Kauai, May 2017
Every year around this time, I sit down at my desk to reflect on the past year and prepare for the upcoming one. While 2017 did have a few stumbles, it also was a year of global awakening. The #MeToo movement started a conversation that many thought would never happen. Major countries (and even a few states) stepped up after the United States Federal Government bowed out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and Action. Every day individuals went out and made the world a better place by donating money, goods, and their own time to organizations and causes that needed it the most. The Australian Government passed Marriage Equality Laws that meant people could get married no matter who you love.
Personally, this year has meant so much to me. Crossing items off my bucket list. Spending most of Winter and Spring travelling to new and exciting places. Seeing a close family member get engaged. Going back to university to complete my BBA. Meeting the most incredible people. All of these things I am forever grateful to have the opportunity for. However, 2018 is shaping up to be a fantastic year filled with adventures, stories and good times. If I take what I learn from 2017 and apply it to the year ahead, 2018 should be just as amazing as last year.
Ireland, April 2017
1. Say Yes. Indeed one of the more cliche resolutions or lessons, but it is something that needs to be done. Saying yes can open up more experiences and adventures. I think Buzzfeed once did a video of someone only saying yes. There is also a movie with Jim Carrey along those lines. When travelling, or just in daily life, it can lead to more opportunities, adventures that might not have ever happened, along with so many other things.
2. Be straightforward. Gone are the days that I want to spend fretting over what to say. Situations where white lies seem like the best option. I am one those people who stress and analyse the conversations, so to save those stressful times, being straightforward and honest. If someone asks you to do something and you don’t want to be upfront with it. Don’t lie and say you’ll be there but are stuck in traffic, running late or are doing something but should be there soon.
Australia, February 2017
3. Create quality work. Gone are the days of handing in things that I am not proud of or happy with. Quality over quantity. When I write a post, it will be something I spend time creating, not something I post just because I have to. When I submit an assignment for class, no more half ass work, something that I spend time on.
With all these things, 2018 will be a year that I accomplish the goals I set for myself, get outside of my comfort zone, and do what I makes me happy. Is there anything that you are thinking about accomplishing this year? Or something that you’ve put off but are vowing to do it this year? Let me know down below.
Vancouver, October 2017