18 Things for 2018

18 Things for 2018

3 years ago, I did a post on 15 things that I wanted to do for 2015. Given that it's been 3 years, I thought I'd bring it back this year, so we go (in no particular order)...

This year, I will...

Take a class

Last year, I had all these thoughts about taking different types of classes—dance, lettering, kickboxing, crochet, etc. This year, I'll do it. One consistently, or many at random. It doesn't matter.

Learn something new

This comes a little hand-in-hand with the last one, though I wouldn't say they're mutually exclusive. I do want to learn how to crochet, but I would consider learning how to knit a sweater as something new. Basically, I'm not going to limit myself.


I already have a few things prepared for this one, which include, but are not necessarily limited to trips to Portugal, Hawaii, and New Orleans. I'm considering adding Palm Springs to the list, but that's dependent on a few things.

Take better care of myself

This means things like making sure I eat breakfast, drink water, get exercise, get sleep, etc. All things that I tend to overlook.


Last year, I set a reading challenge of 7 books, which is up 2 from the two years prior. While I didn't hit that goal of 7 (no judgment, please), I did hit 5, so I think I'll go back to that goal for the time being. I have a lot I want to do this year, so I'd rather not overcommit. 


This is a given. I plan on knitting a lot. I'd love increase the amount I have available in my shop. I'd love to be able to add more types of products to my shop. However, I'd also like to make sure that all that knitting doesn't compromise the quality time spent with loved ones, or even the time I'd like to spend doing any number of the other things I have on this list. I mean, a year seems like a long time, but it sure goes by quickly.

Take more photos

Believe it or not, I take less photos now than I used to. I want to get back into it—documenting places, people, moments. I'm not talking from a professional photography standpoint, but rather as a person who loves printing photos and reliving moments.

Push myself

To be better. To not settle. To learn. To grow.


I really don't like being in the kitchen unless it's to get coffee or get food, but there's always a part of me that wishes I cooked or at least put in an effort to. So, I think I'll try a little this year. Haha. I'll start off small and go from there.


I have a lot of stuff. I mean, we both have a lot of stuff, but I have A LOT of stuff—clothes, décor, craft supplies, etc. I bring in things, and don't take anything out. It's a poor balance, and one that I should work on being better at.

Use what I have

I am a hoarder of craft supplies. I see an awesome sale for paper goods, and I jump on it. I wish I could say that I buy things when a project calls for it, but more often than not, that's not the case.

Spend smarter

Related—in part—to the previous couple of points, but I don't think I need to go into further detail with this.


Yup, I'm using that as a verb. I don't that I have to explain this much, either. Haha.

Sell at a craft fair

Nothing big, necessarily, but for the first time, ever, I do want to make it a goal to participate in a craft fair. Needless to say, I think I'm going to be a busy bee this year.

Dress up

I don't plan on doing this every day, but I do like dressing up every so often. If given the time, I quite enjoy shopping my closet and seeing what combinations I can put together to create a new look.

Give more

This is another one I'm not limiting myself to. Whether it be gifting for birthdays or giving back to the community in some way, shape, or form, I want this to be a year of giving.

Practice patience

I think this goes without saying.

Be more spontaneous

I'm a little too good at saying no when it comes to being spontaneous, particularly with weekend plans. That being said, I'd like make more of an effort to being more flexible.

A little bit of effort can go a long way, so here's to making little steps towards a fantastic 2018.

Live on the Bright Side,

There's a first time for everything...

Goodbye, 2017