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?




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44 comments to “Motivational Monday: Look Back at 2018 Goals and Ahead to 2019 Goals”

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  1. Vidya Tiru - January 7, 2019 Reply

    congratulations on your 2018 achievements.. i am hoping to be able to get going on my goals as well sooner than later this year..
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  2. Judy - January 7, 2019 Reply

    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.

  3. Folabest - January 8, 2019 Reply

    2018 has been a great year for you. I wish you a greater success this year. Your achievements are motivations for me
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  4. Emmeline - January 8, 2019 Reply

    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!

  5. Diana Tidswell - January 8, 2019 Reply

    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.

  6. Clare @ Oh These Are The Good Old Days - January 8, 2019 Reply

    I love declutterand simplify for wordsand now you can have fun watching tidying up on netflix to further inspire your journey.
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  7. Sincerely Miss J - January 8, 2019 Reply

    SMART goals are a great way to organize your goals so that they can be realistic and achievable. I have used SMART goals for years. Thank you for sharing

  8. Becca - January 8, 2019 Reply

    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.”

  9. Denise - January 8, 2019 Reply

    Congrats on the remote job! I miss working remotely and am definitely ready to transition back to it.

    Denise |

  10. Alyssa - January 8, 2019 Reply

    I did choose a Word of the year. My word is Intentional. I also set my goals.

  11. Kayla - January 8, 2019 Reply

    I think my 2019 word is going to be ME. I am a mom of 4 and this year I want to focus on me as a person.

  12. Christa - January 8, 2019 Reply

    This is an impressive list of accomplishments! I hope 2019 sees your continued success.

  13. Tasha at Lady Boss Studio - January 8, 2019 Reply

    Great goals! I love to set SMART goals at the beginning of each year. I keep them on my desk so that I can see them all the time.
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  14. maysz - January 8, 2019 Reply

    What a great year in 2018 I wish 2019 will be our awesome year for us congrats great goals.
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  15. Rebecca Bush - January 9, 2019 Reply

    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!

  16. Megan - January 9, 2019 Reply

    I’ve never heard of SMART goals but this totally makes sense! I need to rewire my thinking 🙂

  17. Monica - January 9, 2019 Reply

    My word for 2019 is also SIMPLIFY! I can’t wait to put this word into action this year.
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  18. Rachel - January 9, 2019 Reply

    Love SMART goals – the best type to make. Well done on your 2018 goals and best of luck with your 2019 ones!

  19. Justyna Butler - January 9, 2019 Reply

    I love how you broke down the 2019 realistic goals! I need to do the same!

  20. Alexandra - January 9, 2019 Reply

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

  21. Elizabeth O - January 10, 2019 Reply

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

  22. Cristina Petrini - January 10, 2019 Reply

    I think that looking at the past year as a point of departure for the goals of 2019 is a great idea!

  23. Amber Myers - January 10, 2019 Reply

    Good luck with all your goals! I’m sure you’ll do awesome. I had a pretty good 2018, but I always have areas where I can be doing better.

  24. Terri Beavers - January 10, 2019 Reply

    I didn’t choose a word or phrase for 2019 and now I wish I had of. I guess it’s never too late to make some goals and achievable ones at that.

  25. Tara Pittman - January 10, 2019 Reply

    I love that you say goals should not only focus on money. Ones goals should also be something like relationships.

  26. Jessica - January 10, 2019 Reply

    My phrase of 2018 is “motivation and progression”. I want to live and breathe my blog logo

  27. Candace - January 10, 2019 Reply

    Sounds good!! I’ve always been curious about writing a book. But honestly I don’t know where to start. I guess that putting down a list of goals and to actually start working on them is the hardest part.


  28. Heather - January 10, 2019 Reply

    I totally agree with you. In order for goals to be achievable, they must be realistic!
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  29. Dalene Ekirapa - January 11, 2019 Reply

    We must look back to 2018 goals and see why we didn’t achieve some of them indeed. Thuis information will be helpful in setting 2019 goals.

  30. Laura Dove - January 11, 2019 Reply

    Good luck with all these goals! It sounds as though you have some great plans for 2019. I need to work on my goals!

  31. What Corinne Did - January 11, 2019 Reply

    2018 was very good to me. I did not have goals or anything but i did accomplish things! i am setting SMART goals for 2019 though!

  32. Ashley Rice - January 11, 2019 Reply

    I have been so bad with goals in the past! I really want to do better this year! Thank you for this!

  33. Dani - January 11, 2019 Reply

    What a fabulous post! Goal setting is so valuable. You make so great tips and offer brilliant advice here. Thank you!

  34. Gladys Nava - January 11, 2019 Reply

    Wow! That was a totally amazing blog post! I love setting goals every year! Thanks for the help!

  35. Monidipa Dutta - January 12, 2019 Reply

    congratulations on your 2018 achievements… All the best for 2019

  36. Katie McNally - January 12, 2019 Reply

    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.

  37. David Elliott - January 13, 2019 Reply

    Congrats on how much you have been able to do with your blog and in your professional life. I would love to be able to take courses in freelance work and being a VA, or go through some learning in that area myself.
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  38. Kayla - January 13, 2019 Reply

    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.

  39. Bindu Thomas - January 14, 2019 Reply

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

  40. The Frugal Samurai - January 15, 2019 Reply

    Thanks for sharing! Love how achievable these goals are, should mean you will be able to knock most if not ALL of them off right!

  41. Nicole - January 15, 2019 Reply

    These are awesome goals for 2019! I hope that you achieve them and more! Thanks for sharing!

  42. Sigrid Says - January 16, 2019 Reply

    Change and growth…Hmmm let me think more about this. I really need to grow as a person and professionally this year.

  43. Kyra Rodriguez - January 18, 2019 Reply

    This actually motivates me more to achieve all my goals in life. Congrats & Keep it up 😉

  44. Madanjeet Kumar - April 8, 2019 Reply


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