I’ve been pretty good so far at accomplishing my goals and aspirations for 2014. I know it’s still January and I still have a long way to go but so far this year I’ve already spent 14 days with my parents and I’ve booked a trip for my mother and I to go away for 14 days. We will be going to Bermuda in March.
I’m trying to spend as much time as I can spend with them now before I start my travels for the year. Sometimes I feel a little guilty that I’m gone so much but I realize that I cannot suppress my dreams, If I do I’ll start to get bitter and resent the ones I put my dreams on hold for. That is not a good place to be for anyone. I hope they understand that I love them but that I need to do what I need to do to.
Here is a loose itinerary of my travels for this year. April – May; St. Martin & Guadeloupe, then back to the USA for my niece’s graduation from university. July & August; England, Scotland, Spain & Germany. Sept, Oct, Nov: Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania. I’m so excited and there is so much to be done. I need to obtain visas, immunizations & air plane tickets.
I will be doing volunteer work for two weeks at an orphanage in Kenya and another two weeks with the Maasai Mara. I’m also thinking of volunteering in Tanzania but I haven’t signed up for that one yet. I think I’ll play it by ear.
“What is your useful skill in a tangible situation?”
I really wanted to share this story. I think it deserves to be heard. Not that I have such a huge following but even if only one other person reads it I’m ok with that. I think the story is worth sharing.
True luxuries for me are:
1. Freedom from Anxiety over Job Loss.
2. Free Time.
What are yours?
I posted about solitude a while back and I thought I’d put it out there again because somehow people still get that there is a difference to being alone and being lonely. Here it is below:
I need great periods of solitude to keep me balanced. Just because I enjoy solitude doesn’t mean I’m lonely or that I’m anti-social. I enjoy other peoples company but I do not need the constant company of others. I believe people tend to misunderstand me because of that and tend to ask “don’t you get lonely?” I find myself having to explain that solitude is different than loneliness, especially when it’s self-imposed solitude that one enjoys.
Solitude: The state of being alone
Loneliness: Affected with, characterized by, or causing a depressing feeling of being alone.
I welcome 2014. I intended to post this at the beginning of the new year, however I never got around to it. Now, I’ve turned around and it’s already 21 January. I’ve already listed my goals and aspirations in an earlier blog enter so I won’t hash it out again here.
I had a travel list as long as my arm for 2014. I have cut down the number of countries I’m visiting but I’ll stay in each country longer. After spending three months in Panama last year I realized I love slow travel. It gives me better insight into that particular country and allows me to participate in the everyday life.
I’ll be fifty years old in February. I’m elated to have lived this many years so far. There are those who choose not to celebrate because they dread getting older. I think of those who did not live to this age and I rejoice on the anniversary of my birth because I’m always glad to be alive.
It was my intention to have an all out blowout with a rented venue, caterer etc., etc., to celebrate this milestone. I scaled down that plan however. I decided just having a party with family and friends is celebration enough, I don’t have to break the bank to do it. It will still be festive and hopefully everyone in attendance will have a good time.
Day 19 – Letting go of 19 items to include my 2012 Essence Women of the year issue.
In my quest to get rid of things. I’m playing a game this month http://www.theminimalists.com/game. I don’t know how long I’ll last, I started 1 December. Get rid of 1 thing on the 1st, get rid of two things on the 2nd, get rid of three things on the 3rd, etc.