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2018 resolutions
Is it just me or does it already feel a little different than 2017? Somehow I like the numbers better. They feel... softer. But then I have synesthesia so hey. (In that vein, 2018 has a nicer colour, sort of a blue/green mix, whereas 2017 had some red mixed in from the 7, so maybe that also worked against it?) Weirdly enough for me personally 2017 wasn't even that bad a year, but I still feel some relief that it's done. On to making 2018 kickass! This year, I want to do the following:

General stuff/self-improvement
- Challenge myself more, workwise. I'm keeping an eye out for a better, more fitting job, but right now this one is ideal because I can basically fill in my own hours. The downside is that it's way too easy for me to just show up whenever and end up underperforming, which is bad. So I need to put more effort in and work towards a place where I can show my skills and talents.
- In that vein, maybe look into volunteer work that's more up my alley, maybe even disability advocacy.
- BLOG, DAMNIT. Can also tie into the first two points.
- Read a French book
- Read an Italian book and hold an Italian conversation
- Learn to read Japanese (I want to go to Japan in 2020)
- More hiking to where I can do at least a 15km hike
- Read 50 books (my Goodreads challenge)
- Visit England in the spring (London for the Hamilton musical, then Bath and maybe Glastonbury) and Florence in the fall. In Florence I want to do a language and art course where you do Italian classes in the morning and drawing/painting classes in the afternoon. During the weekend I want to hop over to Venice and Siena so I can pretty much tick those off my list, too.

- Sew a dress and a skirt
- Sew a coat
- Knit a pair of socks
- Knit myself a new Hogwarts scarf
- Knit a fisherman's sweater/gansey
- Finish at least 2 works in progress
- Work on a pair of 17th century stockings! (I'm a volunteer for this project!)
- For the love of god, finish something crocheted

Other hobby stuff
- Do more urban sketching
- Practice the tin whistle and the ukelele to where I can play at least five songs on each
- Learn to juggle
- Learn how to work my new mirrorless camera
- Follow an art course in Florence

There, quite a list! Let's see how this goes. :)