What I learnt in 2017 is to make your New Year’s resolutions early because I was in hospital on New Year’s Eve and unable to do one of my favourite things: make New Year’s resolutions. Lucky for me I had already completed the Happier podcast’s 18 for 2018 (which I found in my phone a week later).
Gretchen Rubin, one of the hosts of Happier, encouraged listeners to make a list of 18 things they wanted to do in 2018. Here are five of mine:
- Make a new friend: I love meeting new library people but I also like to have friends outside the profession so I’m waiting to see what surprises 2018 will bring me! As I’ve said many times on this blog, friendships are vital to happiness.
- See all the Sydney Living Museums: Cultural activities increase happiness so exploring some more of these should give me all the feels!
- Finish my scrapbook of Russia trip (I took in 2014): This is way overdue but creativity is linked to happiness and also to being more innovative at work so I’m hoping that getting in touch with my creative side again will inspire some strategic thinking…
- Try a new Professional Development activity (like making a video or a podcast): Learning a new skill boosts happiness. Now in my last year I’ve exhausted most of the suggested activities on the ALIA PD Scheme so it’s time to challenge myself and do something different.
- Eat icecream in Japan:I had to modify this one due to getting sick and not being able to undertake a trip to Japan in April (see my previous blog post on mental health and travelling). Instead I’m going to buy a sherbet cone and eat it Nara Peace Park in Canberra, in Spring, during the cherry blossom season. If you’ve seen the movie, New Year’s Eve you’ll know where I get my inspiration from.
So that’s some of my 18 goals to make me a happier librarian in 2018. Among the others are volunteer with a social justice organisation, make a chocolate beetroot fudge cake (with candied beetroot garnish) and read Virginia Woolf’s The Voyage Out(as my lifelong ambition is to read every single one of her books and I’m about halfway through).
I look forward to seeing what everyone else will come up with this month, how we’ve grown and continue to grow. A warm welcome to any new GLAM blog clubbers out there!