I made it to the end of 2018 and, if I’m being 100% honest, I’m ready for a new year, new start, new goals, and a new planner. I’m ready to begin new things and stop doing old things. If I’m being 101% honest, I admit that I gave up on this resolutions list around mid-October. I also had good intentions for this blog this year but, I suck and Three 31 fell off my priority list. Before I release anything for 2019, I must properly finish out 2018 by sharing the results of this resolutions list and a year in review post.
Tighten security to prevent spam comments FAIL. Not only did this not happen, but there are over 14K comments for me to review and 13,993 of them are spam.
Write a series on Women of the Bible FAIL.
Publish Thursday Tidbits, a weekly blog post with links to articles, recipes, news reports, and anything else I find that might be fascinating or useless or helpful or funny or enlightening to others MOSTLY SUCCESSFUL. I shared Thursday Tidbits regularly until December.
Read the Bible in a year (again … with my favorite plan) FAIL. I read 38 of 65 books in the Bible.
Continue monthly tithe to church (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12) SUCCESS.
Facilitate a Bible study for women and mothers SUCCESS. I led Becoming MomStrong, Open Your Bible, Seamless and currently facilitating a crazy-deep study called Rooted that’s kicking the ladies’ butts. We’re taking a break over the Christmas/New Year holidays and will resume mid-January.
MEANINGFUL TO OTHERS
Get to know our neighbors SUCCESSFUL. I’ve gotten a lot closer with L.M. this year through play-dates at the zoo and women’s events at the church. I sent a Facebook message to another neighbor but she never replied. I assume I’ve reached Creeper Status and she blocked me.
Gather with girlfriends every quarter ( 1 2 3 4 ) SUCCESSFUL. I’m always going to achieve this goal because it involves great food/drinks with awesome friends.
Serve on a mission trip FAILED.
Invest in Britton Z. FAILED.
Invest in Courtney F. SUCCESSFUL. I am so thankful for this friendship and mentoring opportunity. Courtney thinks she’s learning from me but I’m the one reaping benefits from being with her. AND SHE GOT ENGAGED THIS YEAR!
Invest in Emily F. FAILED.
Invest in Makenna K. FAILED.
Invest in Kirsten Z. FAILED.
Donate clothes, books, and household items to someone in need or local resale shop MOSTLY SUCCESSFUL. I’m still cleaning out closets.
Donate something to be sold at Lord’s Acre (homemade dog biscuits, jelly, etc.) SUCCESS. I donated a basket full of art supplies, stickers, and a Journaling Bible plus free admission to a hand-lettering class.
Send greeting cards via snail mail FAILED.
MARRIAGE & FAMILY
Execute our wills FAILED.
Attend five Cleburne Railroader baseball games ( 1 2 3 4 5 ) FAILED. We only attended one game.
Visit the Fort Worth Zoo once a month, more during summer months MOSTLY SUCCESSFUL. While we didn’t go every month, Kamden and I have enjoyed visiting the FWZ in 2018.
Staycation to Great Wolf Lodge FAILED.
Mommy-and-Me “date” with Kamden ( 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 ) PROBABLY SUCCESSFUL. I haven’t recorded every Mommy+Me “date” with Kamden but I suspect we reached a dozen, if not more, this year.
Mommy-and-Me photos for Mother’s Day SUCCESS. This is a non-negotiable.
Obtain a library card for Kamden FAILED.
Take Kamden fishing on a big lake FAILED.
Take Kamden turkey or deer hunting FAILED.
Clean out every closet and junk drawer in the house FAILED.
Host Lisa in our home FAILED.
Host a game night FAILED.
Make homemade salsa FAILED … but my parents (and Kelby) are awesome and brought me a case of their homemade salsa from Kentucky!
Purchase a new dining room table (four-post, farmhouse style) and chairs FAILED. Another chair broke in 2018 and I’ve lost count the number of bolts/screws that have randomly dropped out of the table. Husband and I are convinced that we’re going to be eating dinner one evening and we’ll all go crashing to the floor. We like to live on the edge, obviously. And we hate spending money on “day-core” for the house.
Clean out my inbox once and for all (create folders for the stuff I want to keep but delete the rest of the crap) Sadly, FAILED. I try to clear my inbox once a day and a major purge every Thursday before leaving my church office, but I have so many emails.
Drink 50 ounces of water each day SOMEWHAT SUCCESSFUL.
Take a daily multivitamin and probiotic BARELY SUCCESSFUL. I resumed a daily regimen of vitamins and probiotics in October.
Read 5 books ( 1 2 3 4 5 ) VERY SUCCESSFUL. I read all the time and stay up WAY later than I should, but in 2019 I’m focusing on more substance and less erotic fiction. HA!
Spend 10 minutes a day in solitude for prayer and meditation (no phone, no Internet, no distractions) EPIC FAIL.
Save $300 each month ( 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 ) SUCCESS.
Prepare one new dish a month ( 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 ) FAIL.
Make the perfect homemade cinnamon rolls FAIL.
Splurge on a mani or spa facial ( 1 2 3 4 5 6 ) FAIL. This is dumb that I would even put this as a resolution. I hate spending money on stupid shit and I’d rather eat $50 in sushi than get my nails dipped.
Host a dinner party FAILED.
Attend a concert SUCCESS. Julie invited me to see Luke Combs and Jason Aldean in Dallas. They put on a great show!
Fill my gratitude jar with these heart-shaped tags MOSTLY FAIL. There are a few tags inside the jar but they’re from the beginning of the year.
Stop picking at my face MOSTLY SUCCESSFUL. I’m giving myself credit to make up for the stupid mani/pedi failure. I will always have large pores and pop a pimple but, surprisingly, my face hasn’t broken out terribly bad this year.
CHURCH MINISTRIES & LEADER DEVELOPMENT
Host staff lunch in my home once a quarter ( 1 2 3 4 ) SPLIT. I hosted a lunch at my house in March and June.
Attend two (2) professional development events SUCCESS. I attended Work As Worship in February and several online events throughout the year focused on Facebook and church communications and discipleship.
Coordinate two #LoveThe558 service days SUCCESS. I’m giving myself full credit for this too. We changed the name to #ServeJoshua because it makes me sense and so few people have home phones anymore so the “558” is unfamiliar. But the service day itself (October 27) was hugely successful with lots of people working and serving their neighbors in and around Joshua, Texas.
Host a conference SUCCESS. We hosted Work As Worship for Christian business professionals and Relate for women.
Change the felt letter board in my office at least once a week FAIL. This was a flop because I lost the board and couldn’t find it for five months. It’s now sitting on top of a file cabinet in my office. Maybe I’ll use it in 2019?
Create an Instagram account for the church FAIL. But I’m not mad about this. Facebook is a giant communication tool for us and I don’t think I’m ready to manage another social media account.
Create a new logo SUCCESS. I’m giving credit where credit is due … JENNY IS FREAKING AMAZINGGGGGGG. She designed our LAB Life Group logo as well as the Cultivate brand. She’s a rock star and I could not do my job without her!
Visit Lisa, John, and Diesel (Virginia Beach, Virginia) FAIL.
Visit Mark, Jenny, and Levi (Ashley, North Dakota) FAIL.
Visit Heather in Houston FAIL.
Attend the Farm Machinery Show (Louisville, KY) SUCCESS.
Attend the Women of Joy conference (San Antonio, TX) SUCCESS.
Visit a state park FAIL.
Visit a national park FAIL.
SUCCESS TOTAL: 24
FAIL TOTAL: 34
There you have it – 2018 resolutions are officially in the book.