A different kind of plan for 2013

New Years is my favorite holiday. It’s a fresh start, a new beginning, and a time to reflect on the past and focus on the future. This year however, I don’t want to think too much about the past or the future. I want my mind to be mostly in the present.

My goals and resolutions for 2013 are simple:

Travel.

Write more about travel and my thoughts about travel.

Improve my photography skills and take more photos.

Stay healthy.

Stop planning out my life and live in the present.

Easy in writing, but in action much more difficult.

This year is going to be filled with travel. It is something that feels so natural to me now and whether or not I’ve planned it out or not, I know that I just will. I want to visit the NC Outer Banks soon, and in April I am going to Ireland. I’m planning to spend my summer traveling though Central America, possibly backpacking from Guatemala to Panama. I’m still not sure. From there I would love to spend autumn in the Balkans, maybe even head to Morocco… a country I’ve been dreaming about for years.

And while I can plan, save, and hope to make these dreams a reality, the truth is I just don’t know where life will take me, and for the first time I’m ok with that. Maybe I’ll renew my teaching contract, maybe I won’t.

With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

I spent a lot of 2012 planning and wishing the time would move faster so I could act out what I had planned. I don’t want to do that this year. I want my plans to be minimal and my mind to be present. I learned in 2012 that beauty is all around me and you don’t need an exotic itinerary to write well or take beautiful photos.

I can’t wait to continue filling this blog with my stories and photos. I know that 2013 is going to be full of new and exciting things, whether I’ve planned for it or not.

What are your life/travel resolutions and goals for 2013?

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