What is in store for 2015?

Happy New Year and may it be your best one yet!

2014 has been an emotional up and down whirlwind, but one thing I learned from all of the low moments is that I am going to live my life and I am going to push it full steam ahead and hope for the best. You are never guaranteed tomorrow.

This year I have a lot of plans and I am seriously going to try and stick to every single one of them, but as you know with me you never know what you are going to get. I may cancel I may add… this will be a year of no regrets!

First this year’s New Year’s Resolutions 

-Get my book published! More on that soon promise!
-Travel as much as possible, umm duh!
-Visit 6 new states
-Visit three new countries (I think I will 😉 )
-Read 200 books.
-Save money
-Continue volunteering at the homeless shelter

So what do I have planned? Let’s get to it!  I have a very ambitious year planned so it will be interesting to see if I accomplish it all 🙂 I do want to note, these are plans but some are not quite concrete… just yet.  These are goals, but even as I right this I am debating moving my second volunteer trip around and into 2016… 

In a week I am spending a weekend in the Big Easy for Wizard World’s New Orleans Comic Con.  Everyone that has been with me for a while knows I am a uber nerd, and I am excited to experience con in a new city… Wonder who I will meet? Also I am planning on cosplaying at this con.  eek!

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March 29 through April 11th I am going to…

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Ecuador. Confession: when it came to deciding where I wanted to go in 2015, Ecuador wasn’t high on my list but as I was trying to decide where I wanted to volunteer, I knew I had to go to South America.  When it came time to decide where, I am not sure why but Ecuador stuck with me.  I have of course utilized my favorite volunteer organization, IVHQ and I can’t wait to go!  Any tips on where I should go?   I can’t decide what to do on the weekend  so I am very much open to suggestions. I am still planning and working on deciding exactly where I want to go.  This country is so diverse and it is VERY hard making these decisions.

June 19th I am jetting off to Sacramento CA where I am going to another Wizard World Comic Con.  Another confession, the ONLY reason I am going to this con is because Chris Hemsworth has been to this con for the past 2 years.  I know I am a serious FANGIRL but I am hoping he goes again this year, knowing my luck probably not but whatever I love California  shoot I might go spend a day at Disney, I don’t care if it is a drive 🙂

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I have other things planned, they are just not concrete plans… yet.

This year took a lot of planning and some serious sacrifices.  I never went to happy hour and I watched more TV with my dad than I care to admit, but looking at my plans for this year… I am pretty sure all of it will be worth it 🙂

As always my plans change, and who knows what else I will throw into the mix.  I also had to hunt for DIRT cheap flights and book them when I could. It really has been a crazy year.

I plan on sharing “budget” posts because believe me I am not loaded.  This all came with a lot of planning and I want you to see with a little planning and research you can go anywhere your heart desires 🙂 Don’t believe me just google budget RTW travel… and you can see that you can travel too.

Also I am really going to try and get some sort of a healthy lifestyle change going on.  Last year I never really felt a 100% and I know it is because I consumed large quantities of caffeine, never exercised and ate crappy.  So while doing all of this I am going to try and focus on making healthier choices and try to get back to feeling 100% which I suppose is way more important than the traveling 🙂 (maybe)

What do you have planned this year?

What should I read?

Until next time,

XOX

My year in Review

When I started 2014, I knew the odds of me having an amazing year were high. While the year ended on a down moment and very sad moments. This year without a doubt was a very busy one, and I can’t believe everything I did this year and I am grateful I was able to do what I did.  While this ended as a very emotionally charged year it still had a lot of positives and for this post I am going to focus on the positives.

Right after the New Year started, I found myself in  Antigua Guatemala where I was able to work on a coffee farm and met some of the most amazing people I have met in a long time.

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I came home for about a week, and then I was off to Disney to celebrate my brother’s birthday.

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Then in April, I found myself back in Florida again… but this time rained on and of course that didn’t get me down 🙂

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I went to my first con of the year, Dallas Comic Con where I met Nathan Fillion (very briefly!!) , Ron Glass, Adam Baldwin (for the 4th time!),  Sean Maher & Gena Torres (yeah I am browncoat!!)

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I secretly jetted off to Florida again where I battled Vader at Star Wars Weekends in Orlando and what I am considering my second con of they year 🙂

 

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June 6-8th I visited my momma in Phoenix Arizona where I spent some R&R and quality time with my mom at Phoenix Comic Con and met Adam West (with slight drama but no fault to him) and Burt Ward, who was AWESOME.

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I developed a huge nerdy crush on Chris Evans…. seriously, could he have a better face? As I am writing this I am realizing it might be unhealthy.  Just kidding 🙂 Well kinda, kidding anyway.  Ok… maybe you should pretend I didn’t mention this…

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sighs… Seriously he might quite possibly be the hottest man on the planet… OK sorry I will stop talking about Mr. Evans now

OK moving on…

I then took off to Hawaii where I had a great Daddy -Daughter trip.  Hawaii is awesome, ya’ll

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I jetted off to San Francisco the first weekend of December  where I attempted to Napoleon San Fran (Not recommended) but had a great time with great friends!

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Fun of Facts of 2014:

New Countries Visited: Guatemala
New States Visited: Hawaii
Total Comic Book Conventions: 3 (gasp I know straight shameful)

I also tackled ONE of my New Year’s Resolutions, I read a 150 books this year!  (which was a bucket list thing too!)

 

Favorite Photos from 2014

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Realizing I can make a difference

The  past year I have heard the following phrases from numerous people

“You need a job so you can travel”

“You need to quit your job”

“You want to save the world” This one is typically followed by a laugh but encouragement

“You should pursue your passion”

 

It is no big secret that I am not a fan of my current job, at the same time I realize that I have to work hard to experience the things I want to experience. I also understand that the reason I am most unhappy is because I feel I never help people that really need help.

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I also know that it is time for a change, but I do not want to work for another insurance company.

I have been racking my brain trying to figure out what I can do that would allow me to:

A: Help people, not a corporation
B: Allow me to travel
C: to find passion

I have decided to pursue a Fair Trade business endeavor.

This will take time, and I do not expect any form of success over night, but I feel this is the best way that not only can I actually help those that are truly in desperate need, I can travel to learn about those who are in desperate need.

I for once I can be the change I want to see in the world.

I will write more in the future and I do plan on sharing what I learn.  I am just starting this up, but I know this is the right choice for me.  I know this will take time, but I will share more on this in the future.

Until Next Time,
XOXO

 

Just escape the cubicle already

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