18 for 2018

Argh.  This annoys me.  I was writing this post and it somehow didn’t save.  So I’m trying again, but whatever I’m writing probably won’t be as good at all.  This is just a haphazard, sloppy second effort.

Or MAYBE it will be even better because I’ve had time to think on the topic more.  Really craft my sentences in a way that will be pleasing to all of your senses.  Sadly, we’ll never know because I can’t ever show you the posts side by side.

Let’s get this one published before it somehow deletes again, shall we?  Moving on.

This is one of my favorite times of year.  I love love love talking about goals, resolutions, dreams, and all that stuff.  I like to talk about these things any time, but in January most people also want to talk about that stuff too.

As we all know, there are about a million ways you can do resolutions.  A one word theme for the year.  A straight up list.  Monthly goals or themes.  Quarterly goals.  You name it.  Someone is doing it.

On a recent Happier podcast, Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft talked about a list of 18 for 2018.  (You can see their lists and hear the episode here.)  I like this.  18 is manageable.  You can have a mix of big things and little things.  Fun things and serious things.

It took me longer than I expected to put my list together.  (You’ve already seen some of mine if you follow me on Instagram.)  I have TONS of things I want to do, but I realized that I didn’t want to put something on the list unless I actually want to do it.  Maybe want isn’t the right word.  I want to do all of these things.  But if it’s on the list, I’m GOING to do it.

I also wanted to only put things on the list in my control.  For example, “Get a Book Deal” does NOT belong on the list.  I can work on this, but I can’t control the outcome.  You’ll notice for some of my fitness stuff that I’m just trying to work on it.  I wanted to put “nose to the ground in a pancake straddle stretch,” but I can’t control that.  I’ll work really hard on it.  Hopefully it will get better.  And THAT’S the goal.  That’s all I can do.

My 18 for 2018

  1. Do Mac’s baby book
  2. Enjoy a ridiculous high tea
  3. Do a date night with another couple
  4. Work on a pistol (one legged squat)
  5. Make it to Aquaria (the aquarium here)
  6. Eat street food on Jalan Alor
  7. Learn more about Buddhism and Hinduism
  8. Read the Bible
  9. Use the glucose monitor I bought
  10. Dig into my 23 and me results
  11. Get blood work done
  12. Post more selfies
  13. Take a cooking class
  14. See Star Wars
  15. Eat at Babe
  16. Make it up the Petronas Towers
  17. Take a hike
  18. Get some movement on my pancake straddle stretch

Importantly, I need to get this list printed out and posted somewhere I can see it.  I’m looking forward to making some progress.

(I’m also very paranoid that I’ve listed the same thing twice and not noticed.  Even though I’ve read it over A LOT.)

For read the bible, I decided something for my kindle makes more sense because that’s how I like to read.  I ended up getting a one year chronological bible that I’m excited about.  I’m a few days behind already, but I am actually reading.

I’ve already started to incorporate some additional stretches into my bedtime stretch sequence to work on the straddle stretch.  I’ve been watching some pistol progression videos, but I need to find a time to work on this stuff daily.

We have ambitious travel goals, but I decided not to get those on this list.  Just closer destinations and restaurants.

And technically we already did one cooking class this year, but I’m hoping to do another.  But I’m TOTALLY counting it if it doesn’t happen.

So what are your goals for this year?  How are you doing your resolutions?  Anyone have an 18 for 2018 list?

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3 thoughts on “18 for 2018

  1. Megan says:

    Yes! Love these lists (and just seeing other people’s list). I’ve actually been adding (even more) to my list – I think I’m nearing 30 things. But I feel really good about each other. I also really like focusing on the part you can actually control.

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