Sunday, January 7, 2018

A dream 2018

I realize this post is up a bit late, but please forgive me. They say you should start your year off the way you intend to go on, and in my case that was being extremely jet lagged. Obviously being a complete potato for the first week of 2018 was not ideal, but I guess if I spin it from a positive perspective, jet lag is a sign of having traveled, and traveling is definitely always a goal!

I for one am welcoming 2018 with open arms. 2017 was very, very hard for me and strained my mental health more than I anticipated. In retrospect, some cool things did happen - I got to travel quite a bit! I started the year in San Francisco, followed by Los Angeles (including Disneyland!), Las Vegas, then back to Dublin where I traveled to Edinburgh (twice), Kerry, Amsterdam, Norway (for the first time and I am in LOVE), back to San Francisco (and a trip to LA...again), then back to Dublin with a trip to London, Galway, Boston, New Hampshire and Maine to close the year out before heading back to San Francisco again for the holiday season. Phew!

Those travels truly saved my year, and I could NOT be more thankful that I had the means to do it. And I know what you're thinking - "uh, that sounds like a great year!" but in terms of personal growth, health, achieving goals and feeling accomplished - that stayed at virtually 0% until the veerrrry end of the year when I finally (FINALLY) found a new job. So at least my year ended on a high note!

To start 2018 off right, I wanted to create a list of goals/things to do for each season. I'm a serial list maker, and I find when I post a list publically I am WAY more likely to hold myself accountable for checking it off. Cheers to new beginnings!

(Jan - March)

Save Money
Being unemployed for most of last year + Christmas being a thing = I need to pinch pennies

Start a health & fitness journey
The biggest cliche, but truly something I need to do

Plan a romantic getaway for Valentine's Day
The one exception to the pinch pennies goal hehe

(March - June)

Start traveling 
Starting with a trip to Copenhagen in April!

Celebrate my 28th birthday 
Last year my birthday was one of the worst I've ever had, so I'm determined to make sure that doesn't happen again

Spring Clean
Honestly, I might start this in Winter. Going on 3 years in this apartment and the amount of shit we've managed to acquire is unreal.

See ALL the flowers
A strange goal, but flowers make me unbelievably happy and I just want to see all of the spring blooms! And maaaaaybe even go back to Amsterdam and see Keukenhof?

(June - Sept)

HOW many times does this have to go on my goals list before it actually happens?

Get glittery at a music festival 
It's been a couple years since I've been to one and that needs to be rectified

Have a beach getaway 
I have dreams of the Amalfi Coast, Croatia, or somewhere magical in Spain

Get a health check 
Must take advantage of my new health insurance by mid-year!

(Sept - Dec)

Go to Vermont
I have a wedding to attend on the East Coast in September and would LOVE to jet up to Boston afterwards and re-live my 2017 trip, but instead of New Hampshire & Maine see more of Massachusetts and Vermont!

Re-live my Autumn To-Do List
I had a very magical autumn this year via this list, so I hope it serves me well again this year!

(Dec - Jan 2019)

See snow
I've never lived in a snowy climate so it's SUCH a novelty to me. I would love to rent a cabin and experience it first hand!

See a performance of the Nutcracker
Desperately wanted to do this this year but I could not find a single person who wanted to go with me. Next year, even if I have to go alone, it will happen!

Visit a European Christmas market 
Try as I may, this just hasn't happened yet. And of course I  live I'm the one frickin' Euro country with no epic market. Devastating.

Celebrate NYE properly
This year I spent it on my couch with Joey, jet lagged, wearing sweat pants and no makeup. Though there's nothing wrong with that, I simply feel I am overdue something more special and festive.

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