I’m a great lover of lists, but recently I’ve realised I don’t use them to their greatest advantage. Instead of noting down ‘buy some milk’ or ‘drop my washing off at the laundry’, I figured it would be better to make a ‘life list’. Gaz always harps on at me about the need to create a six month plan if you want to achieve big changes in your life, and after four years of ignoring him, I’ve realised he’s right. After all, the long-term goals he set enabled us to save money, pack up and leave the UK (twice)! So, as the new year draws in, here’s my list of things to do in 2014 (in no particular order)…
1) Swim with Mantas
This has been a dream of mine since I began scuba diving. I am now in one of the world’s hottest spots for Manta spotting and it’s high-season, whoopee! I might even get this one crossed off before new year!
2) Sell some more rum
This statement is a tad ambiguous, and the list should probably contain more definitive goals, but even if we manage to sell a few more cases I’ll be happy. Especially as we’re still currently battling with another rum brand, for our UK trademark. (If you don’t know anything about our rum business visit PiratesGrogRum.com to find out more.)
3) Conquer surfing
I’ve been learning to surf for around a month now and although a fair amount of progress has been made, I can’t wait for that day when I can go out on a small board and whip up and down a wave. I feel 2014 will provide THAT day!
4) Invest time in my friendships
Currently this one is a bit tricky as I’m approximately 8000 miles away from most of my friends. I know there’s Facebook and Skype but it’s just not the same, and it’s funny how being so far away makes you value your friendships even more. So when I arrive back in the UK I’ll be making sure I spend a lot of time spoiling and treating those who mean the most to me.
5) Get a dog
This one is only possible IF I get a house. So technically No.5 should read ‘Get a house’, but that sounds way too scary, so for now we’ll stick with ‘get a dog’.
6) Monetise THIS blog
I started this blog because I wanted our friends and family to be able to keep up to date with our travels (back in 2011) However when we took the decision to move to WordPress.org in late-2012 we had no idea what we were letting ourselves in for. It seemed so simple, move to .org and host some ads and make some money, easy! Erm, NO! As most bloggers will tell you, running a blog is pretty much a full-time job. Between Gaz and I we spend at least 20 hours a week maintaining, updating and circulating our blog, and it’s only small! Because we invest so much time into it, we’d really like to make sure we’re getting a small amount back from it, just to help cover our time, until then it will continue on as a ‘labour of love’.
7) See my brother
My older brother left to go traveling around 3 years ago… and never came back! He’s having a great time exploring Australasia and has had a ton of experiences most people could only wish for. However it would be really nice to see him again and I don’t want three years to turn into four, or five, or more!
8) Have an article published elsewhere
I am always writing, writing for clients, writing for the blog, writing emails, etc. One day I would really like to write a proper article, that takes time, research, consideration, re-writing, i.e. a piece of work that I am really proud to read over and over again. Something I can submit to a website or magazine and it be worthwhile of publication.
9) Learn to ride a scooter
I’m a complete scooter-noob. So far I’ve had one lesson (from Gaz) and it didn’t go too well, so thus far in Bali, I’ve been using Gaz as a personal taxi service. BUT, all that’s going to change because in 2014 I need to reinstate my independent woman status and learn to ride a scooter.
10) Figure out what to do in life
This is probably my biggest goal. At 26 (nearly 27) I’m enjoying life, as I always have been. I’m a party girl, always looking for ways to get the next thrill or find the next adventure, but in recent times there’s that niggling feeling that perhaps this lifestyle can’t be forever and one day soon I might want a home and a family.
What’s on your list for 2014? Take a trip, change careers or paint the house…?