January 1, 2015
Cuenca, Ecuador – What’s in a Resolution?
Almost exactly two years ago I sat in the first team meeting of the new year at work. The facilitator said, “Okay, tell us about your week ahead and your New Year’s resolution.” I don’t know about you, but I generally hate the whole NY Resolution business. This time, though, I had an answer as a week earlier Aaron and I had decided to really make the commitment to our RTW trip, so I announced that “My Hubs and I are opening a bank acount so we can save a for a big trip.” Of course the team responded with “Ooohhh! Where!? When?!” I certainly wasn’t ready to disclose our brand new plan right then, so I gave a vague answer… “We aren’t sure of the details, but we want to have enough money to do something when we’re ready.”
For years we reminisced about the trips we each did back in the 90’s. “When I was in India/Antarctica/Thailand/the Marshall Islands…” Our friends were probably tired of hearing these same stories, too (Yes, Antarctica is cold…Thailand is hot…we know)! It was time to forge some incredible new memories that we could live off for another decade. We pinky-swore: Let’s stop talking about it and just make it happen. Let’s do something BIG!
Since our first date we imagined traveling around the world or working overseas. Heck, it was in Anner’s Match.com ad, “Wanted: Fella to Travel Around the World With Me”! Over the years, though, we also talked about putting an addition on the house, buying a car, going to grad-school for me or a wood-working apprenticeship for Aaron. We talked about a lot of things, but they all required a little money and, WAY more importantly, enough bravery to go Big and take a chance!
So here we are – WE DID IT! WE TOOK THE BIG LEAP! Two years after that team meeting and we are now two months into our Big Trip!
We want to reach out to anyone who is secretly contemplating Something Big this year. Maybe you haven’t breathed a word of it. It’s okay…your secret’s safe with us. Maybe it’s that thing you want to do this year but, if you’re honest about it, you’re a little scared to do. Maybe it’s your own big trip or changing jobs or starting a business or a foundation or running a marathon or a 5k (that’s like a marathon for a lot of us), or, or, or whatever it is to you! We just want to encourage you to go for it! Dream Big. Make Big Plans. Believe in yourself and Make It Happen. Resolve to do the thing that YOU most want to do! We can’t wait to hear about it!!!