29 Dec, 2017
As we head into 2018, here are seven ideas for new habits and experiences, from swimming to foraging to putting pen to paper.
[Main Photo: Jim Marsden]
1. SWIM IN THE WILD
There really is nothing like it. This book is a really good mixture of inspiration and practical information on where to head for wild swimming. Our friend Vivienne Rickman-Poole also runs guided wild swimming days in the mountains, find out more here.
Photo: Vivienne Rickman-Poole
2. KEEP A DIARY
A journal can serve you in so many more ways than simply as a record of what you get up to, from setting out your goals for the year, to improving your communication skills and sparking creativity, here are 10 good reasons to keep a diary.
3. GET ON BOARD WITH PLASTIC-FREE LIVING
As webecome more aware of the impact that plastic has on our planet, not in a far off and abstract way, but in a very real and immediate way, it's clear that we need to make serious changes to our relationship with single-use plastic. This year we took our first meaningful steps at the festival to cut out plastic, and in 2018 we pledge to do better and more. This year we have been inspired by our friend Alice Guy, who made it her resolution a year ago to go plastic free. Here is what she has learnt.
Photo: Alice Guy
4. BAKE YOUR OWN SOURDOUGH
It's now widely acknowledged that sourdough is more digestible and better for us than standard loaves (here's why), and with only three ingredients -flour, water and a tiny bit of salt- what do you have to lose? Andrew Whitely's book DO Sourdough will take you though it step by step.
5. START A SIDE PROJECT
At this year's Good Life Experience, Rob Evans and Chris Roberts talked about how the With Love Project, started as a side project and became so much more than they had ever imagined. If there's something that you feel inspired to do, but you're not quite ready to give up your day job, start a side project. Here are some tips to get you started, from king of the side project Gavin Strange, who will speak at this year's Good Life Experience.
6. COOK WITH YOUR CHILDREN
Here are five reasons from the New York Times to get your children involved in the kitchen, whether they’re 3 or 13.
Photo: Claire Stevens
7. EAT SOMETHING YOU HAVE FORAGED
OK, so January may not be the best month to kick start this resolution in Great Britain, but if you are keen to get going, here are six wild food types that should be out now.