Last year, self-help author Gretchen Rubin decided to ditch the usually fruitless pattern of making new years resolutions. Instead, she created the “18 for 2018” – a challenge in which she wrote down eighteen things she wanted to accomplish in that year. Rather than having a resolution like “exercise every day” that would probably be abandoned in short order, she encouraged followers of her work to simply create a list of challenging and yet doable tasks.
This year, Rubin has initiated the “19 for 2019” – and this week she and many others (myself included!) have been crafting their lists for the upcoming year. These lists can consist of just about anything; things that can be accomplished quickly, or will be more time consuming; things that will stretch you a bit, and things that you probably would have done anyway. The result is a roadmap for the year that’s tailored to your dreams and desires.
New Years has always been my absolute favorite holiday, and I am so stoked about my 19 for 2019. So excited in fact, that I decided to share it with you!
19 for 2019
- Continue blogging, with posts 3-4 times monthly (as well as Instagram content)
- Finish a full draft of my novel
- Read more books from varying cultural perspectives – learn from people who have life experiences different from my own
- Continue forming a meditative practice, and try to go on a meditation retreat
- Find a job where I can thrive (and survive physically)
- Keep finding ways, however small, to improve my health
- Actually go on some sort of honeymoon
- Stay a night at a bed and breakfast
- Make plans to finish my Bachelor’s degree
- Have a somewhat minimalist lifestyle
- Complete The Artist’s Way
- Explore Houston after moving there in the spring
- Make regular visits to places that make me feel alive
- Volunteer somewhere regularly, as my health permits
- Give my friends and family meaningful books as gifts
- More actively love and support my younger siblings; be available for important conversations
- Get my “have courage and be kind” tattoo
- Explore my relationship with anger. How I can feel it, and use it for good
- Try new, healthy recipes – especially with my slow cooker
Will you be creating a 19 for 2019? I’d love to see your lists! I think I’ll be writing mine down on a nice big sheet of paper so that I can hang it on my wall; never hurts to keep your goals in sight.
Here’s to a beautiful new year, my friends.