By now, it’s no secret that Ron and I love to travel. We don’t do well with sitting still if there’s nothing on the calendar. Looking at our 2018, we have a few things planned and then decided that we would take a trip to a place we’ve never been each month. Twelve trips in twelve months, and we will share it all with you both here and on Instagram.
I don’t want to give all of the locations away, but I will share a few with you! Our first for January is Turks and Caicos, staying at The Shore Club. We’ve both been to the Caribbean but never Turks, and we’ve heard it’s amazing and the water is so much different and clearer than the rest of the islands. It will also be the first international flight in our plane. Tabby the TTX is ready to go. I can’t wait to fly over all of that beauty! The GoPro will definitely be rolling by then so we can share with you from the air.
We also have plans for a fly fishing trip to Alaska when the Sanctuary opens on the Russian River in July. Alaska has always been one of those places that the photos are so stunning I just have to go and experience it. My friend Danae has this strange desire to see a bear. I don’t share that same desire, and I’m just fine with missing out on that experience. Fingers crossed for zero bears in my path. I am totally down for hugging a husky though.
Paris is another on the list, and one that has been top of it for, well..ever. My family is French and I have never been. I want to spend as much time as we can in France and visit where my grandmother grew up, where my mom was born, and try to brush up on my language past my usual asking for directions and ordering an éclair. I have a feeling a one way ticket will be involved on this trip so we can fit in all of the countryside. Return date – unknown. Sounds pretty good to me. (And if I have any distant cousins reading this, get my bed ready.)
We will be going on our yearly family trips like Montauk in the summer, and are usual weekenders to Charleston, but we’re both pumped about exploring new locations. We’ll keep up our ‘GIVING’ portion of traveling with each location, so if you have a non-profit you would like us to feature, let us know!
With each month we will share with you where we’re headed, but we have two months that have been left undecided. We would love to know where you think we should go!
In August, I started a bible study with thirteen high school freshmen. Five months later, it’s undoubtedly one of the best and most fruitful decisions I have ever made. They keep my prayer life consistent and accountable, listing all of them by name as often as possible. They have all brought such a solid joy to my life, and for that I am so thankful.
As we continue the school year, I want to pray for giving them the words they need to hear and letting the Lord shine through every time we are together. They also make me feel really old, so thank you girls for enlightening me on everything that has changed since circa 2007.
Go Back to Type A
I used to be the most type A person you have ever met – schedules on top of calendars on top of checklists. Now I’m the kind of person that reads a text message and thinks she responded five hours ago. With continuing flight certifications and starting school in a few weeks, ain’t nobody got time for that. So I’m breaking out the planners, the check lists, and the voice memos – everything I can to get back on track. I hate being scheduled but that’s what it’s going to have to be to make sure I can fit everything into one day. Over the past few months my workout schedules have gone haywire, and I’m not happy about it. Life is much better when I can get a sweat in.
I feel like this is one that everyone says, but for me it has an important meaning. I’m allergic to everything, and I will always have weekends that we travel, that I want to ignore the allergy and just eat the beignet, or whatever it might be to experience where we are at the moment. But my body hates me for it. So in 2018, I am not going to eat one thing in which I am allergic. God speed, I know.
Finish the Book
If it’s the last thing I do, and hopefully it won’t be, I am delivering a book to you in 2018.
In CycleBar yesterday, our instructor asked us to not think about resolutions – everyone has those. Instead she asked us to think about one thing we’re proud of from 2017. So after writing this entire post, I decided that I liked that better. More positive, more reflective.
Tell me what you are proud of from this year.
For me, I think flying is high on my list. Never in my 28 years of life did I think I would fly an airplane by myself, but I’m doing it every week. That is one of my biggest accomplishments, and a HUGE thank you to my husband for being so supportive the entire way, and my instructor Ryan for letting me almost kill you a few times in the beginning. Ya’ll rock.
Cheers to an AMAZING 2018. Let’s do this.