19 Before 2019

19 Before 2019 – A way to finish strong

Can you believe there are less than 3 months or 81 days left till 2019? Did you make a list of resolutions, goals, To-Do’s, habits, or changes that you wanted to make this year? I don’t do that anymore. One reason is that I’m an excellent starter and a horrible finisher. So I usually continue my goals for about two weeks and then stop or lose interest. Therefore, I’m trying something new. I created a list of 19 Before 2019 as a way to finish strong. I’m not sure which Bullet Journal Enthusiast came up with it but I going to give it a shot. This is an intentional piece that I am using to create an abundant life. Even if I get a few crossed off my list I’m ahead. Plus putting it out there to you guys ought to motivate me, right?

19 BEFORE 2019

My 19 Before 2019 in my Bullet Journal. Here’s the list!

Do you find that once October hit’s there isn’t anytime to accomplish what you set out to do? After Halloween do you hunker down and hold on for the ride.? Trust me there is still time to finish strong. Don’t let the holidays derail your progress. I tend to think “How did this happen?” Don’t you remember Halloween is October 31st every year? Thanksgiving is the 4th Thursday in November every year and Christmas Day is December 25th every year. Why am I surprised when those days come and go and I don’t seem to be where I think I should be on my to-do’s?



So before the clock strikes 2019 I am sharing my list of 19 Before 2019.

  1. Finish reading Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis.  This should be easy because I love her writing style and I’m already halfway through.  She has inspired me so much, I just might write a book.Girl Wash You Face
  2. Complete blogging course. I invested in a blogging course to learn the ins and outs of blogging. It was a 30-day course that I started in August. Oops did I say it was October? Do you see where this is going? I’m a little behind. However, I am determined to finish strong.
  3. Read The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers. I absolutely love this author. She has oodles of wonderful books many that I have read. You can’t go wrong with a book by Francine Rivers and this was published in February 2018.
  4. Plan a girls night with my PD girls. I’m in a small group with a bunch of fantastic ladies. Having a game night, movie night or dinner together would be fun. I enjoy planning time together outside of our group time.
  5. Sign Up for Audible. This is going to change my life. I love to buy self-help books but I hate reading them. My problem is I have trouble comprehending what I read without processing it with another person.  Thankfully my mentor and I do just that but we can only get to so many books. Having the book read to me will allow me to take notes and in turn, I think, help me digest the information.
  6. Plan a menu of dinners for a month. When my hubby’s parents visited we planned meals for a two-week span. It was a life saver. Not only did it help with the grocery shopping we weren’t standing around at 5 pm saying, “What’s for dinner? What are you hungry for? I don’t know. What do you want?” A plan for a whole month might be heaven.
  7. Book flights to Munich. My PIC (aka Partner In Crime) is going on a business trip and we decided to go over a beforehand to take Germany by storm. Just kidding. Well, maybe not. I’m so excited.Map of Munich
  8. Plan things to do in Munich and other neighboring countries. I’m making my list and checking it twice. Oh my, how do I begin to pick what to see and do in Munich? In addition, the train system is so great we plan on visiting some neighboring countries. Thank goodness for travel blogs and Pinterest.
  9. Brainstorm my blog posts and calendar it out for the rest of the year. Ideas keep popping in my head like the plastic packaging. Now to write them out, put some bullet points down and then schedule it. Surely this will be a way to finish strong.
  10. Create a youtube video and publish it. I love this form of social media. Sometimes when I’m working in my craft room I will binge watch youtube videos. My favorites are bible journaling, bullet journaling, and quilting. IThis will be a challenge because of the learning curve nevertheless I think I’m up for it.
  11. Take a 15-minute walk every day. You’ve seen the commercials, “A body in motion stays in motion.” Enough said.
  12. Organize fabric in bins. I store the fabric at my home for our quilting group at church. Let me tell you it’s a ton of fabric. I’ve sorted all the rest of the colors into bins and put them away. I only have blue, black and novelty fabric left to organize.
  13. Go through home decor using the KonMari method. It’s about making sure I absolutely love the home decor I have and that it makes me happy. Not keeping an item because Aunt Sue’s neighbor Betty gave it to me as a housewarming gift.
  14. Finish a quilt for my own personal use.  Have you made something for everyone else but never get around to making one for yourself? Yup, that’s me. I’ve been quilting now for more than 7 years. I’ve made lot’s of quilts for our church group and not one for myself. Now is the time.
  15. Create a blogging checklist for posting. A lot goes into blogging. Writing, attaching pictures, then designing. Posting to social media, adding links, and emailing your subscribers. I need a list so I don’t forget all the steps.
  16. Wash every light globe in our house. You know the ones in the dining room and the entryway of your home? Even the ones in the bathroom over the sink that no one but you can see? Yeah, it’s time.Hanging Lights
  17. Organize my craft closet. I have to address the stuff on the floor and the top of my racks. These are the items I don’t have a home for and so I just throw it in there for the time being. No more!

    Craft Room Closet disaster
    Yikes! This might have to wait till 2019!
  18. Grow my email subscriber list to 100. I am so blessed to have you guys reading my blog. Right now my subscriber list is 32. Whoo Hoo! Thirty-two people who have allowed me into their life by giving me their email. I know 100 is a tall order. I might be dreaming big but that is what I’m shooting for. If you know someone who would benefit from reading my blog please share it with them.
  19. See a show or do something special with hubby for Christmas. In 2017 we saw “A Christmas Tradition” at a local theatre. As a result, our Christmas season was a little sweeter.


What does your 19 Before 2019 list include? Which of the 19 will you tackle first?


  • Linda

    What a great idea…though I must say you’ll be very busy! You go, girl!!! I think I’ll narrow my list to two. #1- Get rid of things from my former career. I’ve saved numerous creative projects from teaching (I’m 8 years retired) thinking that I’d use them again if I volunteered somewhere. I think it’s time to give them up. If I do volunteer, there are so many great ideas on Pinterest I’d never be at a loss for something new. #2- Surround myself with things that bring me joy. I’ve recently been doing just that. It feels so good to get rid of the unnecessary!
    Thanks for sharing the book titles. They sound like ones I’d enjoy reading.

  • Sarah

    I love this list, Lorie! I’ve got a bunch of things on my to-do list before the end of the year, but my biggest one is the decision to exercise for at least 20 minutes per day from now until then!

  • Jennifer

    Love the idea of finishing strong rather than giving up and waiting until New Years day. Cirq d soille (sp?) Has a Christmas show at the INB this year. Also I’ll send you my posting list and you can tweak it to fit your needs. Have fun in Germany!

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