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Goals for 2019: April Update

Did you set goals for 2019? Here’s an update on how I did on my 2019 goals in April.

A photo of Crystal Paine

It’s May 3, 2019. And it’s time to check in on our goals! How are you doing on the goals you set for 2019?

I spent some time today reviewing April and reflecting on the blessings of the past month and the lessons I learned. I also looked at my goals and how I was doing in each area. (If you missed My Goals for 2019 post, read it here.)

In order to keep myself accountable (and because I know some of you really enjoy these posts) I’m sharing a goals update post at the beginning of each month. I hope that this will not only motivate me to be focused and intentional this year, but I hope it might also inspire you in the goals you set for 2019.

So here’s my goals update for May, 2019:

Personal Goals

1. Read 40 books I already own. (I’m using GoodReads to track my reading this year!)

Update: I finished 5 books in April — 2 were books I already own. Look for a Book Update post in the next few days where I share more about my thoughts on the books I finished.

2. Slowly read through the New Testament using the She Reads Truth Bible reading plans at the beginning of each chapter.

Update: I finished Acts in April.

3. Listen to 2 audiobooks per month. (I use the Libby app to get these for free.)

Update: I finished to 3 audiobooks in April.

4. Complete all of the Organize in 5 Diary tasks to get our home more organized and set up better organizational systems. (Psst! Did you get yours? It’s just $9 right now.)

Update: I got behind on this in April, but I hope to catch up in May. (You can see two posts I did on some of my organizing projects in January and February: Cleaning Out the Cookbooks & Organizing My Purse & Bathroom.)

5. Stay offline for 4 hours per day, 5 days per week. (I share more about why I chose this goal here.)

Update: I worked a lot of extra hours in April and I didn’t have as good of boundaries as I would have liked to have. Jesse and I had a heart to heart talk this past weekend and we set some parameters for May that I am committed to sticking with. I’m hopeful that these changes will allow things to be more streamlined and will allow me to work less and be offline more.

6. Leave my phone in the basement every night. (I talk more about what inspired me to make this goal here.)

Update: I did this most every night in April except for the nights where I was traveling and the nights where Jesse was out of town.

7. Go to bed before 10:30 p.m. 5 days per week. (I’m using this little spreadsheet I made to track most of my personal goals)

Update: While I still had some later nights, I did do a better job of getting to bed earlier in April. Here’s to doing an even better job in May!

photo of couples on the beach

Marriage Goal

8. Go on an overnight trip with Jesse without the kids.

Update: We just got back from an incredibly fun trip to Destin, FL!! Jesse and I drove by ourselves to FL and then we met up with two other couples there. We stayed in an AirBNB and split the cost three ways. Since it was off season, it made for a very inexpensive trip and we had the BEST time!

Crystal and Kaitlynn Paine

Motherhood Goal

9. One-on-one time with each child at least 3 times per week. (I am planning to dedicate 40 minutes per child after dinner each evening at least three nights per week to hang out and spend time with each child individually.)

Update: I didn’t do as well with this in April, but I am still doing a pretty good job of prioritizing it. I’m hoping to hit this goal every week in May!

Family Goal

10. Take the kids to at least two continents and 4 states we haven’t traveled to. (We’re hoping to travel to Europe in the summer and South America at some other point during the year.)

Financial Goals

11. Pay cash to redo our room and renovate our bathroom (we have to pull out the shower and put in a new one because it was installed incorrectly and is leaking and ruining the floor/wall and we want to do a few renovations while we’re at it + we want to finally decorate our room — we left it really bare when we moved in and decided to wait to prioritize it in the budget).

Update: We picked a contractor and tile and are hoping to get this started soon!

12. Pay cash to paint the walls in the main floor of our home.

13. Fully fund our Emergency Fund (This is a carry-over from 2018 and we are hoping to have this done in the next few months).

Update: This is DONE! YAY!

Business Goals

14. Redo/set up a much more intentional customer acquisition experience for all three of our email newsletters.

Update: We’ve been hard at work behind the scenes working on this and made some BIG progress in March.

15. Finish launching the rest of our beginner Your Blogging University courses. (If you want to start a blog, be sure to check out my other site, Your Blogging Mentor.)

Update: I’m working on my next course, Monetize Your Blog, and it’s going to be a bigger/more comprehensive course than I’ve ever done but I’m continuing to make good progress.

16. Launch a Blog Coaching/Accountability Group membership. (I’ll be opening this up to a very limited number of people in January of 2019. Stay tuned!)

Update: We opened this up to new members in April and we have over 180 members who are part of this! Interested in being the first to find out when we open up to new members again? Be sure to join the waitlist!

How are YOU doing on your goals for 2019? I’d love to hear about your successes and struggles. Tell us in the comments!

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