Episode 20: 2018 Year in Review

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Episode 20: 2018 Year in Review


It’s 2019. How do you guys really feel about that? My goodness. This final yr was loopy and a whirlwind and fantastic and I’m excited at the moment to leap into sharing a few of my ideas about my yr in hopes that you’ll take a while despite the fact that the precise New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day has handed. I feel we give ourselves a pair grace weeks, proper?

To look again and take a while to mirror and take into consideration the yr that simply handed. We’re typically so caught up in what’s occurring in the everyday or in our plans for the longer term that we don’t take only a minute to mirror on what labored, what didn’t, and what we might use, what classes we will use from the previous yr as we transfer ahead in our lives. So right now for episode 20, I need to share a 2018 yr in evaluate with my wins and my wants for enchancment and in addition an summary of all the insane issues that occurred.

Phase: Magical Journey Second

As I get began on this episode. I need to share a magical journey second that occurred over the Christmas break. Now, in the event you’re new to the present and magical journey second is a phase the place I do the place I simply share a pair minutes of 1 particular second in time. They often occurred once we have been touring or off on an journey that encompasses all the marvel and pleasure and all of these good emotions you could really feel if you wish to, whenever you’re out adventuring close to or far. I share these moments from my expertise in hopes that it is possible for you to to search for and concentrate on magical journey moments as they occur in your personal life.

Snowboarding In Wintergreen 

Dave and I made a decision to spend our Christmas vacation with the youngsters at a close-by ski resort. We had not deliberate on going all the best way house to go to household and also you taught this yr, however we did, particularly due to the flood that occurred in November in our home. We needed to get out of the home and ensure that we had someplace particular to spend Christmas eve and Christmas morning. We had by no means been to wintergreen earlier than and it’s a unbelievable place. We have been over joyed by how superior it was. We had an ideal little rental.

This magical journey second occurred after a full day of snowboarding. We dropped the youngsters off at ski faculty, which is principally like classes and childcare all wrapped up in Dave and I obtained to spend the afternoon snowboarding collectively, which we hadn’t achieved in years and it was actually, actually enjoyable to be again on the mountain again on skis.

We each grew up snowboarding, so this was actually enjoyable and after the day we went to select up the youngsters from ski faculty. Fortunately all three youngsters had had a unbelievable expertise and I do know which may not all the time be the case, however that they had a good time they usually have been in persevering with to ski with us despite the fact that they’d been snowboarding all day with their instructors. They determined that they needed to do a pair runs with mother and pop.

Plum is just 5. She simply turned 5 a few weeks in the past and so I put her on her little skis in between my legs and we held onto my poles collectively in entrance of us, like holding out a bar in entrance of us. The boys didn’t have poles, they have been simply doing their pizza down the hill and I began making massive broad turns and Dave was making massive broad turns and the little boys have been following behind us like ducklings, snowboarding down the mountain.

Now, that is the primary time that any of my youngsters had skied. Perhaps we put skis on Milo, for like half an hour when he was two years previous on a visit to Utah, however this was the primary time that any of them as precise youngsters had executed this earlier than. I had no expectation that we might be capable of, all 5 of us go down the mountain collectively and it was so unimaginable to show round and watch my boys snowboarding down this mountain.

The easiest a part of the entire thing was once we acquired to the very backside of the newbie hill, there’s a excessive velocity raise that matches six individuals and so we went each different individual, you recognize, I had Eliot on one aspect, Plum in the center. Then Dave after which Eilo, the top, and all of us acquired onto the raise collectively and we had, you recognize, these 5 minutes of writing up the carry, simply laughing and the solar was shining and I simply felt so crammed up.

You understand, these moments as an individual, as a mother, that you’re so pleased with your individuals. You’re so pleased with this factor that you’ve created and these relationships. And that each one 5 of us might sit collectively on the raise after an entire day of snowboarding and nobody in that exact second, nobody was having a breakdown. Everybody was excited. We have been all so completely happy to be collectively and simply wanting round me. I had this intense second of gratitude of feeling so fulfilled that if I obtained to stay any extra moments on the earth, they’re simply added blessings as a result of what an unimaginable time to have the ability to spend with my youngsters and with my husband.

