My 2019 Year in Review

The end of the year is always a time for reflecting on the past while looking forward to the future.  This year I decided to share my year in review by sharing what went well, what didn’t go well and what I’m looking forward to in 2020.  One thing is for sure, this year did not go as planned.  I dealt with (and continue to) some significant back pain and significant stress from my husband’s business.  As a result, I wasn’t happy with some of my parenting moments and felt like my health and wellness declined this year.

The good news is that I survived another year!  Seriously, sometimes we need to just give ourselves credit for getting through each day.  Also, I saw record journal sales and hit some big goals for myself and my family! So although it proved to be a challenging year, all was not lost!

I’ve started a practice where I sit down at the end of the year and write a victory log of all my accomplishments.    It’s been a great way to recognize all those little things that can sometimes be lost in the big picture.  It’s always easier to find our failures than our accomplishments, so I encourage you to grab a journal and give yourself credit for every little thing you accomplished this year.  I promise it’s more than you realize!

As I’ve spent time reflecting I realized the need to take a step back and review my goals, my mindset, and my priorities.  When things are challenging we can often find ourselves so frustrated and overwhelmed that we lose sight of our Why.  Moving into 2020 I will be revisiting my Why, my affirmations, and working on consistently practicing my routines to improve my mindset.  I encourage you to do the same.

MY YEAR IN REVIEW – WHAT HAPPENED ON SEASHELLS AND STORYTIME

I took some time off from writing blog posts to focus on self-publishing this year.  In doing so I changed my mindset from that of a blogger to that of a small business owner.  It turned out to be a very smart decision that paid off in more ways than one!  I did all this while still working a part-time job, being a full-time mom and being about 95% responsible for our household – from cleaning to cooking, kid’s activities, doctor’s appointments, finances, laundry, and parenting I did it all!  It wasn’t always pretty but I’m pretty proud and you bet I wrote it all down in my victory log!

Most read post on Seashells and Storytime5 Must-Read Books to Inspire Your Best Self

This post continues to be my most read post for the last few years and I’m happy to inspire others to include personal development books in their daily routines.

My favorite post from 2019Why I’m Taking a Personal Development Break

I loved writing this post and more importantly, I loved taking a personal development break.  It was much needed!  I’m happy to say I’m back to practicing personal development though and feel it’s something I need in my life right now.

Most popular journalThankful Thoughts Gratitude Journal for Kids

This is by far my biggest success of the year.  Sales of this journal exceeded my dreams and I’m so humbled to know that so many kids are practicing gratitude and improving their mindsets through this daily practice.  The journal has earned 5 stars on Amazon and I’m estimating that over 700 kids received this for Christmas this year. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me!

MY FAVORITES FROM 2019

Favorite Quote

“There are people less qualified than you, doing the things you want to do, simply because they decided to believe in themselves.”

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Favorite Books

You didn’t expect me to be able to pick just one, did you!? I nailed my goal of reading 50 books this year.  Woohoo! These are my top 5.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

I also joined a book club this year and it has been so much fun! We meet monthly at a different restaurant to talk about books and life in general.  It’s been a great way to meet new people and ensure I’m getting myself out of the house to be social at least once a month.

What I watched

I was a big fan of Shonda Rhimes this year.  After following Grey’s Anatomy for years (which has honestly lost my interest a bit) I decided to binge-watch Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder.  The writing for both these shows is amazing!  I’m also a big fan of Shameless and Handmaid’s Tale.

What I’m Wearing

I finally discovered an affordable, cruelty-free, safe, line of make-up that I love!  The extreme curl mascara and CC cream are my favs!!!  Seriously, guys, I’m so excited about this company and these products that I just signed on as a distributor (despite saying that I would never join a direct sales company again) because they are making big waves in the U.S and I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share it with my friends and followers. I’m looking forward to seeing where this leads me in 2020!

MY WORD

My Word for 2019PRESENT

I was determined to be more present with my kids and less distracted.  Honestly, I feel like I didn’t do well at this and will continue to work on this.  My biggest distraction is my phone and I’ve finally put time restrictions on it to help me avoid unnecessary scrolling.

