Have you purchased your annual calendar? Or do you use an electronic one? Either way, it's planning season, and time to dream about destinations unknown and vistas around the next corner. Can't you feel it in the air? Actually, I can't feel anything in the air here in Alaska - we're having a crazy record-breaking coldsnap, and it's forecast to get 50 below zero Fahrenheit! Yikes! My teen is off to Los Angeles to tour colleges, and I'm left here to keep the house from freezing up. So, yes vacations and warm beaches are on my mind! I laid out my moleskin, graph-paper planner and opened my google calendar a few days ago, to pencil in all the travel, staycations, soccer tournaments, and weekend trips I want to take for the entire year. You and I know how fast our calendar fills up with work, family, and obligations, so it's a must to make that commitment to living a happy good life. Getting out and seeing new places and people, trying new food, and just leaving the house is a huge part of a happy life, isn't it? I use pencil in my planner because life happens and plans change, but at least if it's written in and I see it, I'll be more likely to make concrete plans. I'll book a flight and hotel room, I'll call friends and invite them to join me at the season opener for the Seattle Reign. I'll choose other weekends when making future plans because I've already committed in advance to make time for myself. It's written in the calendar; it's not some vague notion that I'd like to take a vacation this year.
Give it a try and make your year full of adventures, with intent. With planning. Now, go enter in all of your fave women's soccer games for 2017 and see what happens!