2015 New Year Resolutions

I did very well last year with my resolutions but I feel that I expected a little too much from myself. I decided to give myself a fair shot this year by setting goals but not insurmountable ones. Since I have the unique opportunity to be living in Italy right now, it only makes sense that many of my goals for this coming year revolve around travel and adventures. Here is my list!

  1. Visit 3 New Countries – My husband and I are already planning our trips to Greece and San Marino. Please leave me a comment if you have any travel suggestions.
  2. Check off 5 More Items off our Travel Bucket List – Our world travel bucket list is extensive and continues to grow every year. Hopefully we can continue to put a little dent in it.
  3. Attend the 2015 World’s Fair – I will have the wonderful opportunity to live reasonably close to this year’s world’s fair as it is being held in Milan, Italy. I have never been to a world’s fair and am very excited about experiencing it.
  4. Climb Mt. Vesuvius – I want to do this climb for two reasons. I have never seen a volcano up close. I just read a little interesting fact about it that I did not know. Mt. Vesuvius is the only active volcano on Europe’s mainland. My second reason for doing this climb is that I have suffered from a crippling fear of heights when hiking in the past. It is not the height so much that bothers me as the fear of falling. I feel that this climb is something I want to do so much because I want to be able to see inside the volcano that I might actually succeed in overcoming my fear.
  5. Read 50 Books – I of course love to read. If I did not have so many other obligations, I would probably read a lot more than I do. I did not quite read 50 books in 2014 but am pretty confident that I will be able to in 2015.
  6. Read at Least One Nonfiction – When I was in school, I read so many Nonfiction books. Since I have been out of school, I tend to read less and less Nonfiction, and I would like to change that. I feel that Nonfiction will inspire me to continue to learn about places, people and events and will stimulate my mind.
  7. Lose Weight – This is such a boring resolution, but since moving to Italy I have enjoyed more than my share of pastries and pasta.
  8. Write 20 Blog Posts – I use this blog as not just a way to inform friends and family about my adventures and learning experiences, but as a way that I will also remember my time in Italy and elsewhere.
  9. Study Italian at least 5 hours a week – While I speak Italian well enough to do the necessary shopping and ordering of food, I would very much like to be conversationally semi-fluent by the end of 2015. I think this would add a lot to my Italian experience.
  10. Continue to earn money through Swagbucks – In 2014, I found a website called Swagbucks that really has been financially beneficial to me. I have been so pleased with it that I even wrote a blog post about it a few months ago. See it here.
  11. Sell one of my pictures – I love traveling and documenting travel through my camera. I recently learned of opportunities to make money with my photos and why not make money doing something I love.
  12. DIY Projects with Wine Corks – Since moving to Italy, I have collected a lot of wine corks. We definitely love Tuscan wines. I want to use our wine corks to display photos, etc. throughout our home in 2015. This project will also allow me to grow creatively.

I believe that 2015 will be a year of growing both creatively and intellectually. I embrace the challenges that this year will bring and very much look forward to the adventures that will be had.

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