SCUBA!

Fit nation is my current location. That is right, my new year resolutions are off to a grand start. Being unemployed has been highly beneficial for my health thus far! Sure, my confidence is not skyrocketing, but that is no different from normal. I now have the time to read all I want, play more music, exercise, and no longer feel the need to eat the cupboard because my stress levels are encouragingly low. I have already read 4 books in 2014! But that’s a blog post for another day.

In the month that has passed since I quit my job, I have received so much support and advice from friends and family. It has made me firmly confident in my decision. The next steps are truly the hardest- I’ve applied for a myriad of jobs and it’s not easy to get your foot in the door. The time is coming when I will have to pound the pavement and convince people to employ me. It will be a barrel of laughs I’m sure.

As my resolutions have been so fulfilling thus far I thought it would be fun to include a 2014 bucket list. If I can make it all the way to the end of February without ditching my resolutions I will stop posting about them constantly (obviously because I won’t have anything to report). For the time being, this is a list of things I would like to do at some point in my life and think this will be a good year to try:

  • Get scuba certified!
  • Go to a shooting range, then shoot a gun. In no other order.
  • Learn to shoot bow and arrow!
  • Take a photography class (because I’m crap at it and never like my pictures).
  • Ride a horse, properly.
  • Learn to swim, properly.

That is a big enough undertaking for now. If I am honest with myself, accomplishing even half of those things this year would be amazing. They all require various amounts of money to make happen so I obviously need to get on with the job hunt if I want to see these things happen! What do you want to do this year?

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A Separate Resolution

Something I decided not to include in my 2014 resolutions is my wish to travel. I realize I included “going a new place” every month, but this can be pretty small scale like eating at a new restaurant. I have been incredibly blessed in my life by being given the opportunity to travel to many new places. Although, the majority of my travels have been in the US, I’ve had a short list of international retreats all of which I thoroughly enjoyed.

MalagaSpain

ScotlandScotland

LondonLondon (please forgive this outfit)

France

Paris

DisneyDisneyland Paris (deserves its own mention plus imagine that lady next to me isn’t there)

PeruPeru!

As you can see, most of these trips were the product of convenience when I was studying abroad in Spain and last year I was fortunate enough to have a friend already stationed in Peru who wanted to travel with me. I fear the luck and convenience may be running out and I may start making excuses, and that is a relevant fear, my friends! In my dreams I will take an international trip every year as well as making some tracks across the US. I have become a seasoned traveler and have spent more time in airports alone than with others. I can read maps, navigate a metro railway, and take a cab with the best of them. While I don’t love researching things to do at my destination because it peaks my anxiety, I love experiencing new cultures and places(even if it’s only looking back on them fondly).

I’m on financial lockdown for the duration of my unemployment so even if I had a destination and a buddy picked out, I still could not travel right now. This, I fear, will be the beginning of the great list of excuses. So instead of just looking for jobs right now I’m planning on researching destinations, attractions, and things I want to do to help make them a reality. Hopefully this will also motivate me to push forward and find a job as soon as possible in an effort to start fundraising for my future endeavors. I know that if I say I’m going to keep a list of my findings here then it will never come to fruition because that is how my resolve has been for this blog. But I’m not going to say it won’t happen because I’m trying to strengthen my will to get shit done!

A New Year

It’s 2014! Weird. In 2013 I went to Peru, the Outer Banks, spent a lot of quality time with good friends, learned a lot about wine, read good books, definitely watched too much tv, and then I quit my job. It’s something I’ve talked about doing for a while and it finally became clear that this was a necessary step. So I did! And I’m still in the non-reality stage where it hasn’t totally sunk in yet and I still need to find my next job… Which is it’s own adventure.

With my new-found free time (between applying for and researching jobs) I plan to take a lot more time taking care of myself and tending to my resolutions. Typically, I don’t put a lot of stock in new year resolutions- they tend to be short-lived and pretty identical every year. This year isn’t any different! While I’ve tried to make things a bit more specific so they are harder to stray from, there are still the traditional goals I set for myself almost every year. My hope is that by posting these I will put the extra energy necessary into making them a reality. So here goes!

My 2014 Resolutions:

  1. Run 2-3 times a week and participate in 2 races
  2. Read every day, preferably for 30 minutes or more, but whatever is manageable.
  3. Be kind, be loving, be polite.
  4. Play music 4 days a week. I’ve lost a lot of my piano and guitar and I think a little practice could fix that.
  5. Try a new thing or go a new place once a month.
  6. Figure out a sustainable weight-loss/healthy lifestyle that works for me. I’ve had success trying a few different regimens, but nothing has lasted for me. In addition, I want really toned arms and QUADS! If only for my bad knee, I need to take better care of that.