|Photo from the inside of my Conscious Box (trial)|
I haven't always made New Year's resolutions but I like the reason why we make them: to improve and enrich our lives. I'm very much a self-starting and ambitious (now 25 year old!) woman so setting goals is something that is right up my alley. Some years I have made a list of a dozen resolutions and other years I've only made one that encompassed everything I wanted to improve on (and that was set in 2011 with 'use my time more wisely.') It's easy to think about all the things you want to improve or achieve for yourself in a given year but if you don't take small consistent steps to position yourself where you want to be, it's highly likely that you won't achieve the results you want. So, that's what I'm sticking to this year: taking small steps to achieve my goals and become a little more of the woman God wants me to be.
|My fortune on 12-31-13 (New Year's Eve) at dinner|
Now, without further ado, here are my main goals for 2014. (Details subject to change as the year goes on.)
1. Stay organized.
|My room before. There is no after picture....yet.|
2. DON'T MISS FLIGHTS!
5. Build my translation portfolio
The career path I ultimately want to have is to be a Spanish-English translator. One day I'll throw Portuguese into the mix but I have a lot of room for improvement with that language before I can do that. Anyway, the best way to gain experience in the translation field is to practice, practice, practice! I'm playing around with the idea of creating blog entirely in Spanish but I haven't sketched out any of the details of what it might look like yet. I have several ideas of the directions it could go but haven't had the time to sit down and make any decisions.
The important thing is for me to gain experience in translating more things from Spanish to English. Since I didn't start working on this goal sooner, I will strive to translate at least 200 words a day every day starting next month. Once I create the extra blog (which will probably be done in Wordpress), I will share it with you guys! For now, stay tuned for updates on it and please feel free to share any tips or ideas with me if you have experience translating articles and/or documents. :)
6. Invest my time, energy and money in other people
If you're reading this, chances are you have invested your time, energy, resources, words or money into my own life. You're reading this post so that's an investment right there! The point is, so many people have played both big and small parts in my successes so far that I want to give back. I don't know exactly how I will be able to do this but I want to make this a goal for this year. I want to be in a position where I can take someone out to lunch, buy them a cup of coffee (or tea!) or frozen yogurt, help them pay for something they don't have any money for or simply just to spend time with them and listen to what is going on in their life. Countless people have done these things for me, sometimes repeatedly, and I want to do something for them or someone else.
One of the ways I want to do this is raise some money for my Camino journey so that I can use that money to pay for other travelers places to stay or meals or drinks. Or buy them another stick, jacket, umbrella, water bottle, etc. when theirs breaks or gets lost. People from all over the world walk the Camino for many different reasons. However, I think the traditional walking to strengthen your faith in God is not as popular as walking it to enjoy nature is. I believe that the journey is more meaningful with the former but that's just my opinion. The fact that I am fit, young and willing to go on this journey puts me in a position to hopefully do things for the people that I meet along the way. I don't know how this will all play out but once I get the plans firmed up to go (probably by April), I will create a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money. Keep in touch with me if you'd like to be a part of this or want to share any ideas you might have about how I can be a blessing while on the Camino.
Thanks for reading if you made it this far. It's going to be a full and exciting year! Let's get started. :-)