I stayed focused and achieved my goal in spite of dealing with many out-of-my-control obstacles thrown at me in 2019. The Slay Your Goals Planner helped.

I hope this article inspires you. With this one tool, I find myself achieving my goals in spite of tremendous obstacles. Here’s how.

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2019 was hard

In the spring I’m fighting fatigue and continuous abdominal pain. Finally, I go to the doctor and learn I’ve severely lactose intolerant. Even with Lactaid, pizza is now off my menu. I learned to navigate avoiding dairy and the wonders of lactose-free milk.

In June, we transitioned my in-laws to a nursing home. It was a difficult transition, especially dealing with the distance. We made a LOT of out-of-state trips.

In July, we laid to rest a dearly loved aunt.

In August my daughter sold all her belongings except what she could fit in her car and moved to Dallas for a better job opportunity. My son transferred to another college.

In September, after a long illness, my mother-in-law passed away.

In December my father-in-law passed away. We also mourned the brutal murder of one of my son’s friends two days after we buried his grandfather.

In spite of it all, I stuck to my goals. Staying focused helped me stay sane. My faith in the Lord also holds me firm when everything else is turbulent.

My Goals for 2019

In January of 2019, I published an article sharing my excitement about the Slay Your Goals Planner I’d purchased from Nadalie Bardo at It’s All You, Boo. That planner helped me stay focused. It reminded me not to stray from what I want.

In 2019, I wanted to generate an income of $500 a month doing what I love: writing, photography, and graphic design. I also wanted to lose 20 pounds.

I reached and surpassed one goal. The other I had to let go.

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I Achieved the Goal of $500 a Month

Not only did I achieve the goal of generating $500 a month, by fall I surpassed it.

Originally, I wanted the income to be generated by this blog. I still think this blog can generate a good income – eventually. I even bought Ruth Sukup’s course Elite Blog Academy (I’ll write about that later). But I was working my tail off for too little reward.

It was time to pivot.

Pivoting Isn’t Failing – It’s Just Exchanging What Isn’t Working for What Is Working

Einstein’s definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

This isn’t the kind of blog where I just write my opinion and hit publish. Publishing articles at Loving the Home Life involves not only writing but researching, photography, videography, editing those photos and videos, creating pinnable images, keyword research, SEO, creating links, and promoting the articles.

That’s a LOT of work.

I didn’t want to quit the blog but make a change so I can continue publishing it and generate income in another way.

After all, my intention written in my 2019 Slay Your Goals Planner is “find joy and success doing what I love – writing, graphic design, photography, and creating things that are a blessing to others.”

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I Pivoted and Stayed Focused with the Help of My Slay Your Goals Planner

So I found a different way to achieve that intention. I went back to my old graphic design business. I have clients that use my services not only for the graphic design of digital and paper printed materials but for website design, copywriting, photography and video creation and editing.

Why didn’t I go with my graphic design business in the first place rather than trying blogging?

Confidence. It had been so long since I’d used Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator and things changed so much since I’d last done a graphic design project the task just seemed so daunting.

But through blogging, I honed those old skills and learned some new ones. So I’m putting them to better use for me.

My graphic design company is being rebranded into a content marketing company. It’s still going very slowly, though. We’re still dealing with some things from the struggles of 2019 and getting caught up on things left undone during that season.

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This is my Slay Your Goals Planner.

I Did Not Reach the Goal of Losing 20 Pounds

With adjusting to keeping dairy products to a minimum, constant out-of-state traveling, and just plain old stress-eating with no time to exercise, I’ve actually gained a few.

You would think eliminating cheese and butter would result in weight loss.

But, you see, I can still eat french fries.

And french fries are fan-freaking-tastic when you’re stressed and grieving. They’re everywhere when you’re on the road.


I’m just going to let this goal go for now. I’m walking and doing yoga again and watching what I eat. The french fries aren’t a convenience anymore now that we’re home more than away. The stress-eating is stopped. I don’t need the stress of worrying about everything I eat.

In fact, relaxing about it is already helping me just eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m full. I’ll get there.

I really believe the Slay Your Goals Planner will help with weight loss. It walks you through why you want what you want and, used properly, keeps that in front of you.

As someone who is easily distracted, this feature is a huge asset.

The Slay Your Goals Planner Will Help You, Too, Achieve Your Goals in Spite of Obstacles

I’m so glad I had this planner in 2019. Without it, I truly think I would’ve lost my focus and given up.

But in spite of all that hit me, I managed to grow and be successful at least in one area of my life.

I was able to go back through those pages where I did the mind map, the intention grid, the brainstorming, the mini-goals and more to review what I had in mind and stay on track.

I made sure to plan my weeks, months and days. Reviewing each month was extremely helpful in keeping track of where I was and where I wanted to be in the next month, then the next quarter.

And when you’re facing challenges, working toward something other than just surviving helps keep you going. It gives you something else to think about other than the struggles you’re facing.

This video walks you through each section of this planner so you can see exactly what’s in it.

Materials I Used to Assemble My Slay Your Goals Planner

The Slay Your Goals Planner is a PDF you can either fill in digitally or print from your printer. I like paper and writing things down so I print mine. But you don’t have to print it if you don’t want to.

If you do print it, here are the materials I use to assemble my planner.

If you don’t have an Epson EcoTank printer, get one. I’ve had mine for about a year and am just now about ready to buy ink refill bottles. It’s a high-quality printer that has saved me literally hundreds of dollars in ink cartridges.

I like a good quality 28 lb. paper on which to print my planner.

Then I punch the holes and insert my planner into a 3-ring biner.

These labels help organize the days, weeks, and months pages.

Are You Facing Obstacles or Struggles? Set Goals Anyway.

Trials don’t last forever. I saw a meme a while back that said, “If your path requires you to walk through hell, then walk through hell like you own the place.”

You’re going to get knocked down. Get back up. Hold your head up, square your shoulders, hold on to the Lord, and face that hell with clear eyes and a full heart.

Don’t let life’s trials stop you. The Slay Your Goals Planner can help you through obstacles by keeping you focused not only on the bigger picture but on the daily things you can do to take one step at a time to get where you want to be.

Do you want to eliminate clutter from your home? Start a home-based business? Create a more peaceful home? Begin homeschooling your children? Get out of debt? Learn a new skill?

If you’re not sure where to focus your intention, Nadalie has a free quiz to help you out.

I’m proof that the 2020 Slay Your Goals Planner is a great tool that will help you achieve your goals. You will get to the heart of what you want and why you want it, then break it down into manageable smaller goals that guide you to your ultimate goal. And when things get tough, it helps you keep your life from delving into total chaos.

Leave a comment and share what you’d like achieve in 2020!

All the best,

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