Gretchen Rubin

What’s on your 2019 bucket list?

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Photo by Raw Pixel on Unsplash.

Last year on the Happier podcast, Gretchen Rubin and her sister, Liz Craft, introduced the awesome concept of “18 for 2018”. It’s a fun spin on the traditional New Year’s resolution.

Think of it like a bucket list for the year ahead.

Instead of putting all of your eggs in one basket with ONE BIG FAT PRESSURE-FILLED New Year’s Resolution, why not instead create a list of LOTS of things you’d like to do in 2019?

You can sprinkle this list with all sorts of things, big and small, fun and mundane, important and trivial.

Some of the things on my list last year were:

  • Finally get our front steps fixed (check!)

  • Read more books (check!)

  • Get our wills done (nope!)

  • Organize the basement (mostly!)

  • Get disability insurance (check!)

  • Get my car detailed every quarter (mostly!)

  • Paint my bathroom (check!)

  • Do @cleanmama three times a week (shaky at best!)

You might consider things like:

  • Putting your phone away between 6 and 10 pm

  • Trying a meditation app for 30 days (My favorite is the Calm app.)

  • Asking your mom to teach you three of her favorite recipes

  • Making Friday night movie nights

  • Hugging your spouse twice a day

  • Hiring a handyman to fix some nagging things in the house

  • De-cluttering your house (hint, hint!)

I’m still brainstorming my 19 for 2019, but here are some initial ideas:

So what might YOU put on your 19 for 2019 list??! Tell me, tell me!

Do Something Badly

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I heard a phrase the other day on my favorite podcast that felt like it was sent down from heaven: "Do something badly."

"What the heck does that mean?", you might say ... 

It means that you should give yourself total permission to do "that thing" that you always want to do but that you never do because you're afraid you'll be bad at it. So, do it anyway. Badly.

It means that you don't have to be good at yoga. You can do it badly.

It means that you don't have to be a great cook. You can do it badly.

It means that you don't have to meditate as if you were the second coming of Deepak Chopra. Do it badly. 

It means that you don't have to stress about the fact that you haven't written a blog post in two months because you just can't think of the perfect thing to say. (Ahem). You can do it badly.

Giving ourselves permission to do something badly means that we can get off of the hamster wheel of feeling like we have to be perfect at everything.

Life is not a Pinterest competition. There is so much beauty in imperfection. 

Do tell ... what are YOU going to do badly this week?