With January almost over, it’s obviously too late for New Year’s resolutions, not that I’ve ever had much success with those. My January passed in a flurry of excitement because John and I made dramatic changes to our lifestyle. I hardly thought about the new year and its adventures until I read Amanda’s and Aggie’s lists.
I’d hate to use being eighty years old as an excuse not to set short, medium and long term goals and I’m pleased to share them.
My top eighteen things to do in 2018
- Finish settling into our new home. We downsized as we let go of furniture that would not fit in our new home and possessions we did not need or love. The result has been a wonderful feeling of freedom, but there are some serious gaps while we wait for different furniture to arrive. I can’t wait to introduce some colour into our new space.
- Improve my blog. The poor old thing limped along for the past year because of illnesses (mine and John’s) as well as a major technical mishap which took ages to sort out. Looking forward to learning lots in one of Amanda Kendle’s mastermind groups which starts this week. Part of my commitment to life-long learning means following my interests.
- Swim at least 200 kilometres. Easy now with the pool on site, rather than driving the 26 km round trip to Beatty Park for a swim
- Go on holidays. This includes three mini-breaks and one longer holiday.
- Nurture my family and friends. Keep in touch with them often.
- Invite my great-granddaughters to sleepovers.
- Perhaps make some new friends,
- Read and review ten books. Renew my commitment to the Australian Women Writers Challenge.
- Write. I can’t believe this is so low on my list of eighteen things to do in 2018. Writing occupies much of my thinking, dreaming and planning time. It would be better to be occupied with it than pre-occupied. Writers like me who are not writing can become quite unpleasant people.
- Enjoy the Perth Writers Festival. Last year was the first year I’ve missed for at least twenty -five years or longer. Such a wrench!
- Pastel paint. I went to some classes but did not continue. Our balcony should prove to be a perfect spot for me to practise.
- Find my camera, somehow mysteriously lost in the move along with John’s favourite egg slicer. I may need to replace both.
- Have fun at the Fringe Festival. So easy to get into Perth by train from here.
- Improve my repertoire of vegetarian meals. Invite people to share them.
- Explore Subiaco. Already I’ve discovered lots of lovely nooks and crannies and I know there are many more.
- Learn more about my phone. This might mean I answer it more often and, I hope. ,use more features.
- Ditto, my laptop. I exchanged the desktop PC for it, and it drives me crazy because it seems to have a mind of its own. I need to tame it!
- Do three new things I haven’t yet thought about.
I’d love to read what you have set as your goals for the rest of this year. Please leave a comment. You can subscribe to my blog by using the button to the right of the page.