There are a lot of ways to usher in the New Year besides making traditional resolutions (and rage cleaning the linen closet). Some people choose words. Others choose mantras. This year, I’ve chosen all of it, including making one resolution even though I’ve grown to hate resolutions, especially when I have a habit of publishing them, making my failures searchable on the internet for eternity.
(Nope. Still haven’t written a book. Thanks for asking about it.)
This year, I’ve also drafted my “18 for 2018.” Inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s Happier podcast, “18 for 2018” is a list of 18 things to do in 2018 to add happiness and adventure, promote health, and support healthy habits in big and small ways.
There are no guarantees with this stuff (or with anything in life), but I like the idea of saying it out loud—of putting my intentions out into the universe—even if I fumble. After all, failure is an excellent teacher.
I want to sift, or sort, through everything I do, everyone I know, everywhere I go, and all the ways I spend waste my time. I want to keep what’s valuable and useful, and let the rest go.
Mantra: Slow down.
Time flies when you’re having fun. Also, when you’re busy, frazzled, and say yes to more things than you should. I plan to slow cook my life this year.
Resolution: Lose 10 pounds, drink less, read more, spend less time on screens, blah blah blah… I resolve to take 12,000 steps a day. That is all.
18 in 2018: I will print this list and hang it where I can see it every day. Ready set go.
- Go to brunch.
- Try stand-up comedy.
- Visit a long-distance friend.
- Travel somewhere I’ve never been.
- Plan a weekend getaway with my husband.
- Host a party.
- Mail a handwritten note to a friend or family member.
- Add yoga back to my schedule.
- Buy new beds for the entire family.
- Commit an act of political activism.
- Take (i.e. try) piano lessons.
- Make a small photo album for each kid filled with favorite baby pictures.
- Write the essay I am most afraid of writing.
- Take each of my kids on a “date with Mom.”
- See a non-kid movie in the theater.
- Join a book club.
- Choose 2-3 charities to support as a family.
- Subscribe to a newspaper.
How do you plan to usher in 2018?