Adventure season is here!

This year, possibly more so than in years past, I'm craving sunshine, camp fires, and sitting on the patio watching the sun set. I think these feelings blow in with spring weather- new growth on trees, cedar fever has passed and the sun staying up just a little longer each day. I know... we didn't really have a true winter, (that's not a humble brag, swear!) but man, I've felt cooped up!

It could also have to do with the adventures planned for this year: camping this weekend, New Zealand in a few weeks, a West Point wedding next month and then heading to Nebraska in August to celebrate another wedding (and celebrate we will!) Whew! It hit me as I turned the calendar page yesterday... this is going to be a big year full of my favorite people and activities!

There's a lot that I want to happen this year (see above... big year), so I'm pretty clear on my short term goals. What's a little surprising is my 5 and 10 year goals aren't as clear. This is a new feeling for me and, well... it's unsettling and freaking me out a little bit. Rather than dwell on that- because there are plenty of other things to freak out about (and really how lucky am I to be able to have options)- I'm going to see how 2016 shapes up and then take it from there, taking my own advice from January. 

If you're in the same boat, and your captain seems to have abandoned USS Goals, (too far?) take out a pen and paper and do a little journaling. Here are a few prompts to get you started:

  • What is making me happy right now?
  • What is missing?
  • What hobbies/books/activities have I been drawn to lately?
  • Who do I look up to, and why?
  • If I had extra time, how would I spend it?
  • How am I spending my time now?

Actually, I'll join you in this exercise! We can navigate these uncharted waters together. Okay I'll stop. So bring on the adventures and the goals,  March (and 2016 onward) is looking mighty fine!

Photo by Dad. I sure miss those El Paso sunsets!