Life goals, travel goals, blog goals.

07222015 GOOOALS!!!

I’m not the best at setting goals.

Well, that’s not entirely true.  I can set a goal like nobody’s business; it’s the following through that gets me. My friend Christina at Tales of an Outgoing Introvert wrote a great blog post about setting goals and holding yourself accountable.  I’ve taken that post to heart and I’m in the process of being realistic about what I can do and how I can go about getting what I want/need.

A lot of my goals are personal and business related. Budget stuff, industry stuff, organization stuff… in short: boring stuff.
I also have some personal growth & health goals that should make me really happy (’cause happiness is my REAL goal, right?)… but the two goals that I’m most excited about achieving actually involve traveling with other people:

1) I want to take my little sister on a trip out of the country WITHIN THE NEXT YEAR

First of all, “little sister” is a major misnomer; after all, we’re only 2 years apart and she’s a grown woman with her own job who pays her own bills.  We grew up as best friends and we always have a great time together, so I’d love to see another country with her. We’ve seen some gorgeous parts of the US already and we have much more to see here in the states, but I just want to give her travel profile a little international flavor.
I only got my first passport stamp less than a year ago, so I’m no expert. I went with my ex girlfriend on two back-to-back cruises and visited 3 countries. The experience was phenomenal… Had it not been for my ex, I’m certain that I’d still be ignorant to any sort of international travel, so I’m thankful to her for that.
I don’t know where I’ll go with my sister first. It might be a cruise, just because it’s so easy to do from Florida and there are some great deals that come around periodically. That won’t be the end for us, though. We’ve talked about so many places all over the globe that we want to visit. Just the other day I showed her some Facebook photos from a friend of mine who was visiting Tokyo and my sister and I basically turned into those emoji with hearts for eyes.
We’ve got a lot to see… it’s overwhelming to think about how many places we could travel to, so I’m simply focusing on the fact that in the next year, my not-so-little sister will have a stamped passport, a gazillion photos and a lifetime of memories from a place that she’s never been to before. We’ll take it one trip at a time.

2) I want to take Little Popcorn on an airplane

“Little Popcorn” is a very young relative of mine. I never use her name or show her face online because she’s not my kid and I don’t know… it just doesn’t seem like my place to do so.  In any event, she’s a constant ray of sunshine, calls me her “buddy,” is surprisingly nurturing when I’m sick, and is just generally one of the best human beings ever.
Whenever I fly out for a work gig she always tells me how much she really wants to go on a plane, so it’s been a goal of mine to get her on a flight. I don’t care if it’s a short jump from Orlando to Ft. Lauderdale, this kid needs to fly!
She’s at the perfect age. I don’t remember my first flight at all because I was a baby. Little Popcorn, however, will be able to fully experience and appreciate the nerves, the excitement, the view, the snacks (we love snacks), everything. She’s at a beautiful point in her life where the world hasn’t beaten her down and ruined her yet, so I just want to live this experience vicariously through her eyes as soon as possible… you know, before she becomes one of those loathsome teens who won’t look up from her phone and can do little more than shrug in response to everything.

A big part of Christina’s post was accountability- specifically, making sure that others know your goals so that they can remind and motivate you. My “little” sis means the world to me and I’ve already told her several times that we’re going to travel out of the country together, so I think that counts. She’s too sweet to remind/harass me about my promise, but I’ve been good about bringing it up all the time when I’m around her. As far as Little Popcorn goes, she asks about flying on a plane every time she sees me packing or spies some luggage by the door. I told her that I was going to take her on a plane one day, but I didn’t say when. Still, I feel like that’s one of those promises you HAVE to keep or else you lose a kid’s trust forever, so that’s some powerful accountability to me. Plus, I just told you, dear reader, so that counts for something, right? I think it does.

I’ve got some blog goals, too. Mainly to catch up my Blogging 101 assignments and to write more. I had to take last week off due to an injury, which will probably be explained in my next post. Don’t hold me to that one, though… my next topic hasn’t been solidified yet.

So there you have it, folks: GOALS!  If I’m being honest, the budgetary and health goals that I set for myself will only make my travel goals easier to attain, so they all go hand in hand, really.

I like hearing about what other people are planning for themselves, where they’ve been and where they want to travel next, so if you’ve got anything to share don’t be shy about commenting.

– Lew

PS – Little Sis, just so you know how serious I am about our future travels, I dedicate this song from our childhood to you: “Off to See the World” from The Chipmunk Adventure soundtrack. I love you!

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