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leahandjoe.com · Jan 1, 2019

Happy New Year: 2019

Word for the Year and Reading List

My tradition of choosing a guiding word for the year is going strong. This year has been jam-packed and there are no signs of slowing.

Assertive was my word for 2018 and I’m glad I explored what that meant for me. It was exactly what I needed. I knew the big tasks ahead, and that mindset helped me navigate with confidence. There were also many surprise challenges at work that I learned quickly to rise to. My work life and home life were equally frenetic, which had me “all in” all year. It felt rewarding and I learned there’s lasting value in sacrifice and struggle. This year it’s like we’ve leveled up — literally. With doubling down on our house addition, we’ve been stretched and have grown so much. I know God’s been preparing me for something more through this growth. This feels like a huge building year. It hasn’t always been pretty, but we’ve come so far. Read about some struggles here. Trusting myself each step of the way, I now know through experience I am equipped to tackle the challenges in 2019.


That is my word for 2019. I was driving around and saw a Northern Tool Equipment if you want to know the truth. And that was it! Equipped. Empowered is another way to think about it. In 2018 I was forced to go full-steam ahead and that left me feeling empowered. It’s not my preferred way, but them’s the cards I was dealt this year. I feel like I have the tools to figure things out. I don’t have to do it alone, however. We received a lot of help this year and it was great! I’m not asking for problems to come my way, but we’re all going to encounter them, so we might as well learn to like solving them. Joe says people who are best at handling problems and stress are the ones who deal with them the most. 2018 was good practice. Pretty soon, stress doesn’t affect you because you’re so used to putting out fires and it feels like nothing at all. I’m going to need to adopt that mindset this year as we finish our addition. We’re 55%-60% complete, so we need to fuel up. We want to be finished by May/June this year. Consider this my halftime pep talk!

Bucket List Review

  • Take some pottery throwing classes. Still on my list for 2018 2019
  • Travel more. Always on my list. We did go to San Franciso briefly, so maybe we’ll do similar mini-trips this year.
  • Grow vegetables. Only herbs again. 2019 might be the year of the garden
  • Supplement my income in multiple ways, diversify with investments etc. Basically just worked my 9-5 this year. I’d like to invest in some real estate and do more freelance writing projects in the future.
  • Pay off one student loan and make one additional house payment. Whoo hoo! I think I actually paid off two student loans this year and I have only ~$2,000 left in student loans. I think I made an extra house payment as well.
  • Join a book club. Yay! I’m in a great group that came together spontaneously for monthly book reviews. Living my best life.
  • Kickboxing — I definitely want to get back into a routine of some kind. Not sure yet what form of exercise is calling me.
  • Redesign Blog — Ok it’s now been years! I need to admit I’m afraid to lose content by changing things on the backend of the blog. Maybe I need to find some help with this…
  • Skiing — I went a few times this past winter and we have a trip planned for 2019 too. I did some fun ladies nights at Wild Mountain and want to increase my confidence on skis even more.
  • Church — Well, we’ve been inconsistent with this one, but we do have a church we like and call our home church. I also joined a small group! They’ve been such a constant encouragement and we’re always adding new friends to the group for bible study and events.
  • Appraiser’s License — I’d love to get my appraiser’s license to become more knowledgeable about the real estate market and property values. I took the first step by successfully completing the coursework and passing the exams! That was a significant investment in time and money. I still need to become someone’s trainee in order to get the needed training hours to become a certified appraiser.

2019 Bucket List

  • Journaling — I always attempt to, but never stick with it. This year, I bought a book of daily journal prompts, so I’m excited to work on them.
  • Have more fun — that’s all! We have our work cut out for us this year, but I want to leave space for spontaneous adventures.

Reads from 2018

That’s it! On to 2019. Tell me some of your lessons from 2018, your word for 2019, and any good reading recommendations.

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