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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

22 Before 23- A Reflection

I started making goal lists for each year when I was 21. I really like having things to work towards and reflect on at the end of the year. My birthday is this Saturday, which means that I am wrapping up year 22.

It's been a busy year, and a lot of things have happened that I couldn't even predict on a goal list, like a 5,000 mile road trip through 12 states and moving to Portland. With those things taking up my time, money, and energy, I didn't achieve a lot of my goals. But in the spirit of positivity, I decided to go over the goals that I did achieve.

1. Publish at least one article
Yes! I interned at a local online magazine, bePortland, and published several articles. Some of my favorites are here, here, and here.

5. Take more pictures
Success! The blog is really helpful motivation, but I have become much more accustomed to pulling out my phone to snap some pictures. Instagram helps.

8. 20 essays or poems
If you count blog posts and magazine articles...

10. Garage sale with Mama and Grammie
Done! I love going to yard sales with my mother and her mom. We like to get great deals in the ritzy parts of town.

12. Go to the coast.
 Yes! I've been to Seaside, OR, and Cannon Beach, OR, and will be at my grandparent's coastal property for my birthday this weekend.

13. Go to a concert.
Yep. Caught a concert with my friend Jordyn.

15. Day long hike & camp
I never got the gear for backpacking, but I did complete an all-day 13 mile hike in the Tetons last summer.

18. Create a small wardrobe of outdoorsy clothing
I have had pretty good luck in the Goodwill active section and found some REI yoga pants, a Smartwool base layer  and Patagonia leggings. I really need a waterproof jacket next.

21. Maintain a lifestyle & adventure blog
Yeah! Here we are.

As I mentioned above, I am taking a long weekend at my grandparent's property for my birthday. It is really secluded, and totally without wifi and cell service. It is also one of my favorite places in the world. I think it is a perfect way to round off this totally wild, ecstatic, stressful, wanderlusting, neurotic, plugged-in, adventurous year. 

See you on the other side.

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