Posts tagged New Year Resolutions
Resolutions for the Novice Traveler

So, you’re single and dreaming of big travels? Girl, same.

If you’re stuck in the dreaming phase, it’s time to make resolutions to make wanderlust a part of your brand.

Make Adventures Part of Your Routine

The word adventure is not exclusive to cross-country road trips or international destinations. No matter your zip code, we’re surrounded by shops, parks, and venues waiting to meet your acquaintance.

Book A Solo Trip

Find a small town, national park, big city within a few hours from home, book an AirBNB for two nights, pack a bag, and go.

Figure out what to do when you get there.

Better yet, tweet @RuralGoneUrban and I’ll send you suggestions.  

Stop Apologizing for Your Choices

Your journey is your journey. You can choose to be a good steward of your finances and stock away money for travel, or you can choose to spend your money in other ways.

I’m not here to place judgement, but I’m confident there’s always one person, let’s call her Carol, who mutters “must be nice” when she sees your travel post on Facebook. She’s generally the same person who has a bi-weekly nail appointment, carries an expensive handbag, and dines out six days a week.

[Disclaimer: I carry a pretty pricey Frye bag. I love her. She’s been around for years. She was absolutely worth the investment.]

Bottom line, we all have our choices to make. If you want adventures to be part of who you are, there’s no need to apologize.

2018 is your year. You’ve got this.

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Resolutions, twenty14.

Three years ago, I wrote a post titled ‘Resolutions.’ Wise at 24, it seems. So much has changed in such a short amount of time, yet so many things remain the same – my resolutions, for instance.

I’m going to volunteer more, Get off my bum and move, Stop waiting for things to happen and live life today.

These resolutions are a continuous thread to my being as a human. Last year, I focused on surviving. Everything I had ever known changed and I wanted end the year knowing it didn’t get the best of me. If it were a challenge, I won.

Organizing my life.

This year, I’m adding one more line: live life intentionally.

We’re given 24 hours in a day. The same amount as Beyoncé*, in fact. We can choose to fill those precious minutes however we see fit.

Give more? Spend more time with family? Schedule down time? It’s up to us, man. Let’s use our allotted time wisely.

*Feel free to insert an individual of your choosing. This morning I’m just particularly found of Beyoncé’s tunes.

To be (or not to be) a better version of myself.

When the word resolution is muttered within the first few days of a new year it sends chills down the length of my spine. Each year, I try to make a goal that is achievable; however, it’s rare I’m public with my thoughts. This year, it’s time to change that. I’m going to public with my life changes. (For the record, these are my personal goals – my professional goals are too long for this post!)

At the risk of sounding like I’ve joined the ranks of Oprah or an extreme mommy blogger, the overarching theme of this year is to be a better version of myself. 1. Increase my dependence and relationship with God I rarely discuss my faith and love for the creator of the heaven and the stars on Rural Gone Urban; however, He is the center of my life and I give all my thanks to the blessings I’ve received through and from Him.

My goal through this blog is to be as transparent as I would be if we met on the street.

My friends and acquaintances vary on their thoughts and beliefs, and they can witness that I’m more of a listener when discussing my faith. I like to hear others’ stories, and when appropriate voice my own.

This year, I want to focus on studying His word, dedicate more time to daily prayers and increase my dependency on His plans.

2. Health In August, I joined a local Crossfit gym and fell in love. Love I tell you. I’m horrible at Crossfit, but the trainers are wonderful and I feel so much better about life when I’m participating consistently. This year, I plan to complete 3 WODs and mix in yoga and other activities each the week.

Also, I’m going be more aware of what I’m consuming with every fiber of my being. Hold the cupcakes, please.

3. Beauty Drum roll…. I rarely remove my makeup before I hit the hay. I know, I know. Using a gift card I recently purchased the Clarisonic Mia 2*. I’m obsessed. After only three or four days of use my skin is already a little more sparkly.

Twenty13 is the year of pillowing my head with a clean face and with grown up night cream. My age is flirting with upper-mid-twenties, and, creepers, I don’t have any plans of embracing wrinkles yet.

So, if you have any suggestions on a great night cream – let me hear them.

That’s it. Three steps to becoming a better version of myself. I finish this post after an amazing salad, a face a little prettier thanks to Clarisonic and an alarm set for 5:30 a.m. Crossfit, please be nice.

*The fine folks at Clarisonic Cleaning systems have no idea who is behind the keyboard at Rural Gone Urban. If they did I'd probably do one of those really cool before and after photos in exchange for a few products, but they don't so I'll just purchase the products with my own hard-earned dollars.