Things I Would like to Do in 2018

I’m not much for resolutions. I figure if you want to make a change, do it, don’t wait for the momentum to pass just because the calendar isn’t where you’d like it to be. When it comes to self-improvement it’s always seemed silly to wait for Monday when you can just as easily start a new fitness routine or savings plan on a Thursday.

Still, I like the feeling of the first, be it the first of the year or the first of the month. I like the blank, open possibility of it, the unspoiled newness. And I like setting goals, too. I like to start a year with a list of rough possibilities and potential adventures in mind, so that’s what this is, a rough list of the shit I’d like to do and do better in 2018.


One of my life goals is to see all 417 units within the National Park Service. Last year I made it to 22 parks, and I’m hoping to step it up a bit this year, with trips to Oregon, North Carolina and maybe Boston or Arizona or maybe New York, plus a continued effort to visit and explore the parks in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.


Last year I ran my fastest half in 1:50:52. This year I want to get under that 1:50 mark, even if it’s a 1:49:59, I’ll take it. I want to run more half marathons than I did last year and I just want to run more, in general. I’d love to hit the 1,000 mile mark, but that’s been an elusive goal of mine for a while.


I wanted to read 50 books last year but then I spent most of the year not really feeling like reading any books, so I slashed my goal a few months ago. Then, in November, I got my groove back and ended up reading 32 books in 2017, including six in December, so I’m going to hope my reading groove continues and go ahead and aim for 50 books this year.


I want to cook more things in 2018, especially bread and definitely soup since it’s winter as fuck outside.


I’m so inconsistent about walking my fake wolves, mostly because it’s very easy to just open the back door and let them scamper about for a bit. But they love walks and I love taking them for walks, and I’m pretty good about it in the summer, but now it’s winter and cold and dark and I just want to hide under blankets, but that’s not fair to the doggos.


I’ve been meaning to get rid of my treadmill for two years and then there’s this mirror that used to be in the upstairs bathroom that’s still sitting around and then there are the closets and really, I just need to pick a shelf or a drawer or a room in my house and go through all the stuff I’ve accumulated and just fucking get rid of it. It feels overwhelming, but I know if I break it into pieces and parts it will all seem so much more manageable.


I’ve been wanted to write about the hard stuff, but the thing about writing about the hard stuff is that it’s hard. But I need to, and I’m ready.


  • Kelsey @ So Much Life

    LOVE reading these types of posts! I agree that motivation seems to be extra high on the “blank slate” days (Jan 1, Mondays, start of a new school year, etc) so there’s no problem taking advantage of that 🙂

    Good luck with your half marathons!! Have you decided which ones you’ll run?

    • terrabear

      I’m still debating which three to run, but I’m for sure going to do the Shamrock in Virginia Beach and then probably Richmond in November. I’d really like to travel for one too, so I’m keeping my eyes open for a not-too-far-away half, too.

  • Anita

    Heck yes. Your goals sound fun and I’m excited to follow along. If anyone can write the hard stuff, it’s you. You have a way of putting raw feelings into authentic words and stories that give the feels. I’m sure it’s cathartic and satisfying for you as a writer, but it also helps me as a reader and human being. 2018 will be the best!

    • terrabear

      Thanks, lady! There are a few topics I’ve mostly just kept inside my brain that I think need to get out into the world. Cheers!

  • Abby

    These are all good things! I love reading others’ goals. I know the “new year” is an arbitrary thing, but I love the feeling of a blank slate — a time to reflect on what I could improve on or what I want to do in the future. Anyway, I want to cook more too! I feel like I lose momentum with cooking, so I’d like to get about 5-6 new recipes down that I could easily whip up.

    • terrabear

      I’m definitely in the funk of just cooking the same meals over and over and over again and definitely need to add some diversity to that mix. Also I tend to just say fuck it and eat popcorn for dinner too, so maybe I could do less of that too?

  • Stephany

    I have to walk my dog whenever he needs to go out since I live in an apartment, but I’m very guilty of just doing a quick 5-minute walk with him a few times a day. I tell myself that since he’s old and doesn’t require much exercise being a small dog, it’s ok, but I know he still very much enjoys walks and I need to make more of an effort with him. It’s good for both of us!

    I love your goals and I think they’re all achievable! Cheers to 2018!

    • terrabear

      I made it out into the cold two days with my dogs and it was good. They had fun, but it was SO COLD. Getting out there is tough, for sure.

  • suki

    These are totally doable, and it’s awesome that you gave yourself specific #s to reach. Would love to hear about the books you’re reading b/c I’m trying to do more of the same. We picked up a Kindle at the end of the year to help with that. 🙂

    • terrabear

      I’m definitely planning on sharing more of the books I read this year, assuming I actually stick to my goal and keep reading a bunch. I’m already on my third book of the year, so fingers crossed I stay so motivated.

      I LOVE my Kindle! As much as I travel, it’s been great. It’s always nice to know I have a stack of books with me that doesn’t take up a bunch of space or make my bags too heavy.

  • San

    I am not much for new year’s resolutions either, but a little goal setting can never hurt 😉 I should write a similar post to lay out my year. I am looking forward to following along when you’re checking these goals off your list!

  • soapie

    love your last goal, to write the hard stuff. i used to write a lot about hard stuff, but stopped because like you said, it’s hard. but maybe in 2018 we can both be brave and start writing. =)

    • terrabear

      Fingers crossed! I know when I did write the hard stuff it helped me a lot, and I need to get back to that. It’s hard, but so worth it.

  • Kristin

    I love your last goal. I’m so chickenshit about the hard stuff. I love your way of tackling the world with your writing, so looking forward to seeing how you do it! Also, I’m envious of your half-marathon time. Big time. You keep on cruising!

    • terrabear

      I’ll be honest – writing my half-marathon goal publicly is SO SCARY. I normally keep my run goals to myself, so we’ll see if I can make it. Maybe writing about it on the internet will give me an extra push to reach my goal.

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