Since I’ve already recapped 2018, I thought it would be a great idea to look forward to 2019 and share a few of my goals. I personally love the fresh start of the new year and all the possibility it holds. My nearly-month-long hiatus gave me a lot of time to think about this upcoming year and what I want it to look like. I’ve divided my goals into categories, because there a few things across the different aspects of my life that I want to accomplish.
I’m very excited to continue blogging this year, and this year I want to shoot more fashion and style content. I’ve been feeling more inspired by my wardrobe lately. Last year, I made it a goal to shop with ethical brands more, and I definitely did that all year long. I am so incredibly happy with my wardrobe, which is probably contributing to my inspiration to create more content!
Last year, my goal was to read 15 books. I surpassed that, which was exciting for me. This year, I don’t have a number goal at all. I know… shocking! In 2019, I want to read all of Jane Austen’s novels, including her short stories. I love Pride and Prejudice, so branching out into her other novels seems like a natural progression in my reading life. Incidentally, I have started three of them and simply haven’t finished them! I do intend to read them in publication order. My second reading goal is to participate in the Everyday Reading reading club. Janssen has chosen 1 book a month to discuss, which I think is do-able. Lastly, I want to finish The First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. I started it a few years ago, so it’s definitely time to complete it.
I wanted to title this section ‘knitting,’ but I actually have quite a few crafty goals that exceed my ongoing knitting goals. To be honest, creating a knitting goal is not really needed … I knit every single day and just knit whatever I want. I guess progress is always being made in that area of my life. This year, I’d like to try two more crafty projects. First, I’ve taken up hand lettering. Every night, I spend 5 or 10 minutes to practice lettering. My goal is to address all of our Christmas cards in a hand lettering style. Second, I want to make an English paper piecing quilt. The ultimate goal is to make my mom a quilt (Mom, if you’re reading this, just forget you read that part!) one day, but for now I will practice and make myself a quilt. Along the same lines, I would also like to try my hand at sewing more garments. I have one particular cardigan in mind.
Oh man … the house. My major goal for this area is to continue finishing the house room by room. I took a lot of time over the past couple months to work on the office/craft room/guest room. Hopefully it will be done enough to share later this month! The other rooms are works in progress are the dining room and the foyer. After those three rooms are done, I’d like to start on the living. That will be a serious undertaking, and we started working on the yard this week. I have a feeling that the living room will be put on the back burner, but it’s still on the list for this year as I’d love for it to be done!
Traveling more is always on the list. As a homebody raising a family of homebodies, sometimes traveling isn’t appealing to all of us. I’ve realized the best way for all of us to enjoy traveling is plan far in advance, pick things that everyone will enjoy (not always easy), and build up the excitement. It also helps when you visit family, which will be our trip to the Seattle area in April.
I hope your 2019 has been wonderful so far. I can’t complain at all, and I hope we all have an amazing year!