Fridays with Ann Marie: 19 For 2019

Hello friends! Welcome to the first edition of Fridays with Ann Marie. My hope is that this series will become a regular one where I share some things that are a little more personal to me.

Last year when I first launched my blog, I accepted a challenge from a dear friend to outline 18 things I’d like to accomplish in 2018. I remember I agonized over my list. I even updated it three times after I posted it. And to be honest, after all of that work, I didn’t even look at it again until this same friend and I got together over the holidays and talked about doing our 19 for 2019. I was so ashamed to realize that I barely accomplished half of what I set out to do.

So this crazy list making got me thinking about what my overall “word” for 2019 was going to be…I always love all of the January conversations about what people’s words will be. Last year, my word was “momentum” and I think I may have overshot the mark a bit with this one. To have momentum, it assumes that you are moving forward, right? In reality, I feel like I spent most of last year frozen. I had too many firsts come my way that I wasn’t quite sure how to handle…a sick mom, a daughter leaving for college, and a career that wasn’t moving quite in the direction I was hoping. My word should have been “stuck.”

Yet the amazing thing about the beginning of a new year, a new week, or even a new day is that we are lucky and blessed enough to have the chance to start over with a fresh slate and turn the page on a blah chapter. I woke up on January 1 and set my intention that 2019 will be different.

This year, I’m setting the bar at a little more accessible level by choosing the word “focus.” I think if I can keep my eye on the prize on the year ahead, great things will happen.

On that note, let’s get started. Here are my 19 for 2019:

  1. Do at least one selfless act each day.
  2. Set aside a few minutes every day with each member of my immediate family.
  3. Plan one getaway with the hubby.
  4. Plan a girls’ weekend with my mom and sisters.
  5. Meet all deadlines!
  6. Work on my blog (in some capacity) every day.
  7. Learn how to really use my camera.
  8. Lose 10 pounds.
  9. Walk 10,000 steps every day.
  10. Join a book club.
  11. Spend quality time with at least one friend each week.
  12. Learn how to do a handstand in yoga.
  13. Place one story in a national magazine.
  14. Freshen up the upstairs’ rooms of our home.
  15. Make the basement a better hangout for our kids and their friends.
  16. Run the Chicago Marathon in 4:45 (or less!).
  17. Double the number of my followers on Instagram.
  18. Start and end each day with gratitude.
  19. Remember that it’s about progress, not perfection.

Okay, there it is! I’d love to know if you have such a list or a word for 2019. I find that there’s strength in numbers when it comes to these things and so much more.

Happy Friday!


My name is Ann Marie Scheidler and I'm thrilled you've decided to check out my blog. I'm a pearl-loving yogi with a thing for travel, a weakness for beautiful bags, and a passion for storytelling. In this space, I'll be sharing stories about my family, go-to recipes, my wellness journey, fashion and beauty favorites, and my love for Chicago’s North Shore. I find new inspiration wherever I go. Thanks so much for coming along for the ride!


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  1. Bridget wrote:

    Yesss!! Great words to get the year going! You got this, I got this, we got this❤️❤️❤️

    Posted 1.18.19 Reply
    • Ann Marie Scheidler wrote:

      We do have this, Bridget! Thank you for being such an amazing cheerleader!

      Posted 1.18.19 Reply
  2. Kelly wrote:

    Really enjoyed your post above.My word this year is JOY. I want to remind myself amidst all the hard work I do – the ups and downs- struggles of friends, family members and acquaintances- hustle and bustle of trying to get it all done – I need to celebrate the joy in my life. I didn’t take the time to do that.I have found recently that taking time to celebrate the joy in my life and all my good fortune- meaning my family, dear friends, my partner and any kindness bestowed to me by others – it renews my spirit. You can’t take good care of others if you are not in a good spot, right?So JOY is my word. Recognizing it and celebrating that I have great great joy in my life.

    Posted 1.18.19 Reply
    • Ann Marie Scheidler wrote:

      Kelly, your post brought me such joy! Thank you for sharing! xo

      Posted 1.18.19 Reply