Note: My subtitle there is sarcastic. I know it doesn’t come across in text, so I’m pointing it out. 😜
Writerly Goals for 2018
Just keep on, keepin’ on. I’d like to write more, in general, and write better. Plus, keep learning and discovering new stuff. That’s the yearly goal, but I plan on setting monthly goals (maybe 😊 ).
Life|Personal Goals for 2018
Same, just swap out the word “write” with “do.” 2018 is for keeping it simple and keeping it happy and healthy. I guess keeping is my word for 2018!
International Year of ?
The United Nations didn’t recognize anything this year. I couldn’t discover why that was, but I think it’s interesting enough to share. They already have one set for 2019. Weird, right? (What do they know that we don’t.)
The Chinese New Year begins on February 16 and brings us the year of the Brown Earth Dog.
The Year of the Dog “is going to be a good year in all respects, but it will also be an exhausting year. You will be happy, yet frustrated, rested, yet tired, cheerful, yet dull!” 
Paint, design, and fashion companies come up with a color they think will reflect the upcoming year. This is the base color or background color that rules the year. They often choose accent colors to match or contrast the base color too.
The past couple of years, the colors chosen have been similar between companies, but this year they are diverse. To me, this means that 2018 is a wild card and hard to predict!
“A vibrant, charismatic shade of red, caliente is strong, radiant and full of energy.”
“It is a tremendously versatile color, and harmonizes with other diverse color groups.”
“Using a black paint color like Deep Onyx on your walls or in your decor may feel intimidating at first, but it’s actually one of the easiest colors to use to create the low-key, easygoing style that’s trending for 2018.”
“Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”
- Color: from bright and bold to subtle and pastel (lilac is “the” spring color)
- Deconstructions: from bra top to suits
- Sheer: more of it all over (Do we need more sheer stuff?)
- Stripes: bold stripes over demure
- Windbreakers: they’re making a comeback
- Track Pants: tighter and lighter than sweatpants and looser and heavier than yoga pants
- Long Shirts: not dress shirts, just long shirts
- Sequins: everywhere
- Corset & Belt: stuff to draw the eye to the waist
- Leg-of-mutton or gigot sleeves: callback to the 1800s, sleeves that puff out before narrowing towards the lower arm
Food & Drink Trends
McCormick Flavor Forecast
Handheld Flavor Fusion: global flavors in hand food — think arepas, sweet and savory bao buns, and egg crepes
- Globaltrot with Hot Pot: a hot pot is a soup, Chinese in origin, that is kept simmering, and ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table; this year it goes international with flavors from around the world
- Drink to Your Wellness: breakfast blends, blended soups, and muddled after dinner beverages
- Japanese Izakaya Eats: tapas-style foods from Japanese gastropubs
- East African Bites: the flavors of Tanzania and Ethiopia
Baum + Whiteman International Food + Restaurant Consultants predict:
- More plant-based meals
- Vegan options (This will be nice. It’s so hard to eat out with my vegan buddy!)
- Rise of “new-wave”: Philippine cuisine, Indian fast-casual street food, Upscale Korean restaurants
- More avocado and used in unique ways
- Fewer meal kits delivered to the house and more restaurant reservations made using technology
- Cashless restaurants (I’m not too sure this is going to go over very well.)
- Flavor Injectors — so we can be more involved with making our food while at restaurants
- One-Item Restaurants (like Rice To Riches in New York, they sell rice pudding in all sorts of flavors [it’s pretty cool])
- Mazemen, a no-broth ramen
- Facial recognition: there’s a KFC in China that has a camera-embedded ordering kiosk that recognizes your face, who you are, and what you ordered last time
- Drunken Desserts: desserts loaded with alcohol
- Healthy Cocktails: that’s right — get your alcohol with sugarless and with fresh pressed juices and pureed veggies
- ‘70s Tiki Lounge Reboot: Classic Caribbean cocktails will be making a comeback
- Keg Cocktails: Cocktails dispensed from a keg (using keg technology)
- Vintage Cocktails: More retro drinks, these are made with antique spirits such as apricot brandy and rare rums
- Rise of the Frosé: This slushie made with rosé, strawberries, and a dash of vodka made it rounds over the summer. It’s will keep growing in popularity.
- More Paperbacks: people are feeling digital fatigue and may opt for paper during leisure time; fiction, however, will still dominate in ebooks
- Indie & Hybrid Publishers continue to rise: their market shares are growing
- The growth of books and the life of books make it harder for authors to get noticed, making author marketing a bigger priority (for the author)
- More Audiobooks and a growing popularity for them
- International Audience Growth
- Authors Collaborating: group giveaways, anthologies, and samplers
- Minimalism: clean, clutter-free pages = faster loading time = better search rankings
- Typography: using it in creative ways and as design elements
- Animations: scroll-triggered animations and animated logos
- Internet of Things (IoT) technology added to sites
What trend do you find the most interesting? What is a hit? What’s a miss? Do you have any predictions of your own? Have you set goals for 2018?
Arepas, Cocktail, Gigot sleeve from Wikipedia.org, dog and 2018 image from Pixabay edited by me
color swatches by me