Hello, 2018 | My Goals for the New Year

2018 is here

Wow. How is it 2018? Sometimes I see a movie or hear a song that came out in 2015 and I still think of that as brand new… how is it already 3 years later? No life-changing events are set to occur this year but I still hope to make the best of all 365 days.

Instead of setting January goals, I wanted to go ahead and share my goals for 2018. As you all know, I am not someone who sets resolutions but I do like to think about what I want out of the coming year and begin to plan what and how to improve myself and my life. Looking back on last year’s goals, I think I did a pretty good job overall. I hope to build on that success (and keep fighting the soda battle).

What’s the Same

Travel Somewhere New

This will be a forever goal. I’ve never been very good about traveling but now that Chris and I have ripped the bandaid off and left the country, I am ready to explore more. This year, I am not sure another trip outside of the country is in store but there are so many places more accessible that I have never been. I am so excited that a mini-trip to New Orleans is in store for February but I would also like to knock another place off the list (NYC, perhaps).

Less Screen Time

I don’t think I am alone when I say I spend too much time staring at a screen. Look, I’m doing it right now. I love having a computer in my pocket at all times but too much mindless scrolling happens. I have also found that over the last couple of years, I let my phone cause me too much anxiety. Whether it’s staring at Instagram and feeling inadequate or like I need to purchase more material goods or reading Twitter and making my blood boil with all of the mindless hatred that is spewed across everything, it needs to stop. I have made several steps to reduce the temptation to pick up my phone and I am happy to say, it does appear to be working.

Read More

By reducing my screen time, I hope to fill in the free space with books. I don’t think I read quite as much last year as I had hoped but I do want to put in a bit more effort this year. I am glad to say that I am entering the new year in the middle of a book (that I actually finished before midnight) and I have two more on my bedside table ready to go (Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari is next on my list). As a Prime member, I occasionally get to download a Kindle book or two for free and I am going to make a point to do it more often.

What’s Different

Learn Something New

This is the big one of the year and I already got a head start. The first big thing I want to learn is a new language. I started taking Danish lessons on Duolingo and it has been so fun. I have read that Danish is one of the hardest languages to learn but at least I can say I am trying. Once I complete my lessons on my phone, I hope to take more serious classes, whether on the web or in person. Another new thing I hope to learn is hand lettering. Chris bought me an iPad Pro and Pencil for Christmas and I have been using Procreate to get use to it. There are a couple places in town that offer classes (Brim Papery, Natterdoodle) so I hope to take one or two of these to get better.

I want to keep it simple so I will leave it there. I hope everyone had a great 2017 and a safe New Year’s Eve. It wasn’t until this morning when I was scavenging for food that I realized I never even drank the bottle of champaign I bought… I am only 27, right?

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