I can’t tell you how excited I am to start a new year! While I’m not the most reflective person, I do enjoy taking a moment in December to glance back at the previous year and think about the highlights.
Sure, like most of us, your year might have had some adversity. While you might have had to overcome some tough times, didn't you also have moments of fun? Did you spend time with your family? Save a little more for retirement? Laugh out loud with your friends? Did you travel? Get a promotion at your job?
No matter where you are in life, a new year is upon us and I say, it’s time to start living! If you haven’t made New Year's resolutions in the past, this is your year!
How do you break old habits and resolve new ones? Start here: Picture yourself having this moment of reflection in 12 months from now.
Think of your life as a paint-by-numbers picture. Now is the time to draw the lines of the picture you can be proud of; you have 12 months to paint in the colors. It's okay to acknowledge that you might not be happy with some aspect of the analysis. That's normal. This is the year to resolve to act and make improvements in that area!
I suggest including travel in your 2018 plans. Get out there and explore a new corner of the world. Drive, take a cruise, or hop on a flight to your next great adventure! But remember, you will need to be proactive. Look ahead six months, nine months, and a year to make room in your schedule. Personally, I like to have some sort of travel adventure (even a simple weekend getaway) to look forward to every three months. Next, begin a budget and start setting aside money each month for this adventure. But get the planning started today. Because once you do, then you’re more likely to take the trip you planned.
Oh, and as a last note, you never know which vacation will change your life, forever. It’s true! I receive emails and calls all the time from people regaling me with the stories of vacations that forever changed their lives.
The 2018 train is leaving the station... are you on it?
Happy New Year and happy travels in 2018.
I am on a mission to get you traveling more often. As the host of the nationally syndicated television television for PBS and the Create channel, Beyond Your Backyard, I travel (on average) 25 weeks per year. I am very grateful for the opportunity to meet cool people, experience new places, eat delicious food and work with the best production crew in the world. Hopefully, through this blog, you will join me on my travels and be reminded just how exciting it is to be alive!