Last year around this time I posted about my New Year’s goals and reflected a bit on 2017.  I got a nice response from my readers and friends so I thought I’d do the same this year.  I hope you enjoy my personal post!

So today I went through to see which goals I accomplished in 2018 and I was actually surprised at the ones I did accomplish and honestly forgot about many of the others.

Maybe 2018 was a great year for you, but in many ways I’m glad 2018 is over.  I’m excited for 2019 however!

Was 2018 About Failure or Success?

Both. 

Here’s an update of the goals I mentioned in January 2018:

  1. More Recipes and Writing:  Nope. This did not happen like I had hoped.  But that’s okay b/c while I did find new recipes, (like a new way to make meatballs that my mother-in-law just now after 15 years told me about) and I plan on sharing them with you.   
  2. Learn Healthier Recipes:  Hmmm… Not really a success on this one either.  Although this isn’t a complete fail because my husband and I have started about 4 months ago eating our heavier meals at lunch rather than dinner.   So big plates of pasta or hamburgers or foods like that we have at lunch.   We’ve found by having a lighter meal at dinner we actually are sleeping better and have fewer stomach issues. 
  3. Make Fried CauliflowerAnother fail and I can’t believe it.  This is a must for early 2019!!!!!
  4. Revisit my Thick Pizza Dough RecipeSuccess!!   I did revisit it with a recipe from my sister-in-law who got it from Ciao Italia.  I kept pretty much to the recipe and it’s a great recipe.  I’ll be sure to do a write-up on it with any tips, but here’s the recipe. 
  5. Increase Activity on PinterestSuccess!!   Lots of posting here and I’d love for you to follow me if you don’t already!
  6. Buy a Set of Pasta Bowls: Seriously?  I can’t believe I didn’t do this.  With all the homemade pasta I make, you’d think I’d remember to do this but as soon as I think about it (usually when I’m cooking), I’m off to the next thing on my mind and I forget again.  This WILL happen soon.  
  7. Better Picture Taking:   Success!!   I’m getting there.  In fact I purchased a new photo kit to help with lighting which is a big issue here.   There is still major room for improvement. Sometimes I have to use stock images and I really prefer to use my own.  
  8. Meat Grinder UsageFail.  Here’s the problem, my husband has a very tender stomach so we try to limit our meats.  But I really want to do some chicken sausage and I’m hoping 2019 is the year.. if not there will be 2020 or 2021 or maybe 2022… Lord willing…
  9. Read More:  Yes!!!   I have read a few books.  Not a lot however.  I like reading books about history (as this is something I never really learned growing up), and I also like reading about the discovery of civilizations of giants in North America prior to Columbus.  Of course the Bible is always top of my list for inspiration and encouragement through Christ.  (“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” is a good scripture and so is Proverbs 17:14 which is appropriate especially for us loud-mouthed Italians, “Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.”) 
  10. Taking Italian LessonsNot exactly, except I still wrote to my Italian relatives in Italy in Italian.  I also signed up for an Italian channel on Roku and watched a documentary with subtitles which was really fascinating about a vineyard in Sicily.  Unfortunately I may have to cancel it as it’s mostly junk shows.

For 2019:

Balance: As always I want to do more with less and less time.  Totally self-inflicted frustrations and feelings of always being behind and then wondering why.   

I want more moments like this:

(This is when my mother and I went kayaking on a peaceful lake this summer)

And Not Moments Like This: 

(I’m up there somewhere being swung around in one of those seats praying to God I don’t faint due to my greater-than-expected fear of heights)

Having balance for me means being okay with feeling like I haven’t exceeded my goals.  This is typical.  I’m in love with doing projects and having challenges.  The above photo was a challenge I should not have chosen!  But, if I’m not challenged with something, just put a fork in me… I’m done. 

The end result of this pattern however is I crash and burn. Then I get up and I do it all over again.  

So this year, balance with more structured productivity and where I can keep my feet on the ground!  

What else for 2019?

That’s really it (including my non-achievements of 2018).   I’m keeping it simple, because balance is the main focus and it’s a really really REALLY hard goal for me.   I’ll let you know in twelve months how it goes. 🙂 

So, on that note… I wish you a wonderful and truly blessed 2019!