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Hi.

I’m Hannah. I write words, chase joy, read books, build habits, make lists, and drink coffee. Care to join in these adventures?

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Let's just get this over with - I am not New Year's cynical. I am all about a new year - I love resolutions and intentions at the start of a new year, and I've been successfully able to keep a few of them. 

For the last number of years, I've done something different: every year, I give one thing up. It's been Coca Cola twice (because I know that stuff will kill me, but oh man it is my kryptonite + cake). One year, I gave up buying coffee from mass chains (ie. Tim Hortons, Starbucks, + Second Cup, because those were all in a block radius of Ryerson). This last year, I took Instagram and Twitter off my phone. (this was semi-successful - Twitter was easy, Instagram was not.) And six months into the year, I'm already dreaming of what I'm going to do next year.

This year, in line with my 25 before 25 list, I decided to make a little bucket list list of more things, habits, and experiences to try out this year. I know it's always a guilty pleasure of mine to hear what others will be working on this year, so share with me if you've got some resolutions, habits, or intentions you're setting for 2018! And I'll update this post as things are completed, same as my 25 before 25 list. 

  1. It is the year of no drive-thrus. (As is, if it's important enough for me to eat or drink, it has to be important enough for me to get out of my car.)
  2. Watch the sunrise once a month. 
    • January :: 
    • February :: 
    • March :: 
  3. Enjoy a social media free weekend once a month. 
  4. Visit twelve Alberta-local coffee shops. 
    • Square One
    • The Nook
    • Crum Coffee
  5. Visit twelve Alberta-local restaurants.
  6. Engage in one cultural experience a month (play, gallery, concert, etc.) 
    • January :: Ryerson Rams basketball game
    • February :: Dreamworks in Concert at the Winspear.
  7. Donate to three new organizations on a monthly basis. 
  8. Take my vitamins. 
  9. Host a seasonal clothing swap. 
  10. Experiment with natural make-up products. 
  11. Blog once a week. 
  12. Use Duolingo for Spanish (+ last more than a month.) 
  13. Try a new form of exercise! (Barre class, here I come!) 
  14. Finish the New Testament. 
  15. Finish my 25 before 25 list.
  16. Only buy fair trade coffee. 
  17. Use my journalling Bible once a week. 
  18. Start (+ complete!) a Whole30 - Done, March 2018
  19. Support a CSA
  20. Deactivate Facebook - Done, January 2018 and then March 2018 again (: 
  21. Take ballroom dance lessons
  22. Take a vacation
  23. Run a 10K. 
  24. Run the 5K fundraiser for prostate cancer + raise $500 
  25. Re-read the Chronicles of Narnia 
  26. Start and complete a contentment challenge. 
  27. Find a new church home + church community in Edmonton - Done, March 2018
  28. Build something. 
  29. Save up for something. 
  30. Drink one bottle of water on every flight I take. 
  31. Build a blanket fort. 
  32. V O L U N T E E R. 
  33. Make an Edmonton bucket list (and then complete it for 25 before 25!)
  34. Read 26 books by women (inspired by Rachel!) 
  35. Read 26 books by POC (also inspired by Rachel!) 
  36. Read 12 poetry anthologies. 
  37. Write book reviews on Goodreads (let’s just assume all book related goals are inspired by Rachel!) 
  38. Read 125 books. 
  39. Take one picture book out from the library every time I’m there. 
  40. Get my capsule wardrobe down to 33 pieces. 
  41. Buy a bike. And also use said bike. - Done, March 2018
  42. Host a party. 
  43. Use the cash envelope method for budgeting for a month. 
  44. Get my phone out of my bedroom. 
  45. Explore 6 new-to-me hikes // brisk walking trails in the mountains.
  46. Take the Edmonton LRT. 
  47. Learn to drive standard. (Say a prayer for Dave’s car. And also for Dave.) 
  48. Watch a documentary once a month. 
  49. Launch a creative project. 
  50. Get to know my neighbours. 
  51. Go rollerskating. 
  52. Pursue delight and joy. Above all. At every turn. At every possible moment.

 

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