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A Girl’s Gotta Have Goals

On January 4, 2011, in Lifestyle, by Meghan
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From my home’s perch about 200 vertical feet above Main Street, I watched this town sparkle into 2011 with blink-y strings of Christmas lights, taxicabs moseying their peoples to and fro, lofty high heels of Park City’s lady party-goers, and jubilant shouting from imbibing celebrators. From here, I could feel the electricity floating on a million next-year hopes and dreams.

After a day of working with tourists, I folded myself out of the sub-zero temperatures and into my warm home for a quiet New Year’s night. We ate chocolate cake, watched a movie, and shut our eyes to sleep at exactly 12:01 am. Two days later, we welcomed the new year officially with a snowshoe-trapse at about 8,000 feet in the Uinta Mountains’ foothills.

Bryon snowshoeing through the Uinta Mountains' Norway Flats.

Bryon and I snowshoe-ed for almost 4 hours, and we talked little. I spent this quiet time in my own 2011 anticipation. As the dry, brisk mountain air seared its way in and out of my lungs and my snowshoes squeaked along frozen snow, I pondered the journeys that would become this year.

I’ve, in the past, been a girl of resolutions. I loved making vows for a coming year, avenues by which I would make dreams happen. This year, for some reason, I possess an aversion to resolution. I think it’s because they seem so, well, resolute. Firm and unyielding, I mean.

The older I get, the more I realize that the final product of some endeavor is rarely as I first envisioned it. When I was younger, this befuddled and, sometimes, disappointed me. I wondered, what is the trick of bringing a good goal to fruition? Now I see that there’s this funny thing called life and its innumerate factors that, by the moment, change the very nature of our worlds. That life evolves our visions into something shinier and different-er than we could ever imagine: this is life’s gift.

Bryon snowshoeing along a logging road in the Uinta Mountains.

I don’t yet know what the world has in store for me in 2011. If the latter half of 2010 is any indication, I should be ready to expect anything. Some days, I suppose, the path ahead will be crystal clear, like a walk down a well-trodden trail. Other days might be like a last-minute diversion through some untouched, snowy landscape.

In 2011, I hope to explore some pockets of our planet, make my body strong and able again, exchange love with life’s important people, and write about what I see and feel in our world. I do wish to remain non-specific about the specifics of this stuff, though, the who, what, when, where, and why, so that I can be wide-open to what comes along, unexpected.

A girl’s gotta have goals, indeed. So, out there in the quiet of the Uinta Mountains, I made mine. In 2011, I’m going to take life as it comes. Onward we go then, to the adventure of 2011 and beyond!

Bryon takes in the Uinta Mountains' foothills landscape.

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10 Responses to “A Girl’s Gotta Have Goals”

  1. Gretchen says:

    Indeed, indeed. I’m right there with ya on this mindset, girl. Tough sometimes to remove focus from those specific things we want and try to remain open to life’s possibilities, but the opposite of being open is being closed, and that’s even harder. Happy 2011, my friend!

  2. Paige T. says:

    Sounds perfect…take life as it comes, indeed!

  3. Danni says:

    Perfect goal. I think that’s mine too.

  4. Meghan says:

    Thanks for the love, ladies! Happy New Year to you three, as well!

  5. Danielle says:

    This year, for the first time, I’m using a word for the year. It’s many definitions included. Mine is connect. I like your goal! xoxoDanielle ps: my first thought when I saw the info on the Big Bend Ultra was wondering if you would be here. Are you? 😉

    • Meghan says:

      Danielle,

      Happy New Year, too. I love your word for this year, it’s perfect! Though I’d love to come down for the Big Bend ultra, I won’t be there. Some year soon, I hope! I last visited Big Bend in 2008, so I think it’s time for a voyage back.

      Love,
      Meghan

  6. JeffO says:

    Happy 2011, Meghan!

  7. Ewa says:

    OMG, Meghan, for some reason blogger was not loading your posts. I subscribed again hoping I will be getting your entries about your wonderful adventures. I enjoy your writing very much.
    Thanks for the squirrel tracks explanation. This is so cool. You would be such a great guide on our hikes. Sometimes I feel like a blind person looking but not really seing.

    Have a fantastic 2011.

    • Meghan says:

      Hmn, I wonder what Blogger’s story was? Curious. I’m glad you’re back, though, as I love receiving your wise comments. I hope you have a great year as well.

      Thanks,
      Meghan

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