“You better get to livin’, givin’ Don’t forget to throw in a little forgivin’ And lovin’ on the way You better get to knowin’, showin’ A little bit more concerned about where you’re goin’ Just a word unto the wise You better get to livin'”, -Dolly Parton / Michael K. Wells

When I look at these pictures of me as little girl you can see my loves are deeply rooted…. driving boats, bikinis, jumping off things and the sun, not much has changed. This little girl knew she could be whatever she wanted. She was taught that you are capable of anything you put your mind to and as long as you’re happy that’s all that matters. 

Fast forward 34 (shhhhh) years and what has she accomplished? An almost year round tan? Yes. Drawers and drawers full of bikinis? Yes. A master captain’s license? Yes. But that is about as far as it goes… 

I had so many goals over the last 13 years that I never completed or gave up on. Goals that I was told I wasn’t dedicated enough to make happen and things I wanted to do but was told I wouldn’t be good at. So I guess in a way this is my New Years’s Resolution Blog Post. 

In 2019 I plan to start checking things off my list. Compete in ways I have never competed, finish races I never got to start and participate in activities I might not be good at but have always wanted to try. In 2019 I hope to live the way I always dreamed of living; laughing, loving and truly enjoying myself and those around me. I know life is about compromise and it can’t always be “your way”, but some of the time it’s ok to ask for what you want and put forth every effort to make sure that your desires and dreams are fulfilled. 

Here’s the start of my list…

  1. participate in a triathlon 
  2. compete in a paddle board race 
  3. finish school
  4. finish my book 
  5. take a boat down the ICW and through the caribbean (that one may have to wait! hahaha)

These are all more than doable. I’ll add to this list as I have time over the next few weeks and add them to my final list as 2018 ends. Obviously I’ll keep everyone updated on my wins and losses (hopefully there won’t be many!) and share my laughs and tears. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and appreciates all those around them. 

– xoxo Victoria

 

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