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2014: The Year Ahead

It’s 2014 already?? That’s crazy. When did that happen?

A lot of big things are happening this year, mainly that I end my Peace Corps service in December 2014. It’s weird to think that this experience that I dreamed, wished and hoped to have for so long will be coming to an end. I’ve been thinking for awhile about what’s next, but this coming year will definitely set the tone for the future.

That said, I’ve decided my word for 2014 is Foundation. At first it sounded kind of silly to me, who has “The Year of the Foundation”? But the more I thought about it, the more it makes sense. So here is what the year ahead looks like and the things I’m considering this year…

Location

The guy I’ve been dating and I have been making a lot of plans for the future and things are still super in flux right now… we have an idea of where we’re going, but not literally WHERE we’re going, if that makes sense. He wants to go to grad school but won’t apply until next fall, so location is still up in the air.

Travel

I want to travel, which should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me. This year I’m hopefully visiting at least two new countries and will begin planning my big trip after my close of service (COS) in December. Right now we’re shooting for around 4 months travelling and visiting five or more countries… stay tuned for more details on that as it develops. Additionally, there are still some places I’d like to visit in Ethiopia—namely the Danakil Depression—that I can’t visit until after my service.

Work

To be honest, I’m not entirely sure what’s next for me. There are a lot of options floating around… some depend on the place we end up, such as getting a job. I plan on taking the Foreign Service Officer Test this year and seeing if that is a possibility. I am also considering getting TOEFL certified so that if we end up abroad, there is always a job I can do. And lastly, I want to attend yoga teacher training next year after COS… again another job I can do almost anywhere, but it’s mostly for me, especially if we’re living in places that practicing yoga with other people isn’t an option (like Ethiopia).

Learning

This is a big focus of mine this year, because there really isn’t a better time and place to do so! I want to take a couple of free online courses through edx.org (internet/network gods willing) and read 30 books. It sounds like a lot, but since I have to be home every night by 6:30pm (when it gets dark), I have an amazing amount of free time that I’ve never had before… usually at least 2.5-3 hours a night. This amounts to over a month (38 days to be exact) of time that I can use to further my own interests.

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