If you ever take the time to read back through our entire blog archives, first, you deserve a cookie, and second, you'll notice a rather large gap. My original goal in 2017 was to blog and take at least one picture daily. I had actually done this way back in 2010, the year that I graduated from seminary, moved back to Iowa, and was working as a hospital chaplain. Seven years later I thought it would be interesting to do again, as looking back at that original blog is a fun snapshot of my life at the time. Probably not interesting to anyone else, but interesting to me.
So 2017 was begun with this lofty goal of daily blogging. I quickly found that it was hard to keep up. I don't remember it being that hard in 2010, which is kind of funny since back then taking a picture every day involved carrying around an entirely separate camera. Now I have a camera on my phone and I had trouble taking a picture every day? What's up with that? And why couldn't I think of anything interesting to write about? My daily posts kinda devolved into random posts about my daily life, and to be honest, I just wasn't finding my daily life all that interesting.
One of the reasons we are doing this blog thing, this hopefully the leave the United States thing, one of the reasons we did the quit our steady jobs thing is because I find that I get bored very easily. On the one hand, I generally like having a routine, I thrive when I have to do lists and goals and ways to check my progress on those goals. On the other hand, when life seems to become just a daily rote completion of the same tasks and goals, and I see my life spanning ahead into years worth of the same thing, I get anxious and all I want to do is run away.
At some point last year, I found myself falling into that rut. I knew what my daily tasks were and I did them, but nothing much exciting was going on. Blogging started to feel more like a burden than a joy and I just couldn't bring myself to sit down at the computer at the end of every day and write about whatever blah thing had happened. Additionally, I found that running a small business full time was a heck of a lot harder than I expected, and while my days felt a little blah, they were also exhausting. So I trailed off. For a while I kept tabs on how far behind I was, kept growing the list of dates that needed covered and blog posts that needed to get written. Then eventually I just shoved it off to the back of my mind and forgot about it.
Then the end of the year showed up, quite unexpectedly I might add. Why does time always seem to go faster and faster? Suddenly it was 2018 and we felt renewed possibilities and our goals for a life of adventure feel closer in reach. We still have a long way to go before we are gallavanting around Europe - but the plans we speak of as dreams feel like they could actually come true this year. My new goal with blogging is to be consistent, though not daily. To share a mix of daily snapshots of life, with longer think pieces, with (hopefully) tales of travel and adventure and all the mishaps along the way.
It's the end of the first month of 2018. I have 11 more months to make my own and to take life in the direction I want to go this year. I can't wait to see where we end 2018, and I'm taking all of you on the journey with me. Hold on to your hats!
P.S. If you really want to go down the rabbit hole of stalking me, you can read my old blog here.