I have a lot to do.
This is the strangest New Year's goal situation I've ever had.
My whole life I have been pretty ambitious and have always, always (even during my divorce) had good stuff cookin'. But for the first time ever, I don't know exactly what is in my future. I've been thinking, thinking, thinking. And at the moment, so much still feels very unknown. And it sometimes keeps me awake at night.
But this is what I do know...
-I am ready to think about a long term career and I'm exploring options. My whole life I never envisioned a long term career (which seems crazy to me now). This was partly due to cultural cues in my upbringing and partly due to the fact that I was having a hard time envisioning working full time with kids at home when I wasn't even pulling off picking up my dry-cleaning. So I saved enough money and worked hard enough that I could finance my own work-from-home venture and stay-at-home life with some kids. Ha. No dice. And so now I venture into the world of the unknown - what will I do for the long term? Not a side gig. Not a temporary gig. But what do I want to do with my life? I feel a desire to make it meaningful. Though I also have a desire to live a sustainable life and provide for this family. Still thinking. But I have a few ideas. 2015 will be my year. (Any career ideas? I'd love to hear!)
-I want to move back to Brooklyn. Yep. No surprise there. :) Moving back to the states is something that we knew would happen at some point, but we didn't know exactly when or where we would go. But Brooklyn is calling my name. I thrive there. My creativity is on fire there (it's honestly like a switch turns on and off when I'm here and when I'm not). I love the people and the community there. My roots are there. And, I think Sila would love the dog hours at Prospect Park. :) We'll see what happens as 2015 progresses, but I'll be working on a plan that involves Brooklyn. In the meantime, we'll be happy to have some more adventures in South America.
-I want to learn more Spanish before I leave Ecuador. It will really be lame if I don't. I've hardly cracked open a lesson (I'm saying that with my hand over my face.) OK, maybe I've done 20 lessons which is like the first 2 weeks of 7th grade Spanish. I have a long way to go.
-I still plan to share as much as I can in this space. It has always been a miracle to me to be able to run this blog and to have something to say. Oh, to have something to say! It's really quite amazing to feel you have something to share. I've known that since I started. I hope to continue sharing here as long as I can.
-I want to invest in real estate again. Like in the worst way. I have a few good ideas for Brooklyn.
No small potatoes, right? Wish me luck!
If you have any ideas or advice on these goals, it is completely welcome.
And, I'd love to hear what you have cookin' this year! I send you all the good wishes I can muster. And do you want insights or help on any of your goals? Perhaps in the comments, myself and any readers could offer leads, ideas or just encouragement. It's so fun to collaborate. xo, Mara
Martha Stewart Living wanted to highlight what goals Danny and I have as a couple. So nice of them to ask. :) It was a worthwhile evening to sit down and think of a few things. See what they posted here. To add to that list, we want to travel this year to Machu Piccu, the Galapagos, Lake Titicaca, Patagonia, and the salt flats of Bolivia. Oh my, we'll see if we can pull it off.
[Photographer and dear friend, Melissa Hope, took these photos at Alt Summit. That's an original Harvey Faircloth skirt! And I can thank my dream team Rubi Jones and Aubrey Nelson for a good hair day.]
We are so, so, SO excited for the people that have signed up for our Body+Soul Camp. I think of them often and know that they are in for an experience of a lifetime. And, we still have spaces available. COME! There is no better time to focus on your well being, happiness, and health. If you're on the fence, let us know and we can chat about it. I'll probably tell you that your skin will GLOW like crazy and you'll look and feel healthier, stronger, renewed, and more powerful than you've felt in a long time. :)