On Monday I plan to do a photo collage of the best of 2012 so this week’s Photo Friday is on standby. Instead, some thoughts on the New Year:
It’s that time of year again and it seems like everyone’s talking about their much-dreaded New Year’s resolutions. Resolutions have so many connotations tied in with guilt and failure.It’s the running joke that we make these goals just to see them flop come the Ides of March. And who wants that hanging over their head? I’d rather have a dream list for the year – a realistic one, but a great one! I want it to reflect growth in several aspects of my life and to keep me focused on my passions.
Thinking about these dreams reminds me of why I started this blog in the first place – to inspire others to live fully, experience the world, and make their dreams a reality. And it’s my earnest hope that this message comes across through this blog. It is possible to have fulfilling lives, to do something extraordinary, and to change the world. Being a catalyst starts small, small as ripples on a pond. It’s in the little things really; the day-to-day choices we make are the baby steps to greatness. But what good is it to have a crazy, big dream if we can’t make it real?
Last year I learned that writing it all down, and displaying it to see each day was what it took to make it happen. Those dreams stayed at the forefront of my mind. Like anything else, a goal is only accomplished when we focus on it and take baby steps. So this week I’ve been thinking about the upcoming year and dreaming of what adventures I’d like to share with my boyfriend, J, and our little puppy, Cobalt.
- Road trip with J to Monterey, CA to see my little brother, DJ – including stops at Mt. St. Helens, Crater Lake, the Grand Canyon, the Redwood Forest, the Dunes, the Oregon Coast, and Yosemite
- Travel internationally for another humanitarian aid trip
- Visit my mom in Dutch Harbor, Alaska with J
- See my brother, sister-in-law, and niece – whether they come to me and I go to them in Tennessee
- Go to my first NFL game
- Attend a hockey game with friends
- Write a cookbook
- Start writing my travel memoirs
- Play guitar more
- Train Cobalt to heel
- Pay off my credit card
- Compete in the road bike leg of Ski To Sea
- Teach classes on human trafficking in schools
- Create and manage a new Hope4Justice website to combat human trafficking
- Make each day memorable
- Inspire and encourage
This list seems like a lot when I wrote it all out but there’s an element of reality to it still. Things will change, life has some twists and turns so I’ll be flexible. But here are the priorities, the goals, the dreams, and the aspirations in black and white – as possible as I believe them to be if I commit to them.
So as you making your resolutions and set your goals for the near year, here is my encouragement – you can do it! Write it down, look at it each day, map how you will make it happen. And don’t be afraid to go big – stretch and grow with it.
After all of that I’m excited to know, what do you aspire to in 2013?
“Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.” ~ Louisa May Alcott