Today is my two year blogging anniversary. I can’t believe it. When I started I didn’t know what to expect. I thought it would be more like an online journal for me to keep track of my challenge to visit 192 countries, read 1,001 books, and watch the top 100 movies. I knew if I didn’t keep track I would lose focus and steam. I wanted accountability.
I didn’t expect friendships. Years ago, a friend of mine, introduced me to blogging. I can still see her on her laptop showing me how to do it. She was thrilled about it. I pretended to be excited so I wouldn’t ruin it for her, but I was thinking why anyone would want to take the time to blog.
Non-bloggers probably won’t understand this and more than likely they aren’t reading it anyway. Blogging is a joy. I write back and forth with several bloggers each week. I haven’t met them in person, but I feel like I know them. And I consider them friends.
Not only have I made friends but I’ve found an awesome support network. For the most part, everyone who visits my blog offers me encouragement. There are some negative nellies out there and that’s okay. Let’s face it, I set up some large goals. My thought process was if I was going to dream I might as well dream big. And I’ll admit that if I accomplish all three goals in fifty years I’ll be shocked as heck. The movies shouldn’t be that hard. I set up an easy goal on purpose. So far I’ve watched 24 out of a 100. I’m hoping to make it to 50 by the end of this year. The books, even that one is manageable with time. After two years I’ve read 60 from the 1001 list. At this rate I’ll finish the list in 33 years. That gives me some breathing room.
The countries are the biggest challenge. Finding the time, money, and resources to travel that much won’t be easy. Yet why not strive for it. Even if I only make it to a third of them that would be awesome. Half—even better. Three-fourths, that’s super duper. All of them … I don’t know how to describe that one yet. Might need some celebratory drinks in me first to truly express how amazing that would be. My point is, any progress in this category is a victory. So far I’ve been to 17 countries, and each trip has been amazing. Here are some of the highlights.
We hope to visit at least 3 more countries in 2013. Progress. Each year I’m on this earth I hope to make progress. To experience more. To add memories. To live. And to meet new people. I can’t hope for more than that. If I fail at least I tried.
For all of you who have supported me I want to say thank you. Every comment and like is much appreciated. All of you have made my goals even more rewarding. And if there are any non-bloggers reading this post, give it a go. You may like it. I was a doubter. Not anymore. Happy blogging everyone!