My word for 2020 – CONSISTENCY

My mantra for 2020 is to be more consistent with my habits and daily routines, as well as my parenting.  This year I want to incorporate an evening routine and also teach my kids more about my daily routines.  This has been a struggle for me the past six months as I’ve had to adjust my morning routine and continue to learn to work around everyone else’s schedules.

My struggle with staying consistent and being present is the lack of support I have at home right now.  My husband took very few days off this year making it challenging to keep up with everything while being mom, housekeeper, cook, driver, etc.  We have no family nearby and I have felt very alone and disconnected this year.  I go into 2020 with no idea of what the future holds but I remain positive and continue to do the best I can.  Consistency will be key to staying healthy and prioritizing while also making my self-care a priority.

Our annual goal setting journal. A simple, effective process to write, organize and achieve your goals.

MY GOALS

Goals I accomplished

  • I published 29 journals exceeding my goal of 3 journals! – I’ve spent a lot of time researching, learning and streamlining my processes to make self-publishing a great side gig and I’m thrilled to be impacting children and adults who are implementing new gratitude, wellness, and goal-setting habits.
  • Re-decorate our living room – Last winter we painted and purchased new curtains and wall art for our living room.  The transformation has made the space more light and welcoming.  I love it!
  • We went to Disney World!  I honestly didn’t expect this to happen this year but I found a steal of a deal on flights and decided to make it happen!  We spent 5 nights and 4 days at Disney and it was a magical, much needed, getaway for our family.  Our kids were the perfect age for this trip and it was fun to enjoy Disney through their eyes.
  • In December I hit a HUGE goal that just made my entire year!  In May I started writing “I am selling 500+ journals per month on Amazon” in my journal as part of my morning routine.    On December 19 I hit that goal and also exceeded my revenue goal.  After two years of hard work that felt like it may never pay off, I finally started making a consistent income online that is growing!  Imagine what would have happened if I gave up!?
  • I read 50 books! Exactly 50 books! Yeah!

Goals I didn’t accomplish

  • Read the bible – I found that I just couldn’t tackle this one and wasn’t getting out of it what I wanted to.  Instead, I purchased Awaken, a devotional and spend 5-10 minutes each morning reading the devotional and then writing my thoughts/feelings.  So even though I didn’t meet this goal I feel like I still accomplished what I wanted to in a different way.
  • Lose 15 pounds and work out 4 days a week – I’ve been experiencing back problems since May which has made exercise difficult and inconsistent.  As I mentioned this year was also a challenging year for my husband as he embarked on a new venture opening his own business.  As a result of my back issues and him being gone so much, I fell off the wagon with my health and nutrition goals.  I will continue to focus on this one in 2020 as it’s a constant battle.  I have decided not to try to tackle a weight goal, but rather focus on making healthy choices and exercising to fuel my body and feel good.

My 2020 Goals

  • Sell 1500 low content books per month by December 2020.  This is my big scary goal!  It intimidates me, but I know it is possible!
  • Re-purpose old content and update/review one blog post per week.
  • Consistently practice my morning routine Monday- Friday.
  • Strengthen my faith and connection with God and my church.
  • Be more present with my kids by turning work and screen time off between 3 pm-7 pm each day.

I will be following my advice and using the goal-setting process I discussed in my post – How to Set Goals and Achieve Them.  I’ve started writing out my goals in my Goal Setting Journal and will be using it to hold myself accountable every week.  I have chosen to keep a few of my goals private this year so this is just some of them.

Sometimes when we follow people online, whether it is friends, family members or influencers we only see the good things.  We see the pictures of a seemingly perfect family having fun at the beach or on vacation somewhere. We see exciting engagement announcements, baby announcements or birthday parties.  We often share our accomplishments and joys, but most don’t share all the stuff that we all struggle with daily.  While writing this I felt it was important to show that I struggle too.  I don’t have it all figured out and while I want to inspire you to be the best version of you, I want you to know that it’s not easy for anyone.  What’s important is that no matter how many times you fall, you pick yourself back up.  

What did you struggle with this year?  What are your goals for 2020?  Have you picked a word for the year?  Comment below! I’d love to hear from you!

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