India // Forest Tourist
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Hello 2018!

Yikes. It’s been way too long since I sat down in front of my laptop and wrote something for myself.

There really is no excuse, because even with the heavy course load at school and all the hours spent at work, I have had plenty of time that could have been spent working on Forest Tourist. So I would like to apologize to the very few people who read this (hi mom!) for the lack of effort on my part.

But enough of that! It’s a new year, and I have a lot to talk about. So even though it’s already March, I would like to give a big warm welcome to 2018.

Every year I like to make goals for myself. In my mind, goals are better than resolutions because they can be steadily worked towards, whereas resolutions are often quick life changes that never stick. But before I get into my goals for 2018, I want to give you guys a quick update on how 2018 has been for me, since we’re already 3 months in.

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2018 has already been a crazy year. One of my goals (spoiler alert) was to get my dog Koda neutered, so in January he had the big procedure done. Everything went smoothly, which I am so grateful for; however, as soon as Koda was finally healed and out of the cone, something happened that called for even more vet visits: he got hit by a car. Luckily Koda walked away without any brakes or even fractures, but he had to spend the entirety of February on medicine, in and out of the veterinary clinic, and wearing the cone of shame. So it’s safe to say 2018 got off to a rough start for Koda bear.

This year hasn’t been all bad though. I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone as a climber, and am finally making progress towards getting comfortable on lead. I’ve also found myself biking more just for the heck of it, instead of for transportation reasons.

I also went on a road trip to Destin Florida with my boyfriend John, my roommate Brooke, and her boyfriend Noah. This was my first time going on a trip with friends that didn’t involve sleeping in a tent and climbing rocks. Don’t get my wrong, I love camping, but the trip to Destin reminded me that there is more to traveling with friends than the outdoors, and I can’t wait for more trips in the future. I’ll definitely make a post about Destin soon, but if you can’t wait until then you can read about it on Brooke’s blog, The Beauty of Traveling.

2018 is the year that I found a new hobby: knitting! Brooke introduced me to knitting when she made her Etsy shop, Knitting Circle Co, and it has quickly become one of my favorite past times. I enjoy making scarves but have really fallen in love with making hats, and Brooke was gracious enough to let me run Knitting Circle Co with her! Show our store some love, and be on the lookout for knit hats up on the shop soon made by yours truly.

And to top it all off, next week I’ll be returning to my favorite place on Earth. I somehow managed to get 10 days off of work, so for spring break I’ll be traveling to Utah with the same group I went to Destin with. I’m beyond excited for the trip, and can’t wait to share it with you!

So that’s what my life has looked like for the past 3 months. Now it’s time to talk about my plans for the rest of the year.

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I rang in the New Year with my family in Montreal, Canada. New Years Eve has always been my least favorite holiday, so I didn’t stay up to watch the ball drop. I did, however, write down some goals for 2018. This year I hope to…

  • budget more! Managing money has never been my strong suit, but this year I hope to change that. I set a savings goal for halfway through the year, and when June rolls around I’ll set another one for the rest of 2018. I even downloaded the Mint app in an attempt to get a better handle on my spending habits.
  • eat more whole foods! If you read one of my recent posts, then you already know about my plant-based eating habits. Being a vegan doesn’t necessarily mean being healthy though, which is something I had a hard time wrapping my head around. I love fresh fruits and veggies, but with my busy schedule it is all to easy to gravitate towards unprocessed meals. This year though, I’m making eating fresh foods a priority. Which goes hand-in-hand with my next two goals.
  • reduce trash footprint! I was recently introduced to the idea of a “zero-waste lifestyle” via a video on FaceBook, and it has really resonated with me. I love the thought of not producing any trash, but also understand that that is a huge lifestyle change, so I modified it a bit. Instead of trying to go zero-waste, I’m devoted to reducing my “trash footprint” (a term I’m not entirely sure exists, but that I made up to refer to how much trash/waste a person creates). I can tell that this is an issue that I am incredibly passionate about, even after only a few months of trying. Get ready for a more in-depth discussion on zero-waste living and trash reduction on Forest Tourist in the near future!
  • get stronger! I started climbing in August 2016, and after almost a year of exponential growth I hit a plateau. I felt like I wasn’t progressing as a climber, and more importantly, I wasn’t getting stronger. It wasn’t until the beginning of 2018 that I was able to get out of my climbing slump. I can already tell that I’m stronger than I was when I started, and I want to keep improving.
  • write write write! This last goal is probably the one I’ll struggle with the most. As an English major I have to write so much for school, and as I get closer to graduation the work load keeps growing. In 2018, I want to write more just for the heck of writing. I plan on being more consistent on Forest Tourist (better late than never!) and also getting involved with an academic organization at FSU (check me out on HerCampus!).

So there you have it. Those are my goals for 2018, and I would love to hear yours!

Lets make 2018 the best year yet!

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I'm a climber, dog mom, and a hater of plastic. I like seeking wild adventures and sharing them with people.


  • Anita Miller

    I really enjoyed reading this post! I’m so glad that Koda is okay now. I wish you all the best for 2018 and look forward to reading more on Forest Tourist!

  • Nancy

    Love the article (said a random stranger and not your mom).! You have inspired me to be more aware of what I am eating. Not that I am ready to abandon my meat eating ways, but I am trying to eliminate processed foods. Keep writing! ❤️

  • Melanie Kender

    Great post and excellent writing! I’m analyzing this blog for a school assignment and it doesn’t skip a beat with it’s personality and flow. Looking forward to future articles!

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