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2018 Goals

In traditional fashion it is time for my for my annual”what I want to accomplish in the next year” post.  These are always funny to me because to be frank, I rarely accomplish half the crap I say I will mostly because I have a serious case of shiny object syndrome and change my mind as quick as the weather in Texas (which by the way it was 12 degrees yesterday… I mean the hell?).

That being said I do have some ideas that I would like to tackle and if I am able to I will.  If I do accomplish them the year will be pretty outstanding but if I don’t it will still be fun to reflect on my crazy notions.

Some of these goals are reaching but it will be fun to see what happens.

So without further ado my goals

  1. I would like to visit 5-8 new countries next year.    

My reasoning behind this is I am trying to make it to 40 countries before I am 40.  This is a pretty big bucket list goal.  I am 35 and I have 5 years left.   In order to hit my goal I need to visit 5.8 (like I can visit an eighth of a country lol)  countries a year until I am 40.    I currently have ideas for a few easy and quick trips.   Hopefully I can pull them off.     Wish me luck.

2. Read 250 books this year. 

I am back to commuting so the beauty of that is I can listen to a lot of audio books.   I love stories so I am not sure if this is even remotely feasible but I will try.

3. Read a book set in every South American & Caribbean Country.

It is no secret I love books set in destinations.  I have already read a book set in every state and Central American country, so it only makes sense to finish off the Western hemisphere.

4.  Save 6k.  

Yes while I am still planning on traveling as much as I can I do have a goal to teach abroad.  6k is my “willing to leave at anytime goal” and I do plan on saving it this year.   This will leave 2019 for me to save more and travel as much of the Western Hemisphere as I can.   I would like to be pretty much done with this part of the world when I move to Asia.   Call me ambitious. 😉

5. Pay off my car. 

Part of moving abroad plan is to be able to sell my car, that being said I would really like to not have a car payment in 2019 as that will allow me save the majority of my income.  So I am going to be very aggressive with my car this year.

6.  Pay off my toll debt

Groans.  I don’t think I need to explain this.

7.  Start my YouTube channel. 

I don’t know this seems fun, I mean internet trolls can be jerks but you know I think it would be fun to make videos of places I visit.

So there you go my goals for the New Year.  What are your goals? 

 

 

Movie Monday

For my New Year’s Resolution I said I was going to tackle the AFI’s 100 Greatest Films List I have been slacking on this list quite a bit and have barely made a dent, and we are almost HALF way through this year. Lucky for me,  I have seen a lot of movies on this list already.   AFI recently changed the list but I am going to stick to my original list, because that is the one I wanted to conquer.   So starting today I am dedicating Monday’s to this list (and any other great movie I have seen this past weekend)  I saw Captain American for the fifth time this weekend so I won’t bore you with those details.  I don’t want to turn this into another fangirl post or rant 🙂

My goal is to start with number 100 and work my way down, so without further ado.  Here is my thoughts on

Number 100- Yankee Doodle Dandy

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When I decided to watch this on Amazon the other night I didn’t realize what it was about, I thought it was about a big Fourth of July celebration up north or something.  I really had no clue what I was getting into.   For those of you that don’t know like me it is about George M Cohan, who is known as “The Man Who Owned Broadway.”

I understand why the movie is on the list, it has great acting, it is well cast and great musical numbers.  It just isn’t my cup of tea and I found myself nodding off during it.  I did enjoy the dance numbers, but I always enjoy the dancing.

Number 99 Guess Who is Coming to Dinner
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I loved this film. I loved this film to the point I started researching it. If you are not aware, this film was made in 1967 and tackled interracial marriage/relationships. An issue that is STILL very relevant today. I found it interesting that back then it took a very liberal stance (for the time period) on the topic. I found the characters refreshing, and the movie is worth seeing. I am also a huge fan of Sidney Poitier, and I am very ashamed to admit I have never seen this movie.

If I ever taught a film class I would show this film. I enjoyed it that much. In fact I started watching it at 11 pm at night and finished it. If you see one film from this list, see this one. I have so many positive things to say about this movie, and I feel it is still very relevant today. To me this is a very important film to preach tolerance, a topic that is still relevant today.

Number 98 Unforgiven

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This was a good film, I understand why most view it as a great film, but to me it was just good. I am not a fan of westerns, and I do not get really that giddy over Clint Eastwood. I did find the plot interesting and very intrigued about the dark developments of Eastwood’s character, but again it did not move me like Guess Who is Coming to Dinner.

Don’t hate me though, I know Unforgiven is very much a fan favorite for a lot of people.

So there you go, I made it through three of the films and I am hoping to make it through a few more in the next week. If I had to choose a favorite I would choose Guess Who is Coming to Dinner. If you have not seen any of these films I would recommend seeing all three, but if you can only watch one, watch Guess Who is Coming to Dinner

Until next time

XOXO

Jen