365 Day Blog Post Challenge 2019
123. List 10 things you want to accomplish before it’s too late
This was a great prompt to come up during the first few days of the new year. It sure made me stop and think about some of my more meaningful goals and the importance of not continuing to put everything off. We have a tendency to think that there is always a tomorrow, when in fact, there are no guarantees. As you can see from my list below, the majority of the 10 things I would like to accomplish before it’s too late relate to travel and experiences.
1.) Visit all Disney parks.
I was fortunate enough to be able to visit 3 different Disney parks in 2018.
Disneyland in California, Disneyworld in Florida and Disney Paris. I’ve been to
Disney California and Florida many times, but walking into Disneyland Paris was
a whole different level of Disney excitement. Just knowing I was in another country
but getting to experience something so familiar was a unique experience. I’m sure I
would feel the same if I was able to visit all the Disney parks.
2.) Travel Route 66.
I think this would just be a blast! I actually have some books on fun places to
stop and also places to eat when traveling Route 66. So, I have material to do the
research, now it’s just making the time to do it!
3.) Buy a small RV and visit all U.S. States.
This is a dream of Don and mine. We go to RV shows often to dream. We don’t want
anything extravagant. Just a small RV (something I would feel comfortable driving)
that we could throw our basic necessities in and hit the road. There is so much to see
in the U.S. We have not really been to many states, so our dream is to get out there
and see all that America has to offer.
4.) Be fully debt free and never need to depend on credit cards again.
This is something I am very seriously trying to accomplish over the next few
years. I grew up in a home were living off of credit cards and having a large
amount of credit card debt was normal. I got my first credit card at age 16
and have been in debt ever since. I have never had a time in my adult life when I
was not in what most would consider pretty significant credit card debt. I’ve never
experienced the feeling of not living paycheck to paycheck.
5.) Travel with Don to Europe: Germany, England, Netherlands,
I would have to say that my recent month long trip to France for work definitely tops
the list of one of the most extreme experiences I have ever had. Although it was a
wonderful trip, I did miss Don. I would have loved to experience my first
international trip with him, but sadly it just did not work out. This makes the list of
10 things I want to accomplish before it’s to late simply because there is a pretty large
age difference between Don and myself. I want to be able to do this while we are
both young enough to fully enjoy everything that international travel has to offer.
6.) Go to Williamsburg Virginia!!
This should have probably been the first thing on my list. I’ve wanted to go to
Williamsburg Virginia for longer than I can remember. I am a history geek. I love
the hands-on type of history like you can experience in Williamsburg. Where people
dress up in period outfits and you get to see them reenact the living conditions of the
7.) Live more of a minimalist life style (have more adventures and less “stuff”).
Just like the debt, this is another area I am making a priority this coming year. The
less “stuff” I have and the end of 2019 the better.
8.) Be financial set so Don can retire.
I often worry that Don will not be able to retire due to our financial situation. He still
has several years to go before he would be able to retire at a normal retirement age,
but my fear is that due to our debt struggle, that he won’t even be able to retire then.
I don’t want him to have to work any longer then he should. Finding the tools to get
into a better financial state is top priority for me in 2019.
9.) Make a point to spend more quality time with family and friends making
Life is just busy. That should not be an excuse to not be spending quality time with
family and friends. I recall just a few years back when I was working overtime
every weekend to try and make more money. I would go into the office and work
every Saturday and sometimes Sundays. We missed so many family events and I
never really made an effort to try and see my friends. I basically would work, eat and
sleep. I missed out on making so many memories during this time. Time is the one
thing you cannot get back and as I already stated, tomorrow is not a guarantee. So
attend that family get together and make those dinner plans with friends.
10.) Be healthier both body and mind. Be off all prescription medications.
This is another work in progress, but I am hoping that changing to the lazy KETO
way of eating and continuing to drop some of this excess weight (down 17 pounds so
far), that this is not so far out of reach. Although I have inherited my high blood
pressure from BOTH parents, I do believe that if I was at a healthy weight, I could
get it under control enough to get off the daily medication. As for the anxiety.. I am
not so sure that will be so cut and dry, but there just has to be a way to calm a mind
without resorting to medication.
So those are my top 10 things I would like to accomplish before it’s too late. Who is to say when “too late” will be. What I do know is that this topic was a fantastic reminder to myself of what is important to me and forces me to start thinking of ways to start taking the steps I need to reach these goals.