It’s no secret that a new year typically comes with new resolutions. However, come February, will you even remember what your resolutions were? This year, instead of making a list of New Year’s resolutions, how about making a list of New Year’s goals?
Exhibit A. courtesy of Webster:
- Resolution (n.) a firm decision to do or not to do something.
- Goal (n.) the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.
It’s fairly easy to make a firm decision this year to eat better or to work out more; but it’s even easier to decide not to do those things when your coworker brings donuts into the office or when you remember that the Bachelor is on tonight. Oh well, resolution over. There’s always next year.
See my point? My challenge for you is to aim bigger. What is your desired result of those silly resolutions? In this example, the goal would be to live a healthier lifestyle, and eating better and working out are efforts you can take to achieve that goal. Call it a matter of semantics if you’d like; but in my opinion, goals bring a feeling of accomplishment and are harder to ignore once you’ve set your mind to achieving your desired result. So where am I going with all of this?
2016 was a year of change for me. I completed my MBA, I started a new job, my boyfriend became my roommate, and I left my friends behind as I moved to the other side of the country to further my career. Everyone deals with change differently. For me, I used it as an excuse to travel more.
♥ Making Jersey my new home equaled taking the train to explore a new part of NYC every other weekend.
♥ Moving away from my friends meant weekend girls trips to meet up in fun cities.
♥ Instead of visiting my family back home we took a family vacation to Aruba instead.
♥ Being closer to Canada meant taking a road trip to Niagara Falls, obviously.
♥ The week of Thanksgiving I took a spontaneous trip to the Azores with what little vacation days my new job allowed.
♥ New to the East Coast, I found myself going to states I’d never been to, just because I could! Playing tourist in DC, the Wine Trail in Connecticut, beaching at the Jersey Shore, a weekend getaway to Rhode Island, and apple picking in upstate New York.
I found that it was so easy to treat every weekend like a vacation—because, well, it was! Being in a new place, surrounded by change, I wanted to explore everything and go everywhere; and that’s exactly what I did.
So now it’s 2017, and I’m setting my New Year’s Goal this year to not only continue living everyday with this passion for adventure, but to share it. You don’t have to move to a new city or quit your job to have new experiences, but you may have to alter your mindset. Life is meant to be lived to the fullest. Be a tourist in your own city. Book a plane ticket to that place you’ve always dreamt of visiting. Step outside your comfort zone. Above all, explore your passions with new vigor during this new year.
I started an Instagram account a few months ago as a platform to share my travel pictures and I found that I wasn’t alone. There are so many amazing travel accounts out there to follow, that every day it gets harder and harder to refrain from quitting my job and just jumping on a plane! This is what inspired me to take the next step in my travel journey and start blogging. I may have missed my calling as a travel agent and studied engineering by mistake, but don’t hold it against me. Through this travel blog I’ll be sharing itineraries, travel tips, stories, and photos from all my favorite places to provide inspiration for your next destination. Who knows, maybe in the future I’ll be able to quit the corporate world and be a professional traveler, but for now, I’m just striving to be anything but boring.