Greetings readers! I hope that you had a fantastic winter holiday. Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrated and Happy New Year! I’m welcoming 2014 with a smile. I think that 2013 was the best year for my Bucket List (so far!) and this brings me great joy & delight. I was fortunate enough to cross off 6 major items on my list, and I consider that to be a huge accomplishment. I wish that in 2014 you are able to cross of the most important items on your own Bucket Lists! I also hope that you add many items to them!
I sometimes make New Years Resolutions – and because I am as stubborn as a horse, generally speaking, I stick to them! My last New Years Resolution was to become a vegetarian and be more health conscious as well as more eco-friendly. That was 6 years ago, and I’m still wholeheartedly committed to that goal. Since that time I have continued with a healthy diet both for myself and for the planet (where possible) and I have taken up different types of fitness including running, yoga, and the occasional bit of Pilates. Living in Kuwait has really put a damper on my healthy-living lifestyle preferences, but I’m doing my best to keep up with my goals. Back home, I volunteered at a local non-profit agency that works to improve access to affordable and healthy food to all in the city. I don’t drive and I try to always take public transportation or walk to places that I need to go. And, this year I am teaching a unit about Going Green to my Kuwaiti kids!
The reason I bring all of this up is because I made some New Years Resolutions for 2014. It’s been a very long time since I’ve made a New Years Resolution. Again, because I’m so stubborn I force myself to follow through with whatever resolutions I come up with and sometimes that dissuades me from making new resolutions at all. I know, I know – my mind is a complex place.
So, my resolutions for 2014 are as follows: (some are mundane, but I’m sharing them anyway!)
- Travel Alone (more on “why” later).
- Travel to at least one new country this year. (This resolution is approaching fruition – hooray! I want to say 2 or 3 new countries – but again, my resolve scares me. And my bank account is not limitless, you see.)
- See more of Kuwait. (Because frankly, I’m over the inside of my apartment – and my classroom.)
- Drink more water. (Because after arriving in Kuwait in the scorching summer, I just sort of…stopped. Entire days passed by when my entire consumption of liquid was a large cup of coffee.)
- Drink NEW and EXOTIC kinds of coffee. (Because my love for java knows no bounds. Coffee-love is akin to my travel-love, but in liquid form. Savvy?)
- Blog more. Write more. Read more. In general – be around words more.
- Be more grateful. For everything. Grateful is my ‘word’ for 2014.
Okay so that’s it. And I’m resolute. 2014 has given me 16 fantastic days so far, and I am doing my best to accomplish my resolutions!
- I’ve already vastly increased my water consumption and am really proud of myself for doing so. It’s such an easy thing to forget.
- I am hoping to complete my goal of seeing more of Kuwait before I leave for home this summer because really I want to be able to say that it has a lot to offer, culturally. Besides, I have to check of the items on my Kuwait Bucket List before I return home!
- I spent my time ringing in the New Year in a new country and in 16 days I will be traversing new landscapes yet again – this time with the love of my life, P.
- Number 5 is really not going to be problematic for me. It’s always one of the first things I try when I visit a new place.
- It’s number one that worries me. But, more on that at another time…
If you’re comfortable sharing, I would love to hear what your own resolutions are for 2014 and beyond!
Stay tuned for my upcoming posts on my trip to Italy over the Christmas holiday!