Create,  Learn

Hello 2015

I have a document in Evernote called Personal Goals (A bucket list, if you will). In it, I’ve listed various experiences, accomplishments, trips, etc. I’d like to achieve at some point in my life. Like most of these things, it’s a living document and I remove things just as much as I add — it’s silly to hold yourself to resolutions that no longer serve you. Sometimes, there is just a brief window that needs closing.

As I looked through it this year, I realized I got to scratch off quite a few things and, more importantly, with some wonderful people.

  • I’m in the process of applying for dual Italian-American citizenship. In that journey, I was able to take a trip to Teora and Manocalzati, two towns my family is from in Italy.
  • I completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training and teach two classes a week with some wonderful students that I enjoy getting to know better and better.
  • I celebrated a one-year anniversary with a fantastic person who never judges my decisions but always asks how he can make things better.
  • I’ve made adjustments to my lifestyle to better support my health, ranging from diet and exercise to the workloads I choose to take on. I’m finally learning to call them boundaries instead of limitations.
  • I took trips to Las Vegas, NV; Cyprus; Charleston, NC; Palermo, Sicily; Ocean City, MD; Park City, UT; Sepino, Italy; and Kauai, HI.
  • I went skydiving for the first time in Utah and learned to surf in Hawaii.
  • My love for reading was reinvigorated by: The Hunger Games; Gamorrah; Eat, Pray, Love; Norwegian Wood; The Bhagavad Gita; The Yoga Sutras; and The Sleepwalkers Guide to Dancing.

With all that goodness behind me, I decided I wanted to follow along with Buzzfeed’s pretty awesome suggestion to make rememberlutions, instead of resolutions. I still need to make my little jar, but here’s a small sampling of what I’m hoping to put in there.

  • Go skydiving again. And again. And possibly again.
  • Ten years after my eighteenth in Paris, celebrate my twenty-eighth in the same locale.
  • Restart my daily writing habit without judging the form my writing takes, whether that be blog posts, journal entries, poems, short stories, or sticky notes.
  • Take a painting class.
  • Go on road trips around New Jersey. Paterson Falls is just a few miles away and I still haven’t been there yet, and I’d love to spend the weekend in Frenchtown, which is one of the cutest places I’ve ever been.
  • Go outside. Hiking, swimming, running, camping. All of it.

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