Episode 17: What are your plans for 2018?

Happy New Year, everyone! In this episode, recorded just a couple days before New Year’s Eve, we talk about our ideas and plans for the new year: how we feel about goals vs resolutions, why we are feeling a little bit stuck trying to think of goals, and our alternative ways of approaching the whole New Year thing.

Rather than making lists of goals or things to do, we have come up with mantras and words to guide our thinking this year.

Olivia’s mottos are, especially, “Being, not doing,” and, because she’s tired of the algorithm-based social media and news sphere, also: “Exploration/learning/creating, not news.”

Meghan’s word for the year is “magic.”


Discussed in this episode: 

Passion projects (written about extensively online, but this article is probably a good intro)

Mr Rogers (of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood fame)

Episode 4, where we talk about our writer identity

Little Fires Everywhere, the new book by Celeste Ng

Thinking about what you’re willing to sacrifice for (can’t find the article I originally saw this on, but it was something a bit like this)

This article about how Spotify is turning music into emotional wallpaper, aka Muzak

The fervent debate about whether to keep library books offsite or in library stacks for browsing

“Only connect” comes from Howard’s End by E.M. Forster

Episode 5, with our interview with Sigrún Davíðsdóttir, where we talked about the magic of writing

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert