Happy 2018! This past year has not been a fabulous one for me. Not that anything particularly bad happened. Nothing like the great ankle break of 2016. However, it really felt like I stopped living the life I wanted to create. I let myself become a reactionary. I just went along for the ride and struggled to make plans and decisions in my life. I’m done sitting in the back seat for my life. “I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.” This may be my favorite quote from the Shades of Magic series and this year I’m taking it to heart.
I say it every year: while new year, new me is super cliche, I love the arbitrary brand new start that you get at the start of a new year. My resolutions tend to be overarching, but this year I’m trying something new. I have been reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, so I want to try to create my own Happiness Project. If you aren’t familiar with the concept, each month I will focus on one aspect of my life that makes me happy. After I spend thirty days focusing on growing that aspect of happiness, it becomes a habit. I then continue to foster that aspect as I move on to new things.
I’ll be keeping you updated throughout the year on how my project is going. I’m also going to be using my Passion Planner to assist me in this adventure. You will likely see a short post in the near future about how I am using my Passion Planner. I’ll be focusing on a lot of different things in my Happiness Project, but I decided to spend the first two months focusing on Healthy Habits. The rest of the year I will only spend one month per activity, but I need quite a bit of work on healthy habits.
Healthy Habits includes taking my vitamins, eating healthy, tracking, exercising. But it also includes creating a morning and evening routine and doing those hair and face masks regularly. I know it sounds silly, but these things are very important long-term. I want to make sure I take two months to really cement the routine. On top of that, I really want to ensure that I stay dedicated to using my planner. Unfortunately, I tend to use my planner for a few months and then taper off. I will not let that happen again.
2018 is going to be about taking control of my life again. Here’s to a proactive 2018 with new adventures and more fun.