5 things I always wanted to do…

Welp, it’s that time of year again, when everything slows down and changes color, and the frivolity of summer fades away. Even though I totally keep myself in summer mode until exactly September 21st, there’s the thought that things are about to get colder and hence, more serious. So…I’m thinking about goals.

There’s some stuff I always wanted to do, like bucket list stuff that isn’t difficult, and I want to make sure I make these things a priority this year and next. Here’s my shortlist of fall goals and fun activities:

Take a ballet class

I’ve always wanted to do ballet, since my parents never put me in a class when I was a kid. I’ll forever be rubbing that in their faces. 😉 I want to take an extreme beginner’s class because I’m very uncoordinated, but I’m really looking forward to learning the basics.


My sisters and I are planning a trip to New Orleans for next spring, and I’m already so excited to visit somewhere I’ve never been. I also may head to Orlando, Florida this month to visit Universal Studios and see the newly-expanded Harry Potter park! I went five years ago when it opened, but I’m dying to go again.

Work abroad

Now that I’m working full time, I can make plans for the future and for my finances. But the best thing about my job is that I work remotely; so I can pretty much work anywhere. I’d love to be able to pick up and go somewhere for a few weeks, maybe (probably, hopefully) London, and work from there. I visited London three years ago and it’s my favorite place in the world, except for New York.

See the northern lights


Last year I went to Alaska for four days in February with the hope of seeing the aurora borealis, but alas, no luck. We left Fairbanks literally hours before the lights appeared, and it was a major bummer. This time, my friend and I want to make sure we see them.

With more money to work with and bigger plans, we hope to visit either Iceland or Finland and stay in these weird hotel pods with skylights so we can be warm and fuzzy and still see something. (In Alaska, our plan was basically driving out to the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night and taking turns sleeping and turning the heat on in the car. Not our best plan.)


My quarter-year resolution to write every day was only somewhat successful. With another NaNo quickly approaching, I’m going to try my hardest to do more research, write more short fiction to keep myself sharp, and be prepared to finish something on time. Wish me luck!

Happy September First!

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