I’ve never been a goal-setter, but my uber-productive husband has undertaken a life overhaul since he turned 35 and one of the benefits is how he sets goals — short-and long term goals. To keep up and have something interesting to talk to him about, I’ll go ahead and set some goals, too.

I recently deactivated my Facebook account. This was not a goal; it was just something I did in October 2016. I haven’t had many regrets, but I do think about people and wonder how they’re doing. I decided that I would write one letter a week to someone in 2017. My goal is not to get them to write back, but rather to let people know they are thought of, remembered and in my prayers. I feel incredibly cheesy typing it out now.

One of the other reasons I got off Facebook (don’t hold me to it) was the amount of information I knew about people from previous parts of my life. I knew tremendous amounts of personal information, depending on how frequently they posted. And while the knowledge frequently brought a smile or a click of the Like button, it didn’t bring any genuine interaction between me and my Facebook friends. Now I will write some letters and give some people more attention than they might want. First victim: a college roommate.

I will also be reading one book a week. Fingers crossed I find lots of short books.

My husband reads loads of books and recommends some to me. (Calvin and Hobbes Treasury, anyone?) I rarely actually read them or finish. I’m still regretting the fact that he purged my copy of a Jacques Barzun history book because it was neglected. (He still has a copy. I will find it and touch it and bend its spine.) I started 2017 reading Mindfulness by Ellen J. Langer. He recommended this book to me months ago. Just over 200 pages long I’ve almost finished it up here in week one. It’s given me lots of fodder to consider and apply mindfully to my life.

Those are my goals. What are your 2017 goals?

Alishia Hanson