On Saturday, we finished cleaning out our one-bedroom apartment and passed the keys back into our landlord. We walked across the street and spent the evening and night in our new home – on wheels – in a family member’s driveway.
Yesterday, we pushed off from that driveway and started the first leg of what will surely be a new, big adventure.
I’ve spent the last week trying to put together a huge “IT’S A NEW YEAR – WHOO-HOO!” post. I’ve sorted out December’s income (I made more in December than the rest of the year) and completed my year end income/expenses (which I’ll also share).
I’ve brainstormed what I did well and not so well in 2010 – which goals I hit and which I left shattered on the floor. I’ve projected passionate benchmarks which will guide 2011.
Here’s the thing – I’ve been working so hard on this summary/post, that I’ve been stressing myself out at the beginning of a new, life-changing experience.
Last night, I stayed up for a few hours after a day full of fun with several people here in Ohio (I’ll recount more in the first official travel update). I was feverishly working to get the post ready for today.
Suddenly, I realized something even more important than big resolutions or year-end recaps.
I realized that spending another minute stressing on this one project would likely cause me to miss being in dozens of moments with family and friends.
It wasn’t worth it.
I went to bed.
The mammoth post will come – probably tomorrow – maybe Wednesday. It’s information that’s important and that I want to share – just not at the cost of not soaking in the start of this experience.
There are million things on my to do list. We are making our way to Baltimore to potentially have this baby wrapped in a design. I’m finalizing things with a potential sponsor for the trip. I’m still learning how to use the RV and how to find an external propane station on the road (this is really hard).
But all of that can wait.
Scroll up and look at the picture at the top of this post.
Milligan could care less about wrapping the RV – lining up a sponsor – or putting out a kick-ass end-of-year post.
“This is fun.”
“I wonder where we are going.”
“This apple tastes delicious.”
If I had to guess, those would be her top three thoughts/priorities.
I think we can all learn something from that – I know I can. No matter how ambitious your goals are – and no matter what elaborate plans I share with you tomorrow (or the next day) – let’s all make one resolution that’ll matter in 2011.
Let’s all not forget to live in the moment.
No goal of mine is worth losing that this year.
I’m honored to have you guys along for the journey…
photo by the amazing Courtney Baker