Goals for 2016: Six Month Review

2016 Six Month Review
I honestly can’t believe it’s already half way through 2016. Where does the time go? It only drives home my mantra that life is too short. As I wrapped up my second week of vacation this year last week I got to thinking. Thinking about my year thus far and asking myself if I’m staying true to my 2016 goals. So, I decided to do a 2016 goals six month review. To let you know how I’ve been doing, and what I’ve been up to.

2016 Goals Six Month Review

If you haven’t read my post on my 2016 Goals you can read it here. But here’s a little recap. Compared to my three months of jet-setting across Europe and the UK last year instead I’m home. I’ve decided to explore my home of Ontario. Ontario has a wealth of great cities and awesome natural wonders that are a must see. So, I’ve made it my goal to see as many as I can, during my time off from work. Yes, I still have a full-time job but I get 4 weeks vacation a year, so between those weeks and weekends I’m trying to make the most of it.

flowerpot island

Flowerpot Island

My first week off was near the end of May and I headed up the Bruce Peninsula to Tobermory for a few days. And, wow! The Bruce Peninsula is home to a ton of amazing natural wonders and epic views along the coast line. It’s home to the Grotto and Flowerpot Island – two of Ontario’s natural wonders. But its also home to so much more; waterfalls, caves, and the fantastic Bruce Trail. I loved it up there so much that I’m returning for a couple of more days at the end of the summer.

As for hiking, I’ve been trying to get out as much as I can. While it may not be as much as I’d like, it’s still more than I ever have. From hiking up on the Bruce Peninsula to going out on various day trips around south-western Ontario, I’ve hiked a bunch of new trails. I even started a new hiking series, Ontario Trails. Truth be told, it’s becoming a bit of an obsession. I’m always on the hunt for more cool new trails, and in turn find more and more to add to my never ending list. I certainly won’t be running out of trails any time soon.

Devil's Pulpit trail

Hiking the Devil’s Pulpit

Have a trail to recommend? I’d love to hear about it! Comment below!

Then there’s the personal goals I set. Be more joyful, better to myself, and keep living life to the fullest. I’ve been doing well. Everyday we wake we are giving a choice, and everyday I make the conscious decision to be happy, grateful and treat myself well. It may not always be rainbows and sunshine but that’s life. But I’m making the effort to not beat myself up, nor dwell on the bad.

My little jar of joy may not be as full as I’d like. But that’s not due to lack of joyful moments. It’s due to lack of participation in writing these moments down. And while my desire to try new foods and make new dishes has waned in the face of budget and time. There is still time to get cooking and eating!

The truth is I’m not exploring some exotic small European town, listening to foreign chatter, tasting new foods, and wandering historic cobblestone streets. I’m at home, in small town Ontario, making the most of real life. It’s a strange feeling when those Facebook flashback posts pop up in my news feed reminding me of where I was last year. I get excited by the memories, thankful that I took the opportunity to go explore, but then… Then I get a pang of yearning to be there again. But I can’t compare Europe to Ontario. I think the only real reason it hurts a little is because I still don’t have a trip to look forward to. But I’ve realized that that’s why I probably don’t have anything in the works. It’s a lesson, a heavy one, to stop looking forward so much and start living in the present moment, and enjoying it no matter where I am.

How are your 2016 goals shaping up?

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Stephanie

I'm a Canadian gal with a passion for wildlife, the great outdoors and travel and hope to inspire others to feel the same way! Travelling mostly solo I love to explore Ontario Gems in my own backyard as well as exotic cities around the world.

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