2016 may not have been the best year on record (although, to be honest, it was a good year personally for me, and while lots of rough things have happened this year that have been emphasized by the media echo-chamber, lots of good things have happened globally, too).
I am, however, determined to make 2017 particularly stellar. I can already feel that it's going to be amazing (the past four days have certainly been great. That must be a good sign, right? Right?). I've been waking up feeling especially fabulous, work has been going really well and I've been working on some fantastic design projects, and I'm overall feeling like I can take on just about anything.
Bring it on, 2017 (should I maybe not be tempting fate?)!
New Year resolutions are a thing that people love to make fun of— millions of people flood into gyms annoying regular gym-goers only to fail weeks later, and new shitty diets pop up left and right promising you the most perfect beach-ready bod. But New Year resolutions can be incredibly powerful if you do more than just name the thing that you want to change. You have to go beyond that. You have to plan.
Here's what I've got in the works for 2017.
1. Learning Norwegian
Why? I say why not. I've always loved Scandinavian languages, and apparently Norwegian is the easiest of them for English language speakers (I've certainly been having a better go at it than Swedish). I'd love to visit Norway some day, and it would be even better if I could have a nice Norwegian chat, even though I know most Scandinavian folks speak excellent English and probably won't want to suffer through my patchy Norwegian.
I've been using and will be continuing to use Duolingo for 20-30 minutes a day because it's free, easy to use, and also sort of addictive. If you want to be Norwegian-speaking buddies with me, seriously, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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2. Reading 75 books
This one probably won't be a problem for me since I've been doing it for a couple of years now with the 50 Book Pledge (you don't have to do 75,or even 50. I highly recommend checking it out!), but I'd like to keep it up nonetheless. This year I'd like to read more non-fiction, particularly history. I'm also focusing on reading through all of the books I already own and haven't read before purchasing any others, and making sure that I'm donating books that I won't be reading or lending to the local used bookshop.
Books I'm stoked to read:
- The Hidden Keys, Andre Alexis
- The Wolf in the Attic, Paul Kearney
- I Am Malala, Malala Yousafzai
- The Happiness of Pursuit, Chris Guillebeau
- Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
- Essentialism, Greg McKeown
3. Growing my design business
Depending on how you came across this blog, you may already know that I have a design business over at The House of Muses, where I build brands and websites for creative entrepreneurs. This year, my goal is to be totally booked out with about 18 projects this year (could vary if I end up taking an unexpected vacation).
The road map to this goal is far too detailed (and frankly boring) to leave here, but it includes:
- testing out a new website
- building up my portfolio
- hosting a few webinars
- building great client relationships
4. Getting fit
This is probably the biggest and scariest goal of the year for me. In my life, fitness has always been an incredibly challenge, an experience saddled with many years of negativity, body issues, and bad experiences. But this year? I'm determined to change that.
In January, I'll be doing roughly 30 minutes of body-weight exercises everyday, then down to about 3 times a week for the rest of the year as I'll be taking on both a dance class, as well as 2-3 days of jogging each week (when the weather isn't shit).
I've been totally inspired by 100 Days, a project by John Green and his friend Chris who are taking the first 100 days of 2017 to kick their asses into shape, eat better, meditate, and generally change their lives. I'm feelin' it, guys. I'm feelin' it. It's that kind of year. If you want to watch fully grown men flail their way through American Ninja Warrior-style gyms, you'll like this.
I'll be meditating for 10 minutes a day, at the very minimum for the next 30 days, and sharing my results.
Not much more to it than that. I'm using the Calm App.