Top 5 Blessings of 2018 and Top 5 Goals for 2019

Happy New Year – Top 5 & Top 5 Lists!



Happy New Year! After a 3-month hiatus, I’m endeavoring to return to blogging in this new year.




So since this first day of 2019 is a Tuesday, that means it’s time for another “Top” list – and today, I’m going to give you a Top 5 list from 2018 and a Top 5 list heading into 2019.


Top 5 Blessings of 2018

       Our 12th Anniversary

On February 11th, my darling hubby and I celebrated our 12th anniversary (this picture is from a summer visit to my daughter and family during a camping trip).


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       My First Full-time Remote Job      

On March 21st, I got hired for my first full-time remote job, after working as a freelance, independent contractor for over a decade. I am a senior editor, primarily for English language arts, for an international educational publishing company. The job offers a salary, bi-weekly direct deposit paychecks, medical insurance (including dental and vision), 401K, paid holidays, paid time off (up to 120 hours per year), and other benefits.



      My 60th Birthday

On March 29th, I turned 60! A few days later, my youngest daughter hosted a combined surprise birthday party and celebration for earning my doctorate degree in 2017.


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    Grandchild number 5!

In October, I learned my youngest daughter and son-in-law were expecting their fourth child. This will be my fifth grandchild (and as we learned in December, this will also be my fifth grandDAUGHTER!)


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In November, for Thanksgiving, and then in December for Christmas, we enjoyed wonderful time with various family members. In addition, some of the blessings of my job include paid time off and paid holidays. So I was able to get days off during the weeks of both holidays, plus yesterday and today, for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

An additional blessing just after Thanksgiving was the arrival of a new fur baby, dog number 4, who had to be rehomed due to unfortunate circumstances. Meet Mocha, an approximately 8-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback with a wonderful sweet disposition, who gets along great with our other 3 dogs and 8 cats! She’s resting on my hubby’s lap here.


Mocha resting





Top 5 Goals for 2019

Declutter and Simplify with the New Year Cleaning Challenge

My focus words or phase for 2019: Declutter and Simplify. I’ve spent too many years with my life and my home full of clutter. This aggravates my soul and my spirit, and even adversely affects my physical and mental health. At 60 (approaching 61 this March!), it’s way past time for a change!

I am in a group on Facebook called, Cleaning Bursts. The suggested strategy for 2019 is the New Year Cleaning Burst Challenge. This is a free challenge to participate in, and offers numerous printable checklists and calendars. Check it out if this is something YOU want to tackle this year!


Manage Time More Effectively

I have been going through quite the transition over the past several months. Ever since getting hired for my first full-time remote job on March 21, 2018, I have had a difficult time managing my time to accomplish all the things I need and want to do in addition to the job — including blogging and sewing.

But beginning last November, at my supervisor’s advice to “take back my life” and only work the 40 hours per week I get paid to work, I have happily been sewing and crafting for Christmas gifts in my spare time after my work hours. I accomplished a decent number of gifts by Christmas, but will have some more to finish this month. Didn’t quite start soon enough! Plan for 2019: Start planning in January for Christmas 2019!


Clear What Is Holding Me Back

I have been on an email list called the “Daily OM” and in a Facebook group called “A Year to Clear What Is Holding You Back.” This is actually a year-long course consisting of daily meditations and encouragement to help you let go of whatever is holding you back, so you can make progress in life. Below is a screenshot from the site describing what the course covers.

While the course is not free, you can choose what you would like to pay, and it is actually very reasonable. If you’re interested, learn more details HERE.


Blog Consistently

I have tried for years to blog consistently. I definitely need to develop and implement a plan to do so. I really enjoy blogging, but it often gets pushed to the side when other things take priority. My strategy is to be more structured in my daily schedule so I can make blogging a “natural” part of my day.



Sew and Create Consistently

Now that I’ve been sewing and crafting Christmas gifts for the past couple of months, I’m even more eager to make time to sew and create consistently. I’m especially interested in increasing my Etsy shop inventory by adding ready to buy items, instead of just my customized items. I also really need to create my K-Lee’s Kreations site here on WordPress! I have the domain and have begun setting up the site. Stay tuned!

Here are just a few of the items I completed for Christmas gifts.


