As 2016 ended and a new year began, we reflected on the past year. Some of us wish that we could have done more in our business, been a better spouse, and contributed more to charities. We make new years resolutions because we want to change things in our lives but we do not keep up with these resolutions for the whole year.
Sometimes we don’t even come close. We fall back into our old routines and then you look back on the past year and think that we didn’t really accomplish much. So instead of making a new year’s resolutions that you probably will not keep for long – say “I am going to something memorable this year.”
The Appalachian Trail is a 2,200 mile trail that extends from Georgia to Maine. The trail is the longest hiking only trail in the world. Thousands of hikers attempt to hike the entire trail in a year but only one in four make the journey and if you do accomplish this task, you become part of the “2000-miler” club. While hiking the entire trail would take about 5 to 7 months and you may not have the time to spare, there are certainly many places on the trail worth visiting. My two favorites are Mount Washington State Park in New Hampshire and Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.
I have always been a fan of traveling to foreign cities rather than just relaxing on the beach on a Caribbean island. While its great to unwind and just relax in the sun, to me that is not as memorable as visiting something historic. But if you do want to visit the beach AND do something historic, you can visit Rio and see the Christ The Redeemer or Chichen Itza in Mexico and get the best of both worlds.
Even if you are not a fan of the teams playing in the Super Bowl it will be an experience you will have for a lifetime. While going to a major sporting event such as the Super Bowl can be really costly, you can say to your friends I was there. I remember some major sporting events that I have gone to over the years such as the PGA, US Open in tennis & Golf, and the Rose Bowl. Try heading to a playoff game to see one of your favorite teams or a national event such as the Daytona 500, US Open (tennis or golf) or the Kentucky Derby.
When you accomplish something that you have set out to do, it can feel quite rewarding. Try to find something you have never done before but you always wanted to and go do it! Maybe you wanted to take a class in college but you couldn’t fit it into your schedule. I would recommend you look into Coursera. Coursera works with universities and other organizations to provide courses (some free) with a number of subjects ranging from Music Production to Chicken Behavior and Welfare (Yes that is a course created by the University of Edinburough). You never know what you could add into your schedule until you look.
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