Perhaps you must be a skier to fill all crammed up by writing a carry. Your whole youngsters. It’s this second that I didn’t once I was in the throes of early motherhood with infants and feeling prefer it was arduous to get out of the home typically and it was arduous to actually do something. It’s that second that you simply don’t actually understand it’s going to return and to get so far, this chapter the place my youngsters are all a bit of bit older, they’re all capable of do some issues for and by themselves and nonetheless love doing these issues with us. It was a very particular second and I treasure it a lot.

I reached out my hand. I used to be capable of get a selfie with all 5 of us in it on the ski raise, so I’m feeling actually good about that reminiscence. I’m undoubtedly going to print it out and body it to recollect all the emotions. It actually wasn’t a lot what we have been doing, though that was so enjoyable. It was simply the sensation of getting thus far that I didn’t even know that I hoped for and realizing it as a household. It was a very fantastic, magical journey second.

2018 Year In Review

Okay. Now let’s bounce right into a yr in evaluate. First, I’m simply going to share sort of an summary of 2018 via my lens. And wow, was this a doozy of a yr? I didn’t even understand that. This is the reason it’s so essential to take a second.

Take A Second To Look Again

I would like you to do that. Take a while. It’d take you 15 minutes, 20 minutes, a half hour to take a seat down. I needed to open up instagram to truly keep in mind what occurred when a bit bit or like your photograph app or your planner, do an audit of your calendar, take a while to look by way of and mirror on all of the issues that occurred in your yr. I didn’t keep in mind half of this stuff as a result of it looks like a blur. I feel 2018 went as quick as any of the years of my life ever have. It was very full, filled with all types of sudden issues and thrilling issues as nicely.

“There are years of questions and years of answers.”

At one level in my life, and I don’t keep in mind once I heard somebody inform me that there are years of questions and there are years of solutions and I actually liked that and once I heard it on the time that I heard it, I used to be undoubtedly in a yr of questions. I felt like each time I rotated there have been choices positioned earlier than me and I wasn’t precisely positive which pathway to take. I wasn’t precisely positive the place these various things would lead. I felt very very similar to the traveler in Robert Frost poem diverged with these two roads forward of me and simply not understanding precisely which might result in the life that I hoped for. Two thousand 18 for me was not a yr of questions. It was undoubtedly a yr of solutions. Not that I felt so positive about all the things that I used to be doing. Though I undoubtedly have felt extra positive concerning the issues that I used to be doing this yr than perhaps ever earlier than. As a result of so many issues unfolded earlier than me, even when in sudden methods, in ways in which I might clearly see the teachings that I used to be to study from it.

That could be by advantage of all the work that I’ve been doing in the final couple of years of being extra intentional and dwelling extra deliberately. I really feel like I prevented numerous pointless struggling by way of obstacles and challenges this yr. Merely due to specializing in the great. At specializing in the issues I might management and of creating decisions to do the issues that I care about and that love and to disregard issues that I don’t.

For those who haven’t listened to different episodes in this podcast and a few of the issues that I used to be simply sharing resonate with you as issues that might be useful for you, all of these issues are issues I’ve touched on in one episode or one other. Within the final 19 episodes. I’ve talked about power administration. I’ve talked about making selections, learn how to make issues occur in your life. I’ve talked about relationships. I’ve talked about eager about issues you’ll be able to management and issues you’ll be able to’t management. I’ve shared a lot of what I’ve been studying in my very own life by way of the present and I hope that you simply’re discovering these issues useful and in the event you haven’t listened to a few of these episodes, you possibly can go to and discover a listing of all the podcast episodes which have occurred to date and discover one which resonates with you.

Wanting Again On 2018, Month-By-Month


Okay, so 2018. On January fifth, 2018. We purchased our home. We had checked out it earlier than.  I feel we checked out it for the primary time in October, November, however with the vacations and every thing, we closed on our home on January fifth, in order that’s loopy that it’s been one complete yr since we closed on our home. In the event you keep in mind, should you’ve been following alongside by way of the journey.

