Happy New Year! 18 for 2018

Happy New Year everyone!

I wish you all good health, happiness and lots of creativity for this new year and I hope that all your dreams to come true for 2018.

You may know that last year was all about change for me, with moving houses, a new job for hubby and working on my PhD from home. This year, I want it to be about growth. My hope for 2018 is to grow professionally, hopefully finding a post-doc, but also personally. I would like to grow my crochet and knitting skills and also to grow as a designer. I’ve been really encouraged by your kind words and I’m very excited for what’s to come.

Last year, I kept on seeing the 17 for 2017 goals and this year I’ve decided to join with 18 for 2018. I will keep you updated every month with how my goals are going and hopefully I make it through most of them during the year.

18 letters sent to friends
With the interstate move I would like to keep in contact with friends so I want to make the effort to send them handwritten letter throughout the year.

17 new recipes tried
If you’ve been following me for a while you will know that I love cooking and baking so this should be pretty easy. Plus, the monthly bake-along will definitely help me with this one!

16 painted units of miniatures
My husband and I play a miniature game and one of the fun parts is to build and paint our own miniatures. I haven’t done much last year so I hope to catch up this year by painting more models.

15 books read
I’ve decided to tune down this goal from last year, as I don’t have a lot of time to read. But I feel like 15 would be a good number to reach this year.

14 mitered squares added to my memory blanket
I have started a knitted memory blanket using my scraps of yarn from previous projects (mostly socks) and I’d like to see it grow this year.

13 batches of biscuits made and eaten
Again, with the bake-along this should be quite easy to accomplish!

12 pairs of socks
We have real winters in Melbourne, so hubby and I will definitely need new socks, I thought one per month was a manageable goal.

11 new stitch markers made
I have been playing with shrinking plastic lately and I’d like to make new stitch markers using some cute drawings.

10 new movies seen
We go to the movies almost every week, so I think this goal will be easy to reach, but it will give me a change to blog about movies I see a bit more.

9 amigurumi made
I obviously love amigurumi enough to design some! I want to precise that those 9 amigurumi will be from other designers, I might even participate in another ami-along.

8 months cross-stitched on the snowblower diaries calendar
This did not get worked on at all last year, so I’d like to finish it this year.

7 games of 40k played with hubby
The good thing with painting miniatures is that I will definitely want to play more (I’m hoping anyway) and this will definitely be a fun activity to do with my husband.

6 new designs published
As you know I already have two new designs that I need to write up and publish. I have also started on a knitted shawl design using the beautiful yarn I got in NZ. Very excited about this one!

5 km ran without stopping
This doesn’t seem like much but currently I can’t run more than a few minutes without having to slow down to a walk, so I’d like to be able to actually run without dying for 5 km!

4 LOTR squares finished
Yes I know I’ve been making this for ages but 2018 is the year I get it finished!

3 jumpers knitted
Similarly to the need for socks, I will need more jumpers this year! I already have the yarn and a pattern for my first jumper so I’m hoping this goes smoothly.

2 getaway trips
We are trying to save money for a house deposit this year, but I’d still like to get a couple weekends away with hubby. We already have one planned, we will be going to the Bendigo sheep and wool show in July

1 thesis submitted
I’m so keen to finish my PhD, so this is definitely my nยฐ1 goal this year!

That’s it for me, I hope that you have your goals sorted if that’s your thing and again I wish you all an amazing year!



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36 responses to “Happy New Year! 18 for 2018

  1. I hope you new year is great, and you accomplish everything you set out to do!


  2. What a list! I like it! Oooh, I had forgotten about the LOTR project. I can’t wait to see it. I loved that one.

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  3. Happy New Year ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Happy New Year!! I hope you accomplish all youโ€™ve set out to do:)

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  5. Good luck, I think you’ll have lots of fun achieving those.

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  6. That’s a pretty balanced list overall, and after the dissertation is a wrap, you might otherwise be bored, so this will solve that problem! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Haha too true although Iโ€™ve been applying for jobs already. Crossing my fingers that I get at least one interview but you never know. Iโ€™ll definitely keep busy with the list though ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  7. AJ

    Awesome 18 for 2018 Emma! I can’t wait to read about all your adventures this year:)

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    • Thanks AJ! And me yours ๐Ÿ™‚ youโ€™ve actually really motivated me with the running. I think it will be good for me to do something other that yoga this year, my cardio is horrendous so Iโ€™m looking forward to work on that!

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  8. Happy New Year Emma. I love the sound of your list of goals for 2018. I would love to have a go at doing something like that. I just don’t have the confidence at coming close to completing it though!

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    • Thanks Annette ๐Ÿ˜˜ maybe you could start with simple things that you know you will do anyway? Iโ€™ve added a few of those to my list because that way it will feel like Iโ€™m definitely accomplishing something ๐Ÿ˜ and a very happy new year to you too!

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  9. Happy 2018! That looks like a great list of goals – can’t wait reading from you ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. What a great list of goals… There are a couple on there that have inspired me too! I hope you enjoy the challenge of tackling them all, and i look forward to hearing your progress. Happy new year

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  11. Happy new year! I never heard of the list thing, so thanks ill be writing my 18 ๐Ÿ˜€ I love the letter idea, i used to write to my great auntie as a child but as i got older i just stopped. I hope you manage to complete your goals ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thanks Rebecca! I didnโ€™t know about the list either until around March last year but then it was a bit too late for me to make one so I decided to wait for this year ๐Ÿ˜Š I hope you also get to achieve all you goals and that you have a very happy year, you totally deserve it ๐Ÿ’•

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  12. Great list! I love the idea of sending 18 letters, and best wishes with your PhD!

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    • Thank you so much Alice ๐Ÿ˜Š I think Iโ€™ll have fun with the letters, and hopefully it will keep me close to the friends I had to leave when we moved interstate ๐Ÿ˜Š


  13. Mrs. N

    Happy New Year! This was an interesting post-I’ve never thought of this…I think I’ll apply it somehow to my life…humm…18 Kanji memorized per month…. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Best wishes for the new year!

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  14. These are some great goals! I hope you achieve all of them! The memory quilt sounds awesome I hope we get to see it when you’re done!

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    • Thanks ๐Ÿ˜˜ Iโ€™ll definitely post pictures of the memory quilt, Iโ€™m quite excited about it and Iโ€™ve got lots of yarn to add to it as Iโ€™ve finished a few pairs of socks towards the end of the year ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  15. Oooh I love all the goals going round right now! Good luck with yours ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. Hi Emma – you have certainly set yourself a challenge, but I hope you are successful with each and every goal. Thank you for liking some of my posts. If you like pen pals then I am a kindred spirit. I have just started writing to a young neighbour of mine who have emigrated to New Zealand. It’s so lovely to get a handwritten letter. Let me know.

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