2017 New Year’s Resolutions/Goals/Dreams

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One of the best things about 2016 was this little guy making his way into the world!

Ha! I can’t believe it’s been an ENTIRE year since I posted on this blog. I’ve written a few times, but never sent those posts live because I was WAY TOO SCARED for what I wrote to be put out in the open.

Before I write my 2017 resolutions/goals/dreams, let’s take a sec to recap how 2016’s stuff went…if you know me personally and read this blog,Ā I ask you to respectfully keep my secrets secret.

1. Find a career/job that lets me directly help people/work with animals/protect the environment while not always sitting at a desk

YEP!!!!!!!!! I spent the summer studying animal-assisted therapy, and now I’m back in college studying to become a Child and Youth Care Practitioner. During my first semester, I did an amazing placement at the Elementary school in the town that I moved to (we moved in the summer). Also, just to brag a bit, my average was 97… This semester, I’m doing a placement at another school, this time it’s a few towns over. I start on January 9th, and I’m pretty excited, and also a bit nervous!

2. Have a baby

BIG FAT NOPE. I almost did, but we lost it šŸ˜¦ (this is the secret that I hope you won’t share). That would be what I wrote about but didn’t want to send live. My sister had a baby,Ā and we got 2 dogs, though.

3. Ring in 2017 without a hangover

YEP!!!!!!!!!!!! Because we’re TTC, I’m not drinking nearly as much as I used to, and when I do, it basically sucks. This New Year’s my husband and I “celebrated” New Years’ Eve at home, by ourselves, and I fell asleep on the couch at 9:30 pm.

4. Run a 5k, 10k, and half marathon

KINDA! I ran a personal worst at the ScotiaBankĀ Toronto Waterfront (Half) Marathon this year. I’m impressed that I was actually able to race, even if my time was the slowest it’s ever been. I signed up for thisĀ race after our loss – I desperately needed something to focus on that wasn’t getting pregnant again and that was within my control. I honestly didn’t think I’d be able to race because I thought I’d be pregnant, but that never happened and I trained (when I could will myself to do so) all summer. It was bittersweet crossing that finishing line because I was happy to be racing again (really missed running during our year of travel), was happy that I was doing this with my mom, and was so, so sad that we lost our baby and that there was no sign of a new one on the way. I had to choke back the tears as I neared the 19km mark.

5. Make a bucket list that doesnā€™t involve travel

NOPE. 2016 was ruled by TTC and it’s been pretty difficult to think outside of that.

6. Write one (min) blog post per week for Charlie Travels

BIG FAT NOPE. I haven’t looked at the blog nevermind written a post since we got back from travelling. My phone (and thus EVERY SINGLE PICTURE we took during our year in Central and South America) got stolen, get this, the DAY BEFORE WE FLEW HOME!!!!!!! So…I felt a bit defeated. I had dreams of going through the pictures, and writing posts as the memories came rushing back. But that’s not possible as we lost all of our pictures.

So, I managed to achieveĀ some but not all of 2016’s resolutions, resolutions that I don’t even remember making, might I add – so that’s pretty good šŸ™‚ I’m happy with what I accomplished, especially the first one because that’s given meaning back to my life.

For 2017, I haveĀ a few things that I’d like to accomplish:

  1. Have a baby or run a full marathon.

This is an either or because if last year taught me anything, it’s that the whole having a baby thing is WAY fucking harder that I imagined it would be. I’ve decided to set my sights on a full marathon because I’ve never done one before! I want to experience the feeling of bliss (and agony) after accomplishing something that I didn’t think was possible. I know I can run a half marathon, and I can do with without training too much, so I need something that will absolutely push me to the limits. I have no idea if I can run an entire marathon, especially with my bad hips, but dammit, I’m going to train! I ordered a treadmill that was supposed to arrive yesterday but got lost (thanks, Amazon!) so they’re sending a new one which should be here in 2 weeks’ time.

2. List our spare rooms on Air BnB by May 2017

3. Cook one vegan dinner per week.

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New Year’s Resolutions for 2016

In no particular order:

1. Find a career/job that lets me directly help people/work with animals/protect the environment while not always sitting at a desk
2. Have a baby

3. Ring in 2017 without a hangover

4. Run a 5k, 10k, and half marathon

5. Make a bucket list that doesn’t involve travel

6. Write one (min) blog post per week for Charlie Travels

Good luck!

