The End of 2018

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As we approach the end of 2018, new experiences and memories are brought to the forefront of our minds as we think on how we will have a better and more purposeful new year. As I look back at my 2018 goals, I am reminded about everything I set out to accomplish this past year and if I was able to succeed.  Whether I succeeded or failed, I have learned many lessons and look forward to the changes I will make in 2019.


In regards to my blog, I was having a great year; however, after we moved to Japan, my time and focus was taken away from my blog and my writing to take care of all of the changes.  There were not many views and posts made in the last quarter of the year, but that will change in 2019.  I had tripled my views from 2017 to 2018 and that was built off of a better plan and better work ethic.  My top 2 posts were Let’s Get Intimate and How to Improve Your Relationship, where I get vulnerable and explain my background.  A few of my goals of 2018 were improving the followership of my blog via social media and taking it to the next level.  I said I would make 1 video after I reached 100 followers on WordPress; however, I ended with 98.  I had a goal to reach 250 followers on Facebook and Twitter and I knocked it out of the park by reaching 300+ and 1000+ respectively.  I also added a Pinterest account as well.  The year was decent for my blog; however, decent is not enough.  Changes need to be made and habits improved in 2019.


My goals 1-3 had to deal with physical fitness and living a healthy lifestyle.  The biggest takeaway from these goals and results is that living a healthy lifestyle is an investment.  It’s not something that you can just kind of do or do every other day.  It is a full lifetime investment that takes 120 percent to make the right changes. This is another change coming in 2019.

Goal 4 was cutting our debt in half.  Unfortunately, there were a lot of unexpected changes that we could not account for and thus we did not cut it in half, but it is very possible is 2019.

I said I would read 1 book per month and I believe I read 6-7 books throughout the year.  Although it is improvement from previous years, it was realistic and attainable.  Time needs to be devoted to your goals and the best time to read is right before bed, or right when you wake up, setting the mentality for the day.

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Christmas gifts from my wife.

Goal 8 was getting promoted.  I was selected for promotion; however, I do not decide and cannot effect when I get officially promoted, so it will happen in the Spring time of 2019.

Even though they were not all A’s, I was able to complete 6 more college classes.  I am not 2 classes away from earning my Bachelor’s Degree and I’m expected to graduate in August 2019.

2 of my goals were related to my oldest daughter.  One was getting her to learn to swim.  We have been very fortunate that they offer affordable swimming lessons here and we have gotten her to some of them.  2019, she will continue them.  She loves the water, but she gets scared when her feet aren’t touching anything.  The other goal was getting her potty trained.  We learned that you can’t force a child to learn.  They have to be willing to and want to learn to go.  This is definitely still a work in progress.

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One of the last goals was to travel and specifically to travel to the Stockyards in Fort Worth.  We were able to accomplish the trip and I made a post about it here. We were also able to travel to Japan and made some trips while we call this our new home.


The most important thing is to pay attention and listen to the lessons.  They’re not always obvious, but they are there.  Learn from your successes and your failures.  Don’t let your failures stay in your heart, but your mind.  Know how to overcome the obstacles and improve yourself.  How did you do on your goals for 2018 and how will you make the necessary changes in the new year?  Comment below.

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