Ah. Deep breath in. It’s a new year. 2017 was a roller coaster for many people, myself included. A lot of great things happened in 2017; we made some great memories and had great adventures. But there was also growth, change, and a better understanding of myself, which was a bit uncomfortable and painful at times. And in looking around at the world around us, I need to just breathe and remember there is good in the world, and to be the good in the world I want to see.
In recent years, the idea of making resolutions is a bit frowned upon; it’s antiquated, they don’t work, etc. I’ve definitely felt that way: why the 1st of January, there’s nothing special about that date. And why make resolutions that never get followed. New ways of shaping the new year into something fantastic have hit the scene, and none of them take the name of “resolution.”
Here are some ideas for 2018 new years resolutions which aren’t “resolutions”!
Tsh Oxenrider at The Art of Simple has a great list of questions to go through-for yourself, your significant other, and your kids. It’s a great way to take a few moments to reflect on the year and vocalize ideas for next year. We’ve used these questions the last couple years, and they are really great. Find them at The Art of Simple. Now, these aren’t exactly goals or resolutions, but for bringing in 2018, I think taking time to reflect first is useful, and can help frame the 2018 new years resolutions or goals.
The idea behind one word is to pick…one word and make it your anthem for the year. A guiding light with which to frame your year. I have done this on and off, and much like resolutions, I find it hard to remember the word several months into the year. Plastering it everywhere in my house, and in my notebooks helps-making it a word I frequently contemplate and meditate upon also helps. I have yet to make it to the end of the year with the One Word still in the forefront of my mind. Some examples are: Simplicity; Focus; Laughter; Peace; Love; Engage; Action. Find more info here.
Gretchen Rubin’s 18 Things for 2018
I heard this on the Happier Podcast this week. Make a list of 18 things you want to accomplish for 2018. The idea is things that challenge you, but also just fun things you want to do, which maybe aren’t year long iterations. For example: Take the kids hiking once a month someplace new. This is not something you necessarily intend to do all year, or every Saturday, just a fun one off which will be enjoyable, but might not be something which would necessarily be a high priority on your list. Maybe take a class; go somewhere overnight without the kids (gasp!); ride your bike everyday for 30 days… Listen here to Episode 149 of the Happier with Gretchen Rubin.
Goals for Real People
I just listened to a podcast today, The Lazy Genius, and she talks about how to pick goals that are meaningful to you, and questions to ask in order to help you identify how to achieve them. It’s a short listen, and really insightful.
Listen here at The Lazy Genius Podcast.
No, not a mental breakdown. This is how I’m choosing to start my year- by looking at my long term goals, and then break them down- a 6 month mark, then 3 month mark, then 1 month mark. It helps me see the progression, as well as not be overwhelmed by the enormity of my bigger goals. We have big adventure goals in our future (less than 2 years!), and a lot of things need to happen before we can actually go on our adventure of sailing the world.
2018 Resolutions For Kids
I’m not intending to do full on resolutions with the kids. We will go through some end of year questions, and I’d like see what they would like to do or accomplish in 2018, and I will write them down (so I don’t forget). There will be some things we can incorporate into life – read a chapter book, I can help with that; learn to skateboard – sure, when the snow is gone. Travel to 10 countries… well yeah, I’d love to, but I’m not sure it’s in the cards for this year.
Travel Goals for 2018
I like to keep a fairly open mind to what traveling we will accomplish this year, as opportunities and good deals creep up. That said, some of my goals for this year:
- 2 international trips with the kids (that include a flight…Or, in addition to Canada)
- Bike-camp overnight
- Hike a high peak in the Adirondacks
- Do several overnight sailing trips
We’ve already got tickets for Martinique! And I’m got a couple friends I’m getting gear information from in regards to bike-camping, and I have a couple routes in mind already. And after all the snow we’ve had, I’m tempted to start planning Christmas 2018 now…someplace really warm!
In making travel goals for the year, my goals are to be mindful of our budget, to have fun, and learn new things-for the kids as well as for me.
What are your goals for 2018? What trips do you have planned? Leave a comment below or send me an email!