In Search of: A Splash of Color and a Few Goals

It would seem I woke up at the most inopportune time in the morning, and my mind has begun to race.  This hasn’t happened in quite a while, but I figure I might as well make the most of it.  No sense tossing and turning when I can write and perhaps do something productive.  I’m sure tomorrow I’ll be questioning this bit of genius.  But for now, I’ll roll with it.

Aside from wondering if I’m going to royally screw up my beautiful walls with a botched paint job tomorrow (or rather, later today), I’m also wondering what lies ahead for 2012.  Honestly, I’m a bit nervous (hence the tossing and turning).  When things start to move forward incredibly well, I begin to wonder what’s going to come along and blow my happiness out of the water.  Maybe instead of worrying, it’s time to make a map — a map of the year ahead and what I would like to create.

So, what do I want to do with 2012?  Here goes…

Travel.  This is the easy part.  As I’ve mentioned a number of times, 2012 is set to be a spectacular year for travel.  I’ll be mixing a bit of U.S. travel with a bunch of international travel, particularly in Central and South America.  I’m anticipating the natural beauty of the regions I plan to visit, but also, I can’t wait for the food!  These regions boast some of my all-time favorite flavors, and I plan to try everything.

Language.  Speaking of travel, it seems obvious that perhaps I should learn a bit of Spanish.  All of my travel this year will be in Spanish speaking countries.  My lack of language, of course, won’t stop me from going.  But seeing as how I have some familiarity with Spanish (not to mention, it’s on my bucket list to learn), I think this would be a good time to give it a go.  For the moment, I’m going to work on this on my own.  I have a few good workbooks.  We’ll see how far this takes me.  At some point, I imagine I’ll take a formal class.  But for now, I just want it to be something fun and relaxing that I do when I have down time.

Paint.  I’ve been interested in learning to paint for a few years.  I’m not talking about wall paint (like above), but rather making art on canvas.  I signed up for an online paint class, which begins in February.  I love this particular artist’s style, and I think it will be tons of fun learning from her.  My goal is to make something I’ll want to hang on my wall.  Maybe I’ll go further than that; maybe not.  But creating one piece of art I can be proud enough to hang up sounds like a great place to start!

Photography.  I love photography.  I think I’ve mentioned this before.  It’s on my bucket list — buy and learn to use a DSLR camera.  Well, I’ve got the camera.  And I’ve got a photographer friend that’s willing to help me learn.  My ultimate goal is to learn to use it well before my trip to Peru.  I want to take beautiful photographs of my travels.  I would like for my friends back home to catch a glimpse of what I see on the road and get a real feel for the places I’ve visited.  I’d like to take pictures that make awesome additions to my wall art.

Student Loans.  This one’s much less fun, but it’s something I’d like to tackle.  When I first graduated, I had a two-year plan for paying off my student loans.  Then life got in the way.  I’d like to get back to that two-year plan.  It’s going to take some figuring out.  Perhaps it will take me pulling in income from a side business of some sort.  I’m not sure.  But early this year I will sit down, put pen to paper and get a plan together.  My student loans aren’t particularly burdensome, and the payments are small.  But the idea of paying on the damn things for nearly the rest of my adult life irks me.  They’ve got to go.

So there we are.  A few things to think about as I move into the new year.  Mostly fun; though a little bit of business thrown in.  I believe it shall be a good year, indeed.  Oh.  And by the time I’m posting this, it’s actually the end of the day.  My apartment painting project is complete!  I’m holding off on the big reveal for the next post.  But for now, here’s a peek at the paint color.

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