Confession; I am a terrible goal setter. Well okay, if I'm really being really honest, I'm not a goal setter at all... does that make me sound like a total loser? Don't answer that...
Are you a goal-setter? I have always admired the goal-setters of the world; that go-getter attitude and confidence that you can always better yourself. I guess I have just always been afraid that if I set goals for myself and then didn't end up making them happen I wouldn't be able to shake the feeling of being a total failure. Bad attitude to have I know.
So this year I decided it was high time I stopped being afraid to try, and that I would actually write myself a list of goals for 2018. I wrote a two page list, but I kept it casual; I told myself that my goals - while very numerous - were really just things I would do my best to try and achieve, but if by some chance I didn't, instead of beating myself up about being a failure - I would just be proud that I tried my best. Because really where is the harm in that?
So one of my goals for 2018 was to come out of my shell - I am a bit of a hermit by nature, and a total introvert. It's my goal to actually make an effort to meet new people and put myself out there more, even when I feel totally shy and unworthy.
So a couple nights ago I was scrolling through instagram stories and came across a message posted by Megan Lee Voight - a fellow Vancouverite and a blogger I have been lightly stalking on instagram since the day I joined. She was asking if anybody would like to join her for a rainy hike in the woods. When I first saw the message on the inside I was like ummm YES!! But on the outside I was like... "no... I can't respond to her... she would never want to go for a hike with me."
But then I remembered my goal to meet new people, so long story short, I closed my eyes and made myself ask if I could come along. Immediately after I sent the message I regretted it - I had basically just set myself up for imminent humiliation.
But much to my surprise she actually responded, and invited me to tag along for a hike to one of my favourite spots - Buntzen Lake. Long story short, she brought her dog - the cutest little nugget ever - we brought our cameras; it rained; it got sunny; multiple rainbows ensued; and even though I slipped on not one, but two logs and fell in the lake twice / totally humiliated myself in front of my instagram idol to get these shots of her, I had a total blast.
So far 2018 goals are off to a pretty good start...