I love the beginning of the new year. For some reason I enjoy the month of January more than most months. There is something beautiful about the opportunity to look forward at 365 days of opportunity, and begin the pursuit of making dreams come to life in new and challenging ways. Now, ask me what I think of these new opportunities and resolutions in March, and you might get a return glance that says something to the extent of “ask me again and I’ll kick you in the crotch.” Not really. But, sort of.
So Whitney and I have talked a lot over the past month about what we are really hoping to accomplish. I honestly could not think of something I enjoy more than hashing out our dreams over the many meals and drinks that we have been able to share-they remind me how beautiful life can be when shared with the most wonderful person ever.
Anyway… enough sappy talk. (happy valentine’s day, sweet cheeks!) Here is our list of the year twothousandniner. (I’ll be vague. You don’t want the details, I can imagine.)
-Read way more. Which=cancelling cable. Oh the freedom.
-Make a baby…errrr… I mean… practice making a baby. 😉
-Travel the international. (hopefully our trajectory can continue to be an every other year international sort of thing-which would=this year).
-Shoot our brains out. And by shoot, I intended to imply with our cameras. Personal. Not work.
-Consume less. Seriously. We live in a country that thinks very little about how much we take and how little we give. We hope to be a small piece of change. This one is big.
-Get healthier. Whitney already works out like a champ. Ben is a champ at things like wii. Baby steps, people. Baby steps.
-Debt free. I’ll repeat that one with a bit more dramatic tone. Debt. Free. Thats right. Bring it.
-Blog. Like. Crazy. I’m putting this one here so that I now have the accountability of the ENTIRE world (or the 12 of you). At least 3 posts per week. Hey-it worked when I set out for everyday in August. I figure telling the world (or the 12 of you) I’m gonna do it will help get some traction…
-Solitude. One day a month. Shut off the world. This one is my personal deal. Much needed.
-Laugh at something-or with someone-everyday.
-Launch the commercial side of Brighten and small little personal project that is bouncing around in my head…
-Love. Vague? Yes. But if we can grow our capacity to love at the rate of a good 401K, we will die incredibly rich people. Far more rich than any amount of $ could ever offer.
Here’s to the rest of twothousandniner and actually putting our resolutions down on paper in February. Cheers friends!
I leave you with a splendid memory from our trip to hawaii in 2008….
Apparently my eyes don’t open under water…