New Years Resolutions for a traveler

A travelers New Years Resolutions. New Years Day, a time for recap & reflection.  A time to start those New Years Resolutions, and reinvent yourself.  Set goals to make the New Year better then the last.  2017 was a pretty rough for me.  I didn’t experience a death in the family or a major health crisis, but life definitely broke out the curve balls.  Crushing my dreams, plans & ambitions for the year.  Forcing me to face some harsh & difficult realities.

Since August of 2016 I have been treading water.  Enduring a broken hand on opening day of ski season, breaking up with a girl I should have spent the rest of my life with, switching jobs 6 times, a run in with the law that took my license for a year, relocating to 7 different states and the worst leaving my travel partner Kota back in MN so I could pursue a job with cheap housing and try to get from under this monthly credit card obligation debt I have been dealing with since the summer of 2016.

The pillars that make us feel grounded & normal like: healthy relationship, home, employment all were crumbling towards the end of 2016 and all throughout 2017.  At 39, this is not where I expected my life to be after the most profitable summer ever.  I had goals & ambitions I never had because I had money in the amounts I had never had before.  It was like the universe was meeting me head on to put me back to zero.  There were moments when I had to force myself to just take a deep breath.  Take a step back.  Game plan, and find a solution to the problem.

I was successful at staying a float with a monthly obligation of $2,000 up until this last move.  I started the move with almost $15,000 in cash, and another $4,000 in available credit cards.  Then I went on a crazy hail mary road trip to dig myself out of the hole I found myself in, and secure employment that paid better then 1997 wages.  All that accomplished was seeing a few friends, and dumping my money down the gas tank.  Then I chose to test my luck at poker instead of get a real job which started off great, then I went card dead for almost 2 weeks and found myself with less than $5,000 to my name.

Which forced me to take a job I didn’t want in a place I didn’t want to be.   To replace a phone I didn’t want to replace, and leave a dog & RV in a place I didn’t want to leave them.  Just another day in the life of a traveler where sacrifice and compromise are far too common.  Something I learned way back in 1998

This last year hit me hard.  2017 challenged me, and took me to places that weren’t on my radar.  Financially, mentally, physically & emotionally 2017 kicked my butt, and I couldn’t wait for it to be over.  Today is the first day of 2018, and I am hitting the ground running.

Ten years ago I had a travel blog up and running with goals and ambitions like Nomadic Matt.  Unfortunately he had luck & the money to create what I dreamed off.  Where I explored inexperience & cheap coders who never delivered.  But today I am writing another blog post in my newly designed blog that is fully functional, and on its way to becoming a resource for travelers around the world.

I am new to blogging, and have a lot to learn.  I know the basics, but that only gets you so far.  So this year my New Years Resolution is to invest in myself.  Work on my self, and produce the self I want to see in a year.  Which hopefully is bossless financially independent individual somewhere in South America with Kota & my dune buggy.  One can dream right?  What are your goals for 2018?  What were your New Years Resolutions?  Leave them in the comments below!

Happy New Years everyone, I hope you follow through with your New Years resolutions, and the New Year brings you everything you want.

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