I’m not really one for sappy end of the year posts, and to be honest, seeing my Instagram and Facebook feeds clogged up with everyone’s “What I Accomplished This Year” posts actually really bums me out. It’s not because I feel like I haven’t achieved anything, but due to the pressure of having to come up with some quasi-meaningful means by which to showcase the fact that I too, like every other person in the world, did something in the last 365 days, and then time that post to coincide with the worst holiday of the year.
2017 was a deeply introspective year for me, in which my entire worldview was challenged and turned upside down. I traveled a ton (Montreal, Nashville, Harper’s Ferry, Vero Beach, Richmond, Ohio, Miami, Harper’s Ferry again, Baltimore, New York, Chicago, Thailand, Baltimore again, and Chicago two more times), and met a ton of new people who inspired me to keep going. 2017 was the year that I realized that I will never be happy in a job where I am chained to a desk for 40 hours a week, 50 weeks a year. It was the year that I realized it was time to start living life on my own terms, rather than the path that had been determined for me thus far.
Starting a new year on the calendar allows everyone to press reset on their lives, and reconnect with what it is that they’re truly seeking. I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions because I don’t believe that saying “I resolve to lose weight in 2018” and then joining a gym that you’ll go to for three weeks in January is a sustainable way to reach meaningful change in your life. Instead, I’ve come up with some things I’d like to work on throughout the year in support of my overarching goals and hope to incorporate into my lifestyle as I go along.
2018 is the year that I will become fully remote and start living my life on my own terms. To get there, I will work on the following items this year:
- I will work my ass off to learn as much as humanly possible in order to make myself employable as a remote or freelance developer and get out on the road by the end of this year. I will not do so in a way that compromises my mental health, and I will allow myself to move at my own pace.
- I will continue to challenge myself to improve my photography and editing skills and continue to grow in this direction.
- I will push my body to its physical limits to ensure that it is ready for life on the road, and I will deepen my mind-body connection through committing to regular yoga practice.
- I will nourish my body with the foods that it need and craves and become more conscious of how the foods that I eat affect my overall health.
- I will continue to find areas in which I can improve by reflecting as much as possible on where I am, how I got there, why I feel the way that I do, and how I can move forward at every opportunity to become the best version of myself.
A few short weeks into 2018, I will be taking the biggest leap of faith of my life and trusting myself to hustle and make my dreams a reality. Already, this year is simultaneously exhilarating and terrifying as I prepare to leave the cozy northwest DC bubble I have made my home for the last four and a half years.
I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store.
Hanna (Bubu Backpacks)
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