It’s funny how 52 weeks equal both 364 days – which sound like a very long time – and nearly a year – which doesn’t sound like much, really. Today marks the end of the 45th week of the year and only 50 days are left until 2018. Two numbers so close to each other, with different orders of magnitude.
I don’t know where all this time went. Well, if this isn’t your first time visiting this blog, you might wonder where I have been all year. I have been busy, as I’m sure you have too. I was so caught up in my ups and downs that I didn’t take the time to write about what was going on in my life, about the changes I wanted to monitor and reflect on.
In fact, I gave up on self-tracking entirely – I even let my Fitbit go flat in June and never thought of charging it. I still keep track of how much I work, how many words I translate, and how much I earn since I need to pay taxes, but that’s it – I don’t think there is any trace of anything not work-related.
Of course I put a few noticeable things on my Google Calendar. I took four trips to Paris between April and October, spending 37 days at my best friend’s – which must be the most we have seen each other since high school. I can also tell that my future brother-in-law spent a grand total of 255 days at our place, for reasons I won’t get into.
One date I won’t forget is September 22nd, the day we started moving into our new apartment. This is one change I had been waiting for patiently – and sometimes less patiently – for years, which became necessary when I started feeling like our guest was overstaying his welcome. The new apartment is twice as large as the old one and I now have my own office – and a very comfortable new couch, too!
On the professional front, I went from struggling to find work as a freelance translator to working full-time for my main client as a linguist and programmer with translation as a side job. This was a big change for me and I’m still getting used to the idea – in fact, I’m not sure things will stay this way, and I’ll probably explain why in a later post.
Just looking at the stats and comparing them with those of previous years, I feel overwhelmed. But I won’t get into that now – I’ll save them for an end-of-year report, if I have the discipline to make one before the end of these 7 weeks. After all, I still have 50 busy days ahead of me and a challenge to take on!
So what is this title about, “Countdown to 2018”, and what is this challenge? I attempted challenges before and was quite bad at them, so why would I set myself up for failure again?
In fact, I thought several times about getting back into blogging, but never got around to actually doing it. I know now that I missed out on opportunities to record things that made me happy, things I was grateful for, things I looked forward to. As a result, I mostly remember what scared me, what annoyed me, what got me angry. And this isn’t OK.
This is why, for the last 7 weeks before 2018 – since every goal requires a realistic time frame – I would like to challenge myself to post every Sunday about what happened that week. If I can get into this habit and stick with it through the new year, great! But as I wrote in the past, I don’t want to pressure myself – this is a process I would like to enjoy.
In addition, I will write about some of the topics that worry me, as I’m convinced that putting a problem in words can help – maybe not solve it, but at least relax about it. It has happened before and I hope it will happen again. What’s more, writing about these issues on a blog means that you, my readers, can share your opinion – and, hopefully, advice – and maybe help me solve them!
Of course I’m only challenging myself, but you are welcome to join in if you feel like it. If you need rules, here they are:
- Dedicate one post to this challenge, every Saturday or Sunday, until the end of 2017.
- Sum up what happened during the week – at least, what seems worth mentioning.
- List 3 or more things that made you happy or grateful.
- List 3 or more things that are worth looking forward to.
The next rules are optional:
- Pick one thing that is affecting you negatively and dive in – explain why it’s a problem, how you tried to solve it (if you did), what else you could do about it.
- End your post with a positive note – how this issue isn’t that bad, what good can come out of it, why it isn’t worth worrying about it, why your solution will work.
If you do join in, please let me know in the comments or with a ping so that I can read your post. And if you notice that I haven’t posted as I was supposed to, do remind me – knowing that you care could be the extra motivation I need to stick with this challenge!
Have a wonderful week.