Reflections and Resolutions

Happy New Year!

2017 was filled with a lot of great things for me. I started travelling, which I have always wanted to do. I visited 21 national park sites, as well as numerous museums, state parks, and monuments. I learned so much on my travel assignments and made some great friends along the way. I couldn’t have asked for more when I decided to take the leap and start travelling. Things weren’t always smooth on my adventures, but I loved the journey anyway. In a lot of ways 2017 was one of the most fulfilling years for me personally. But I would be lying if I said I wanted to do 2017 over again. A lot of hurt and darkness and hatred also filled 2017, both on a personal level and a bigger level. While 2017 was filled with a lot of joy and wonderful things happened, they don’t make the hard parts any easier. There are some things that I have really enjoyed about how I’ve done things in 2017, but there are some things that I would like to change for 2018. I haven’t really done resolutions before, but I think it could be fun to try and make some goals for this year and see how they go.

With that being said here are my goals for 2018:

-Take at least 1 day a week off from social media: It gets exhausting trying to keep up with the negativity of social media all the time, and I think taking a break to focus on something else could be really helpful in getting out of that negative cycle this year.

-Read 25 books: I’ve gotten really bad about not reading books for fun the past few years. Sure, I will read articles or social media feeds, but that’s not the same as reading books. Since I’m also going to be working on staying off social media sites, this goal gives me a much more productive way to use that time.

-Visit 25 national park sites: I visited 21 national park sites in 2017, and it was one of my favorite things I did. I want to continue visiting this amazing country, and the national park sites are a great way to do that.

-Take the interpreter class: I’ve been thinking about taking the 40-hour class to try and become a medical interpreter since I graduated from Oklahoma State, and haven’t actually done it yet. It’s been 4 years, and I think it’s about time I actually went for it.

-Leave the country: I haven’t been out of the country since 2014, and I am ready for my next international adventure. I don’t know where I want to go yet, but I am ready for a new adventure.

-Get my wardrobe to fit in my suitcase: I have pretty much been living out of what can fit in my suitcase since I started travelling, and yet I still have more clothes than will fit in my suitcase. I am admitting that it is ridiculous that I have clothes that I haven’t even had in my closet in 6 months that I am still holding on to. For 2018 I’d like to finally really tackle my wardrobe (minus like coats) and get it to all fit in my suitcase.

-Go to an NBA game: I have been to an NFL, MLB, and NHL game, but never an NBA game. I want to make 2018 the year that I finally make it to an NBA game.

-Eat at home more: I spent entirely too much on restaurants and delivery in 2017, and I want to make an effort eat in more. I need to get better at planning meals and cooking than I have been, and know that it will be cheaper and better for me to do it

-Play more sports: I haven’t been great about regularly exercising lately, and I think that sports could be a great way to get back into doing regular activity. With travelling, it will likely be difficult to join a league, but I’d like to find some pick up games or other activities to be a part of on a more consistent basis.

-Enjoy the moment: I feel like I have done a good job of this in 2017, but it’s always a good reminder for a new year. I still find myself comparing myself to others or thinking about the “next best thing.” I’d like to try and be more mindful of enjoying where I am and what I’m doing in the moment.

I’m looking forward to what 2018 has to bring, and I’m hoping I will be able to achieve all of these goals along the way. I don’t think I’ve mentioned yet, but my next adventure is taking me to New Haven, Connecticut. I don’t leave for a couple more weeks, and I’m enjoying my time at home right now. I look forward to sharing this year’s journeys with you.


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