18 in 18 – Annual roundup.
Here is a summary of how I did
with my 18 in 18 challenge.
Bake once per month (bread/cake/biscuits).
Ø This was a miserable
fail. I have done very little baking
this year. More cooking but not baking
as I defined it above.
Ø Going forward this is staying
on my list but without being so specific.
It will be just be a general aim.
Plant new flower bed and child proof garden.
Ø Well one bed is planted but it’s
not childproof yet. Fortunately Nathan
hasn’t been here enough to make it a priority but now he’s running around and
Noah and Rory won’t be long behind him it will be more important to get this
Ø Going forward it’s going to be
a general aim to do more gardening and that will incorporate making it safe for
Sort out magazines
Ø This was a total and utter
fail! I still have piles of magazines in
Ø Going forward it won’t be on
my 19 in 19 list but hopefully they will be gone by the end of 2019! (Even if I
end up dumping them in my recycling bin.)
Plan a lunch date/date night with Nick once a month
Ø We didn’t always achieve this
but we did do more than previously
Ø This will be on my 19 in 19
list and hopefully we’ll plan better next year
Eat at 4 new-to-me restaurants
Ø This was achieved, even if
some of the restaurants were at holiday locations so unlikely to be revisited
Ø Going forward I’m upping the #
to 6. This will also help with the
Complete the A – Z blogging
Ø Finally a complete success!
Ø Definitely going on next year’s
Plan a family weekend away for next year
Ø This was probably too far in
advance for me so nothing done as yet.
Ø Going on the new list – this
is for my (big) birthday so it WILL happen
Walk at least 3 times per week
Ø I did do more walking in
general but I wasn’t always very disciplined about it
Ø Staying on the list – will try
to do better!
Visit my brother
Ø Staying on the list – maybe 2019
will be the year we reconnect.
10 Visit my cousin
Ø Another fail, we’re both too
Ø I probably won’t put this on
the list as although I might not get up to see her, we have already got a
holiday booked for September so we will be getting together next year.
11 Visit the beach
Ø A success.
Ø Will be on the new list!
12 Complete my reading challenge
(52 books for the year)
Ø Another success!
Ø Will be on the new list. I actually got past 60 books but I think
aiming for 1 book per week is a good target so I will keep it at that.
13 Keep my bullet journal updated
Ø Well my bullet journal is a
bit of a hybrid thing and it hasn’t been consistent throughout the year.
Ø Going forward I’m making the
intention of keeping a journal. The
shape and form will probably be (extremely) flexible and fluid!
14 Blog at least once per week
(plus regular memes)
Ø Apart from November when we
were away for over a couple of weeks I definitely upped my blogging
output. (234 posts for 2018 at the time
of writing compared to 168 for 2017.) January, April and October were good months
thanks to various challenges but there were still not enough original posts in
the rest of the year.
Ø This will feature on my new
list but not sure how specific I’ll be yet.
15 Take more photos
Ø Definitely doing better
Ø Could do more!
16 Update my wardrobe
Ø Needs to be an ongoing task –
I have a lot of new summer clothes which I must make an effort to wear but I
could now do with adding to my winter wardrobe.
17 Do more crafting – update on
Ø Didn’t do well on this.
Ø 2019 is the year my sewing
machine will get moved and used!
18 Try out a new recipe each week
Ø I didn’t achieve this every
week but I certainly tried out quite a lot of new recipes this year. Towards the end of the year we signed up to
Hello Fresh, a meal delivery scheme, and that has definitely had me trying new
things which was part of my aim.
Ø I think I will keep this on my
list to motivate me. I need to improve
on my planning though.
As you can see, some things
went better than others, some things probably shouldn’t have been on the
list! Was it helpful? Yes, although it did become a bit of a chore
at times. Will I be doing it again? Yes, but I will be trying to make it easier
and perhaps less target driven, especially as there needs to be an extra item
on the list!
One excuse I could give for not achieving more is spending time with these 3 little ones. I think it's a pretty good excuse! I might have to settle for Nana for now as Nathan can say that but not Nanny. He also loves his Granga 😂