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!