2017 was rough for me and my family. However, 2018 is a new year, a new post (Malabo!), and a new chance to seize the opportunities that are sitting right in front of our noses.
Themes for 2018
Last year, I chose “joy” as my One Little Word, and did a terrible job of following through on it. This year, I’ve chosen “thrive,” and I believe that my chances of actually keeping it in mind are considerably higher. I left Jerusalem less happy, less optimistic, and more disagreeable than I had been when I arrived (or had ever been in my life, really). I’ve more-or-less found my center again, but I need to do a better job of not letting my work environment affect my personal outlook on life and my relationships.
I’m continuing my mix of bullet journaling and Getting Things Done. Each year, I refine my system a little bit better. One black notebook for my personal life, one easily recognizable red notebook for my work life. Sure, I could use the gov’t issue green notebooks, but I’m weird about paper and pens, and I like how visible the red is.
Stuff that worked in 2017:
- Forward planning, one month per page, two pages for the following year
- Collections in the back, including @waiting lists
- Monthly reviews
- Note taking and indexing
Stuff that I need to figure out for 2018:
- Weekly and daily scheduling (work)
- Weekly reviews (work and personal)
- New contexts (work)
- Goal tracking (personal)
2018 Resolutions (ish)
Health: after some recent medical surprises and frustrations, my health goal is pretty simple: no “zero days “” for health and fitness (or more accurately, 300/365 non zero days). That means that every day I do something, whether that something is yoga, taking a walk with the kids, or hopping on the elliptical for 30 minutes.
Creativity (aka “craft supplies are cheaper than therapy”): I did OK with card making (although not letter writing) last year, and I’d like to continue my creative streak. Honestly, I have no idea what this is gonna look like in 2018 because it’s 100% gonna depend on what life looks like in Malabo. I’m content to hold off until March on goal setting for making shit.
Community: Bertrand and I began hosting friends for semi-regular spaghetti nights, which where an awesome way to spend time with old friends and welcome new friends into our lives. It took us a little while to find our stride, and now that we’re at my parents’ on home leave, we miss those biweekly-ish gatherings with friends. We’ve got some kinks to work out for Malabo, but we intend to continue to find ways to gather our friends around us in 2018.
Communications: Man, I blogged twice in 2017, one of which was my New Year’s post! There are a lot of reasons, including the fact that I just didn’t have a lot that I wanted to say in public. My blogging goal is similar to my health goal: no zero weeks (or rather, 45/52 non zero weeks). Even if I’m not posting, I’d like to be doing something to help this blog keep moving in 2018.
What have you committed to in 2018?