The Yearly Cliché.

A couple years ago, I wrote about not making New Years Resolutions but instead making smaller goals each month to try and stay on track. It worked for awhile just like every other variation of a resolution does. But somewhere along the way, it quietly vanished.

This year, I’m going to revert to the more cliché version of a set of resolutions. Some I’ll succeed at and some I won’t. Most of these are very realistic. Some are a stretch but with the proper guidance, I know I can succeed. To make up for a really crappy couple of years (2011-2012) I want to do a little traveling. Of course, I want to travel the world but in order to succeed at fulfilling my New Years Resolutions, I’m going to be a bit more realistic.

  • Create a realistic 5-Year plan. I’m 25. I’m not married, have no children, nor do I own a house. I want to do all of those things in the next 5 years. I’d like Channing and I to sit down sometime soon and prioritize our needs and wants both as a couple and on the professional front – to create a plan and stick to it. I also plan on making a personal 5-year plan that will lay out my personal interests and hobbies which may or may not include writing a book, Pinteresting my way into home shows, and traveling to England, Paris, and Ireland.
  • Lose 50 pounds. Since June, I’ve lost about 33 pounds. It’s been a little rocky and I’ve gotten off track since moving to Bemidji but I’m determined to continue my progress. 50 pounds is very realistic if I use the tools I’ve been given. Ideally, I want to push myself to double that number in the year 20-15. I know 100 pounds does seem unrealistic but given how much I actually need to lose in order to become healthy, it’s a blip on the radar screen.
  • Travel around the area. This is a long one..Because I first need to lose a substantial amount of weight before I feel comfortable purchasing ONE seat in airfare (rather than 2); I decided that I’m going to travel via car this year. Traveling further than I can drive will be one of my many rewards after losing more weight. I want to travel to all the border states/countries of Minnesota. I’ve listed a few specific places. Some I’ve been to, some I haven’t: Duluth, Gooseberry Falls, Grand Marais, Grand Rapids, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Superior, Brainerd, Red Wing, Wisconsin Dells, and Sioux Falls just to name a few. I’d also like to go somewhere in ND other than Fargo or Grand Forks, stop at a few other places in SD, and venture to Iowa. Where in Iowa? I have no idea. Included in the Minnesotan borders is Canada. I don’t know where specifically but I’ll head that way too! I’d also like to visit as many waterfalls, caves, and state parks as possible. I want to be on the water, sail, and visit lighthouses. I love to explore.
  • Don’t Pass Up Good Events. This is something I’ve done a lot. Sadly, I’ve had a handful of oppertunities over the last few years to go and do something but I either used a bad day, Channing’s mood, or money as an excuse not to do something or go somewhere. A few things on my bucket list this year given that they are within driving distance and things aren’t sold out would include: Seeing Taylor Swift in either Fargo or St. Paul, Bo Burhnham if he ever gets his ass to tour around here, and a Vikings football and Twins baseball game. I don’t really like either of those sports to any kind of extreme but I think a professional sports team would be interesting to see live and because my boyfriend likes sports, we both win. I should also probably make a point of going to the MN State Fair this year too since I’ve never been.
  • Buy A Passport. I believe I need one these days in order to even go to Canada so it’s a must-get for this year. If I’m not mistaken, they are good for 10 years too so that should get me set for my European venture in a couple years.

There you go! I have quite a few more resolutions which primarily fall in the first resolution so I won’t bore you with them quite yet. I’d love to hear about your New Years Resolutions! The realistic ones and the far-fetched ideas. What are you going to do to make this year one to remember? Also, if you have any fun or must-see places that you’ve been to in the region, let me know. Word of mouth experiences are the best places to visit.

Cheers to 20-15!!

Thirsty Thursday.

Thirsty for water. The second day of the new year kind of feels just the same as the Thursday before. It usually does, doesn’t it?

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Twenty-fourteen is going to be the year that I find myself. To be truly happy, to enjoy the smallest of things. I don’t want to dwell on the problems and issues of the day. I’m not going to hide things in a little corner under my bed until I burst but I’m done sweating the small stuff. If other people want to lead miserable lives, than so be it.  Let them. I’ve done it long enough and I can tell you that it’s far from anything to be proud of.

I want to dive into the creative crevices of my brain and pull out dusty old junk that’s been laying around. Bring it back to life again. I want to rediscover hobbies and try ones that I’ve been just dreaming about.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to open a box of crazy but I simply am looking to be wholly and contently happy with where I am and what I’ve accomplished.

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For far too long many of us including myself beat ourselves up over the most trivial of things. I struggle with the fact on an often basis that I didn’t go back to school after obtaining my Associates Degree. I also obsess over the very obvious issue visible to the human eye. I’ve let things like this make me unhappy. I let it alter the quality of my life that I’ve been living or lack thereof. I don’t go places because I don’t want people to stare. I limit myself to enjoy concerts or art museums or anything else because of the judgmental whispers.Even though the below things might not be relatable or even connect from dot to dot, they are the beginning of my New Years “Goals.”

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Blog & Write & Write & Blog. Be honest, dive deep, and to not be afraid of anything. Blog every day, any time of the day. Blog about nothing or about everything. Just as long as it’s about something.

Crochet/Sew. This doesn’t need to be considered a thing of the past. Contrary to my first goal, this will help me disconnect which I think we all need to work on before we don’t know how to do anything without a computer of some kind.

Go Places. Get a passport. Travel. Get out of here.  Drive. See new things. It won’t be far and it  might not seem exciting but I’m going to make the most of it.

 Photography. I’d like to think that I can see things that others can’t and I  might just go ahead and continue believing that. Regardless, I’m going to use my eyes and the camera lens to remember the memories that haven’t yet happened.

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Stop And Smell The Hollyhocks. I don’t know about you but every day goes faster and faster than the day before. It might not happen every day or every week but an important goals is to appreciate everything as much as possible and take time to breathe in the air around me. 

And Lastly..For Now..

Decide And Deal With It. I’m going to make decisions I’ve been sitting on for three or more years. I’m going to make them and I’m going to stick to them.

Just like you (I hope), there are so many other things I’d like to accomplish and achieve throughout the year and the rest of my life but those will come.

Today, do something. Do something that makes you happy or proud. Do something that boosts your self-confidence. Do something that makes you feel as intelligent as you know you are. Each and every one of us needs to prove to ourselves that we are awesome before anyone else will believe it.

Here’s to you!