2013: The Year of No Limits.

2013: The Year of No Limits.

Being brave in Thailand.

Being brave in Thailand.

2012 has now come and passed, and as wonderful as it was, I just know that 2013 is going to top it. Why? Because, I have several goals in mind for the next twelve months, including having no limits.

Last year, I decided that each year, I would set reasonable goals for myself, rather than resolutions, that mainly focus on travel. These goals were smaller versions of life goals I had, that would make reaching a larger goal easier to manage. Writing the goals down here would help me reach them, especially because I’d be sharing them with a wide audience.

Along with last year’s goals, I created a mindset for the year. Last year was the year of endless possibilities, which was exactly what it turned out to be. But, this year, I have decided, with a little inspiration from one of my favorite authors, Paulo Coelho, that my mindset for the year, no matter what goal I am aiming to reach, will be all about not limiting myself in any way, shape, or form. Instead, I will strive to reach my goals, no matter what the cost, and I will not let anything, especially fear, get in my way.

Coelho, author of The Alchemist, once stated, “Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” And, so was born my inspiration for 2013. I know with this in mind, this year can be nothing short of wonderful.

Part of the reason I choose this quote is because I have found this statement to be true in everything I have done in the past. No matter what, when I have faced a fear, the outcome has been positive, and the experience I’ve gained from facing that fear has been irreplaceable. What I’ve learned about myself in the end is what has mattered.

And so, in 2013, I will continue to work on being brave and taking risks, so that I can fully experience the world and life. I will refuse to let anything limit all that I can and will accomplish this year.

First, one goal I have is to visit every continent before I turn thirty, and with five under my belt, I believe that I can reach this goal by the end of 2013. I have to head to South America in order to reach Antarctica, and the trip has to be made in the winter, so I am aiming for next December, after my twenty-ninth birthday. This way, I will reach my goal a year in advance, and I will even get to say good-bye to 2013 in South America. I can’t think of a more perfect plan.

Next, I will continue to find the adventure at home. With the video series I started in December, Adventures at Home, I plan on trying new activities, like climbing, and getting back into old activities, like skiing. For the first time in my life, I am actually looking forward to winter and all the activities there are to do.

Finally, Jeff has been trying to convince me that this is also the year of conquering my fear of heights, so we will attempt activities that involve going up in air. While, I am not too thrilled about most of the activities he has planned, I will at least attempt to face my fear, in going along with Coelho’s quote.

This year, I will push myself more, face my fears, and continue to grow in every single way possible. I hope you will follow me along throughout the year and watch me reach these goals, and any other adventures that come my way. Happy New Year!

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Comments (27)

  1. Kevin

    Bravo! And goodbye to old fears! I’m with you 100%!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Oh yes! And, no getting fat! 😉

  2. Kieu ~ GQ trippin

    LOVE this! I declare 2013 a no fear zone.. cheers and I look forward to following your adventures this year!

  3. NaEun

    LOVE this quote. It’s my favorite and I try to live by it everyday. Here’s to 2013 with no limits and lots of new experience! <3

    1. The World Wanderer

      I have no idea where I found it, but it’s really wonderful, isn’t it? Have you read The Alchemist? I am a bit obsessed lately. 🙂 Happy New Year! Hope we meet again in 2013!

  4. Jacqueline

    Love, love, love this post! So inspiring! And I think I’m going to borrow your phrase and mindset about being open to the world and everything it has to offer. Rock on, lady! You continue to inspire me with all that you say, do, and are! All my best wishes to you in 2013!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Jacqueline! You are more than welcome to borrow the phrase – it’s such a great one, isn’t it? I look forward to following you around in 2013 as well.

  5. @mrsoaroundworld

    Love this Erin! And can’t wait for the next video! it was also fab having the chance to meet you in person in 2012 😉 here’s to a fab 2013!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks! Hoping there will be many more meetings in 2013. 🙂

  6. D.J. - The World of Deej

    Way to kick those fears!…2013 is gonna be filled with amazing adventures.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks! I like your idea of trying something new everyday – especially when it includes food. 😉

  7. the lazy travelers

    we love this!! already proud of you, because we know you’ll hit everything on your 2013 list. xo!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, ladies! xx Hope 2013 brings more brunches! 😉

  8. Traveling Ted

    Look forward to following along as you conquer your fears, although I may cover my eyes when I read the posts about heights.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Ted. I don’t blame you, I’ll probably be closing my eyes too. 😉

  9. Raul (@ilivetotravel in Twitter)

    I hope you make it to Antarctica this year!! And take lots of nausea meds – those seas can be quite rough! I am hoping to make it down there some time in the next couple of years. I hope your 2013 is even better than you are planning for!!

  10. Leah Travels

    Here’s to 2013 and the Year of No Limits! Good luck with that conquering your fear of heights thing. If you do, please let me know how.

  11. Craig Zabransky

    Great post. Inspiring. Think BIG – Love it. And as for your fears, a few of us ziplined across the Zambezi River from Zambia to Zimbabwe (you probably know the spot near Victoria Falls) and people were afraid… the guy, in a low voice just said “it is good in life to conquer your fears” – I’ll never forget it. And he was right.; so go conquer them.

    All the best in 2013. Stay Adventurous, Craig

  12. Pola (@jettingaround)

    I love your spirit, Erin! Your posts always have this positive energy. 🙂 All the best to you in 2013 and I can’t wait to meet you in person.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Pola! Glad I’ll be meeting you this year! 🙂

  13. Pablo

    Great mindset for 2013! Jealous that you’ll be making it to South America and Antarctica, but excited to read about your adventures!

    Best of luck facing this year as a fearless wanderer!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Pablo! Don’t be jealous…make it happen! 🙂

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  17. kay

    Wow this is amazing very inspiring 🙂

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