|Bacall Approved Resolutions!|
For some reason, the past couple of years, I have had ten New Year's Resolutions and when I finished writing down my resolutions for 2018, you guessed it....
I keep a list of my Resolutions on my phone and I have them written in a journal so they stay visible to me all year long. I'm someone who is constantly looking for new ways to improve, expand and enjoy life and resolutions are a way for me to do these things in a concrete way.
So without further ado, my 2018 Resolutions
1. At least 26 'Something to Think About' Journal entries.
When the O Magazine first came out, I was a subscriber and every month there was a cardstock tear out with a journal prompt and questions on it. I saved them every month and put them in a three ring binder thinking that I would do them someday. I've done maybe 10 of them in the years since and I have close to a hundred. It's time to use this easy journaling prompt.
2. Bucket List items
I know you are in shock that this is on my Resolution list again. Hey, I love this, so it's here to stay and I consider Bucket lists as nothing more than a Life Resolution list so why not make progress every year.
3. Get outdoors more! Hiking, snowshoeing, x-country skiing, rowing, camping, etc.
I LOVE being outside! I am not always the best at getting out there though....daily life gets in the way, so I thought if I made it more of a focus and even making it a regular part of my workout routine, I would get outside more... Nature fulfills me in a way that I can not explain and the more the better.
4. See if the idea in my head really is a novel
You are either going to think I'm crazy or totally get this, but I have a few characters in my head that want to be in a story. I've been doing research as the year has come to an end on how to start to write a novel. I'm going to dedicate a certain amount of time each week and maybe even join a writing group and see what happens. It may be end up being a short story or novella, but I need to do this...
5. More water.
I had a hit and miss year with drinking the amount of water that I need. If I am drinking water at the level my body likes a couple of things happen---1. I don't drink carbonated drinks and 2. The weight I want to lose is easier and when I'm at a healthy weight, it's easier to maintain. Plus it's just a healthy thing to do.
6. Work on my lettering/calligraphy
I follow people on instagram, facebook and blogs who are AMAZING letterers! I have been downloading practice sheets and such for about a while now, but haven't taken the time to actually start and try this. I may suck and I may not continue but until I practice on a regular basis and maybe take a class or two, I have no idea whether I can do this or if it's just something that I appreciate. This is the year I find out.
7. Try something new every month....a restaurant, activity, etc.
This actually sprung from a couple resolutions of 2017 and I want to keep it going. It keeps me out of my comfort zone, I'll learn new things and try new food, so this is just good all around.
8. Find and maintain my Meditation Practice.
A couple of years ago, I made a resolution to meditate every day and I fell in love with meditation. I did find out that in meditating every day, I lost the reason for it. It became something I had to do, not needed and wanted. In my quest last year of self-care, I gravitated to meditation often, but then would not have a formal meditation for a while. I was massively inconsistent, that's what I want to fix. Have a formal meditation practice that is practical in its repetition, but not a chore, yet often enough that I don't go 'Why don't I do this more?'
9. Travel Solo
My only straight carry over from 2017. I had ideas, but nothing ever got past that in 2017. For 2018, I have two separate concrete plans. If one ends up being a solo trip, the other can become a friend/family trip or maybe I'll do it twice. It will happen this year.
10. Penny savings challenge
This is a crazy simple savings plan. I'm not doing this for my main savings, it's a mad money kind of a deal and at the end it's almost $700 saved. I'm allowing myself flexibility on the schedule but not the participation. I think the main reason I want to do this is to focus on why I spend the money I do. Intention is becoming a major thing with me and this is a way to examine it in a money sense.
Here's to another year of Resolutions!
and if you're curious to see how my 2017 ones turned out, I updated the blog that dealt with them and you can read about it, HERE...