2017 all wrapped up. Not in Times Square last night freezing my a** off but cozily at home with a great bottle of Barolo.
And 2018 is starting out frozen but great. I’m happy to be doing my thing, contemplating the year ahead, excited about fresh starts, new discoveries and lots of travel!
- My trip to the Antarctica is now only 2 weeks away.
- I am beyond excited about my planned 6-week sojourn in the Nordic countries in June/July.
- And then, as if that’s not enough, will be wrapping up the summer with another state fair. This time, Wisconsin in August. So a good mix of global and domestic trips.
Above all else, I want to take everything to another level in 2018.
- Madalyn Aslan, my astrologer and palmist, just told me that my stars are aligned to make 2018 a gigantic year. I need to think more globally, I need to have the guts to say what I feel, to stop holding back.
- Overall, I must be bolder with my insights and predictions. I’m working on it Madalyn!!
So with that as a backdrop, read on below for my three resolutions for 2018.
1: HEALTH & FITNESS
With the help of David Luis, my trainer at the YMCA and Haley Dyes, my coach at My Body Tutor (MBT), I am finally making progress on the health front (down 11 lbs as of this morning).
I’ve lost weight before only to put the poundage back on. This time, with MBT, I’m more optimistic the weight loss may be permanent.
My biggest challenges with weight remain:
- Buffets and parties
- Boredom/stress eating
For each of these situations, MBT is training me to visualize in advance how I will react e.g. always start with sparkling water vs. wine, slowdown the eating and nibbling enough to tune in to my body – do I feel full? And finally, think about how I will feel the following morning.
Their methods are excellent at teaching you it’s not an all-or-nothing scenario. Frequently, in the past, if I gave in to some craving (e.g. ice cream), it would open the gorging floodgates. MBT teaches you that although you may have gone off the rails for a few minutes, you can stop now. Don’t keep eating just because you’ve stepped over the line.
And most importantly, I must add that the weight loss and the trainer have both been great for my osteoarthritis. Feeling much better, more flexibility, less pain.
For me, being kind translates into being less harsh and less judgmental – and more patient.
It also means being truly present for people. Really listening. Not thinking about how soon can I jump in to the conversation with my comments.
I first started noticing “kindness” popping up in blogs and articles earlier this year. I believe it is in direct response to the harshness of the political climate. The belligerence coming out of DC is making many people want to be nicer, kinder, more considerate to those around them.
Both Seth Godin and trend expert, Marian Salzman, are talking about kindness for 2018.
From Seth Godin:
- Kindness scales better than competitiveness, frustration, pettiness, regret, revenge, merit (whatever that means) or apathy. Kindness ratchets up. It leads to more kindness. It can create trust and openness and truth and enthusiasm and patience and possibility. Kindness, in one word, is a business model, an approach to strangers and a platform for growth. It might take more effort than you were hoping it would, but it’s worth it.
From Marian Salzman:
- Kindness takes a front seat. More focus will shift “from negativity to positivity.” Even with all the terrible headlines we face daily, we will face the future with hope. To quote Ellen DeGeneres, “It’s very easy to lose hope, but we cannot do that. I always say that there is a lot more good in the world than there is bad, and I continue to believe that.”
3: “RE-SET” FOR THE OPINIONATOR TO PROVIDE MORE VALUE & MORE ORIGINAL CONTENT
Based on my top blogs of 2017, I’m going to refocus my efforts to make sure that posts always provide value, clearly define why the post is an important read, and explore topics that I am genuinely curious about (and hopefully you will be too).
Here’s what to look for in 2018:
- More personal writing to reflect my life philosophies and POV e.g. solo travel, why I don’t want to be genderized
- Off-the-radar observations and predictions e.g. rising use of sex dolls in China, Swedish death cleaning
- New discoveries and learning e.g. travel destinations, book recommendations, new retail concepts, workplace trends, interviews with tastemakers and thought leaders
BOTTOM LINE: I feel confident about 2018. It feels like I’m getting into my new groove. Lots of hard work ahead but I also feel that I am following my bliss.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!!