Goodbye 2018

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” — Zora Neale Hurston

This was definitely a year that asked questions. And while I say goodbye to 2018 without answers to all of those questions, I do think I have some ideas on how to move forward.

#1 what kind of planner system works for me?

I have been playing with notebooks and planner ideas for the last few days and one thing I know – I am not a planner person. I like to keep my dates on my phone calendar (love, love, love the reminder feature) and the big wall calendar in the kitchen. But I do love a notebook or two for jotting down ideas and writing ideas and reflections. Later this week I am going to figure out how to release some notebook covers into the world.

#2 what routines and habits do I need to hold on to or release?

Meal planning is a must and I have been doing some work toward that this last week too. I can connect the feeling of kitchen chaos directly to the moment I stopped meal planning.

A walking routine is another one I want to reclaim. I recently had some very bad knee pain that resulted in a diagnosis of arthritis. I have rested and iced and stretched and now it is time to get moving and build back some strength. This also means I need to release the competitive use of my Fitbit so no more checking to see who has the most steps!

#3 what brings joy into my life?

I easily fall into the “what needs to be done?” mode and miss the simple, ordinary moments. Looking back at my posts this year I see those moments when joy takes center stage. Time with family, our ever growing tiny person, reading and note taking, walks on the trail, knitting and sewing (so happy to feel the pull of sewing return), good food, travel. I want to pay more attention to the abundance in 2019.

So, goodbye 2018 – you were an interesting year. I think I have learned a few things.

Happy New Year! Hopefully my link for our one word adventure will be working tomorrow. I am excited to hear our words.

Published by Juliann

Recently retired and ready for adventure

9 thoughts on “Goodbye 2018

  1. I love these things you are letting go of! And, I too have been contemplating how best to use my planner in 2019 – hopefully in a way that works better with my one word!

  2. That is an interesting photo and your questions are even more so. It’s good to think, assess, and re-assess. Hope to see you tomorrow with my word and find out everyone else’s.

  3. Great photo and great post. Yay for letting go (& knowing when to do so).

    I am hoping to be able to walk tomorrow and meal planning!! Need to do this.

  4. What a wonderful idea – to say “goodbye” … acknowledging the good and the not-so-good! Here’s to a fresh start in 2019!

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