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Friday, December 29, 2017

2018 Goals

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Drone footage courtesy of my husband

It's that time of year when we all discuss how we want to improve ourselves, so I guess it's my turn to join the conversation. After years and years of making very long, unrealistic lists, I've started doing this. A small list of a few achievable goals that aren't too specific. I used to beat myself up for not achieving all 20 or however many things on my list, so this system works much better for me. Note to self: you're never going to read 100 books in a year.

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☆ Take more photos and videos with my camera. I used to spend hours on end taking photos, editing them, and browsing Flickr and gathering inspiration and advice from people all over the world. It was pretty much all I did. I was that annoying friend who was constantly snapping photos of people. In 2014 I got my first smartphone and that's when I stopped bringing my camera everywhere I went. I have a nice camera, I want and need to use it more.

Who knows, I may do some sort of 52 Weeks or Project 365 this year, but I guess I'm running out of time to think about it. I did a Project 365 during my 17th year-- my most angst-filled year ever. It's really fun and interesting to go through those photos and A) laugh at my "artsy" photos and B) read the captions and remember what was going on in my life.

☆ Refine and improve my German skills. Growing up, German class was always one of my very favorites. I loved learning the language and about German culture. I took 6 years of German classes and being able to speak German was always a point of pride for me. Since I've been out of school and because I'm never around German-speakers, I've lost quite a bit of my knowledge of the German language.

I actually started working on this goal back in November-- because why wait till January to start improving myself? I've been using Duolingo every day and it's really helped. I also follow some German-speakers on Instagram and reading their photo captions and listening to them talk in their stories has really helped me. It's a good relaxing way to learn without feeling like I'm being quizzed. Some of my favorite German Instagrammers are juliacoldfront, vonkopfbisfuss_, dana_klomberry, and sahararama_.

☆ Get more involved in the community. It's pretty difficult to find a long-term rental in Maine that will permit a 90lb. dog and a cat. The whole time that I've lived in Maine, almost 3 years, I've had the "why settle in, we're just going to have to move again anyway" mentality. But that isn't an issue anymore (wink) so I'd really like to start putting down some roots. I want to explore more and finally go in the shops that I've been meaning to check out forever, I want to volunteer more, attend more community events...I guess what I'm saying is that I really want to make this place home.

What are some of your goals for 2018? 
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