18 in 2018

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Does anyone else listen to the Happier Podcast with Gretchen Rubin and her sister Elizabeth Craft? At the beginning of 2018, they both came up with a list of 18 things they wanted to do or focus on in 2018. An inveterate list-maker, I decided to play along. Here are my 18 in 2018 (in no particular order). Will try not to editorialize overly much.

  1. Learn to make gnocchi with the girls (thank you Eleanor).
  2. Renew passports.
  3. Turn 40 (gracefully). It’s going to happen whether I put it on the list or not, might as well have some intent around it!
  4. Run/walk (planning to run) Hood to Coast Washington with my dear college friends again in June. Implies there’s some training going on beforehand.
  5. Read first thing and last thing every day (not on phone).
  6. Streamline event planning at the store (say no more often, space out events, be more proactive).
  7. Go on quarterly solo reading getaways (probably one night).
  8. Light the candles (especially during the dark seasons).
  9. Spending fast/year of no shopping inspired by Ann Patchett. Only buy what I need in 2018 – no shopping for clothes or beauty products for fun. I unsubscribed from every email and unfollowed all stores on social media. Books are not part of this!
  10. Spend one night away a month with our family of four.
  11. Work for at least an hour before I go down to the shop (okay, have to editorialize here – I have been doing this for a bit now and it’s amazing how one hour of focused work changes my day in immense ways).
  12. Plan for Olympia’s first literary festival (this is exciting and big and we’re planning for September 2019).
  13. Do 23 and Me (genetic testing service).
  14. Travel with Telfer for my 40th birthday – walking trip in England and a couple of days in Paris.
  15. Watch all the 2018 Best Picture Nominees.
  16. Finish organizing pantry and labeling spice jars as well as finish niggling/less fun leftover items from our remodel.
  17. Fix the stairs at the store (major construction project) and re-vision children’s section.
  18. Build a more cohesive and rich web presence for the store.

If anyone else has a 18 in 2018 list, I would love, love to see it!

Published by Andrea Y. Griffith

owner of browsers. former librarian. wife. mother to two tweens and the cutest labradoodle in the world.

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