Happy New Year! This is pretty much a tradition on my blog as I do a list every year. Some people call it a resolution, but I like to think of my annual lists as something to aspire to in the new year. Now, let me admit two things: 1) I wrote this list on December 21st, and……..I’ve never completed a list before. I know, I know! But this year, I feel that it’s possible. I aimed big. I believe in myself (and in making smaller goals) and this year already feels magical. So, here’s the list!:
- Go skydiving. If you follow this blog long enough, this has always rolled over from year to year. Last year, I had it all set up: I set the date. I got the directions. I even rented a car to drive out to the flight site and then……brick wall. Truth is, I didn’t plan my time better. I had scheduled a mini-vacay during the weekend of my jump; trying to do everything at once. The result: a super tired Tiffany wanting nothing more than to go home. This year will be different.
- Go to one music festival. Last year, going out of town to see Outkast perform live sparked something in me. After missing Prince at Essence and D’Angelo at AfroPunk, I made a pact that I would go to some sort of outdoor music festival. Even if I don’t go out of town to do so, this year I’m making it a priority to get outside and enjoy music.
- Visit two countries. Remember, I created this list on December 21st with one goal in mind; I wanted to travel internationally. To finally step out of the Atlanta-Miami-Vegas matrix and really see the world. I’ve been dreaming of doing it, but it never went past that. Thanks to a Christmas miracle, not only will this be scratched off the list, I’ll be able to scratch it off before my birthday. All I wanted was two countries, and I’m actually visiting two continents!
- Learn French. Because, why not?
- Save $3,000. I did a 52 week money challenge last year where I successfully saved over $1,000 for myself, but I wanted to aim higher. Can I save more? Of course I can! Plus, I’m not just saving for me, I’m also saving for my daughter’s college. So what better challenge to take on.
- Have a spa day. I went to a spa once….and loved it. Having a day dedicated to relaxation and not worrying about bills, deadlines, or even laundry sounds heavenly. I’d love to have these once a month in the near future.
- Find a new job. February of this year, I would have been at my current job for 4 years, and while most people would see this as a blessing and ride it out (I see the blessing in being employed, too), I feel my time here is coming to a close. There’s just somewhere else I need to be, something else I’m suppose to learn, some other way I’m suppose to be of service. I don’t know where it is, but I’m open.
- Get 500 readers on my blog. Vanity? Maybe. I’m looking to grow as a woman and a writer and I’d be honored if I was able to reach this number this year. It’s a lofty goal, I know.
- Buy a cruiser bike. I want one. I want one. I WANT ONE! Always have. It could be a city thing, maybe a dash of a hipster thing. Either way, when the weather gets warm, I want a bike to travel.
- Donate $500 to charity. A carry-over from last year, I would like to give back however I can. I realized that this goal will probably be spread out throughout different organizations, which is fine with me. I’ve also expanded this to include helping fund small businesses as well.
- Weigh 190 lbs. This goal isn’t impossible, because I can do the work necessary to make this a reality. What I’m focused on is the self-sabotaging that I’ve done to have my weight creep back up past the 200s again. Doing the internal work will show in my external and I can’t wait to write about this success.
- Take 13 weekend trips. Re-defining my weekends. Another push to travel more. Three-day weekends especially.
- Get a sew-in weave. Because lazy. Also versatility. Plus, I haven’t had one since I was a teenager, so it would be fun to play with a different look for a while.
- Cook 100 vegan meals. I’ve done the math on this one. I also at the tail end of last year begun to purchase more vegan cookbooks than I could count. My challenge is having the energy to actually cook them. This may have to be a weekend thing *looks at goal #12*…..oh y’all keep me lifted in encouragement.
- Go on 3 vacations. One down, two to go. Again, a way for me to relax and reconnect because my job won’t give me the time off, so I’ll take it for myself.
That’s my list, folks!