2019 Goal Setting, Pt. 2


2019 Goal Setting

With Lara Casey's Powersheets, pt. 2

Yesterday I shared in my 2019 Goal Setting, Pt. 1 blog post about my reflections of 2018 and what I learned throughout the year. Today I am excited to share with you what my goals are and some of the small steps I will be taking to reach each of them!

Much like my goals wayyyy back in 2014, I have found that I am still very content with the idea of enough. I simply want a healthy and happy home life, I want to do everything I can to raise good, God-loving kids, and I hope to contribute to my community in a positive way. So while my goals may not seem all that exciting at first glance, I am really excited at how much I know I'll grow as a person through the work I'll be doing to achieve them!



Without further ado here is what I have so far for my 2019 Goals and the steps I plan to take to achieve them this year:

Cultivate a deeper relationship with God.

  • Attend church weekly (we’ve gotten out of this habit)

  • Use my Write-The-Word journal 2-3x/wk

  • Update the scripture/affirmation cards hanging on my bathroom mirror and meditate on them daily

  • Read: Fervent (again - I loved this so much last year!)

Continue to nurture a stronger, healthier marriage.

  • Continue with weekly date nights

  • Pray for Tommy daily

  • Kiss Tommy daily

  • Read: You and Me Forever

continue to Give more focused, quality time with the girls.

  • Monthly one-on-one dates with each girl (this worked great last year!)

  • Social Media Free Sundays

  • No phone/tech time in the car with the kids (including listening to Voxer messages)

  • Aim for 1-2 good "bedtime golden hour” convos per week with each girl

  • Read: The Lifegiving Home

Improve physical health

  • Do ten unbroken push-ups on my toes

    • Do the “Sally” push-up challenge once per week

    • Do any warm-up push-ups on my toes

  • Show up at the gym 3-4x/wk

  • Continue meal planning on Sundays (and keep Daily Harvest meals coming!)

  • Register for 1-3 5k Fun Runs and include family members

    • Turkey Trot

    • Superhero Fun Run

    • One more I’ll keep an eye out for…

continue improving mental health.

Work towards becoming more financially responsible.

  • Choose and read a book about healthy business finances (any suggestions?)

  • Request a copy of my credit report and analyze it

  • Buff up my business saving’s account even more

  • Book & pay for a full family trip to Great Wolfe Lodge from my personal income

Be more intentional about protecting my work/life balance by setting more strict boundaries and working smarter

  • Use block scheduling and add tasks to my calendar (not a to-do list)

  • Set strict office hours of 9AM - 4:30PM daily (with the exception of outdoor sunset sessions)

  • Work through The Blueprint Model course material and complete the course

  • Do not work more than necessary. Know what “enough” means and stick to it.

  • Read: The ONE Thing



I know many of these are not S.M.A.R.T. goals, but I do have smart goals written in my power sheets. I have to keep some things to myself, you know. :)

Here are ten action steps I've either already taken or I plan to take in the next couple of weeks to start reaching my 2019 goals:

  1. Read The Miracle Morning (done!)

  2. Begin my own TMM ritual (started this week!)

  3. Schedule dates in February for special dates with each girl. (done!)

  4. Register and begin training for an upcoming 5k race.

  5. Line up accountability for the Sally push-up challenge song (done!)

  6. Set an alarm on my phone on Sunday mornings for "Social Media Free" days and move social media apps to another screen. (This plays a trick on my mind and when I go to the usual app location out of habit I am reminded that's a social media free day!!) (done!)

  7. Update scripture and affirmation cards in my bathroom.

  8. Gather all of my quiet time / journaling (my miracle morning) materials and place them in a basket near my favorite reading chair. (done!)

So that's that! Let's see how this goes! 

What are some of your 2019 resolutions or goals? I'd love to hear! 

Liz Cook is a motherhood, baby and wedding photographer in Central Virginia. She loves to photograph emotional and storytelling portraits, the details of parenthood, and fun and easygoing couples in love.

Liz Cook

Liz Cook is a wedding, birth, and motherhood photographer based in Central Virginia. Her intuition and creative perspective allow her to connect both professionally and personally with her subjects, and thus, her portfolio is saturated with authentic emotion. Whether she's sharing her story with fellow entrepreneurs or enjoying quality time with her husband and two daughters, Liz is both present and passionate about capturing and celebrating life. Her work has been featured by O "Oprah" Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Glitter Guide, Essence Magazine, domino, Rue Magazine, among others.