I’ve been thinking a lot about trips that I have planned and that I want to go on sometime soon. My visit to Miami a few weeks ago was a much needed break with great friends. Next weekend I’m driving up to Dallas to see The Fray in concert with some close friends and to catch up with my friends there.
Though the summer is the busiest time of the year for my job (especially as it goes on), I should have a little time to sneak away for the 3 weddings scheduled in July and August. I’m excited for the couples, but even more happy about seeing people that I haven’t seen in months or years.
The only other trip on the horizon is a work conference in Las Vegas in October. I’m considering adding a quick vacation to New York City since I’ve got a number of friends there that I’d love to see. It would also be nice to visit the city for more than 24 hours which I did in 2006.
Maybe I should plan something international. I’d love to see Ireland, Scotland, and the UK. Perhaps I’ll gather a group for a cruise to the Bahamas or Central America. Where else should I think about visiting?
In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
As I’ve mentioned before, two of my friends and I decided to make 2012 our “Year of Hope.” To ensure that we kept to our goals for the year, we resolved to focus our efforts on a weekly change that can improve our lives. After one month of these, I’m happy to report that I’ve done fairly well maintaining my commitments. Below are the first four tasks that we’ve tackled. Also, our current one is one of my favorites so get ready for that next month!
While reminiscing on the previous night’s activities, two of my friends and I decided on New Year’s Day that 2012 would be our “Year of Hope.” It became a bit of a battle cry throughout our time together and meant something different to each of us, but we never truly discussed how it would play out after the first day of the year.
I’ve never been one to make official New Year’s resolutions mostly because I think too small, can’t carry through, or forget to incorporate them into my regular routine. My friends may have found a solution that will make me more conscious of my resolutions and help to ensure the success of our Year of Hope!
After parting ways, we decided to focus on small, weekly goals to improve our lives. Essentially, each week, one of us will suggest something to do or think about during the week. The hope is that they will build upon one another to enrich various aspects of life for the three of us. I’ve fallen in love with this idea and have been keeping a running list of potential weekly resolutions for the future. I’m also excited about it because it will help us stay connected despite living in different places.
For now, I’m holding off on posting some of our ideas or suggestions, but I’m planning on making it a weekly post here at Neatly in Shambles to hold myself even more accountable. However, I’m definitely open to input about what others do to improve their lives on a steady basis.
How do you ensure that you keep your resolutions? What would you do to improve your life on a weekly basis?
Back in my undergrad days, I worked at Krispy Kreme with some pretty interesting folks. Kristen was one that I became close with outside of work as well because she was one of the nicest, most genuine people I’ve ever met and a heck of a lot of fun to boot. She joined the Army during her college years to work as a journalist for their networks over in the Middle East.
She’s been back in the States for a bit now, and I try to keep up with her as much as I can. Well, she’s been very busy working on a new reality show with a neat concept—civilians are given military training, taught how to apply it to a civilian life, and given the choice of enlisting or not at the end of it all. The show was created by Ricky Schroeder and this clip provide a bit of insight about his inspiration.
I’m hoping the show does well, but know that Kristen is destined for amazing things in life and has the drive and passion to achieve them!
This pic is from the wedding weekend. J’s one of my closest friends and it was indescribably amazing to spend 5 days with him. R and I lived together for his senior year and my second of grad school. We had a great system and fulfilled a Continuum of Roommate Compatibility (with our 3rd, C who was very much R’s opposite). Also, it must be fairly early in the evening as we’re all fully clothed and relatively sweat-free. I loved everything about the time we were together and I’m ready to be back with them!
The wedding I attended this past weekend was truly amazing- lots of laughing over the ridiculousness of our lives, catching up with old friends, making new friends, enjoying great food and drinks. However, it hit me on the ride back to Mississippi that it also symbolized something different, something less jovial.