Tuesday, January 01, 2019
I feel that my SPARK journey will be going wonderful places in 2019! This chickadee ended 2018 with some great weight loss, and has BIG & BOLD plans for the new year!
I am hoping to eat and drink mindfully going forward. I have come to learn that my mental health suffers when I have excessive sugar/refined carbs, excessive caffeine, or any alcohol.
I am also hoping to hike my way through 2019. For me, hiking is one of my great loves in life. I find it to be a deeply satisfying experience. Spending time in the woods is like a "reset" button for my brain and my emotions. I typically come back from my hikes calm and clear-headed. Along with being good for my mental and emotional well-being, hiking offers a full body workout and burns a lot of calories!
For now, I am enrolling in some courses that will teach me skills for more involved winter hikes than the ones I've embarked upon in the past. So far all my winter hikes have been on small mountains. Hopefully the skills I learn will give me the confidence to try tackling some more ambitious winter hikes!
During the early summer, my dad and I plan to backpack the Pemigewasset Loop in New Hampshire! I am very excited about this!
Additionally, if I can get my fitness level up and my financial ducks in a row, I want to hike the Long Trail in Vermont during the month of July! The financial aspect has to do with the fact that the Long Trail will take me roughly a month to complete, meaning I have to have enough in savings to cover rent, food, and bills while I'm on my trip.
Later in the summer (likely August) I plan to return to the Pemigewasset Loop with a friend.
Aside from my weight loss/fitness journey, I feel like I still have a lot of healing, discovery, and recovery that needs to happen in my life. I'm working on it, but am not there yet.
Personal development is a slow process. For now, it's all about moving from a place where I am surviving to a place where I am thriving. I don't yet have a roadmap to get there, but I'll figure it out as time goes on and my intentions grow clearer. I have some vague ideas. Becoming a stronger, kinder, and more compassionate person. Grad school and building a career as a therapist. Hiking the Appalachian Trail. Getting more engaged with my religious practices and using them as a tool for healing and self-development. Moving out of suburbia, and landing in either the city or in the woods and mountains. Being more involved in my community. Figuring out where the heck I fall on (or off) of the gender spectrum.
Hopefully I see some personal growth as time moves on.