Our home was fairly a fixer higher. It hadn’t been touched and so a lot of the yr has been devoted in half to fixing up this cute Cape Cod type home in Richmond, Virginia. The weekend after we purchased it, we began demoing it as a household. We went in with sledgehammers and identical to went loopy and took out the entire kitchen. My youngsters beloved it.

We did a youtube video referred to as Demo Day. Oh my gosh. It’s so humorous. It’s considered one of my favourite youtube movies that we’ve achieved and I’ll hyperlink it in the present notes for you so you’ll be able to return and see my little youngsters hammering the partitions with hammers. They thought that that they had hit the jackpot once we gave them a hammer and informed him to hit the wall. Fortunately they haven’t accomplished it very a lot since.


I turned 35, which is admittedly enjoyable. It’s been an awesome yr. I felt prefer it was a pleasant wanting quantity. Thirty 5 is a pleasant wanting quantity, however I didn’t really feel prefer it made an entire lot of impacts. I assume the older I get, I additionally realized that I’m a lot the identical individual day after day and that one thing like a birthday isn’t going to vary an entire lot.

Though, I did have an incredible birthday and I went to Austin, Texas to show workshops. We had moved away final summer time and so going again, that was the primary time I had gone again, went to the Paper Craft Pantry the place I like to show and taught some Shibori workshops. It was actually enjoyable.


Most of March I spent engaged on the home coordinating contractors. Persevering with on the demo. The flooring have been refinished. I actually spent in all probability 40 or 50 or 60 hours in March portray my kitchen cupboards. I spent all night time a number of nights in a row in a hazmat go well with. Principally an enormous painter go well with in the home. We hadn’t moved in. We purchased the home after which we didn’t transfer in till July. I spent the entire month portray cupboards and there are. I’ll hyperlink the weblog posts about that and tips on how to paint your kitchen cupboards. It’s not for the faint of coronary heart. It’s. It’s an excellent doable diy undertaking. It simply does take loads of time and a whole lot of dedication to the duty.


April our household went on our household journey to Italy. That was our Christmas present in 2017 our yr of not shopping for issues. We gifted ourselves the youngsters a present of journey to Italy and in April we acquired to spend that journey collectively. It was so unimaginable. The primary time we had taken all of our youngsters overseas. It was undoubtedly a visit to recollect.


In Might I went to New York Metropolis with my sisters for a fast final minute women journey. Fortunately, New York Metropolis isn’t that distant from me, so I simply took the practice up and we spent a number of days hanging out collectively, which was actually enjoyable. I’ve three sisters and my mother and we wish to journey collectively, so we do this very often.

I additionally completed the patio, the again patio on the home utterly.


In June the entire household went to San Francisco for 10 days. It was so enjoyable. We did that in partnership with Alaska Airways and we received to see household and in addition a lot of previous associates. We did an excellent job of reaching out to individuals who we love, who lived distant and ensuring that we spend time with them.

I additionally spent a weekend in St Louis with child lock at a convention.  I acquired to talk at their convention, which was actually enjoyable and in June we moved into our home, so after six months of renovation we have been prepared to maneuver in.


As quickly as we moved in, we rotated and left once more for spending our July on the street virtually each summer time. We like to do an enormous street journey and this yr we drove from Virginia to Utah. Then down by way of Arizona we went all the best way to Texas and got here again via New Orleans after which again as much as Virginia. So, we spent a few month on the street day, flew out a pair occasions to spend time with us. He wasn’t with us the entire time, however it was a very unimaginable journey and all alongside the best way I taught my summer time workshop collection. So I taught indigo, dying in all of these totally different cities.


In August Dave and I received to spend a weekend with EZGO in Dallas and it was actually enjoyable to have an opportunity to get away simply the 2 of us and study all about their automobiles. After which additionally we have been capable of design one which now lives at our home in Virginia that we love a lot. It’s been actually enjoyable to play with.

The opposite actually cool factor that occurred in August was the siding on our outdoors of the home. So after gutting and dealing on the inside, doing the room by room problem and getting the again patio and the again porch, I’ll determine it out. And the entrance porch added on in August and September, all the sighting got here down and the brand new darkish blue siding went up.


