A Year of Meaning

December 29th

 

Spirit Sisters

I’ve fallen into some habits that I’m not fond of. Namely, I spend far too much time on my computer/phone these days, resulting in less time reading actual books and having face-to-face conversations. When exactly did I become that person who looks at her phone when out to eat with her husband? YUCK.

I came up with a list of things I’d like to try in 2018 to give my daily life more meaning. In contrast to 2017, I’d like the next year to include less time online and more time spent reading, gardening, cooking and walking the dogs in quiet. Each month, I’ll tackle something new. The idea is to push my level of comfort and to create new, healthier habits for my relationships, mind, body, spirit, and pocketbook.

The tentative list:

  1. Spiritual practice
  2. Neighboring
  3. Mindful eating
  4. Mindful spending/budgeting
  5. Learning to meditate
  6. Use what I have
  7. Nothing disposable for one month
  8. Knit stockings for the family
  9. Learn a new craft 
  10. Compile family photo albums
  11. Spanish: find a lunch buddy to practice with
  12. Volunteer

Each of these will have a month of focused effort, with the idea that I’ll carry what I’ve learned forward to make 2018 a transformative year. These aren’t listed in calendar order, but in how they popped into my head. Yes, January will be spiritual practice. (There is still time to join our online Bible study, if you are interested.) I’ve got a few blog ideas in mind for areas I’d like to learn and grow spiritually.

As always, this is more fun with company. If you are interested in playing along, please do. If nothing else, I hope to blog more in 2018. This garden could use a bit of weeding and some new seeds.

Wishing you and yours the best in the New Year!

~Kelli

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2 Responses

  1. This looks like a fabulous list! I am hoping to make more (a lot more!) time for reading in 2018. And sewing—I really want to tackle that this year. Fortunately, I have access to a great source of advice on that subject! 🙂

  2. Raesha de Ruiter Zylker December 29, 2017

    Great list! I’m going to do “18 in 2018” and I’m working on my list right now:) I heard about the challenge on Gretchen Rubin’s podcast and my mind just took OFF with ideas:) I’m making a traveler’s notebook journal with one item per page. Some will be easy one time things, others will be habits I want to quit (or adopt), and some will be year long things I want to work on. I’m super excited for the new year. Odd years always seem hard to me so I’m looking forward to an even year:)

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