Its seems as though there’s a love/hate attitude with new year’s resolutions. Personally I love them. I love setting goals, writing lists, and planning things. Sure I may not follow through on all the things that I set out to do at the beginning of the year, but most likely there’s been some progress made. I like the idea of having something to grow towards. Isn’t a little improvement better than total complacency? I’ve always made a list of goals with a mixture of the easy confidence builders, silly, and probably not gonna happen. This year I’ve decided to share them. That way I’ll seem somewhat accountable
1- Respond. I’m pretty bad about looking at my phone, I’m even worse at responding to things that pop up on my phone. I have the tendency to look at messages, chats, emails, and think “wow that’s a lovely message” think about the response then close my phone/computer. A couple hours go by and I have yet to actually respond to the message. Days, weeks, months go by and I still have failed to write back. I even keep track of all the people that I need to respond to, without actually doing so. While I don’t have malicious intent with the lack of response, I understand that it is disrespectful or even unkind to leave these messages hanging. If you have been a victim of my complacency I apologize. This is the year that I will respond.
2- Sew a dress. I received a sewing machine from my host family last month and I have always been sewing up a storm. Many of these projects have been small with minimal skill involved. However it would be incredibly satisfying to make something from scratch, picking out the fabric, cutting the pattern, and sewing it all together. It would also be pretty great to say “Oh you like my dress, Thanks, I MADE IT!!!!!”
3- Save to travel. I want to make sure that I make the most of my time in Europe by seeing as much as I can. However my budget is rather tight. I am trying to avoid all the little less important purchases to save for flights, hotels, and travel. I’m willing to spend a couple weekends in, buy less clothes, and eat packed lunches to explore Barcelona or Rome.
Last month I had the luck to spend the holidays in Colorado with my family. I was home for 2 weeks to see family, friends, and friends that seem more like family. To make matters even better we had a white Christmas, well white week would be more appropriate. In the time that I was home it snowed close to a foot. While this would seem absolutely magical there are a couple drawbacks to snow. First of all: driving in the snow. It sucks, its scary stressful, and downright dangerous. I’m that old lady driver white knuckling the whole 9 mile drive into town. If I choose to stay home during snow storms that means I’m the one to shovel the driveway. Our driveway isn’t small, and snow can be pretty heavy when there’s a few inches of the stuff. Even with the back injuries shoveling is also nice to get our of the house after hours of watching holiday specials.
Back to the trip home. On my first weekend my family and I took a trip down to the beautiful town of Ouray. We spent the weekend snowshoeing on the lovely Red Mountain Pass, soaking in the outdoor hot springs, and eating ourselves silly. We visited one of my all time favorite restaurants, The Adobe. If you’ve spent even a small amount of time with me while abroad you’ve heard me talk about the Mexican food shaped hole in my life. The Adobe is just the place to fill that void.
The next three days after the trip were filled with friendly family time. I don’t have any extended family that lives nearby so we’ve adopted a few families to come together for the holidays. For the 9th year in a row, I’ve celebrated the Eve of Christmas Eve tradition with some lovely friends. We have been getting together on that night since high school and it was wonderful to meet up with everyone and still connect even with all the changes that we’ve seen in our lives in the last (near) decade of our lives. As we had a rather somber Christmas it was fantastic to have friends over for company and share the holiday.
One of the best parts about being home was being able to pick up from where I left off with most of my friends, even though it had been years since we had seen each other last. As my life has had a high frequency of change, coming back to something familiar was soothing for my soul. Many of these friendships are over a decade old, and in some cases it had been 3 years since we had been together. Although it had been a while, we fell into conversation easily and felt as though very little time had past. I am pretty dang lucky to have the friends that I do. WIth each conversation I was blown away by the great people in my life. At the end of all these dates I felt inspired to do better or do more or just explore and love.
Leaving all this home love was pretty hard, however I was returning to my amazing host family. The reception that I had from them really softened the blow of leaving home, family, friends, and my dog. There’s no set plans of when I’ll be in America next, however there is a Team Diekman Euro tour currently in the works for Spring 2013.
Its that time of the year again. Time to look back at the last year. Well I’m not gonna lie 2012 had been one heck of a year. I’ve managed to visit 3 continents, 9 countries, move and make countless friends. I have been so lucky this year to have had all the experiences that I’ve had, finishing up my time in Japan with great people, sharing Japan with my awesome parents, Vietnam, Thailand, moving to the Netherlands and meeting my amazing host family, a summer holiday in Paris and London, summer rides across Holland, adventures in Amsterdam, a group trip to Berlin, and all winding up back home with decade long friendships. 2012, what a year, its gonna be really tough to top you.