A new year, a new decade: how exciting! It’s like starting out on a whole new journey, setting out to row across an ocean or walk across a map. I love the idea of a fresh, crisp diary – even though I have been putting engagements into it for months now – and preparing for a whole new set of unknowns and adventures. They are not always in salty, muddy or hot, or wet places – sometimes nowhere more extreme than a lecture hall or school classroom – but they are adrenaline fuelled and challenging, nonetheless.
Given that 2009 was a cracker year, 2010 has a lot to live up to.
And so do I. Because I have welcomed in the new year with a fresh ‘To do List’. I turn 25 in May, so there are certain goals on my list below that are time specific to this important year of my life. 2.5 decades – it feels quite pivotal, as though I have something to prove to myself. Other goals on the list are more just ways of thinking and being, and little ongoing projects which I am starting. Some are based on some of the things I learned on the ocean in 2009 and some I take from one year to the next, trying to put them in to action every day. I struggle with the ‘no chocolate’ end of the spectrum, so figured putting a cap on my chocolate consumption would be a good idea. And what better figure to pick than the ocean munch fest of 2009?
Goals for 2010
(in no particular order)
- Don’t let the sun go down on dreams and plans ~ Commit, kickstart and chase. Life’s too short for regrets and no one else is going to do it
- Don’t be afraid of being afraid and unsure ~ it’s healthy. Channel the fear into positive energies and action
- Share the adventures ~ Continue to inspire folks, especially children, to chase their dreams and live the lives they want to lead
- Eat fewer than 500 chocolate bars
- ‘Do something for the wilderness and make the mountains glad’ – spend more time outside and do something worthwhile for nature e.g. pick up litter, volunteer with local conservation group
- Expand the in-head library~ learn more poetry by heart
- Make a list each day of ‘Good things about today’. It got me through some low days at sea, when the only good thing seemed to be that ‘today is over’
- Publish book (finish writing it first)
- Go cycle touring
- Improve my sea kayaking skills
- Capsize less – Mum deserves a break from the stress!
- Sit up straight
- Take a photo every day for a year (Thanks to my friend and fellow adventure nut Al Humphreys for this one)
- Finish walking the Pennine Way – we started in 2008, walking with Dad’s ashes (this one’s for him)
- See a concert at the Royal Albert Hall
- Learn more about British birds that don’t live by the sea
- Improve half marathon PB
- Lighten the load, get some headspace – Give away things I don’t need. Good for the soul, good for others
- Sleep under the stars more often ~ I miss the stars of the ocean!
- Move on plans for next expedition. Keep blog followers in suspense just a little bit longer until I tell them what next expedition is.
Happy new year and happy days to you all,
PS Dippers will be starting a new life in America later this year with her new owner, and with a new name. More to follow another day.
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