2019 Goals-in-Progress

Also known as, “I Didn’t Post my Goals in January, so Here They Are Now!”

I was thinking about posting my 2019 goals at the start of the year, but then time flew, so I decided to make a late post where I show you my goals and where I’m at with them so far!

My method was inspired a lot by Hannah, from The Striped Plaid. She made a very helpful post with ideas for making and achieving your goals. You can check it out here!


My goal method included listing out the things I wanted to accomplish, and then placing them into a quarterly plan.

Let’s begin! 🙂

  1. Memorize a Psalm a Month
  2. Go to University (What?!)
  3. Start/Continue Personal Blog
  4. Start a New Etsy Shop
  5. Keep a Clean(er) Room
  6. Practice ASL Every Day


Next, I took these goals and organized them by what I want to accomplish each quarter. I think this helped me a lot so that I could visualize when I would actually accomplish my goals, and how soon I should start.

I’ve put them into an excel spreadsheet for you all 🙂 …

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So how have I done so far?

It’s only about a month into the year, so here is my progress so far.


Memorize a Psalm a Month


So far I have somewhat kept up on this. Of course, it’s only February! I was off to a good start, but then lagged behind, so I just finished memorizing Psalm 1, and now have to start Psalm 2 (and maintain Psalm 1! 🙂 )


Go to University

This is planned for the fall… so there’s not much to say about it now.


Start/Continue Personal Blog


I put this goal in the second quarter, but was already motivated in this quarter, so as you can see, here I am!!


Start a New Etsy Shop

Yes, I’m planning to start a new Etsy shop! I currently have Gracie’s Doll World, but haven’t been dedicated and plan to possibly close it down and replace it with my new one.

I have begun building the stock (a little), so I guess this goal is pretty much on track. 🙂 Stay tuned!


Keep a Clean(er) Room

Oh dear.


Practice ASL Every Day\


I’ve taken two ASL classes, and plan to take more at university. I need to work on what I’ve already learned so I don’t forget it and am prepared!

This quarter’s goal is to practice in my free time (I want to gradually increase my frequency). I have tried to practice (mostly by watching videos in ASL), so I guess I’m pretty much on track, though I still need more practice!


So there is an overview of my 2019 goals and progress! I hope that I can continue to accomplish these as the year goes on!

How are your goals for the year going so far? Are you curious about my new Etsy shop? Is anyone else learning ASL?

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Darkness in Secular Science – My Thoughts

[[In this post I will be sharing my thoughts on things I’ve observed from a Christian world view, according to what I strongly believe about the Bible and creation.]] 

Hello, everyone! Have you all started school? I just did yesterday!

My first class was Geology, and I look forward to learning interesting things about how the earth works!

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A Basket of Thankfulness – Thanksgiving Activity 2018

Hello! I posted a thanksgiving activity on Smile and Craft AG. This has been an annual activity for three years now! It’s been a great blessing to me, and I hope it will be to you as well!

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Hello everyone! Happy November!

Welcome to Smile and Craft AG’s third annual Basket of Thankfulness activity!

A Basket of Thankfulness 2018Here is a link to view the ones from 2017 and 2016!

I love Thanksgiving; it is probably my favorite holiday! I love hosting these activities each year and seeing the many things that you all are thankful for! It’s such a blessing to me, and I hope to you as well!

So, let’s get into it!

What is A Basket of Thankfulness?

In case you weren’t here last year, or if you forgot, A Basket of Thankfulness is an activity that occurs each November to inspire us to be thankful. The process is simple: you comment with a list (or just one thing is OK too!) of things you are thankful for, and on Thanksgiving day I publish a post with a big compilation of all of the things we thought of…

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How to Make Watercolor Resist Art – with Crayons


One of my favorite art mediums is watercolor. A unique and fun technique for card-making and art pieces is watercolor resist. It’s very simple–the special ingredient to make it work is a white crayon!

Here’s what you need:


  • The paper or card you want to decorate (You can use normal computer paper, but your paper may warp from the water)
  • Watercolors
  • A paintbrush and water
  • A white crayon

You don’t need a cat for this technique, though they do make a nice companion.

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