Happy 2018 + Resolutions
Happy New Year to all. I hope you had a special Christmas and holiday season surrounded by those you love. With another year folded and tucked away, I’ve found hope in putting my intentions on paper for the coming months. Equally important, in my view, is recognizing the highlights over my past year, those moments that deserve a little tilt of the hat, a pat on the back, a flicker of kindness and reflection. Though I didn’t meet all my goals in 2017, I’ve found it therapeutic to recognize those things that I did accomplish, while celebrating the moments that brought with them joy and fulfillment. Below are a small handful of these aforementioned highlights and a list of earnest efforts that I’m carrying with me in the year ahead.
Highlights of 2017:
2017 was the best travel year of my life. Valle de Bravo, Isla Holbox, Merida, Playa Del Carmen, Tulum, Mexico City, Cuba, Mahajual, Paris, Salzburg, St. Gilgen… it was a year of great adventure and I feel as if I digested so many beautiful places, while experiencing so much that was new and foreign to me. I am blessed to have ventured to all these exotic corners of the earth, and mostly, to have shared them with the one I love.
This month, I look back with pride on the significant strides that I made in my Spanish studies over the course of 2017. Since we spent a great deal of time in Mexico this year, I tried to take full advantage of the immersion experience by attending local classes in the small towns we visited. It’s true what they say. Once you become studied in something, when you really put your time towards one singular effort, the going gets easier, the proverbial lightbulb does indeed click on. I’m grateful for that discovery this year and for the hard work I put towards strengthening this burgeoning skill set.
- My Nephew
My sister welcomed her first child this past fall and with it I gained my first nephew. Over Christmas, she and my brother in law surprised me with a beautiful gold baptismal token as an offering to be the baby’s god mommy. He is my first god child and I feel blessed beyond measure to tuck him under my wing and watch him grow up in this world of ours.
We welcomed a new puppy – our first – to the family this fall and she has already brought tremendous joy to us. In the months since her arrival, we have learned a great deal about patience and discipline, yet she has also taught us unexpected lessons of love and loyalty. It was a brave first step for my husband and I as we expanded our family from 2 to 3 – but truth be told, we couldn’t be happier.
- Binding A Legacy
This year was a tough one for my family as we said goodbye to my beloved grandmother. For Christmas, I took on the project of retyping and binding all of the travel journals that she kept over the course of her life. Together with my grandfather, she traversed the world and pursued her immense curiosity for other people and places. By spending weeks with these journals, she showed me anew what it means to truly live in this world, to be grateful and curious, humble and hungry for knowledge. Binding the manuscripts in leather, stamping their covers with her name in gold, and wrapping the bound copies in shiny paper and bows was a gift that I hope generations of my family will treasure in the years to come.
- My Website
Since going to graduate school at Johns Hopkins, I’ve needed a place to put all my published clips, articles and stories. I worked with a great company this year to develop a site that was professional yet whimsical, and it is slowly becoming a nice home for all my writerly pursuits. On that note, I am grateful this year for all the people I met and places I visited that made their way into my repertoire of stories. From a travel narrative of Valle de Bravo to an adventurous piece on Central America, to the story of a young ceramic artist and letterpress printer, I am thankful for the opportunity each one afforded me. Also included in the round up is a feature on Wellness Travel plus interviews with famous faces such as Charlie Weber (How To Get Away With Murder), Gabrielle Ruiz (My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and actor-producer-writer-director, Scott Haze (Child of God, Mully, Thank You For Your Service, Only The Brave.) My ambitions are big for 2018 – I do hope you will stay along for the ride!
Intentions for 2018:
- Read More Poetry & Non-Fiction
- Relish The Journey, Not The Destination
- Study the Bible
- Drink More Water
- Live Simply & Freely
- Lead By My Own Moral Compass
- Be Present
- Continue Spanish Studies
- Go to the Symphony and Ballet
- Finish My Book Manuscript
- Improve Flexibility
- Write Bigger Stories
- Slow Down & Spend Time With Loved Ones
- Stop Chewing Nails
- Travel Somewhere Alone – perhaps here.
- Take Cooking Classes in France
- Publish a Personal Essay
- Introduce Bigger Storytelling On This Platform
- Host More Dinner Parties
- Practice Gratitude Every Day (buying this.)
- Love Boldly & Unconditionally
Cheers to 2018 – I have a feeling it just might be the best year yet. xx