Two years to see how far I can get on four different challenges. That’s the plan. I have until December 10, 2016 (my 50th birthday) to see what I can do to improve myself in these four ways. Not that all kinds of other new and old things are off the table, but these are the ones I’m going to track (the plan is to use the blog as a sort of journal that marks milestones along the way as well as quarterly check-ins). Here’s my list. As always, nothing would make me happier than to do some or all of these in tandem with others who are interested (literally together or keeping track long-distance). One thing I think I’ve learned since starting this blog is that, while it is true that we are the makers of our own destiny in so many ways, it is also true that the world is full of teachers and fellow students who can show the way. The path that has taken me this far on these goals has been full of these teachers (many of whom were, ironically, also students at a previous point), and I anticipate and hope that the same will be true this time around.
|This little red eft epitomizes my hope to become a person truly at home outdoors. Whenever I do a hike I always count it as extra-special if there is an eft sighting along the way.|
|Inversions -- in any form of yoga -- are not a strong suit. But let's see how far two years can take me.|
|We don't usually skate in dresses, but every once in a while it's fun.|
|My first-ever outdoor lead climb. My friend and climbing buddy, Kyra, was warming up for her turn next.|
My first goal in working toward these four areas is to figure out exactly where I am, and so in the next few weeks I’ll be doing a bit of personal inventory to figure out my starting points and maybe some short-term goals. If anyone among my friends and family saw one or more areas on this list that they, too, would like to engage in more deeply for the next couple of years – or if the list inspired your own longer-term goals that you’d like to pursue in tandem, let me know. This is one journey that will be easier and much more fun with lots of fellow travelers along the way!