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10 Projects for 2018

Last year, I split my goals up into three sections.

I had goals, habits and projects.

The goals looked like the biggest things I was trying to accomplish in the year.

The habits were things that didn’t have any sort of deadline and I just needed to continue to plug away at them day in and day out.

This section of my goals included things like “keep my phone put away between getting ready for the day and lunchtime” (I have room for improvement on this one . . .) and “Go to bed by 10:30 every night.”

The other section was projects or one-time items, and I really loved being able to cross these off as the year passed.

It was so thrilling to finish our laundry room the first month of the year and have that done.

I wasn’t sure we’d actually repaint and re-carpet our entire basement, but that happened too and I couldn’t be happier about it.

Some of them didn’t happen (new kitchen countertops and a backsplash, for instance).

I did have some projects that weren’t house projects.

I think.

Anyway, I’ve spent the last couple of weeks working on my goals for 2018 and I thought it’d be fun to share some of the projects on my list this year.

For 2018, I made a list of 18 projects for 2018, ranging from travel to reading to house projects. I'm sharing 10 of them here!

My list has a total of 18 (an idea I got from the Happier podcast), but I’ll just share ten of them here:

  1. Finish our back patio. I wanted to get this done before Tally was born and obviously that didn’t happen. And then it was summer and we don’t want to be outside anyway. So I’m hoping to get this done pretty quickly here in the next month or two so we can enjoy the beautiful spring weather before it turns into face-of-the-sun weather.
  2. Visit the dermatologist. This is not something I’m super excited about, but I’m 32 and have never been and I have a lot of moles so. . . time to go.
  3. Do a full round of BBG. Right now I’m doing half (so two 7-minute circuits instead of four) but after I finish that, I’d like to do a full round. Pray for me.
  4. Finish the dining room. We painted this last year, but it’s still housing our Goodwill table, two extra kitchen chairs and an ugly fan. It could use some love. I’ll use Modsy again because they did such an amazing job on the basement and they’re so affordable.
  5. Try StitchFix or Trunk ClubI like having projects that are just totally fun and this is one of them.
  6. Do 12 Facebook Live videos of what we got at the library. Like those haul videos except. . . library books. Because that’s basically the only place I ever get enough things to be considered a haul.
  7. Read 15 books aloud to the girls. I’ve been so much better about reading aloud to the girls before bed this past fall and I want to keep it going. If you’re interested, I’ll share some of the books I have lined up to read with them.
  8. Take the big girls on a trip to New York City. Ever since I went to New York in the fall of 2013, I’ve been dying to take them back. And my trip in June made me even more anxious to take them while they’re still little and full of wonder.
  9. Read 100 books. I was close to that this year, and I’m ready to hit it this time!
  10. Start a lunch group. I love having birthday lunches here, but I’d like to go out for lunch with a small group every month or so.

I’d love to hear what kinds of projects you have on the docket for 2018!

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25 Comments

  • Reply Ryoma Sakamoto.Japan January 1, 2018 at 3:07 am

    May this New Year be special in every way… bringing you the gift of love and excitement.
    (01/01)From Japan to friends all over the world; Happy New Year! ! https://ryoma2sakamoto.wordpress.com/2018/01/01/01-01from-japan-to-friends-all-over-the-world-happy-new-year/ @Sakamoto2Ryouma

  • Reply kelly jensen January 1, 2018 at 6:19 am

    I love seeing what other people want to work on in the new year.

    Have you by chance read Manoush Zomorodi’s BORED AND BRILLIANT? I think you’d love it, *especially* with the goal of checking your phone less.

    • Reply Janssen Bradshaw January 8, 2018 at 9:45 am

      I haven’t, but I think you and I have similar taste in lots of areas (including non-fiction) so I’m requesting it RIGHT NOW.

  • Reply Helen Reynolds January 1, 2018 at 6:52 am

    Ha ha, here is my similar New Year’s blog post listing my goals for this year! https://www.3winksdesign.com/home/2018-resolutions-and-how-to-keep-them.
    Happy New Year!

  • Reply Laura January 1, 2018 at 7:48 am

    Yes, I’d love to hear what books you’re reading aloud! Thanks!

  • Reply Anna January 1, 2018 at 8:37 am

    Would love to hear what you are reading aloud to the girls. We are currently reading Guardians of thr Gryphons claw, my almost 7yo is loving and the 4.5 yo is showing a pretty good interest as well!

    • Reply Janssen Bradshaw January 8, 2018 at 9:46 am

      Oh, that’s a great idea – I’ll make sure to share those as we go!

  • Reply Mikayla Stucki January 1, 2018 at 9:45 am

    I love the lunch group idea! The first ward we lived in after we got married, the Relief Society had a “lunch bunch.” On the first Wednesday of each month, we met at a different fast-casual restaurant to have lunch together. I only got to go a couple of times because I am a school teacher and had to wait for the end of the school year, and then we moved out of the ward, but it was a lot of fun the couple of times that I got to go.

  • Reply Yvan January 1, 2018 at 10:18 am

    I’m very interested about the books you read aloud to your girls. 🙂 I have a three-year-old who loves being read to before bed and I’m looking for more book ideas to read to her.

  • Reply Diana January 1, 2018 at 10:50 am

    I love the idea of splitting into categories! A few things I want to do this year: read 125 books, run 350 miles, finish our son’s swing set (mostly my husband…), replace our coffee table and end table (ditto…), and try bullet journaling! Happy new year!

  • Reply Tanya Patrice January 1, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Awesome – thanks for sharing! Love the mix of having fun goals in there too. Good luck on the 100 books – I’m going again for 50.

  • Reply Cheryl Blinston January 1, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Love this list. And I love the idea of a lunch group. Count me in 😉

  • Reply Rebecca January 1, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    Would be very interested in hearing what you plan to read aloud to the girls. 🙂

  • Reply Rebecca Lately January 2, 2018 at 9:16 am

    This is such a good idea! My projects include finish decorating our kitchen, dining room, and living room. That’s enough for one year, I think!

  • Reply SK Bell January 2, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Ooooh I love the idea of a lunch group! It just gave me the idea for a picnic group for my kids =]

  • Reply Landen January 2, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    I am obsessed with this type of sorting. Such a good idea. I wish I had seen this before I blogged about mine, because otherwise, I might have redone mine in this way. But because I blogged about mine, I feel obligated (and invested) in doing them the way I have already sorted them. Maybe next year.

  • Reply Jessica January 2, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    We’ve decided that a December trip to NYC is going to be one of our new Christmas traditions 🙂 I’m glad you’re planning to take your big girls! Now, we just need to wait for them to grow up a teeny bit and we can MEET in NYC for a girls weekend of food and shows!

  • Reply Paige Flamm January 2, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    I started BBG last night and holy cow, I’m sore today! Turns out I can run for over 2 hours straight, but those 28 minute workouts are killer.

  • Reply The Book Worm January 6, 2018 at 6:20 am

    Your kid is sooooooo cute!

  • Reply ellen patton January 18, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Be sure to take your girls to the Tenement Museum in NYC. It’s probably the best museum I’ve ever been to!

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