It’s time for the official goal setting post of 2019! I know, I know, these are totally cliche and overdone, but I am seriously psyched for my goals this year. I took a slightly different approach in my goal setting and the end result gave me 10 goals (yes 10!) that I am really excited about. This year I used the Cultivate What Matters Powersheets to do my goal planning. I’ve used this product in the past, but never really fully committed to using them. This year I thoroughly and thoughtfully did the Powersheets prep work, and the goals I came up with are things that I feel will greatly improve my life and the way I can show up for others.
Now, since this isn’t a Powersheets review I won’t get into exactly how they work, but ultimately what you need to know is this; there are different goals that you can plan for in this book. During your prep work, you are asked to find recurring themes that you might have written down and not realized you had an actual recurring theme. After all of my prepping and some thought about how I want to shape my year, these are the 10 goals I came up with.
My 2019 Goals
A quick note: some of these goals are actually acting as more of a category and I can create smaller goals within that one goal. That being said, let’s dive in.
Goal #1: Hit Goal Weight and Become My Strongest and Fittest Self
As usual, getting down to my goal weight is on here, but this year it’s a little different. I’m not entirely sure what goal weight is for me anymore because I am shifting my focus to being less about the number on the scale and more about my body composition. I want to focus on building strength and muscle. I started to really embrace this in the second half of 2018, and what I discovered as my body started to change was things like my chest getting broader and my booty and hips gaining a little bit more “junk in the trunk.” The truth is, I don’t actually know what my body is supposed to look like with “normal” muscles since I have never had them before (if you have no idea what I’m talking about, watch this video). The first day I noticed shoulder muscle definition I almost threw a party, and I’m not even exaggerating. This year my focus is on several things:
- Upping my fitness. I want to build strength and help my body be as fully functional as it can be.
- Fueling my body well. I want to shift my focus in terms of food. It’s going to be less about low calorie and sugar-free because I really want to get some of the artificial junk that I regularly put into my body out of there. It’s more whole foods and if I want a treat, it will be a real treat and not some diet substitute..unless of course I genuinely love the substitute option, and there are plenty of better for me options I actually like. Bottom line: better food is stronger fuel which will hopefully give me energy and the nutrients necessary to build my muscles.
- Hopefully, a few pounds come off in the process, but worrying less about the scale and more about if I’m doing everything I can outside of the scale.
- At this point I still plan on tracking Points, so don’t fret.
Goal #2: Cultivate an Exceptional Marriage
My relationship with Erik is the most important relationship I am in (other than my relationship with God), and I need to make sure it is always a top priority. With our very different individual work lives it is so easy to just let routine happen and go through the motions without much thought into what we are actively doing for and with one another. We all know that marriage is a lot of work, and since we both want to make sure we have an exceptional marriage, we are going to have to put in the effort to make it happen. This means weekly date nights, planning together, hopefully taking a small vacation that is just us two (even if it’s a staycation), and so much more. Let me know if you have an interest in hearing more about how we make sure our marriage is amazing.
Goal #3: Continue to Grow Diva and the Divine
This one is a no brainer, but I do have some lofty goals for my brand this year.
- 25,000 Youtube subscribers
- 10,000 IG followers
- 1,000 daily views on the blog
- 156 video uploads (that’s 3/week)
- Create a regularworkdayy schedule and stick with it
Those are just a few of the goal,s but I have a bunch of other things in mind too. What would you like to see from me this year?
Goal #4: Create a home environment that is clean, organized, and beautiful
It’s no accident that the Marie Kondo Netflix show Tiding Up was released at the beginning of January! Many people, myself included, have goals that involve the care and keeping of their home. This year, I want to work on creating a space that isn’t just neat and organized, but also beautiful, cozy, and a happy place to be. I’m not entirely sure what this looks like, but for starter,s it definitely involves a solid purging of all of the things we don’t acctually use anymore. I’ve already used the Konmari method to go through my clothing and I got rid of 72 pieces. 72!!! Not a bad start, and there’s more to come!
Goal #5: Get Out of My Comfort Zone and Say YES to new adventures
This is one of those goals that is more of a category, but for whatever reason, I felt compelled to do this in 2019. By nature, I am a creature of habit. I love my routines and I am perfectly content to stay in my little boxed in comfort zone and call it a day, but true growth happens outside of our comfort zone. This is one of those goals where I don’t really know what it means exactly, but I know I want to do it. I can get out of my comfort zone by trying new things, posting different kinds of content, taking risks, embracing new adventures that come at me this year and so much more. I will let you know what this is starting to look like as I go on this journey, but I would love to know what this means to you. Let me know in the comments.
Goal #6: Rekindle my spark with music
My heart and soul was music for so long, and now I barely touch it unless I am singing in church for the weekend. Music was my identity, my joy, and pretty much my everything. While I don’t think I can get back to the obsession level I was at in college (I was a musical theater major), I do want to make an effort to sing regularly, listen to music I love, and sit down at that beautiful piano that I purchased with money I made off of Diva and the Divine (what an awesome feeling that was!) and work on my piano playing skills. In the past music relieved stress and brought so much calm and joy into my life. I could use more of that.
Goal #7: Cultivate Faith
This is a goal that I will never complete, but I will always aspire to grow and improve in my faith and my relationship with God. I want to spend more time in the Word, pray more, and make an effort to always be growing in my faith.
Goal #8: Grow and expand my mind
I like to think I’m a pretty intelligent person. The Lord blessed me with a solid brain in this head of mine, but I’ll be honest in saying that I definitely don’t use it like I did when I was in school. Without algebra, chemistry, and regular classes and homework to make me learn and grow out of obligation, there isn’t much that requires me to use my mentality to capacity anymore. I just want to make sure I keep exercising my mental muscle as much as my other muscles. A few ways I plan on doing this:
- Read (or listen to) 25 books
- Take some classes that will help me with my work (how to use photoshop, etc)
- Regularly do sudoku puzzles and other brain games
Goal #9: Bring Back the Blog!
We all know this website kind of fell to the backburner in 2018. I want my little corner of the internet to be an active place and a good resourse for people. Whether it be stand alone content for people that don’t follow me on Youtube or content that compliments the work I’m doing on video, I want to make sure that Diva and the Divine is an active, regularly updated site. Will it be as active as it was when I was exclusively blogging? Not likely, but I want to try my hardest to get at least one post per week up on here. What kind of things would you be interested in reading about?
Goal #10: Cultivate JOY!
In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it is so easy to lose the joy and happiness that we have the ability to experience daily. I truly want to make sure I am actively working towards being a more joyful person. In my mind, joy is a deeper version of happiness. Joy is contagious. You can be a joyful person even if in a given moment you are unhappy. I want to make sure I am cultivating that deep down joy that can be felt even when I’m not in a great mood or something negative is happening. This is both a conscious shift in my thinking as well as taking actual actions towards doing things that bring me joy on a daily basis. It’s not that I am not already a joyful person, because I am. I actually think I’m one of the most positive and happy people that I know, but there’s always room for improvement. I am very good at getting down on myself and losing sight of the blessings enjoy that is so apparent in my life. You can never have too much joy 😃 .
There are my goals for 2019. Do you have any interest in me documenting my journey through several of these goals? I’m thinking I could create some pretty decent content around marriage, faith, joy, and more. Let me know your thoughts as well as what your goals are for the new year.