I read this post from Cup of Jo on my first day back to work after a week of vacation followed by a long birthday weekend – exactly the wrong time to fan the flames of wanderlust.
I have a love/hate relationship with travel. I love seeing new places. I hate flying and get terribly motion sick. I love exploring new cuisines (and grocery stores). I hate feeling overwhelmed. I love the feeling of every day bringing something new. I hate being out of my comfort zone. Now take all of those feelings and multiply them by 100, and you have travel with a toddler (particularly the hassle-y, stress-y parts).
Maybe this is a sign of time passing and priorities shifting, but when I tried to daydream a list of destinations, the places I kept coming back to were places I’ve already been that I want to know better, places I want to make my own.
Though I suppose there are a few dream spots (for various reasons):
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1. More letters. I’m aiming for a letter each week.
2. More books. 16 sounds like a nice round number. I’m on track to finish my first this weekend.
3. More miles. Barring injury, I’m aiming for 750 running and 2000 biking. I also really want this to be my marathon year, but I’ve said that before…
4. More movies. We saw a grand total of 6 last year. 12 seems possible.
5. Less meat. I’m not ready (or interested, really) in going back to being vegetarian, but I am interested in expanding my repertoire of meat-free meals, particularly since Nicolas has been pescatarian for nearly a year.
6. Less debt. We’re on track to pay off all of my debt by the end of the year. I really want to make that happen.
7. Less complaining. This might be the hardest resolution on this list.
8. Less guilt and regret. This one is hardest to quantify, but I’m pretty over beating myself up about things I can’t control, or things that aren’t mine to begin with.