This is more of a personal post than I’ve done before, but January always seems to make people think about what they'd like to do in the coming year, and I wanted to share a bit about my plans for 2019. That makes more sense with a bit of context about 2018, as planning too far ahead is not always easy at the moment. I don’t want to go into it too much on here, as it’s not my story to tell as such - although it has had a huge impact on my life - but I think this quote (from good old Pinterest) sums up how last year started and has continued to impact ever since.
Let’s just say my view on the world has changed, and how I approach a lot of things. It’s really made me think about what (and who) is important to me, and how I want to spend my time. 2018 was a year of extreme lows, but there was also some real highs, which I’m very grateful for. I suppose that saying about there always being something to be grateful for is so true, and probably even more evident when things seem bleak. I am so grateful for the everyday thoughtfulness and kindness of others and the support from those I love, and I'm really grateful that I appreciate the little things even more now, from noticing the beauty around me to getting absorbed in a creative project - like starting this blog last summer.
There were also some more adventurous highlights from 2018, 3 of which were:
I never did get round to doing a blog post about the Deeside Way walk, but if you follow me on Instagram, I did some 'stories' each of the three days - @kellyjmo. The route is local to me and covers 41 miles from Aberdeen city centre to Ballater on Royal Deeside, mainly following an old railway line. I hadn't been on some of it before, and other parts are very familiar as I walk them several times a week, but walking it all in one go was a great way to experience the entire route. 102,000 steps later and the variety of scenery kept it interesting - venturing from the suburbs out to the Cairngorms National Park.
I want to continue to challenge myself this year, but instead of having set plans for 2019, let’s just say I have intentions, which I hope I can incorporate into the uncertainty that lies ahead, as circumstances allow. Even if I can’t do some of the bigger things I hope to do one day, I know it's always possible to make time for the little everyday activities I enjoy; walking, reading, exploring, and being creative.
After attending a workshop in Inverness a couple of weekends ago run by Shona Macpherson, it got me thinking about looking at goals differently by firstly asking how I want to FEEL this year, and considering why I am doing something - not just for the sake of it or because it will make for a good social media post. Time really is our most precious commodity, and I’m scaling back at work to 4 days to make more space in my life for doing the things I love, with those I love. I want to have more time for creativity and adventuring and to hopefully post more regularly on the blog. Getting outside and building my strength is also a top priority for me.
So, 3 slightly more adventurous intentions I have for 2019 include:
It would also be great to manage another trail - maybe the West Highland Way - and I intend to travel as much as possible. I'd love to make it to the Faroes or Iceland, or back to Norway...
I had no idea early in 2018 that some of the best things that happened later in the year would come along, so I know for me it's important to be open to saying yes to opportunities that come along too, which I suppose keeps life more interesting and I like it when there's a mixture of plans and spontaneity. I'm intrigued to see what 2019 will bring!
What about you? I'd love to hear how you intend to spend your time in 2019.
I'm Kelly. A thirty-something year old adventurer from Aberdeenshire. Read more about me in the ABOUT ME section.