In September the youngsters went again to high school. We additionally loved these weekends simply stepping into fall. We went to the state truthful, we picked apples, we went to Monticello. September can also be when the podcast launched!! I began recording it in July truly, however we launched it the primary week of September.

I additionally was capable of spend a fast weekend in Austin, with my highschool girlfriends. It was actually enjoyable to maintain up with them and eventually make the women journey that we had talked about for years and years truly occurred. Listed here are a few of my favourite concepts for a woman’s journey in Austin.


The start of October Dave and I spent a weekend in New York Metropolis together with his household. That was a Christmas present that his mother and father had given to us for Christmas 2017. The journey was for all the grownup youngsters and spouses. We left the youngsters house with a babysitter and have been capable of discover the town collectively. We additionally took the youngsters down to hang around with some new associates in North Carolina and that was an exquisite couple of days.

And I made a decision that the final minute that I did need to sew Halloween costumes. I type of went forwards and backwards on this as a result of there are such a lot of different issues happening, however on the final minute I made a decision, sure, I’m going to do it and I’m so glad that I did. I spent about two days stitching all of our Winnie the Pooh Halloween costumes. I’ll put an image of that in the present notes should you didn’t catch it on instagram and it was a lot enjoyable to decorate up as a household like we now have for years.


November occurred. November seventh our home flooded. Man, in any case of this yr of like a lot of issues. I used to be ending the home, getting every little thing good, after which we had about two months the place I felt like we have been on a daily routine.

Our home flooded and we have been so fortunate that we had already deliberate a visit to Florida as a household over thanksgiving. We met with a bunch of our Texas buddies in Florida, spent the week on the seashore. It was unimaginable, and we went to Ookaloosa Island, which is true outdoors of Destin. Completely. Someplace we’ll return to.

And we acquired to spend a bit little bit of time away from the development zone demo zone that was our home in November.

I additionally launched the Journey Artwork Print Store and the Much less Stuff, Extra AdventureTM product line, all obtainable at That was such a enjoyable factor to get off the bottom. We’d been interested by it and speaking about it for a very long time and I lastly received that out into the world in the center of all the different madness.


In December  have been dwelling in an airbnb. I did my winter workshop collection going to Salt Lake Metropolis, Chicago and Portland and in addition educating in Richmond. I lastly completed my weekender bag.  That leather-based bag that I began in February that I couldn’t end till I used my brother stitching machine in Portland, Oregon, and we took the youngsters on our very first ski journey over Christmas break.

Wanting Again Helps Discover These Candy Moments

That was fairly a yr. With out taking a second to look again over the yr. Truly undergo my calendar and keep in mind all the totally different adventures that we went on, the totally different launches that I had, the totally different journeys that we spent collectively as a household,  I might have forgotten so shortly. It’s really easy to additionally get wrapped up in the thought of feeling like perhaps we didn’t do all the things that we hoped for, that we didn’t measure up in the best way that we needed to.

In case you take a while and also you look again during the last yr, I’m positive that you will discover glad moments and candy issues that occurred that you simply have been hoping for and that also provides you a thrill. You’ll in all probability additionally discover some issues that have been hilarious that you simply had forgotten about. You may discover some issues that have been challenges that you simply received via and that it feels so good to recollect the sensation.

I feel that the follow of wanting over the yr, wanting again during the last 12 months actually helps us to then flip our sights ahead to the upcoming yr with somewhat bit extra context and readability. We will simply see all of the various things that may and do typically occur, the anticipated, the sudden, the thrilling and the horrible and that we will wrap our minds round all the potential that this upcoming yr holds.

In case you keep in mind, and you can pay attention again to episode 4 the place I share all about this yr, we spent 2017 not shopping for non consumable items. It was are Extra Than Sufficient Stuff Problem the place we have been working towards minimalism. We downsized our home by half and we actually began to develop this mantra of much less stuff, extra journey.

Extra Journey in 2018

I’m so pleased wanting over my 2018 yr in evaluate that there was lots of journey. I traveled on my own to:

New York Metropolis




Salt Lake Metropolis

St. Louis

Dave and I have been capable of depart the youngsters with a sitter and traveled to:


New York Metropolis


As a household  we went to:


San Francisco

Our month lengthy street journey to Utah, Arizona, Texas, and Louisiana


North Carolina

Wintergreen, Virginia.

