18 for 2018: My Resolutions for the Year

18 ways to better yourself in 2018. Habits to start that are worth keeping for happiness and abundance in the New Year. Clean, made bed in a peaceful and serene bedroom. -Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

In December I was listening to The Happier Podcast, and decided to join in on their 18 for 2018 challenge. The idea is that you create a list of 18 things you’d like to accomplish in the next year. They aren’t all resolutions. Many are one-time bucket list items that you can easily check off once complete. But others are daily resolutions to uphold year long.

Initially, I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about sharing my resolutions and my list on here. After all, resolutions can be deeply personal. However, I have been feeling some incredible changes in my life because of my simple list. I would be remiss not to share.

It’s not lost on me that I’m only two weeks into upholding these “resolutions.” But when I started this blog I wanted it to be a space to share my thoughts and experience with others. If I didn’t want to share, I would have just written in a journal, or a typed out a Word document that was never published. This list has already made such a positive impact on my days, I had to share.

  1. Swim with fish. I have a deep-rooted love and fear of sharks, so I have never been snorkeling.
  2. Bake healthy. I love sweets (obviously) but I don’t always love the way I feel after eating them.
  3. Make bed every morning. I used to be so good at this! It sets the tone for the whole day.
  4. Find the perfect diet for me. Not diet, diet. But diet as in what I eat. I think I’ve found it, and I’ll explain more on that in a separate post.
  5. Learn to braid hair. How do I not yet know how to French braid?
  6. Teach Julian to swim.
  7. Send a letter once a month.
  8. Perfect one signature dish for dinner.
  9. Write in Inez’s baby book. Here’s Inez’s book.
  10. Print family photos.
  11. Celebrate anniversary. This should be a no-brainer, but Jeff and I have not done it once. I have been sick and pregnant for nearly every anniversary, or he has been out at sea.
  12. Pause. Listen.
  13. Practice gratitude daily. I love this journal
  14. Go to the library at least once a month.
  15. Spend a full day at a spa.
  16. Practice spirituality. Find exactly what that means to you. Don’t be so darn squeamish to admit that you believe in something greater than yourself. (This has been the hardest and most rewarding of all.)
  17. Wear sunscreen everyday.
  18. No phone in the bedroom. This one has brought me the most immediate result of happiness. I sleep better. I am on my phone a whole lot less. I am focused on my family and myself. No longer staying up until 11pm reading how Chrissy Teigen claps back to Twitter trolls. *This has also been the reason I’ve been on social media and the blog less lately. And it feels so good.*

I would love to hear what your lists are. Or even just what’s at the top of your list. Are you sticking to your resolutions? I hope they are ones that are bringing you joy and abundance in this New Year!



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  1. Love this list Heidi! Gotta learn number 5! We have lots of braiding in our future 🙂 (I know how but I’m pretty bad). But thanks for inspiring me to write a list out. Better late than never, right?

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