I Don’t Like New Years Resolutions, But…

That semi-arbitrary reminder to change the way I date things (I still seem to always spend January accidentally writing the previous year anyways) does always inspire me to spend a little time reflecting on the past year. So, since this is my blog, I’m going to briefly talk about some (very deep and philosophical) conclusions I’ve come to recently. And maybe, a few things that I could improve on as an outdoorsy archivist + human being:

1. I need to stop whining. I spend a lot of timing lamenting to my family (particularly the husband) about how much I love the outdoors, but how hard it is for me to make time to do any backpacking. Over the last year, I have become the most un-outdoorsy of outdoor people. Since the age of 13, I’ve talked and thought about backpacking constantly. However, I spend every weekend sitting in my LA apartment, being annoyed, mulling over how I can’t backpack because I failed to plan ahead for anything. As such, I’ve been trying to be a little more positive about the work situation and spend less time being shitty while I complain to everyone I know. I’m pretty sure I can probably get outside a lot, if I get off my ass and plan it before Friday night, instead of sitting at work all day pining for the outdoors. Bottom line: Stop complaining about how much I want to go outdoors, and just go outdoors.

2. I need to start making more of an effort to create a work situation for myself that lets me have more flexibility. Yes, sure, there are weekends, and I’m lucky enough to work 9 hours/day for my job with every other Friday off. Cool! But, I spend a lot of time being an unbearable complaining person who constantly laments about how much I hate my 40/hr a week job. I have a lot of ideas of how I can break out of that schedule after my job is over in May, and I think it’s time to give it a go.

3. So, basically I need to stop being a complainer and instead just do something about the things I don’t like. Right now, husband and I are living in LA, which we both generally hate. But, that being said, there are SO MANY amazing mountains and deserts within a few hours of this massive cluster of people.

Anyways, that is the end of my self-centered, very deep, self reflection this week. Right now, I’m at my parents house in Hawaii (we moved here when I was 13 from Northern CA, and I partially fell in love with backpacking after many middle school trips into Haleakala National Park). It’s amazing and I’m insanely lucky to be here.

I’ve been quietly marinating a post about the book/movie “Wild” in my brain. While I’ve sort of been on the fence about it, I’ve also been overly critical of what it means for me as a backpacker (despite the fact that I generally enjoyed both the book + movie).  However, that is a discussion for another day though. In the meantime, enjoy this photo I took yesterday on my drive around the backside of Haleakala here on Maui.


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