From this year (2014), I want…

“There are far better things ahead than any
we leave behind.”

- C.S. Lewis

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In a timely update, almost exactly one year later I’m looking at this (2014) calendar of 355 days (to go) and simply thinking WHOA. I know a few things to be solid and true, and those will shape these months in an entirely new-to-me way.

I know that I’ll work harder than I ever have on the run, with a lot of help from a very good friend-turned-coach. I know it will hurt in the best way.

I know that I’ll travel to two continents (and countries) one week from now; my passport will finally have some fresh ink and used-up pages.

I know that there will be big moves that will turn worlds upside down.

I know there will be plenty of unknowns. Delicious ambiguity.

something new

I know that I want to ride the tail of 2013, filling my brain and adventuring and never planning too far ahead and trying a little harder to be a little better.

I want to find comfort in uncertainty. Go with the flow. Embrace the change. Overestimate strengths and say Yes. Why not! Alright fine.

I want to check boxes that have been open for a long time, of things that have patiently waited for me to come around and dig up courage and DO. I want to stare my tendency-to-procrastinate in the face and give her a mouthful. I want her to know that time management is a skill to be, and that will be, honed.

chaos be there soon

I want to use my backpack to roam both foreign streets and trails in national parks. I want to pitch a tent and start a (safe) fire and accept the fact that a bear might eat my food but it’s cool, I’ll survive.

I want to read books that take me to new places in the world – corners that hide in the shadows of big cities and tourist-filled streets and sunny beaches. Places that really represent what it means to open your mind and live a different life.

I want to keep the good people just a (physical or metaphorical) stone’s throw away.

I want to do/indulge anything which elicits this reaction: that scares the hell outta me. Maybe not all of them at once, in this year, but at least keep making a dent in the long list. (Repeat offender.)

I want to get back to chatting with you here in this space, sharing good eats and thoughts and runs and whatever else we might decide to talk about.

I want to listen; to let my brain turn its wheels, and remember to just shut up every now ‘n then so my surroundings can be loud.

listen laughing

I want to remember this:

You’ve only got three choices in life:
give up, give in, or give it ALL you’ve got.

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Alright then. ALL in.

What do you want this year?

5 Comments

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5 Responses to From this year (2014), I want…

  1. Brittany

    Hi Heather,

    I (still) love reading your blog :) You are a wonderful writer and I am inspired by your story. All the best in the new year, I hope it’s your best yet! Much love from CO

  2. Sounds like a fantastic year! :) Have fun on your trip!

  3. Lauren Marie

    LOVE THIS!! I am so excited for 2014. It’s going to be a great year full of many adventures! In the words of Mary Engelbreit (sp?!): ‘this year have more FUN!’

  4. Greta

    Love this post! Especially since I’ve been feeling similarly towards 2014~ excited , optimistic, and admittedly nervous (in a good way!) about the changes and adventures it will bring. Thanks for the lovely post, and have a great trip abroad!

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