SO… I know that Very Happy Traveler started out as a travel blog, but I’ve embarked on a new “adventure” that I would like to document here for the time being. I recently deployed with my Army unit to the Middle East and won’t be back in the States until August of 2018. While this “adventure” may not be the Greek island-hopping vacation that I’ve been wishing for, I am taking the opportunity to develop myself in ways that I either didn’t have time to when I wasn’t deployed, or just didn’t really take the time to think about. One of the steps that I’m taking to better myself during this tough time is doing a daily journal entry. Surprisingly, my husband got me started on journaling, and I fell in love with it. There is something therapeutic about writing down your thoughts and feelings each day. To keep track of my entries, I decided that I am going to write them in my journal each night, and then once or twice a week post them (and maybe expand upon some of them) to Very Happy Traveler.
For my first entry, I wrote about goals. I wanted to write out daily goals for myself, so at any time if I felt that my time was not being used wisely, and my goals slipped my mind, I could always go back and be reminded of them. Goals are very important in your daily life, and I’ve just started realizing this. It’s something that I wish I would’ve realized earlier in my life (maybe in college when all I did was binge watch Gossip Girl in my free time). They help you stay on track, and they help you reach your full potential. Here are the goals that I have set for myself for the nine months that I will be away from home:
- Lift Weights/Run for 1 hour (except for my rest day)
- Yoga (15 minutes)
- Journal Entry (10 minutes)
- Read (at least 15 minutes)
- Rosetta Stone — Learn German (15-30 minutes)
- Stock Research (10 minutes)
All of these goals will improve and develop myself and will help to make myself happier, in a place where happiness is somewhat hard to come by. I told myself (in my journal), “don’t just go back to your room and watch Netflix all night; you will be disappointed with yourself at the end of the nine months.” When you look at these goals, you may think they’re silly, or a waste of time. But that’s the point of individual goals. Everyone has SOMETHING that they feel strongly about, or something that they want to do more of in their daily lives. When I look at these goals, they are all something that I feel strongly about. Even more, I am more than capable and have more than enough time to do all six of those goals in one day. Maybe I have to spend a little less time scrolling through Instagram, or spend only 30 minutes watching half an episode of Stranger Things 2 (which is so difficult). But trust me, it’s so worth it. You will feel accomplished, happier, and more confident. I know I do.