I can’t be the only one who feels like this year came and went in the blink of an eye. It seems as if just yesterday that I was counting down the days until I could see Tim again after boot camp, then waiting again until we could be reunited on a more permanent basis, and now here we are, in our new home, making plans for how we’re going to ring in the new year together again. 2016 has been a year of testing and pushing boundaries, of lots of lonely nights and missed milestones, and of gaining and losing people left and right. But it has also been 366 days of unprecedented personal growth (more specifically, reestablishing my independence and myself as an individual), strengthening my marriage despite the distance, and becoming an expert at adapting to life and all of its curve balls on the fly. In other words, it’s been an enlightening, challenging, but all around much necessary year in my young life. And now with all of that, I am very much anticipating what 2017 will have in store for us. I don’t exactly believe in the traditional resolutions – i.e. losing an obscene amount of weight monthly, never watching TV or drinking alcohol again, etc. – and instead have set some more realistic goals as we go forward.
In 2017, I would like to (in no particular order):
- Travel as much as possible, and to new places. Near or far, I just want to see as much of this world as I physically can.
- Go back to school and begin working toward a degree.
- Hike more. See the morning sunrises from the beach or experience incredible views from the diverse California terrain.
- Find a new job that I loved even half as much as my last one back home.
- Invest more in my writing. Update my blog regularly, with consistent content. Fewer (if any) hiatuses, develop and strengthen my writing identity (voice and style).
- Make my dreams reality and accomplish the goals I have set for myself. No more putting things off (as I have for years) or finding excuses.
- Continue strengthening my marriage. Tim and I said “I do” over a year ago in a big ceremony in front of all of our family and friends, and have continued to among ourselves every day since.
- Try new foods, activities, hobbies and learn new things. Change is scary but exciting, and I want to collect far more experiences than I do things.
- Create and maintain a family budget. We may be young, but financial stability is important at any age.
- Get more tattoos.
- Venture outside of our comfort zones in as many aspects as possible. Familiarity is nice, but when I look back on my life someday, I don’t want to be watching the same episode on repeat.
- Remain in constant competition with no one but who I was yesterday. I will strive to always work toward bettering myself in any way I can.
- Savor life’s better moments, and grow from the bitter ones. (Even more than I do currently) The good things are just as crucial in life as those that don’t go exactly as planned.
I suppose I could have called this a “wish list” for 2017, but itinerary felt much more appropriate. My mind has been made up, and while I’m sad to see this chapter come to an end, I am so ready to bring these new objectives to life. So thank you, 2016, for the twists and turns, trials and tribulations, and the ups and downs. You were the year of all-around discovery, and now it is time to apply and act. 2017, I’m coming for you.