2018 goals, here we go.

According to the Japan Times, “Japanese used to believe that Toshigami, a god bringing good luck, appeared with the first sunrise of the year.” Also known as 初日の出, or hatsuhinode, today, this remains a popular and meaningful event for many Japanese people. This year, thanks to my energetic, early-rising dogs, I was lucky enough to catch mine above off my back deck. In light of the new year and reflecting on my 2017 rollercoaster, I thought it only appropriate to set my intentions for 2018.

In no particular order…..

  • Learn conversational Russian.
  • Visit three new countries.
  • Coach and/or mentor 5-10 young people.
  • Find an additional mentor for myself.
  • Acquire the license for TEDxAUCA and start organizing.
  • Skype or FaceTime with my immediate family members once a week.
  • Create a Diplohack event in Bishkek.
  • Walk normally on both feet with absolutely zero pain.
  • Volunteer with two organizations in my community.
  • Reduce. Donate six boxes of stuff.
  • Read 20 books for pleasure.
  • Stretch my interpersonal muscles by seeking out work with those I might not ordinarily interact with.
  • Do a no-spend challenge.
  • Continue to acknowledge those around me for all they do.
  • Exercise at a local gym 3-4 times per week.
  • Narrow down the “start my own business” options.
  • Take 3-5 MOOCs.
  • Give more and better hugs. 🙂

2017 was chock-full of surprises and therefore, I shouldn’t expect anything less from 2018. Embracing uncertainty can be a positive, if challenging, way to respond to them. Still, here’s to avoiding any and all trapeze this year!

May your 2018 be bright, full of possibilities and wonder with people you cherish. As for me, it’s time to trust the magic of new beginnings…

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