I have decided this year to have a simple list of 18 goals for the year. They are an eclectic mixture of fun, professional, personal and well whatever came to mind.
So here they are in no specific order –
1 – Finish the 1000 piece jigsaw we started just after Christmas. It is hard and a few times I have been ready to give up. So it may be a goal that is completed next Christmas!
2 – Complete five Heritage in Schools visits. Will post more on this shortly.
3 – Each year in the past three years my blog visitors and views have increased. I would like to maintain this growth but without having to feel pressured to achieve this, otherwise what is the point in blogging.
4 – Continue to create wildlife friendly habitats in my own garden and encourage others to do likewise.
5 – Have fun days out with my family. Setting no limits here!
6 – Growing food is just something I enjoy doing, and I want and need (for my own well-begin) to keep it up. While we may never be self-sufficient in fruit or vegetables my aim is to grow as much as I can.
7 – Reading is something else I love to do. These days I seem to spend more time reading children’s books to my two and will certainly continue this because they are many great children’s authors. But my aim is to read 18 books, for myself. A mix of fiction and fact.
8 – Clutter, so much clutter. Over the Christmas holidays I have cleared out my kitchen cupboards, and you know it does give a sense of satisfaction to be able to open a cupboard and find what you are looking for! The chickens are also enjoying a feast of out-of-date foods like risotto rice, Bulgar wheat etc. So more clearing and tidying is on the cards!
9 – Friends are so important. Last year I missed a few of my friends birthdays so I am going to update my calendar and make sure I don’t miss any this year!
10 – There is always more we can learn about the world around us. So I am going to concentrate my efforts on learning to identity more bugs and plants.
11 – I am probably not the best person for challenging myself to do something new. I tend to stick to the same reliables. So I am going to find something that will challenge me in 2018.
12 – Reduce use of plastics, by being more careful about what we buy (thinking packaging etc.) and where and how we used plastic in the home.
13 – I enjoyed crafts but don’t spend much time doing them. So this year I would like to do a couple of crafty projects. I am still thinking what these will be, so am open to suggestions.
14 – January always gets me thinking that I need to get more exercise! And I am probably not alone, but must try harder!
15 – I am not the most organised person in the world. I need to find better ways of prioritising my work, while at the same time having good work/life balance!
16 – There are certain appointments that I will gladly put off (think dentist etc.). So this year I will try and keep these!
17 – Try and record another new species for the garden list.
18 – Last year I aimed to do ten bee and butterfly transects and only manage 9. So this year I am going to try and do ten again!
So that is it. My 18 goals for 2018.