So watching 180 Degrees South and The Way this weekend really got me craving some adventures. I used to be an adventure junkie. I total restless spirit, constantly seeking out the next big trip or crazy thing to do. In a way, it’s good I’ve calmed down a bit. It means I’m content with where I am and what I’m doing. But, now that I have my strength and energy and health back, I am really excited to be able to plan some big adventures this year, especially with my husband coming back and us planning some roadtrips this summer.
Adventures I would like to do this year:
*Finishing grad school and finding a new job/possibly starting my CAGS program
*Volunteering at an equine therapy farm
*More hikes with the dogs
*Hiking Mount Washington and other NH peaks with Eric…including at least one overnight tent camp out…always wanted to do this!
*Roadtrips down south with Eric…his beloved Bourbon Trail, and my Nasheville trip…possibly also the Smokey Mountains!
*Fun adventures in my hometown in PA when we go there for two weddings this summer…taking Eric to all my teenage hangouts…the country roads, swimming holes, and hiking trails!
*Possibly flying out to Cali to visit Eric’s sister at a training she will be at…beach, mountains, sunshine…sounds good to me!
*Completing two half marathons this year and getting back into prime running shape.
Adventures for the future:
*Traveling to South America and Southeast Asia…I’ve always wanted to explore the cultures of these two areas. The tropical cultures of Brazil and the coast of South America, the mountains of Chile and the ancient ruins of Macchu Picchu in Peru…and the age old wisdom and culture of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism in Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal, and India…the birthplace of yoga and Eastern religions…I would be so excited to just explore all of it!
*Hiking at least parts of the Pacific Crest and Continental Divide trails
*Exploring the wilds of Wyoming, Colorado, Montana…
*Hiking in Yosemite and climbing the cables at Half Dome
*Hiking more in Arizona and Utah…Arches National Park, Grand Canyon, etc.
*Someday starting my own therapeutic ranch and animal rescue center…after I get my counseling license.
*Someday adopting children…ok, this one is probably wayyyy far off, but it’s still an adventure goal!
I think it’s good to check in every once in a while with our goals for life. Our plans for accomplishing our goals may change with our circumstances, but we shouldn’t ever let go of our dreams. I know that someday and somehow I will accomplish these things, be it through working, volunteering, winning the lottery, or whatever it takes. Some of them will be with my husband, and some will be by myself. We both have our own goals and we need to stay true to what we each hold important…that doesn’t take away from any of our goals, but just reinforces the need to keep your own identity in a relationship. I am so inspired to continue working towards these goals and can’t wait for all our adventures this year and on…