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Year In Review 2017

The end of 2017 is almost here. Is it just me, or did this year go fast? Honestly, it has been a great year. I am not who I was in January of 2017 and for that I am grateful.  God has worked in my heart to help me be more like Jesus. I am also thankful for the many fun memories of this year. Today, I am going to share a year in review; a final update on my 2017 goals.

Myself Goals

Read 6-8 books related to personal growth

One of the ways I continue to grow and change is by reading books. This is a goal because I know there are so many ways I can be more like Jesus. This goal is complete. Yay! Here is a list of the books I read.

Lies Women Believe: And the truth that sets them free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Never Unfriended by Lisa Jo Baker (I posted a review of this book. Read this post.)

You are Already Amazing by Holley Gerth

She’s Still There by Chrystal Evans Hurst

The Happiness Dare by Jennifer Dukes Lee

The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

Calm, Cool and Connected by Arlene Pellicane (I posted a review of this book. Read this post.)

Craving Connection by the (in)Courage community

Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

You are Free by Rebekah Lyons

Me, Myself, & Lies by Jennifer Rothschild

Business Books

Presence by Amy Cuddy

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

The Power of Full Engagement by Tony Schwartz and James E. Loehr

One Thing by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan


Get to and maintain goal weight

This goal has been challenging with my head and nose injury. Some days when I wake up, I am not able to exercise because of the pain level. I am not to my goal weight which is disappointing. But, I have grown and learned so much about my eating habits through the 30 Day Challenge with Betty Rocker. This coming year, I look forward to getting even healthier.


Marriage Goals

Read 6-8 marriage books by December 31, 2017

This goal is not complete. I realized I set my standards pretty high with my reading goals without taking into consideration other areas of life. I did read these books though:

Nine Thoughts that Can Change Your Marriage by Sheila Wray Gregoire

Hot Mama by Kathi Lipp and Erin MacPherson

Kiss Me Like You Mean It by Dr. David Clarke

Serve Jonathan in at least one way a day

This was a hard goal to measure. I do feel like I focused more on serving Jonathan which is good.

Pray daily for Jonathan

I did complete this goal. Yay! This goal helped me to pray for the most important person in my life.


Motherhood Goals

Read 6- 8 parenting books by December 31, 2017

I did not complete this goal. Similar to my marriage book goal, I realized I set my standards pretty high with my reading goals. These are the books I did read:

Mother and Son: The Respect Effect by Emerson Eggerichs

You Can’t Make Me by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias (I posted a review of this book. Read this post.)

Wild Things by David H. Thomas and Stephen James

Have one on one time with each kid 1-2 times a week

This goal was also challenging to measure. I failed to keep track of it. But, I feel like it is about 80% complete.


My Community

Pray for 10 minutes 4-5 days a week

I did not complete this goal. Though I did pray, it wasn’t as much as I would have liked to.

Send out Birthday cards to extended family each month

This goal is completed. A few of the months I was late getting cards out but managed to at least get the cards out.


How did you do with your 2017 goals? I would love to hear an update from you. Please comment below.

Stay tuned for next week’s post where I will share my 2018 goals. They are going to look a lot different. I am excited to share my goals with you!


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