When everything is said and done, the only real things you have that make you unique are your memories and a life-time of adventures. I want to experience the culture, food and people all around the world with my own heart. It’ll be hard balancing time between my full time job and all the places I want to visit this year, but planning ahead and narrowing down my choices will help me accomplish little at a time.
Embark On a Euro-trip to the U.K., France and Italy
A trip around Europe has been one of my long-term goals on my bucket list; everyone in my family has been to Europe at some point and I think it’s time that I get to travel for myself. I’ve been planning it with a friend from college for a the past few months and I’m super excited that it’ll be happening in early Spring!
Squeeze In a Southwestern U.S. Road Trip
Although I’d love to travel more outside of the country, there’s also a plenty of things I want to see within the United States. My boyfriend will be driving from Texas to the Bay Area later this Summer and I wanted to tag along for another amazing road trip. We’re aiming to visit Antelope Canyon, Grand Canyon, Death Valley and Zion National Park.
Make a Conscious Effort for Personal Growth
My mom always says “you never stop learning until the day you die,” it may sound a little dark but I took it as a reminder that you’re never truly done “growing.” There’s always something to be learned and you can continue to improve yourself in many ways. I believe it is important for you to find who you are and understand your own priorities. It took me a long time to realize some of those things but now that I have a better grasp of what I want to do, it can guide me in the right direction.
Develop a New Skill & Learn Something New
It never hurts to know more, so take a moment to think about what you’re interested in. Think about something you’ve always wanted to do but never had the time or courage to start. 2015 will be filled with new opportunities and I hope to take advantage of some of them as it comes by.
Build Healthy Habits
Alright, who doesn’t have “getting into shape” on their New Year’s resolutions – every year? However, I think the best way to approach this for me is to turn it into a lifestyle as opposed to a short term goal. I want to eat healthy and incorporate more physical activity because I’m not getting any younger and this is the only body I have to live in.
Manage My Money Better
Starting January I’ll be moving out of my parent’s house to kickstart my independence. It was nice to know that I didn’t have to pay rent but I can’t rely on my parents forever so it’s finally time for me to do something big on my own. This also means I can’t be spending money on frivolous things and every penny has a purpose (aka rent). I’ll have to be more conscious about the things I need versus things that would be nice to have.
Simple Goals for 2015
There are a few other things I’d like to continue doing in 2015 and they’re some simple things I already enjoy. I hope to spend more of my free time on the following things.
Continue Blogging & Become a Better Photographer/Writer
Escaping Neverland is my creative outlet where I can share my photos, videos and thoughts through words. It also motivates me to become a better photographer so I can share high-quality images that capture my life experiences and convey my thoughts more accurately through writing.
Read & Watch More
I love watching documentaries and movies, I think it’s a great way to learn and be inspired. People have recommended me so many great books throughout 2014 but I’ve only gotten through a couple of books this year and in 2015, I want to change that because I know reading can also help improve my writing.
Take Care of My Skin
Let’s face it, I don’t want to spend any more time than I absolutely need to get ready in the morning. I think a large part of this issue can be resolved if I took better care of my skin instead of trying to cover up the blemishes with makeup. I’ve gotten a lot more comfortable about being in my own skin this year and I plan to continue with this outlook. Instead of investing in expensive makeup, I’d much rather spend money on taking care of what I already have.