Xo

Travelling Has Lost it’s Charm

I don’t want to live out of a backpack anymore. I don’t want to sleep in different beds all the time. I don’t want to wear the same ugly clothes everyday. I don’t want my skin to look disgusting anymore. I don’t want to eat millions of buns or bowls of regular pasta anymore. I don’t want to wear hideous crocs or stretched out jeans. I don’t want to wake up to someone else’s noises. I don’t want to have to hope that the meal I just ate won’t send me vomiting for the next 12 hours. I don’t want to live in constant fear of losing hot water. I don’t want to be unable to plan for the future. 
I want my house. My bed. My clothes. I want to be able to buy and wear make up. I want to run. I want to workout. I want to visit my family. I want to see my friends. I want to plan for the future. I want to easily buy vitamins. I want a proper hair cut. I want some stability and certainty. I want to eat healthy food. And protein shakes. I want to run another race.

I don’t want to travel. I think I’m done. So done. 

New Years Resolutions I Should Have Ā Posted Months Ago

I wasn’t going to make any New Year’s Resolutions this year because…well to be honest, I like myself and it seems like every Resolution is something about being a NEW YOU. It’s so ridiculous and sets you up for disappointment. Like, I know I’d be waking up on January 1st the same person so why bother?

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about it a little more – the Resolution part, not the NEW YOU part. My Resolutions this year – albeit starting a little late —  are all about being the REAL ME. Here are my Resolutions, and how they’ll help me be the REAL ME.

Resolution #1: Stop Paying Unnecessary Banking Fees By Withdrawing Money From My Bank Only

Despite the fact that I’ll drop $200 on shampoo and conditioner, I’m a little cheap. Paying fees to withdraw money from banks that aren’t mine is a ridiculous waste of money. My mom ingrained this in my head during my broke-ass university years. And yet…for the sake of convenience, I’ve paid a lot of fees over the last couple of years. Not anymore, my friends! I’m keeping my $1.95 + whatever my bank charges me from now on.

Resolution #2: Take the Hard Route More Often – Starting With Travelling Minimally

I get painfully bored easily (I know, I know, only boring people get bored) when life is easy. I thrive on the struggle. So I’m going to create my own struggles. I need to iron this one out a little (a lot) bit more, but I can foresee this taking the shape of LESS TECHNOLOGY and more elbow grease. And also, more stairs. I’ve already decided that I’ll be travelling minimally this coming year. I traded in my 55L+ backpack for a 45L pack. The struggle will be real and there’s no going back now!

Resolution #3: Be More Aware

What a stupid ass Resolution eh? How can you measure that, you might be wondering. Well, this is it: I am very horrible with directions because I DO NOT PAY ATTENTION TO ANYTHING. I’m deathly afraid of getting lost whilst travelling and as such, don’t venture out alone. That’s not really problem because my husband is not only an excellent navigator, but also a wonderful travel buddy. However, I love running and he doesn’t – at all. Not one bit. So if I want to run while I’m away, I’m going to have to pay to attention to where I’m going so I can get home and not end up in some unfriendly gringo hating barrio and get myself killed.

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living room 2

open concept living room

BBQ

bathroom charming bathroom

second bedroom

second bedroom

master bedroom

master bedroom

patio

Private rooftop patio

kitchen 2

kitchen with tons of storage space!

hallwayĀ  kitchenĀ Ā living room washer

Under Siege and I Don’t Know Why

#SydneySeige #PeshawarAttack

Taliban…ISIS…terrorist…hostage…dead…wounded…beheading…

What is going? No really…I ask sincerely.

What has causedĀ the explosion of ideologically motivated violence? The freelance terrorists? The threats on (mostly) peaceful people? WhyĀ is hate flourishing in the hearts of so many people around the world?

I ask sincerely because I want to understand. I want to know the root causes – this is a manifestation of something. It did not come from nowhere. Is it desperation? Is it for attention? It is out of fear? Jealously? It’s got to be something…there is no way it’s nothing.

And what can we do about it? I’m sure if we all just surrendered that nothing would change. There’s not a single part of me that believes that would make a difference. So that’s not an option. And talking isn’t an option – have you listened to them? They are mad men.

And yet, people are so drawn to these people who are bat shit crazy. What on earth are they living through, feeling on the inside, that makesĀ the hate, violence, cause (whatever it is) so appealing?

What the Saxophone Means

That beauty right there, that’s a saxophone. I haven’t come across one of those since I was in grade 6 – that’s basically the beginning of my life. And yet, that musical instrument appeared in my dreams last night.Ā Well, by way of a mention from my husband’s mouth.

I thought it was rather curious that he mentioned it because it has no meaning in our lives together. As I said, the last time I saw one was in grade 6…when I was 11. That was 18 years ago (holy shit).

So what does it mean?

To see or play a saxophone in your dream indicates that there is something you need to express from deep within your soul. Perhaps you have made a deep connection with someone.

Coupled with my prison and bullet dreams, it’s pretty clear thatĀ I need to start letting my thoughts and words leave my mouth. And yes, I do suppress them. In my head, they’re screaming to get out – and now it’s spilling over into my dreams.