When Plans Change, Recapping My 2017 Goals

It seems like just the other day I wrote this post outlining my goals for 2017. Things I wanted to do over the year, things I wanted to accomplish and things I thought I wanted. All in all, this list didn’t take a couple of things into account.

#1 I would have a huge heart change and my whole approach to blogging would change.

#2 We would sell our house, buy a piece of land and begin building a home, again.

I don’t want to make excuses for not crossing more things off this list. So please, don’t think that is what I am doing. However, I did feel like I needed to put #1 & #2 out there… mostly for my own sake. Sometimes we can make plans and even begin to execute them well, but somewhere along the course plans change.

Let’s take a closer look…


For 2017 I have decided to focus my growth on my Instagram account. Instead of trying to grow multiple forms of social media simultaneously, I will be focusing solely on IG. I am hoping it pays off in a big way. I started the year with 2,722 followers. We’ll see how much I grow!

I won’t dive into all the details in this post, but really trying to grow my Instagram account was probably one of the biggest mistakes I’ve made last year in a long time.

I ended up completely dissatisfied with the results. I grew my following to over 10,000 people, hated it and spent a lot of time cleaning things back up. I still managed to double my following over the past year, but I wish I had never started down the road of forced growth. 


Family goals for 2017 would include taking some kind of summer trip and working on deepening relationships with my girls. I want them to be able to talk to me about ANYTHING. If I don’t continue fostering and building deep, strong relationship with them now, there won’t be much going on when we hit the teen years. And let’s be honest, those aren’t too terribly far away #allthetears. 

I think I did an alright job here but I know there is always room for improvement. That summer trip never happened though. Decisions to build a house put a strain on the finances and we didn’t really go anywhere this past year. I’m not complaining, the choice was totally ours. Ultimately we didn’t want to spend the money on a trip and find ourselves unable to buy appliances later down the road #priorities.


I want to run the Joplin Memorial Half, preferably with Russ. I also want to do the Dogwood Canyon 9 mile trail run in the fall. It is supposed to be REALLY tough, but a new challenge is just what I need.

Goodness things really changed here. Instead of running these races, I ran a marathon! And technically I did 5, 13.1+ mile runs while training. I have zero regrets in this department. Completing that marathon was one of my life goals, which definitely trumps goals for the year. I would LOVE to do the Dogwood Canyon race in 2018 though. 


This year I want to grow more in my personal relationship with God. Christianity is a TERRIBLE hobby friends. I want to really grasp my need for God and when I don’t grasp that I pray that I want, to want to need Him. All to often I do things my way and in my strength.

I don’t like to admit to failure in this category. But I don’t really feel like I can speak of amazing growth. I felt like this years growth came in two ways. 

#1 I started seeing idols for exactly what they were.

#2 God put us in a new church, one that we really feel we can grow in. It’s not that where we were before was bad, it just wasn’t a place we could grow roots.

I’m planning to spend the rest of the year praying that God would lead & guide me to spiritual growth in 2018.

Home school-

Outside of continuing to home school, I would love to be more patient and have more grace with my girls. Home school standards are tough. Often I forget that the work the girls are doing is almost always a full year ahead of what public education standards are. I want to teach my girls with more love and grace.

I have in NO WAY perfected this over the year, but I really feel like I’ve made some major improvements. I have grown in patience and grace. I also read a book that completely changed the way we home school. It was exactly what I needed at exactly the right time. Honestly, I found myself crying through most of it. 


I almost skipped out on this category but two things kept coming to my mind. 
#1 I want to work on being a better friend to my on and offline connections. 
#2 I want to do some purging. Stuff, toys, and clothes. If we aren’t using it and don’t plan to, it needs to go.

I don’t really feel like I succeeded at #1 at least not in the ways I had hoped I would. I feel like I focused more on myself than others and the point of this was to do the opposite of that. 

I totally nailed #2 but that is only because we sold our house! I purged our life in more ways than I expected to when I set this goal. 

Summing things up

All in all when I look back on the past year I feel all of the emotions. I feel some regret, some pride and some hope that next year will be better. I think the success and failure of the past year have given me a better idea of what I want in 2018 and the steps I should take to work towards those goals.

I can’t wait to share more about those, after the holidays.

How did your 2017 go?
Was it what you expected it to be?

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  • Beat yourself up much? Good gracious. From this view point you are a pretty awesome human being. Just saying. Now I need to see if I did a post similar to this (way back when.) I doubt I did but I better check! XOXOX

    • Baha ha! Oh my goodness, I promise I really wasn’t that upset about any of it. I just didn’t want to play it all out like I did an awesome job, when I didn’t. I am totally okay with that too, I swear. Maybe it’s because I wrote this when I was a little… ummmm…. emotional ;).