I feel by far that’s the most journey and phrases of journey that our household has ever accomplished. It was so intentional. It was opened as much as us due to this actually clear concept that we needed to spend our time and our power and our funds on these experiences of touring collectively. I feel that that had one thing that we hoped for in the previous and we’ve all the time been good about getting away right here or there.

To be trustworthy, it may need been just a little bit a lot. As I look again, I’m like, whoa. It was so unimaginable to see our rules in motion and to see how the issues that we put our power in the direction of are the issues that exist and occur in abundance in our lives that can also be true for you. The issues that you simply put your power and your assets in the direction of are the issues that you’re going to discover in abundance in your life, whether or not that’s journey, or whether or not that’s work, or whether or not that’s creativity, or whether or not that’s frustration, specializing in the issues which are obstacles or focusing in your challenges.

No matter you set your power in the direction of, that’s what will exist in abundance in your life.

“The things that you put your energy and your resources towards are the things that you are going to find in abundance in your life.”

Issues I Did Nicely In 2018

So now I need to undergo a pair issues that I did properly this yr as I look again and some issues that want enchancment.  I’m all the time making an attempt, however issues that I can work on as I transfer ahead into 2019.

I’m going to start out with the wins.

1.  I went for it. 

One of many wins for me this yr was that I went for it. What I imply by that’s all the issues that I assumed that I needed to try this felt like enjoyable, that felt fascinating or thrilling. I attempted them out. I did numerous making an attempt new issues with out expectation of how they might find yourself.


I purchased a home with Dave and determined to design and renovate it as the overall contractor. That was not one thing that I had ever carried out earlier than. I didn’t know precisely how it will go, however I used to be assured that I might be capable of determine it out and so I did.

I used to be so excited to pursue a relationship with House Depot as a sponsor of my weblog. That was one thing that I had been working in the direction of for a number of years and this yr due to persistence and emailing time and again and doing my greatest to create a fantastic relationship with the individuals at House Depot. I’m so glad that that was one thing that I used to be capable of see completed and one thing that may be a persevering with relationship.

It feels so good to have a win like that of one thing that I had been working in the direction of for a very long time and I feel that the rationale that it occurred was as a result of I didn’t surrender on it. Even once I didn’t get solutions for awhile, even once I didn’t know precisely the way it was gonna work out and even once I was advised, “no, I don’t think that’s the right project right now.” I continued to persist and made it occur.


One other factor that I went for was educating my workshops. I’ve been educating for years and I actually adore it, however I had this concept that I needed to journey and train in totally different cities. I needed to succeed in extra individuals than simply who lived close by. Once more, I simply absolutely went out on a limb and determined to place up courses in cities that I had by no means taught in. With Chicago and Portland particularly. I put listings as much as train courses on the dates that I assumed I could possibly be there. Earlier than I had even discovered a venue and even purchased a aircraft ticket. I simply determined that I used to be going to see the way it went and determine it out alongside the best way.


I actually simply went for it and all of these issues turned out higher than I might have ever anticipated. I simply talked about all the touring that we did as a household. That was one other factor that we simply went for. As alternatives arose, we felt it in our hearts and our guts and our minds and evaluated for a quick second earlier than saying sure, if it felt good.

I’ll point out there are a pair issues, alternatives for journey and talking that I turned down this yr as I checked out my calendar and realized that there was already a lot happening. I did gague and there have been only a couple issues that I stated, “I don’t think that that’s going to work.” So I’m glad that I did that, however for probably the most half when the alternatives got here, we took them and lots of them we simply created.


The opposite factor that I went for it was with the merchandise in the Stay Free Artistic Co. Store.  They have been issues like I discussed that I had been fascinated with and dealing on for awhile and I simply needed to do it.

“Sometimes the difference between success and failure is literally just doing it and that’s it.”

So an enormous win for me this yr was going for it.

2. I used to be actually intentional.

I feel this got here as a pure byproduct after the yr of not shopping for issues and the way actually targeted and intentional we have been with our shopper habits final yr in 2017. I attempted to be intentional about so many issues.

