Lately, I’ve been sort of obsessed with the Happiness Project. As part of it, I (finally!) started listening to a podcast, the Happier Podcast. Gretchen Rubin, the author of the Happiness Project, hosts the podcast with her sister.

One topic they discussed as part of their podcast was a creating an “18 for ’18” list – 18 things you want to do in 2018. They aren’t quite resolutions, but more fun (or somewhat fun) things that you want to do in 2018. This sounded like a great idea to me. There are so many things I want to do, and I fully intend to do, but which I put off or just make excuses not to do. Then, time passes, and those things never get done, even though they are things I really want to do.

As noted, this sounded like a great idea to me, and so I came up with a list of 18 for ’18 – 18 things I want to do in 2018.


In case you can’t read them, here are the items on the list:

  1. Bake Cookies Once Per Month
  2. Volunteer Somewhere
  3. Plant 100 Flower Bulbs
  4. Plant an Herb Garden
  5. Send Birthday Cards
  6. Start a Podcast with Paul
  7. Organize My Recipe Binder
  8. Find a Painting/Photo for My Home Office
  9. Take a Shopping Day Alone
  10. Buy Proper Makeup/Toiletry Bags
  11. Get a Painting of Choppy
  12. Go Out to Lunch with Paul Once Per Month
  13. Visit a New Baseball Stadium
  14. Take a Class
  15. Eat at 6 New-to-Me Restaurants
  16. Do 6 Wisconsin Travel Related Blog Posts
  17. Plan an Epic 40th Birthday Party for 2019
  18. Take 3 Bike Rides

Over the course of 2018, I plan to periodically update the blog with my progress on the 18 for ’18 (I created a category for the posts). As they are fun things, hopefully they will provide some enjoyable content for everyone here – and, now that I’ve posted that I’m doing this, it will keep me accountable to others to get the things done.