Happy New Year!

I am a list maker.  I have a ‘to do’ list for everything.  Seriously, I have a daily list, cleaning the house list, grocery list, my lifelong ‘to do’ list; you name it, I have a list for it.  So it is no shocker that I make a list of New Year’s resolutions.  The OCD comes in when I make a personal resolution list and a professional resolution list.  Don’t call in the professionals just yet, I find my list useful and helpful.  It keeps my wild thoughts on track.  All of these plans have already started.  It just so happens the timing hits in 2014!

My person list (because it is more exciting than the professional list):

  1. Go somewhere I have never been is on the list every year.  It is always first, and it is the most important thing in my life.  I have to experience a new place each year.  This year, I am going to Myanmar.  I leave in 2 weeks, and I couldn’t be more excited.  I am ready for a mind blowing experience.
  2. I always like to learn a new, sweet skill.  At least it sounds like a good idea, and then it fades fast when I realize I am actually going to need to practice in a real way.  Well, I have been taking guitar lessons, and in 2014 I am going to be able to rock out!  This truly has been on my list for a long time.  I tried in college and hated it.  My girlfriends told me to get a better looking teacher, I agreed and after 1 lesson, I quit.  So 14 years later, here I am revisiting an old goal.  My approach is a bit different this time, I asked a grad from the Music Academy in LA, and also my cousin, Boz Fisher.   Thank god he agreed (my Christmas present), I am actually learning.  I am on my 3rd lesson.  I have learned 6 chords.  I practice every day.  Cheers to the Prof Boz Fisher, thanks for not letting me slack off!  You are an excellent teacher!  Thank you.
  3. Spend more alone in the wilderness or at least a quite spot- I love City living and would never have it any other way, and because of that, I need to plan time to get out of the city and slow down for a minute.  A few years ago when I moved back to the STL full-time, I went through a stage (during my first winter in one place) where I went hiking somewhere in Crazytown, MO each weekend.  The cover photo of this post was taken on a hike in Missouri, it’s beautiful!  A drive out of the city and a walk in silence usually puts me in a great place.  Strangely enough, this  I will actually have to work on and schedule into my daily life.  Yes, I will write on my ‘to do’ list.  It might also be a good idea to plan a trip to the West Coast this summer for some outdoor adventures and relaxation time.
  4. Tourist in my home town-  I am going to learn as much about St. Louis City history as possible.  Some may even call it fanatical.  250 years of stories we are walking on in St. Louis!  There are some fascinating, sometimes strange and also horrific things that went on in this city!  The Lemp Family alone can provide years of stories!  St. Louis History is a major part of my 2014 reading list in 2014.

Whatever your plans or goals are in 2014, I wish you health, happiness and prosperity!

Happy New Year!