Spending 1-0n-1 Time With The Youngsters

I actually needed to spend extra one on one time with my youngsters and whereas I nonetheless have a methods to go. We did some weekly one-on-one dates. I made a decision that their piano follow for the boys, which has been such a headache as a result of they don’t actually wish to play the piano, however I’m simply making them anyway. I made a decision that one of the simplest ways to make that a good expertise was for me to take a seat subsequent to them on the piano bench your complete time that they practiced. It’s not my favourite factor to do both, I’ll be completely trustworthy. I really like watching them study, however I don’t love listening to them complain. However I made a decision that that might be a second the place I might be intentional with the best way that I spend time with them and sitting with them and serving to them made piano follow a lot simpler.

Studying With The Youngsters

The opposite factor we have been actually intentional about as mother and father was to work on studying with the youngsters. A few of you who comply with alongside on instagram (@livefreemiranda) noticed through the summer time that we did studying jars, I gave every of the youngsters a jar they usually every received a wool felt ball each time they completed 50 pages of a ebook. It was such an unimaginable method to get them studying. Then the reward that they received on the finish of filling up their jar was to go to Barnes and Noble and select one other e-book.

So, it was this type of self perpetuating enjoyment of studying. I allow them to learn the books that they need. Most of them are like graphic sort of comedian novels at this level. Numerous Canine Man and Captain Underpants. I’ve received a seven-year-old and a nine-year-old boy who’re readers, and so these are a few of the issues that they actually take pleasure in.

I knew going into the yr with the ages and the levels of readers that I had that I reaLly needed to assist them turn into higher readers and making a system that made it enjoyable for them to proceed to spend time studying was actually nice.

Purchasing And Organizing

The opposite factor that I used to be intentional about was buying and organizing. Despite the fact that we have been shopping for issues once more this yr. We purchased clothes and we purchased some furnishings. We weren’t in a full on no purchasing ban like we had been in 2017.


We have been very intentional about our purchases. Together with that we continued to arrange and eliminate issues all yr lengthy.

“I am certain that we own less now than we did at the beginning of last year.”

Even having purchased issues alongside the best way, we’re persistently organizing and eliminating issues that don’t add worth to our lives anymore. If I did a listing account by account article of clothes and footwear and backpacks and you already know tchotchkes and all the stuff that a family has, I’m 100% sure that our precise amount of belongings has decreased over 2018. That’s one thing that I’m so glad about as a result of we don’t really feel a scarcity in our lives as we do this.

We really feel like there’s area for the issues that matter most.

three. I employed assist. 

“Another thing I did well this year was that I hired help.”

This goes together with what I talked about in episode 19 about Wholeness In Motherhood, and never feeling like you must do every little thing your self. This yr I employed three specific kinds of assist.


I employed a babysitter through the summer time and the times that my youngsters have been off of faculty in order that I might have a daily work schedule. This allowed me to spend time, not multitasking as mother. Once I’m house with the youngsters, I can simply be residence with them and love on them and spend all the standard time in the world with them. Once I’m at work, which can also be once they’re at college, however once they’re not in faculty through the summer time break or on days off, they get to spend time with the babysitter and I can nonetheless get some work completed. It was very nice to let go of the mother guilt related to hiring childcare whereas I get my work achieved.

Home Cleaner

I employed a home cleaner and I do know it turned out badly as a result of our home cleaner was the reason for our catastrophic flood in November. Regardless of that accident, I’m so joyful that I made room in the finances to rent a cleaner to return twice a month and clear our home.   All the in between, you realize, the youngsters and I do choosing up and organizing issues, however the deep cleansing of the home is just not one thing that I need to spend my time on once I can make use of another person to do a superb job of it.

I come residence feeling so refreshed and excited concerning the clear flooring and the clear loos. I’m so completely satisfied that I made that occur. It’s not one thing that’s all the time straightforward, however we took a take a look at our finances and we figured it out how we might work it in and I’m so glad that we did. I’ve precisely zero regrets about hiring a cleansing service to assist me with the home.

Digital Assistant

The third and actually enjoyable person who I employed to assist me this yr was my digital assistant, Michelle. I had had a digital assistant earlier than doing a small quantity of labor for me on a weekly foundation. Then, I employed Michelle into an element time place. Principally the place every single day she’s doing a pair hours of labor.

