Well, Happy 2020, y’all! 2019 came and went in a blur, and we’re already here at a new year, and a new decade. Talk about something that’s weird to type! As crazy and awesome as 2019 was, I have a feeling 2020 is going to kick the decade off with a bang. To start, I’m making a list of my 2020 goals and resolutions.
The calendar says summer begins on June 22, but I’m treating Memorial Day Weekend as the “unofficial” start of summer. That’s how this works, right?
Summer in Chattanooga is an exciting time. There’s so much going on almost every week that there’s always something to do, something new to try, something to check off a summer bucket list.
Last year, I wrote about my summer goals for 2016. While I made some of them happen, others got missed, and I’m determined to make them happen this year. And starting a bit earlier never hurt anyone, right?
Disclaimer: This post was about two weeks in the making. Internet troubles at the home base are not conducive for blogging. Or anything, really. Le sigh.
Happy Summer, y’all! The calendar says summer arrived earlier this month, but I feel like it’s been in full force in Chattanooga since May. I feel like I’ve already sweated out half my body weight. Thanks, humidity. Fortunately the humidity doesn’t bother me that much. Thanks, growing up in Atlanta.
Summer is a time for getting out and exploring, trying new things and pushing your limits. The great weather makes it easier and more enticing to get outside; that is, if the heat doesn’t bother you. Summer is a season of immense opportunity for growth and exploration.
I’m trying to be better about setting goals for myself and writing about them here on the blog. But I want to do something more than just a “monthly goals” roundup, because I’m not entirely sure if that will “work” for me. That’s why, instead of setting monthly goals, I’m setting goals by the season. And I’m starting now with summer.
Here are my summer goals for 2016!
Because summer is a time for serious goal-kicking.
Hike 3 new trails. There is an abundance of amazing hiking trails in and around Chattanooga. When I moved here last year, I went hiking with my coworkers pretty often, and I always enjoyed those hikes. We checked out Foster Falls and Blue Hole, and this past weekend my friend and I ventured to Edward’s Point on Signal Mountain. I’ve got Lula Lake, Cloudland Canyon, Fall Creek Falls and several other Lookout Mountain trails on my to-hike list. Who’s with me?
Make 2 new flavors of homemade jam. I’m pretty happy with how my strawberry jam turned out a few weeks ago. The Sunday farmer’s market usually has a bunch of fruit, and jam is best when made with fresh-picked ingredients. Bobby Flay has a recipe for blueberry orange marmalade that I really want to try. Now I just need some fresh-picked blueberries, which brings me to my next goal…
Pick fresh berries (or some kind of fruit). We used to go berry-picking frequently when we lived in North Carolina years ago, and I miss doing that. Last fall, I discovered a wonderful orchard down in North Georgia that I’d love to check out again.What #goals do you have for yourself this summer? Click To Tweet
Go paddle boarding on the Tennessee River. Okay so I’ve technically already done this, but I’d like to do this regularly. The rental shop downtown has several discount nights that help make this a bit more affordable. I’ve gone twice already, and it’s been a great way to decompress after work and get my zen time. It’s also a really great (and somewhat underrated, if you ask me) workout, between balancing on the board and paddling through the water. Killing two birds with one stone, for the win!
Cover a(nother) really cool event. In addition to Riverbend Music Festival, I mean. Covering this week long music festival was an amazing experience, and I’d love to keep covering bigger local events. We’ve got a few events later this summer that may be calling my name. Look for me at these events downtown – I’ll be there!
Go to a Chattanooga Lookouts game. I’m admittedly not a huge baseball fan, but going to games is always a good time. The Lookouts are Chattanooga’s minor league team (associated with the Minnesota Twins) and they play from April through about August. Tickets are super affordable and Lookouts games are some of the best social events in the city. Or so I’ve heard.
Summer 2016 is going to be a heck of a season. Best summer yet? I think so. I’ve still got a couple months to make it all happen.
What do you have on tap for your summer? What are some of your summer goals?
Well here it is, the fourth and final week of the Be Bold in 2016 linkup series! I’m so proud of and excited for this community we’ve built in the last month. We’ve talked about our words of the year, our blogging goals and our health goals; every week has been full of inspiration and encouragement, and it’s been incredible to see all the connections and growth just in these last few weeks. There’s still time to link up with us for the last week, as we share our personal goals for the year.
This year, my personal goals will focus on self-care. After a not-so-easy couple of months at the end of last year, I’ve realized just how integral self-care is to being healthy and successful in life. And I don’t mean “successful” just in terms of my career and work, but in my personal life and adventures, too. If I don’t take care of myself, then there’s no way I can do everything I want and need to do efficiently and with wholehearted passion. Making my dreams happen boils down to taking care of me first.
I almost chose “self-care” as my word of the year, but I felt like “care” on its own was more applicable to more areas of my life. Self-care is appropriate now, though, so it all works out.
It’s week two of the Be Bold in 2016 linkup series! I was blown away by the words everyone shared last week, and I can’t wait to read all about this week’s topic: blogging goals for the year.
Last week I said I want to make a better effort to care for my blog this year. I say that every year, of course, and it’s not like I don’t make progress. But this year I want to really grow and develop. I have a vision and it’s time to meet it.
Happy Birthday to meeeee!
That’s right, today I turn 24. Another year closer to that quarter-century mark. Except when I say it that way, it makes me sound way older than I am.
Last year on my birthday, I wrote about 23 things I’ve learned in 23 years. It was more of a reflection on some of the most important lessons I’ve learned in my life up to that point. Reflecting on the past is good to do sometimes; hindsight is 20/20 and all that stuff.
But instead of looking back, this year I’m looking forward. A new year is sure to bring a whole host of new opportunities and new experiences. So I’m going to embrace them.
First and foremost, WELCOME TO MY NEW BLOG! It was a long process and I’m so happy to debut my new space on WordPress. I’m still fine-tuning, and I’ll probably always be fine-tuning something. So bear with me for the next few weeks for all the small adjustments. I hope y’all enjoy my new space as much as I do!
It’s June, and that means we are just about halfway through 2015 already! Can y’all believe it? The second half of my 2015 will look vastly different from the first six months. I graduated from grad school last month, meaning I am done with school for my life. Well, I say that now, but who knows, maybe I’ll go back later. Maybe. But that’s a discussion for another day.
Anyway, since 2015 part two is going to be full of new adventures, I’d like to share some of my longer-term goals for the second half of the year. I like thinking long-term because it gives me something to work toward for an extended amount of time. And since I’ll be entering the working world soon, I need these goals to keep me focused and busy outside of work life.