A Year in Review: 2019

year in review 2019

I’m not entirely sure where 2019 went. It both flew by and lasted forever, all at the same time. I don’t feel that I accomplished much. You’re supposed to be better than you were yesterday or last year, but I’m not sure I’ve achieved that. It’s now time to take a look at my year in review. Where I was, where I am, and where I’m headed in 2020 (though that post goes live tomorrow).

In 2019, I let PowerSheets dictate my goals and how I would approach the year. I had heard so many people speak so highly of them, and I thought it would be a great option for someone who isn’t the best at setting goals and strategic steps along the way. Honestly, I would not recommend them.

Like I said, I’m not the best with goals. There’s a ton of “prep work” that you have to do before you even set your goals with PowerSheets. It gets a bit redundant. Then, you’re encouraged to set 10 goals. That’s an excessive number for a year. You’re also supposed to keep them fairly general, which is not how goals work. I thought they did a decent job of helping you set goals, but a terrible job of helping you achieve them.

A lot of people love them. All in all, they were not for me.

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Year in Review: Goals Check In

  1. Buy a house. I actually did this one! Part of me has tried to diminish it a little bit because I don’t like to toot my own horn, but I purchased a house as a single young female millennial. That’s pretty impressive if you’ve read all of the articles that say we millennials can’t do it. Catch up on how I did it!
  2. Improve physical fitness and become more confident. Ehh. This one didn’t really pan out. I found a gym that I like better which means I’m more likely to work out more often, but I haven’t developed that habit yet. More on that later…
  3. Develop and show my love for others more often. I don’t know how I receive love, but I do show it by giving gifts and compliments and such. Now, I try to always share a positive word when it’s there. In 2020, I’m hoping to plan well enough to send celebration cards to all of my friends and family on special days.
  4. Be a better adult. I think I’ve done this one fairly well. I bought a house, took over my car insurance, put my clothes away when they come out of the dryer, wash my dishes when I’m done with them…
  5. Nurture positive mental health. Yeah, no on this one. It was a rough year.
  6. Make money from blogging. Maybe I’m not doing anything right, but I haven’t made money. It’s been a lot of time investment, and I’m technically in the hole when you consider hosting fees and everything.
  7. Build a fierce community online and offline. I didn’t do too well here. I was full of excuses for why I wasn’t going out and meeting people, and I need to break that habit.
  8. Boost and improve professional development. This year, I did manage to take a few online courses to help supplement some missing knowledge that I had. There are still talents I want to work on and develop, but it was a fair start.
  9. Reconnect with my Catholicism. I was doing fairly well with this the first part of the year. Once my house hunt and move and everything kicked in, it fell by the wayside.
  10. Become financially sound. Well, I did manage to buy a house. And my savings account is just about back to where it was before the house was purchased. My car will be paid off in 2020 (spoiler alert).

I guess I’d give myself a solid 35% on the year. Like I said, 10 goals was excessive. I’m taking a different approach in 2020. I’m bound to find something that works for me one of these days.

Don’t forget to catch up on all of the books I read in 2019!

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