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Reflecting On My 2017 Goals


My word for 2017 was Flourish. I don’t feel like I really met that goal for the entire year. I think the first 8 or 9 months of the year were great and I really was happy and well….flourishing. But life got complicated and the last few months have been really difficult ones in our house. Instead of flourishing I was just trying to tread water and not drown. But that’s okay. That’s life. I did great on some of my goals for 2017 and I didn’t do so great on others. Again…that’s life. All in all, I’m happy to see the end of 2017 and move on to better things in 2018. 

1. Be involved. I wanted to be involved with the kids’ school and with the athletic boosters and with football. I wanted to be involved with friends and with neighbors. I definitely met this goal. I became the team mom for varsity football, I am co-class coordinator for Zoey’s classroom. I volunteered for all kinds of events and things to support the school. I went out with friends and enjoyed myself. 

2. Spend wisely. I feel good about this one too. I cut the grocery budget significantly. I was careful about what I bought all year long. I only bought the needs instead of all the wants. There’s always room for improvement but I’m happy with my progress.

3. Read more. I definitely read more in 2017 than in 2016. I’ve read 133 books in 2017 compared to 114 in 2016. I was also more particular about the books I chose to read. Less fluffy smut and more insightful, emotional stories. I found some great new authors and best of all, I read so many books for free from the library and from Overdrive online. 

4. Update the bedrooms. Maliah’s room got a complete overhaul back in the Spring. The master bedroom got a minor redo. Everyone got updated beds. There are some big changes possibly looming in the near future so both Mason and Zoey will be getting new paint and refreshed decor soon. 

5. Keep the house clean. I had the best of intentions. I really did. Unfortunately all these people and dogs in one house means that it’s not always going to be clean. I kept the dust bunnies to a minimum and did the best I could. That’s all I could do. 

6. Be more productive with my time. I did great with this earlier in the year. Then the new school year started with a 5:30am wake up time and I was just trying to survive. I’ve come to the realization that I will just never be a morning person. Ever. I’m a night owl. Period. 

7. Pay down debt. This one was a big fat FAIL. We actually paid off a lot of debt in the Spring and then ended up with a ton of medical debt after Tyler’s concussion. So now we start over again. 

8. Pay more attention to my outward appearance. Yeah…..fail. I’m a jeans and tee kind of girl and that’s never going to change. I’m done trying to be something I’m not. I wear minimal make up and my hair is in a messy bun more often than not. I am who I am. 

All things being said, I’m pretty ok with how I did on my goals in 2017. As I mentioned, there are some big changes on the horizon for our family in 2018 so I’m going to have to be more go with the flow and less stabby when things don’t go smoothly. I’m a work in progress. 


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  • Jessica

    Progress is progress, even if it’s not 100%. You did pretty well on everything you’ve listed here, I think.

    I’m with you on the morning person thing. I’ve been trying for years, too, and the best I’m going to do is to be coherent enough to get the kids to school and do my errands. I’m never going to be a morning exerciser or a happy morning person.