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My Plan to Finish the Year Strong



I got into a funk with my goals. I shared about it here. They just felt stale and like they didn't fit. So I've been on a goal hiatus.

Well, late in the summer I finally got my goal-groove back. I made goals for August, which went great. And then last month I was able to sit down and make some new goals to finish the year strong.

Maybe you are in a similar place as me? Struggling with your goals? Or maybe you lost track of your goals along the way? Or maybe you simply don't have any goals right now?

You can still finish the year strong. Any day can be your January 1st.

So what are we to do? How do we make a plan to finish the year strong?

Here are some steps, and then I'll share my new goals below.

1. Evaluate your priorities in this current season.

I found it helpful to just write out and describe my current season. From there I made a list of my priorities so that I can write out exactly what is most important to me right now.

2. Create goal ideas from your priorities.

Brainstorm goal ideas from your list of priorities. Feel free to dream big or small here.

3. Know your why!

Make sure you know why you want to accomplish these goals. Look deep. This will be your fuel. If you can't think of a reason why then maybe this isn't the time to pour into that goal.

4. Make your goals easy to track.

Break big goals into easy to track action steps.


With all that in mind, here are my goals for the remaining months of 2019:

1. Grow in my faith.

This is important to me because I want to honor and glorify the Lord in all I do on this earth. I plan to accomplish this goal by the following action steps:

  • Read at least 2 gospel-centered books
  • Participate in my church Bible Study on Nehemiah
  • Pray daily


2. Build our family culture.

This is important to me because I want our kids to have many positive memories and feelings when they think back to their childhood. I plan to accomplish this goal by the following action steps:

  • Weekly individual quality time with each child
  • Weekly family fun together
  • Nightly prayer time as a family
  • Prioritize time with Michael


3. Be a diligent homeschool teacher

This is important to me because I am the main educator for my children and I want them to be successful and enjoy learning. I plan to accomplish this goal by the following action steps:

  • Lean into our homeschool rhythm
  • Exude joy in learning
  • Stay the course even if there is a little pushback
  • Find ways to add fun
  • Participate in our homeschool co-op


4. Manage my household well

This is important to me because I am the keeper of our home and I want to manage it well for all of our benefit. I plan to accomplish this goal by the following action steps:

  • Lean into daily cleaning habits
  • Accomplish our weekly cleaning routine
  • Pay down debt
  • Menu plan each week
  • Feed my family with joy


5. Grow my online business

This is important to me because I find energy and excitement by having projects and there is the added benefit of making money for our family. I plan to accomplish this goal by the following action steps:

  • Blog at least twice a week
  • Find my "pep talk" voice
  • Make more subscriber resources
  • Complete and launch a project I am currently working on


Through this process, I kept coming back to steady and joy. 

Steady is my word for this year. I keep coming back to wanting to make slow and steady progress on what is most important to me.

I want to do all of this with joy that comes from deeper meaning through Christ. Not just situational, but foundational.

It is possible to finish the year strong no matter how it has gone. 











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