If you have been following my 2019 New Year’s Resolutions, then you know that 2019 has been a BUSY year!
Thankfully, the Army didn’t have any major moves or deployments for us and we took full advantage of having most of the year together.
I didn’t complete ALL of my 2019 resolutions, but I did complete more than half of them. And most importantly, I’m happy with what I accomplished.
I put together this recap to look back on the year and to give one final update before moving on to my goals in 2020. Here are the resolutions that I stuck to and accomplished in 2019!
Be More Personal on the Blog
I feel like I accomplished this new year’s resolution by keeping readers up to date on my progress of these resolutions. Each month I published a recap and readers were pretty much able to see what I had done all month long. What’s more personal than that?
I also wrote a post about our finances, gave a peek into my art journaling Bible, and told readers exactly what I would want in my dream home. I felt like I gave a glimpse of who I am as a person, my goals, and dreams. And I plan to share more of that next year too!
This has been on my list of New Year’s Resolutions since the early 2000s! I never make it a priority and I didn’t this year either. I would get started exercising or do good with a diet for a little while and then fall off the wagon.
However, I still tracked my weight all year long and perhaps just this tiny bit of accountability made an impact because I lost 13 pounds.
While I didn’t achieve the HUGE weight loss that I hoped for, I am kicking off 2020 weighing less than I did when I began 2019 and that’s a success (no matter how small)!
Clean Out the House
We started off 2019 with a big clean out! I was totally into Marie Kondo’s tidy little world. I read the book, watched the show, and did the work. And it was worth it.
I can’t say that my house stayed immaculate all year long, but having less junk certainly made it easier to clean and keep organized. We periodically made donation trips to Goodwill throughout the year, mostly for toys and clothes the girls outgrew.
We are likely getting new orders and moving next year, so we’ll probably find more stuff to get rid of as we pack. However, I expect the process to be much faster and easier, thanks to the work we did this year.
Mark Items Off of Our Fort Bragg Bucket List
I created our Fort Bragg and North Carolina Bucket List when we moved here in 2017. Slowly, but surely, we have been marking items off the list ever since.
I am very happy with all of the fun things we ‘accomplished’ this year!
Complete Unfinished Projects
Though I technically only completed one of the unfinished projects that I hoped to. I am proud of all of the projects we did this year. I mean, just look at all the work we did and cool stuff we made!
Decorate the Master Bedroom
We have lived in this house for more than 2 years and yet, I STILL didn’t have my master bedroom decorated.
Decorating our bedroom has never been a priority. Most guests never see it and as long as it’s clean, it never really mattered. However, I got tired of looking at the plain white walls and decided it was time to at least put something on them.
I also picked out some new bedding and curtains. It’s not perfect, by a long shot and I would loved to add some more pictures of us, but it’s better than it was before.
Spend More Time Outside
I love outdoor actvities – swimming, fishing, hiking, gardening, all of it. However, I am guilty of spending way too much time inside. I get caught up with chores, sitting in front of the tv, working on the blog, or crafting. So, one of my resolutions was spend more time outside.
I deliberately chose outdoor activities throughout the year. It was good for us, not only to spend more time outside, but also to spend more time together.
Create Better Habits
Every year, when I make my new year’s resolutions, I try to set goals that will make life easier on a daily basis. What better way to do that than to make new good habits?
I didn’t quite meet all of the habit goals that I set for myself this year, but I was able to to make good on a few of them. For instance, we prioritized sleep this year and slept in every chance we got! We also ate more family dinners together and were more active this year – both habits that I hope to carry into 2020 and every year after!
Organize the Playroom
One of my goals for 2019 was to organize the extremely messy playroom. This room stays a constant disaster thanks to 2 spoiled rotten little girls that have wayyy toooo many toys.
After a big clean out in January, we started organizing the boat load of toys. Adding a giant cube organizer and a shelf for the American Girl stuff got most of the toys up off the floor and made the room much neater!
Organize Family Pictures
This was another resolution that I was hoping to make more progress on. Actually, I would have liked to just get it all the way done. However, it is a very time-consuming process.
On the bright side though, I got the process all figured out and the rest of the organizing should go a little quicker. Plus, I have 9 out of 13 years done.
Even though I didn’t ‘achieve’ all of my 2019 New Year’s Resolutions, I still consider 2019 a great success!
It wasn’t perfect, but it was progress.
I feel more confident going into 2020 knowing that I made it through the entire year focused on my resolutions. I’m excited to see what I can accomplish next year!