2011 started a week ago, but I still haven’t had a chance to documents my New Year’s resolutions. It’s funny how we tend to think that new year is the best moment to start doing things we always wanted to do. This kind of thinking is of course simply stupid, because the best moment to start acting is not 1 January, next Monday or the first day of the coming month but NOW.
But since it’s brand new year, I thought I should set up brand new resolutions list anyway. There are only three items on it:
Take more photos
I’ve been suffering from the lack of inspiration lately, but I guess I need to push myself. I love taking photos and it is something I’d like to do semi-professionally one day, so I guess I have to practice. And if it means forcing myself than this what I have to do.
Read my first book in Spanish
Traveling thought me a few useful things and one of them is Spanish. I am very far from being fluent, but a month spent at a language school in Quito, Ecuador and half a year of traveling through South America taught me a bit about this amazing language. I make lots of mistakes when I speak, my grammar is still very basic, but I know I can talk about most daily topics, including politics (which I did when touring Salar de Uyuni with very friendly Bolivian family from La Paz). I started taking Spanish classes again a couple of months ago, and my goal is not to stop until I can read my first book in Spanish. I don’t need to understand every single word, but I need to be able to understand what the book is about. Hopefully I can reach this goal.
Start my online business
One of the biggest benefits of my long term trip was my ability to understand that 9-5 job is not the only option. Thanks to amazing tool called Internet I discovered a bunch of people who call themselves digital nomads. Thanks to them I have become interested in alternative ways of making money. And I decided I want to give it a go. I spent the last two months of 2010 researching the subject and 2011 is going to be the time of taking some actions. It’s going to be a long process, but I am not going to give up. My ultimate goal is to be able to work remotely from any location I choose. Not sure if I am going to achieve it, but I guess I won’t find out until I try.
As you have probably noticed the list doesn’t have any resolutions related to traveling in 2011. That’s simply because traveling is not a kind of thing I need to put on any kind of ‘to do’ lists. I love it so much that I don’t need any reminders or motivation. But talking about traveling in 2011, there probably won’t be lots of it, as I am going to concentrate on my goals (especially the third one). But having said that, I have already booked Vanuatu holidays in August and I will probably take some short trips around Australia.
What about your New Year’s resolutions guys? Any exciting things on your lists?