In my 100th post, I reflected on some goals I'd made in the past, and defined some new ones for the future. Looking back, Alice and I did not meet our first goal of paddling together 8 more times (I think we went 3 more times?). But I definitely met the next three goals of paddling 100 miles before a set date, exploring ten new places (easy!), and getting involved in sea kayaking in the Netherlands.
That's fun - let's do it again! While we were in New Zealand, I made a list of New Year's resolutions. I just checked and somehow, out of 19 resolutions, only one of them is kayaking-related! How did that happen? Let's fix that asap. Below are 7 new kayaking-related goals for 2018, some more ambitious than others...
1. Blog a lot!
I'm going to be a bit meta for a moment and blog about blogging. I recently made this cool plot showing the timeline of posts on this site. I love graphs, and there aren't many opportunities to make them when you're a kayak blogger... There are some clear trends, which I've noted. Steeper lines indicate periods of more frequent blogging.
2. Paddle a lot!
3. Do a couple open coast paddles!
4. Refresh my Greenland paddling & rolling skills
5. Find my paddling community
I'm cooking up some ideas for trips I could organize to get to know more club members: new member paddle? young member paddle? There are plenty of both, but I somehow don't encounter them very often at the club. Finally, I want to attend more club meetings, to get more involved in the planning/decision making.
6. Write a few more Water Nerd posts.
7. Here's a fun one: Name my new boat!
That's all for now. There may be some other surprises/developments in the works for 2018, but that's on the down-low for now. I'll revisit at the end of 2018 to see how many of these goals I was able to meet. It feels quite ambitious!