The first week of 2018 is officially in the books and now seems like a good time to bring back this blog. For 2018 I want to use this space to document a year of self improvement/development. Some of the projects I’m trying will last the whole year and others are just for a month or a week. I’ll do a recap post each week to talk about what I did and how it went.
My main goal for 2018 is to practice finishing projects. I am so great at starting new things. No one gets more excited about a new endeavor than I do! Now I want to get better at finishing them. Here is Week 1’s recap:
Project: Read one book a month
Length of Project: All year
I am fairly certain that the only books I finished in 2017 were audiobooks. This year I want to read one physical book a month. One of the nice things about this project is that I have so many, barely-started books laying around. Now I get to finish them and I have a small head start (sometimes only a few pages) each month.
For January, I am reading Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers, and EMO by Andy Greenwald. I’m really enjoying it. It’s a deep dive into a specific music genre that I know random things about but now I feel like I’m getting a fuller picture of the scene. I enjoy reading or listening to people talk about things they’re passionate about even if it’s something that I wouldn’t normally care about. This book hits the sweet spot of passion and something I’m interested in, too.
I’m using Goodreads to keep track of my progress on this goal.
Project: Gratitude Journal
Length of Project: All year
Back in 2017, a lot of the women I follow on Instagram seemed to be embracing the gratitude journal practice. (It think it’s because it was such a tough year and we all needed an extra does of optimism and positive thinking.) My parents gave me this beautiful journal for Christmas and on January 1st I started writing in it.
I’ve run into two things I’m still working out for this practice:
- I haven’t found a specific time of day to write. I’m still not sure if morning or evening is best. I am still feeling that out.
- I realized on January 5th that I wasn’t writing what I was grateful for. Without realizing, I was writing about what I did that day in a diary style. To quote Mrs. Maisel, “I [felt] a little silly.” By the way, have you seen The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel? It’s fantastic!
Journal from Paper Source
Project: Dry January
Length of Project: The month of January
December is such an indulgent month! Between our anniversary, the many celebratory meals we had, the Christmas parties, and the New Year’s Eve party, many calories were consumed. Dry January seemed like a great idea for cutting back a little. The idea is very simple: no alcohol of any kind in January.
It’s been pretty easy to replace the ritual of mixing cocktails or decanting a bottle of wine with making loose leaf tea. I’ve never been a huge tea drinker, but I’m enjoying getting into different types. Right now the winner is Imperial Gunpowder leaf tea from Taylors.
If you want to do a little more reading on Dry January check out this article and this article.