During one of my nature walks with my sister Sarah, she mentioned that in their latest podcast episode, Gretchen Ruben and Elizabeth Craft from, Happier with Gretchen Ruben are taking part in 18 for 2018. I’ve looked into 18 for 2018, gaining inspiration from the Happier in Hollywood FaceBook page. It’s an alternative to a new years resolution for the new year ahead. Resolutions are big, grand gestures that are hard for me to stick to. I’m pretty sure most mere mortals find them a bit tricky to hold on to.
If you listen to the Happier podcast, you’ll be familiar with the four tendencies. Take the quiz here https://gretchenrubin.com/2015/01/ta-da-the-launch-of-my-quiz-on-the-four-tendencies-learn-about-yourself/ to find out yours. The 4 tendencies are based mainly on how you respond to inner and outer expectations. I’ll talk more about the framework in another post. I fit into the rebel side of things, so I resist both inner and out expectations (god knows how I do anything) instead, valuing authenticity and self-determination.
Basically, resolutions don’t work for me. They are pressure heavy and intense, some people might set their resolutions to quit smoking or lose a stone. Milestones like that are hard to reach, not impossible but they aren’t a fun way to bring in a new year. I’m trying the 18 for 2018 as a storyboard of sorts for lovely things I’d like to do/see happen over the next 12 months. Do you fancy joining in?
You pick 18 things, they can be anything from new habits, big or small goals to lift happiness! They don’t have to relate to each other or be in any order. People’s vary from cooking a new meal a month to climbing Machu Pichu to having a bath. This type of list can help you come up with goals you want to reach in your life, filling it with vitality, getting shit done (which is always a fabulous feeling) while being productive. You also get to create a list. Who doesn’t love writing lists of goals? The more fun you make them, the more eager you’ll be to start, setting out to do them will give you a boost and you’ll look forward to each one. I’m also trying to think of a theme for 2018. I want to pick a word that will be my mantra for 2018. This is something I’m still thinking about but hoping divine inspiration will strike soon.
Here’s my list of 18 for 2018
Word of the year – TBC
- Visit Denmark! (Finally)
- Read 18+ books
- Take myself out for a date
- Embrace my inner Yogi
- Get a sewing machine (preferably 2nd hand)
- Make myself a pretty dress
- Get paid for writing an article
- Sell a painting
- Learn to watercolour
- Dry January +
- Borrow/swap/buy pre-loved clothes when I need something to wear (good quality only 🙂 )
- Write a book
- Learn more about sustainable development, fashion and making the world a better place.
- Finish Andrea Haye’s life goals journal.
- Try a new vegan recipe once a month
- Write a poem
- Go on a monthly hike
Happy New Year everyone!
Comment below your 18 for 2018.