  • Oh lovely Beth, you set so many awesome goals for yourself and you did so well. Cut yourself some slack and give yourself some grace. You rock, sweet friend!

    • Slack cut! I swear I am not beating myself up over here. I think this post came off that way, WAY more than I intended it too. Oooopppps!

  • Plans do change quickly. There was a lot of growth and self discovery done for your this year my friend. Sometimes how we grow is not intentional or even how we expected, but grow we do, and in a BIG way. Hugs to you this coming year and always!

    • YES! A lot of reality check, what is truly important. It has been a long year, but a good one. I am excited to see how 2018 goes down.

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    Regret, hope and pride sums up my 2017 as well. I could have written this post! You are so much more in heart, grace and strength than you give yourself credit for. Just know, you are an AMAZING person, a role model, and a great mama and wife! Jesus walks with you each day and you may falter at times but his grace carries you! 2018 will offer new challenges but so many new joys and repeat after me: “I am Beth and I rock!” HUGS and more HUGS!!

    • Oh my word, you made me cry “Jesus walks with you each day and you may falter at times but his grace carries you!” and now I need a great big Andrea hug. Thank you so much for your sweet words.

  • I had some changes with my goals too when things got canceled, etc. I am sorry growing your instagram didn’t work out the way you’d hoped. I still want to grow mine and it’s not going great at all!

    • It took me a long time to realize that IG is just a fake world void of reality. All in all, you get what you put into it and I just am not willing to waste hours of my life on there. Really embracing that has been so good for me. If you really want to grow give yourself lots of time, grace, and do it right. Don’t just gather follows from any account possible.

  • This is truly such a great post, very inspiring, I love it, love your blog as well, thank you for sharing!!!



  • Isn’t it crazy how much we can change in a year? Here’s to a great 2018!

    • It is CRAZY! I’ll drink to that, coffee that is… for now ;).

  • shootingstarsmag

    Life can definitely change a lot in one year, so your goals certainly have to change sometimes. To me, it looks like you did a great job! I hope you have an even better 2018.


    • YES! Thank you so much. I know 2018 is going to be a huge year for our family!

  • 2018 is going to be a fantastic year for you! Especially when it includes a road trip. We have got to make it happen. Tulsa or bust!

    • Oh my word. If that was the only thing that happened in 2018, it would be amazing.

  • Whitney Jordan

    It’s crazy how much can change in a year! Be kind to yourself and celebrate all accomplished!! I’m super proud of you and think you’re awesome. Excited to see what the new year has in store for your family 🙂

    • Thank you so much Whitney. I didn’t realize how down on myself this post sounded when I wrote it, lol. I had to tell a few people that I really was okay with how things turned out. I am SO excited to start fresh in 2018 and see how it all unfolds.

  • Lizzie Simantz

    You really showed that fitness goal up! So much going on this year for you! I’m excited to follow along in 2018

    • Right?! Man I am really proud of that. That one was totally unexpected but so good.

  • Heather Bramlett

    I wish I could give you a big ole hug! I love your honesty! I think 2017 was a great year for y’all!

    • All in all I can’t complain. I wish you could give me that hug too. I am such a hugger and few things make me happier :P.

  • Oh friend, I love you! Thank you for sharing and all the honesty. I haven’t looked at my goals yet, but have a feeling mine will be somewhat similar. Sending you a hug!

    • Love you too lady. Thank you so much for the encouragement. Hopefully you had a little more luck than I did.

  • Erin Wetherbee

    Your honesty with IG really encourages me. I see all these HUGE bloggers and think nuts what am I doing wrong but I hate that feeling of running the rat race so last weekend I unplugged and realized I need to let God take the lead. Thank you! xoxo ERIN

    • SO happy to hear it encouraged you. There are so many things that are more worthy of our time and devotion. So glad to hear God is leading you this way too.

  • 2017 was definitely one of my least favorite years. Lots of heartbreak, sadness, sickness, frustrations.

    I started the year wanting to grow my IG as well, and it ended up leaving me frustrated and annoyed so I let it go a few months back and it was the best thing I’ve done! I appreciate your honesty so much! I think a lot of bloggers are feeling similarly to you now.

    • It took me a long time to realize that IG is just a fake world void of reality. All in all, you get what you put into it and I just am not willing to waste hours of my life on there. Really embracing that has been so good.

      Here is to a better 2018!

  • I love your honesty, friend. Really taking into account how we spend our days and take responsibility for our actions is some sobering stuff. I admire your guts!

    • Thank you so much Whitney. I am never one to shy away from being honest :).