My 2019 Goals

I’m really big on setting goals. I want to constantly be improving something about myself — getting smarter, better, faster, stronger, etc. Setting goals helps me actually work towards things I deem important and track my progress along the way.

I spent some time a few weeks ago thinking through what I wanted the end of 2019 to look like and setting some goals for how to get there. I’m adding these goals here as a reference for myself each month and as an accountability tool.

I’ve broken up my goals into 5 areas: Spiritual, Physical, Financial, Personal, and Work. If anything jumps out at you that you’re curious about, let me know!

Quotes for 2019

  • Prioritize & Execute”
  • “Plan your work, work your plan”
  • Learn in Public”
  • “If it’s not a HELL YES, it’s a ‘No'”
  • “Discipline === Freedom”


By the end of 2019, I want to:

  • delight in Christ more.
  • have consistent family worship.
  • consistently pray for my brothers and sisters from church.
  • consistently pray for the lost.
  • have participated in more fellowship opportunities with my church.
  • have discipled two people.
  • have more meaningful, intentional time with my wife.


By the end of 2019, I want to:

  • have a 1,350lb total (bench, squat, deadlift).
    • have a 550lb deadlift.
    • have a 450lb squat.
    • have a 350lb bench.
  • have won 1st place in 1 powerlifting meet.
  • have won 1st place in 1 BJJ competition.
  • have received my blue belt in BJJ.
  • have seen a dermatologist to clear up my skin (wow, I feel old setting a goal like this).
  • have worked through my treatment plan with my dentist (I’ve been avoiding braces for years but I need to just knock it out).
  • have drastically improved (or at least corrected) my shoulder mobility issues.
  • have corrected my hip mobility issues.


By the end of 2019, I want to:

  • be debt free.
  • have saved at least $10,000 between savings and investments.
  • be making $90,000 per year (excluding freelance work or any side hustles).
  • be able to give away $2,000 per month by January 2020.
  • be earning at least $3,000 per month from side hustles.
  • have saved at least $20,000 in the DevLifts account.
  • have repaired my credit to be above 720.


By the end of 2019, I want to:

  • have read 10 books.
  • have learned 3 songs (in a genre I like) on guitar.
  • have started playing drums again.
  • have taken my wife to Disney World and paid cash for the trip.
  • have learned Spanish enough to have a conversation.


By the end of 2019, I want to:

  • have published 2 mobile apps with React Native.
  • have deployed 1 product-level full-stack JavaScript + GraphQL app.
  • have grown my mailing list to 1,000 subscribers.
  • have grown my Twitter followers to 3,000.
  • have given at least 1 conference talk.
  • have published at least 1 Egghead course.
  • have published 30 Egghead lessons.
  • have launched at least 1 but no more than 3 side hustles.
    • Maybe (100% transparent, remote-only job board)
    • Maybe a t-shirt line for powerlifters
    • Maybe a church directory SaaS
    • ???
  • have launched 2 seasons of my podcast for beginners with Joe Previte.
  • have helped Thad learn to code enough for him to get a job.
  • have taken 10 local devs to lunch (my treat) and gotten to know them a little.
  • have taught 3 workshops.
  • have grown DevLifts to $10,000/mo revenue and have 1,000 active members.
  • have launched the public DevLifts API.
  • have launched the private DevLifts API.
  • have launched the DevLifts mobile app.
  • have published 10 high-quality articles/tutorials.
    • to FreeCodeCamp
    • to Hacker Noon
    • to CSS Tricks
    • ???
  • have given 5 Meetup talks.
    • Publish them on YouTube and Github
  • have created 3 open source libraries and have at least 100 users total.
  • consistently be having the local developer meetup twice per month.
  • consistently be having the local tech entrepreneurs meetup once per month.