A New Year of Exploring

A New Year of Exploring

It has been a while since I posted and a lot has happened. As I start 2019, I want to look back at all the amazing things that happened in 2018 and look forward to some big plans I have for this coming year. I am finally settling into a rhythm with my new job and this year is looking like one of my best yet. So here’s to a look back at 2018 and some of the goals I have for 2019.

Looking back at 2018

New City and New Job

One big change in the last year was that I moved! I have been living in New York City for six months now working as a Special Education Teacher. This was a welcome change from working three part time job. Unfortunately, it has taken up a majority of my time and kept my attention away from blogging. 

The change from working part time to full-time has made me cut back a bit on travel, but I am learning so much about being a working professional and working in education that I don’t mind the change. Plus, as a teacher I get school breaks off and I have some fun trips planned. The move from Florida to NYC has been a bit more drastic than my work change, but I love the city. I have been busy with work often so I haven’t taken full advantage of living here, but I have plans to change that.

Fun Adventures

Last year was jam-packed with trips and adventures from start to finish. For my first trip of the year, I spent my 25th birthday London with 2 of my best friends. We saw amazing theater shows(including HAMILTON) and spent time at some of my all time favorite museums. Then, in May, my sister, some friends and I took advantage of a cheap flight we scored(Shout out to Scott’s Cheap Flights) and spent a long weekend in Hawaii. We stayed on the Big Island and went on some of the most amazing hikes I have ever seen.

The year would not be complete without mentioning the festivities surrounding my best friend’s wedding. About a month before the wedding we went to Fire Island for her Bachelorette party. There we rented a house near the beach with about ten people. We went on a winery tour in Long Island, lounged on the beach, and had a great time. The wedding itself brought me back to England a second time this year, this time to my favorite city: Manchester. I had not been to Manchester since my graduation and I loved showing my American friends the places I went in grad school.

This is one of my favorite pubs in Manchester

The year also included several trips to Disney World with my mom and friends before(and after) my move to NYC. I also spent a month working in Athens, Georgia for Duke University’s summer programs. Needless to say, it was a year of adventures and I am ready for another.

Goals and Plans for 2019

Take Advantage of NYC

I have been living in New York City since July. Between work and travel ,I have not taken full advantage of that. I only really ventured out to do fun things when I had friends in town for a weekend. This year, I am already working on changing that. I have already attended a comedy show, have been exploring new restaurants with friends, and have a theater weekend planned in March. NYC has so much to offer and I want to take time to enjoy the amazing city I live in.

Explore New Places

Last year, I revisited some of my favorite places like London and Manchester, so this year one of my goals is to branch out and see new places. I have a goal of visiting 3 new countries this year and already am planning some trips. My current thoughts: Hungary, the Czech Republic and Iceland. I am hoping to make it to all three, but it all depends on flight prices, so we will see.

Invest my time in things that make me happy

As humans, we only have a finite amount of energy each day and I want to re-examine how I use that energy. I love my job, but my first few months of work, I was a true workaholic. I worked 10-11 hours a day in the building and then did work from home in the evenings and on weekends and that was not sustainable. I am refocusing this year on being more efficient with my time and saving energy for thigns I enjoy, like blogging for example.

As you have probably guessed reading this post, I really love the start of a new year. I think its a great time to reset things in your life and make new goals. I am optimistic about 2019 and hope you all are too.

From one Misguided Millennial to the world, Happy 2019!

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