She actually did the majority of the work when it got here to the again finish of getting the merchandise up and prepared for launch and managing a number of the Stay Free Artistic Firm instagram, and reaching out for collaborations with a number of the outlets that we labored with on the tour.

Deciding that it was the correct time to seek out assist for my enterprise was an enormous deal for me, and I’m so completely happy that I took that leap as a result of the corporate and my enjoyment of the issues that I’m doing inside the firm have solely grown as I’ve been capable of work hand in hand with another person to make a number of the extra intricate logistical issues occur. I’m so, so joyful about that.

So these are my three wins that come to thoughts as I look again over the yr:  I went for it, I was actually intentional, and I employed assist once I wanted it.

So I would like you to consider as you do your personal yr in evaluate, what are three winds that instantly come to thoughts out of your life? What are three issues that really feel like a pat on the again, an enormous smile, somebody ought to have given you a medal for that. That’s the best way that you need to really feel about a number of the issues that occurred in your life in 2018.

Three Areas For Enchancment

Now let’s speak concerning the locations that I really feel want enchancment. In fact we all the time need to be studying. We all the time need to be rising and we’re not going to do every thing proper. So these are three areas that I felt like as I look again, lacked just a little bit in my yr, issues that I undoubtedly need to give attention to enhancing for this coming yr. Ways in which I can develop and ways in which I can perform a little bit higher.

1.  Focus

The primary one is focus. I don’t know in case you can inform that I appreciated to do a whole lot of various things. I’m simply distracted by the subsequent undertaking, by the subsequent journey, by the subsequent journey, by the subsequent, the subsequent factor. It’s actually enjoyable for me to expertise the novelty and typically I lose concentrate on one thing that’s essential to me as a result of one thing enjoyable and new has come alongside to pique my curiosity.

That doesn’t imply that the essential factor is not essential, or that I’ve determined I don’t need to do it anymore. It simply signifies that I misplaced my focus and that’s one thing that I need to work on this coming yr.

A few examples of issues that I began and didn’t end this yr have been my stitching tasks month by month.

Month-to-month Stitching Tasks

I I needed to do one stitching venture a month and I did about 4 stitching tasks this yr aside from my huge halloween costume. I assume I made up for the remainder of the yr stitching 5 halloween costumes in two days, however I liked the thought as I began out the yr of specializing in one venture a month.  Then I hit March and I attempted to make that leather-based bag and it went awry as a result of the machine didn’t work correctly.

I did find yourself stitching to different clothes this yr. I made a pair blessing robes for nieces of mine and that was actually enjoyable, however aside from that I moved all of my stitching stuff into this shiny lovely studio and I haven’t actually used it that a lot now. I used to be targeted on loads of different issues. I labored lots on the home. I labored on these different merchandise that we’re going.

I really like to stitch although and I do know that that’s one thing that brings me pleasure and that fills me up and so regardless that I discovered creativity and the expression of it in numerous alternative ways, I would like to have the ability to focus at the very least somewhat bit on spending time doing that specific factor that I really like.

My Ebook

I additionally began my ebook in January of 2018 and my hope was to complete it by the top of the yr. It’s not that I didn’t have time, it’s that I labored on so many different issues as they got here up. Now I’m again in ebook mode and in reality this month, the month of January is time. I’m making an attempt to work on this. I’m making an attempt to have a laser like focus in ending the primary draft of my e-book.

My hope is to have that executed by January 31st and I’ll replace you on the progress as a result of I want the motivation of getting different individuals concerned in serving to maintain me on monitor as a result of I’m already enthusiastic about another issues I need to do that yr and I need to simply give every factor the main target that it deserves.

That’s one thing that I’m making an attempt to work on. I’m making an attempt to start out and end one thing that issues to me now. If one thing doesn’t matter, I get midway in and I understand, yeah, I’m not that into this then that’s one factor. However, I’m speaking about dropping concentrate on issues that do matter a to me.

Does that occur to you? Do you do this as nicely? I hope I’m not alone in that.

I do need to do higher and in order that’s one thing that I’m going to work on in 2019.

