#2019 #goals #cultivatewhatmatters

Wow, it’s 2019 already! This is the eighth year I’ve made this list and I’ve decided to rename them goals.


Because I want to focus on setting S.M.A.R.T. goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.

Unlike resolutions, which are merely things you resolve (or intend) to do, goals require planning, preparing, and, ultimately, realistic ACTION. All of my goals here fit the SMART requirements. I also have a snazzy planner for 2019 that will (hopefully) keep me focused and has space for me to track my progress. Get ready, Three 31 readers, you’re going to see a lot of planner pages this year!

In 2019, I’ll still use familiar categories but I’ve added some for focus, transparency, and importance.

A few months ago, I read Lara Casey’s Cultivate and it made a huge impact on me as a Christ follower, wife, and mom. She has an amazing gift of sharing her story and has built an empire around goal-setting. Even thought I don’t use them, Lara’s Powersheets have inspired me to take baby steps toward crushing my goals in 2019!

Enough talk, here are my goals for 2019 …

Faith Development

Read the Bible in a year (using this plan)
Memorize one Bible verse a month
Attend worship every Sunday
Participate in a weekly Bible study
Give sacrificially to the Cultivate stewardship campaign


Day date with Husband every month
Setup our wills
Kiss every day


Louisville, KY — National Farm Machinery Show
Denver, CO
San Antonio, TX
Visit the Fort Worth Zoo once a month
Visit the Perot Museum in Dallas
Visit LegoLand in Grapevine
Visit Crayola Experience in Plano
Visit SeaLife Aquarium in Grapevine

Personal Care

ZERO phone use 4-7pm
Spend 60-90 minutes every Friday planning for the following week
Listen to a podcast
Build a capsule wardrobe
Practice brush lettering
Declutter my Gmail inbox
Try 5 new-to-me restaurants

Missional Motherhood

Complete one creative page in Kamden’s LEGACY BIBLE every month
Create a library of chapter books
Mom & Me Date once a month
Mom & Me photo session with Becky
Create photo albums (starting at birth)
Fill in Q&A a Day for Kids: A Three-Year Journal
Improve toy storage situation in the living room
Create a chore chart and system for earning, giving, saving, and spending money


Meet-up with Girl Tribe quarterly
Lunch with Courtney every six weeks
Be a good neighbor
Regularly invite others into our home
Attend Women of Joy in San Antonio (September 2019)

Home Life

Meal plan every month (create a shopping list and stick to it)
Maintain a clean(er) living space
Complete the 30-day Declutter Like A Mother by Allie Casazza
Complete the 31-day Simplicity Challenge by Emily Ley
Make homemade bone broth
Use the InstaPot regularly
Prepare a freezer meal each month to share with someone in need or consume the following month


Continue “Thursday Tidbits”
Share one faith-based post a month
Share a page in Kamden’s legacy Bible once a month
Post a Living Well Planner progress report every month
Write 5 book/product reviews


Attend professional development webinar or live event quarterly
Host a women’s event
Host a community event
Build a social media team
Create an administrative structure and communication plan for the outreach team
Furnish and organize my office by enlisting the help of someone who’s gifted in budget-friendly design
Simplify worship guide, connect card, and attendance binder
Mail a handwritten thank-you note to an unpaid servant every Monday
Streamline and redesign the weekly e-newsletter
Coordinate a staff retreat getaway
Dedicate 60 minutes a week to learning a website-related task
Create an internship program for college students (preferably a marketing/journalism major!)
Attend monthly Joshua Chamber Board meetings

Regain Control of my Physical Health

ZERO eating after 8pm
Make healthier food choices (drastically reduce sugar and carbs)
Go to the gym regularly
Go to one group fitness class per week
Lower my LDL cholesterol level from 115 to 95
Lose 30/40/50 pounds
Get at least 7 hours of sleep

Daily Five

1. Spend 5 minutes praying for Husband and Kamden
2. Spend 5 minutes to send an encouraging text to 3 people
3. Spend 5 minutes picking up house
4. Spend 5 minutes on bedtime routine (multivitamin and probiotic, wash my face, and remove contacts)
5. Drink 100 ounces of water and one cup of grape juice every day

In 2019 I will NOT purchase any type of writing utensil. (Wish me luck!)

There you have it — my 2019 goals list. What are your goals this year?

What specific things do you want to accomplish and, most importantly, what are the steps you’re taking to be successful?

I’m praying for you, for me, and this new year. Let’s make it a great one!