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So What About YOU?


What are your top blessings or favorite memories from 2018?


What are your top goals for 2019?




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22 comments to “Top 5 Blessings of 2018 and Top 5 Goals for 2019”

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  1. Melissa Chapman - January 2, 2019 Reply

    I am happy for all the good things that happened in 2018 especially m daughter getting into college. It will be a big transition and the realization that she will be one step more away from leaving us for good but eventually she will and so will my son.

  2. Tomi C - January 2, 2019 Reply

    2018, well it was quite a year. My kid graduated high school and started college. I lost 2 of my dearest friends. However, 2019 as with any new year holds promise and I am excited about what lies ahead.
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  3. Tasheena - January 2, 2019 Reply

    Happy New Year! You’re so talented, love the dress you created. I would love to spend more time doing more of the hobbies I love.
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  4. Candy - January 2, 2019 Reply

    Welcome back to the blogging world. Congratulations on your new job. Sounds like things are looking up.

  5. Amber Myers - January 2, 2019 Reply

    Happy New Year! I am so impressed by your sewing. You create some wonderful things!

    Here’s to a great 2019! Good luck with your goals!

  6. Dennis Littley - January 2, 2019 Reply

    Congratulations on grandchild number 5! And your doctorate degree. You had quite a busy year and it looks like you are on the way to making 2019 a success! Thanks for sharing this with us.
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  7. Jeanette - January 2, 2019 Reply

    Congratulations on the new grandchild!! That is awesome! I am so jealous that you found that ever rare remote job that also give benefits! You are doing great! I am hoping for something similar this year!

  8. Heather - January 2, 2019 Reply

    It sounds like you’ve had quite the year and have so much planned for this year! I can’t wait to see all that 2019 brings you.
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  9. Marysa - January 2, 2019 Reply

    It sounds like you have had a lot of wonderful things happen this year! Congrats on all those accomplishments and on the dog, grandchild, etc! I hope your 2019 is also wonderful!
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  10. Alyssa H - January 3, 2019 Reply

    Wow! So many big moments for you! Congrats on 12 years—and on the new grandchild. We have a lot of the same goals too. De-cluttering is top of my list!
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  11. Nikki - January 3, 2019 Reply

    Wow, 2018 was a big year for you! I like your goals for 2019. You’re a very talented at sewing! That’s a skill I always wish I had. I have the machine, I just lack the talent to use it. I can sew squares. Sort of. 😀
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  12. Ruth I - January 3, 2019 Reply

    Great goals for this year! I am curious with the course you were taking, will check it out.

  13. Pam - January 3, 2019 Reply

    It sounds like some great things happened to you in 2018! Love your goal about sewing and creating consistently.

  14. Tim B - January 3, 2019 Reply

    Wow! You had a lot of memorable moments in 2018! 12th wedding anniversary and 60th birthdays are some nice milestones to enjoy. Hope you have more great celebrations, fun times, wonderful moments and work success in 2019. Happy New Year!

  15. Lisa Favre - January 3, 2019 Reply

    What a great year and congratulations on your full-time remote job as well. What a wonderful accomplishment!
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  16. Jeanine - January 3, 2019 Reply

    So exciting a first full time remote job. I love it I’m considering getting a nighttime job outside the home this year. Hasn’t happened since I was 17!

  17. KIM CROISANT - January 3, 2019 Reply

    Looks like you had a great 2018 and have great goals for 2019. Mine are about the same as yours. Here’s to good luck to the both of us

  18. Swathi - January 4, 2019 Reply

    Look like you had wonderful 2018 and your planning for the 2019 sounds great. Love it. Grand kids are wonderful.

  19. Natalie - January 11, 2019 Reply

    These are some amazing accomplishments for 2018 & goals for 2019. I think those dresses and quilts look simply amazing, I wish I knew how to do those.

  20. Clare @ Oh These Are The Good Old Days - January 11, 2019 Reply

    ohhhhhhh those stockings and quilts are so cute and so very sweet! i am going to blog more consistently too. we need editorial calendars. i have a few i’m trying out.

  21. Belle - January 12, 2019 Reply

    Full-time remote job is just what I need! Congrats! Sounds like you had an amazing 2018!

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