. 2018 was okay for me and as of now I ha d lots of goals and hopefully will achieve this 2019. Good luck to me.

  4. These are great goals! I am a firm believer in smart goals, and I’ve found them so helpful! I am also working on figuring out a word of the year; I think it will be “unstoppable.”

  5. This post is so cute & true!! It’s honestly so hard to keep up with resolutions, I loved that you talked about having different timelines, that really is the most important part!

  6. What a year 2018 was! Wishing you all the best for 2019. I love that Smart goals acronym – very clever and appropriate 🙂

  7. wish you a greater success this year 2019. your achievements are great motivations for everyone. thanks for sharing this today.

  8. Congratulations on meeting so many goals last year- I love that you cover a variety of areas! “Decluttter and Simplify” is my focus this year too- and I also want to work on monetizing my blog as well.

  9. I love your goals and even more so your determination. One of the biggest things I’m going to be working on this year is ME. I am the mom of four little ones and often neglect myself. That is something that will be changing this year.

  10. Congratulation for your achievements in 2018. Good luck with all your goals! I’m sure you’ll do marvelous.

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