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2019 + January Goals

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” – Oprah Goals haven’t always treated me kindly. In fact, for many years I felt pretty defeated by missed goals. Yearly I would sit down and write out big goals: how much money I was going to make, how much weight […]



“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” – Oprah

Goals haven’t always treated me kindly. In fact, for many years I felt pretty defeated by missed goals. Yearly I would sit down and write out big goals: how much money I was going to make, how much weight I was going to lose, and how many books I was going to read. Guess what—in 5 years of working in finance, never once did I achieve all those annual goals.

The day I started achieving my big dreams was the day I left the expectations of others behind. I stopped listening to their list of goals for my life and instead starting listening to my own.

In fact, now I don’t even call it goal setting but instead, think of it as just planning instead!

Intentional living begins with purposeful planning.

This transition in thinking took “goals” from a list of “should-dos” to a much more actionable set of “want-to-do’s”—An action plan for living on purpose.

If you’re inside My Blueprint Year course or using my annual My Blueprint Year planner, you know I create goals (which I define as “outcomes” : the desired end state) in three categories : Personal, Professional and Financial.


My 2019 Goals

Personal :

  1. Get physically fit : Daily exercise, eating clean and being mindful of sleep.
  2. Self-Care : Quarterly Mental health days, morning and evening routine and “clean” beauty products
  3. Nest : Feel “at home” when at home. Create a warm, restful, clutter-free space.

Professional :

  1. Build brand awareness : Intentionally pursue brand features, speaking events and create high-quality content
  2. Streamline workflows : Team roles, content marketing, all product launches
  3. Growth strategy : Prayerfully consider the 5-year vision for the company, team growth, and product development.

Financial :

  1. Sales Goal : This year we aren’t creating any new products (*we are finally launching the shop! More on that to come!), and are excited to be the right solution to those who need it.
  2. Stewardship : “Break my heart for what breaks yours” is my prayer. Steward company finances well to support our family and those of the team as well as love our community well.
  3. Europe : Take a 10-day trip to Europe with Kyle!


Through My Blueprint Year planning process I have six “benchmarks” to keep me on track toward achieving these goals. These benchmarks are how I break my annual goals into monthly action steps and follow the more traditional S.M.A.R.T. goals approach.

I think it’s important these action steps be “checkable” (you can definitely “check” them off a list as definitely complete) to ensure progress toward the ultimate desired outcome.


January Monthly Goals :

Personal :

  • Start running again
  • Reset Morning & Evening routines
  • Finish & Order Kyle’s 2018 Memory Book

Professional :

  • Get studio setup and functional
  • Streamline team roles
  • Write & prep all Q1 content

Financial :

  • 2018 books up to date and ready for my accountant
  • Finalize payroll setup
  • Pray daily over 2019 BPM enrollment


“Big Rocks” | First Things First

  • Eat Clean
  • Exercise Daily
  • Daily Quiet Time & intentional Prayer



For Faith : The Sacred Enneagram

For Fun : The Year of Living Happy

For Professional Growth : Leaders Eat Last Simon Sinek



“Making Memories” could be my favorite part of My Blueprint Year planning process. This intentionally reminds me to celebrate and be present. I can tend to fly through my days work work working away and become a one-dimensional business owner instead of whole human.

  • Annual Cabin Trip
  • Relax in a hot tub
  • Go out to a fancy dinner
  • Reflect on the past year
  • Drink hot chocolate by a fire


Learn my exact step-by-step annual planning process : Meet My Blueprint Year

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Your turn!

Do you have goals for 2019 and/or January? Share in the comments below and I’ll pick one of you to send a special surprise box of goodies from past live events! Snail mail is my favorite! And so is staying accountable to our goals!


December 31, 2018

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  1. Jennifer says:

    My 2019 sales goal is to double my sales from 2018! It’s a big goal, and I’m still working on the action steps and revenue plan for how to make it work, but I’m just excited to be STARTING the year with a PLAN!

    • Shanna Skidmore says:

      That is a huge goal but I believe totally doable with a plan! So excited to see your excitement for creating an intentional and purposeful plan. Here’s to 2019! xo

  2. Personal goal: Create more whitespace & boundaries to open up more quality time with my husband (both of our love language!)
    Financial goal: Hit my sales goal (my “enough” number) through carefully and intentionally planning out my painting/product launches/collaborations.
    Professional goal: Paint intentional collections with a clear style/purpose/inspiration.

    • Shanna Skidmore says:

      Quality time, enough, intention. YES! Can’t wait to see all the beauty you’ll create this year! xo

  3. Jenna Yeomans says:


    Goals : to feel my healthiest self, to continually stay inspired, to buy intentionally from brands who are making a difference, to do the very best and grow in my current job, network, create a blog, have a financial plan, take some trips and pay off student loans!

    • Shanna Skidmore says:

      Love seeing these goals. Can’t wait to see the milestones and action steps you create to achieve these in 2019! Cheering you on!

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