2. Wholesome Meals And Train

One other factor that I simply completely blew in 2018 was having common household meals and exercising commonly. Simply primary type of well being. I used to be going 100 miles an hour in a number of totally different instructions and it additionally was troublesome as a result of we lived in a rental after which we lived in our home after which we have been doing renovation after which we traveled quite a bit after which our home broke and we have been dwelling different locations.


We’ve got eaten out extra this yr than in all probability ever. Not like all good intentional, enjoyable restaurant consuming out a whole lot of occasions. Simply comfort. Simply I didn’t get groceries but this week. And so we’re driving by means of chick-fil-a once more. Simply not having a transparent path for our household’s meal occasions and that’s one thing that in the previous I’ve been actually good at. I type of obtained off the bandwagon this yr and one factor I feel perpetuates the opposite.

“When I’m eating right and I’m thinking about my nutrition as fuel for my body and the energy I need to accomplish life in the way that I want, I naturally am more interested in moving my body.”

Happening my walks or my runs in. Attending to the fitness center and happening hikes. Additionally they inversely have an effect on one another, so if I’m consuming crap then I’m much less motivated to deal with my physique in different methods. That’s one thing that basically it didn’t endure in the best way that each one of us are like, you recognize, now tremendous unhealthy, however usually I obtained off monitor. I need to enhance that this yr.

Up to now my household has used a Minimal Meal Plan. I’ll hyperlink to the weblog publish about that in the present notes and I may even, perhaps I’ll do a full different episode about it as a result of it’s actually an incredible. It’s actually nice and I’m realizing that that was one thing that labored for a very long time and I want to return to it. So that’s my plan for 2019 is to get again to my minimal meal plan.

The meals will in all probability look slightly bit totally different. My youngsters are a bit bit older however it helped me be in keeping with figuring out what to placed on the desk each night time in a simple and reasonably priced and wholesome means.


I’ve talked about train and getting again to a daily train routine since I began the podcast in September. I feel it was one of many first issues I talked about and I’m doing just a little bit higher, however I nonetheless want to enhance. I’m making an attempt to go to the climbing fitness center a pair occasions every week. I need to get some common runs in a Dave and I are going to do a half marathon in April and so that’s all the time motivating.

I want to start out a coaching program for that and that may assist me keep on monitor so far as train goes, however actually simply, I imply this stuff are so primary. Consuming properly and train are two of an important issues to contribute to general well being and wellbeing and once I get so distracted or forward of myself doing so many different issues, then I feel that all of us endure a bit bit so I’m going to refocus on taking good care of our our bodies as a household.

three. Giving Again

The third and last factor–I imply there are one million issues that want enchancment in my life–if I’m being completely trustworthy, as there in all probability are for you. However these three are those that jumped out at me as I used to be occupied with this. The third factor that I actually need to enhance this yr is giving again.

We have now been given a lot and I really feel so abundantly blessed in my life with belongings, with means and in addition with expertise and with skills that I can share and with time I haven’t been utilizing it as a lot for targeted giving as I would really like. I might love for my youngsters to spend a while doing lively service with me as a mother. I do know that there are causes that want my donations each of time and have means and perhaps have merchandise I like to make issues.

I’ve for years had this concept of internet hosting perhaps a quarterly charity stitching group the place everybody can come collectively. We will spend a while promoting a undertaking collectively and chatting and having fun with the group facet of that. However then all the issues that we make are donated on to a trigger that wants them. These are issues which were on my coronary heart and in my planner as notes, however that I haven’t put into follow in the best way that I would like. And so that’s one thing that I additionally need to enhance in 2019 is creating alternatives for myself and my household to offer again.


I hope that you simply’ve loved this present as I’ve simply gone over our full full yr and that it has helped you consider spending a while wanting again over your yr and doing this train.

“Go through month by month just to get an overview of what happened, and then pull out three things that you did really well that you want to just feel proud of, and three things that you want to positively focus on moving forward.”

To not beat your self up or to say to you, you recognize, you’re, you didn’t do a very good job, however to have a spotlight of issues that you simply need to perform a little bit higher and to proceed to enhance all through this yr of 2019.

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