I have so many things I want to do in 2019. Below is my list of things I wish and hope to accomplish in the new year. Hopefully I can look back at the end of next year to see how much of my goals I achieve.
A lot of them are introspective as a result of things I learned from this year. I’ve learned a lot from being under major stress, and the things I want to do next year if I’m ever to progress in my career, is to first fix myself.
2019 Goals List:
Pass two NCARB tests – I’d like to pass all of them, but I’m being realistic here.
Take one international trip
Take one domestic trip outside of California
Exercise more and get healthy
Learn to manage my emotions in uncomfortable situations
Increase my confidence, yet remain humble
Push myself out of my comfort zone
Learn to manage stress and anxiety
Learn to be okay with conflict when it arises
Be more understanding of others – pass less judgement
Get into blogging
Consume and shop less than what I did in 2018 (bought 51 pieces of clothing/shoes in 2018)
If I were to describe Big Island, I would say it’s like the country of Hawaii. Although it has Kona, the more commercialized part of the island, Big Island is fairly natural. If you’re on the Hilo side, there’s the Puna rain forest and then there’s the Volcano National Park that’s actively flowing with lava.
Would I recommend a trip to Big Island? Absolutely and especially for those living on the west coast, it’s a bargain when flying with Alaska Airlines, Southwest, or even Hawaiian Airlines. For domestic travels, I use Alaska Airlines to take advantage of their frequent flyer points and yearly companion fare offerings. But that’s just my preference. It’s okay to use a different airline.
Below are a few pictures taken from our trip back in 2017. We didn’t explore too much since we were with family, but we still managed to do a few things on our own.
Yosemite National Park is another ‘must visit’ place on anyone’s bucket list. Pictures below are from a trip we took a few years ago when I had ambitious goals to hike up Half Dome.
Short story: By the time we got to the sub-dome, it was around 4pm. With no headlamps on us and weary legs, we decided to turn back around. Good thing we did because by the time we got to the valley floor, it was pitch black.
I had ambitious goals of tackling the 16 mile hike instead of doing the shorter versions, but if getting to the summit is a priority, I recommend a shorter route.
Obviously Yosemite National Park is not just about Half Dome. There are other things to do and hikes to take. This is just my experience of park.
Getting inside the park can be very scary. If you aren’t used to driving along the edge of a mountain, then prepare yourself for the drive.
Check out the scenic ‘Tunnel View” and snap a picture. It’s a gorgeous view.
Be weary of the wildlife – we encountered a coyote on our hike, but there are black bears and rattle snakes to watch out for.
Invest in a head lamp if you plan to hike Yosemite. We brought flashlights from the Dollar Tree and it barely lit our path on our decent.
Hydrate if you go on a long hike – we had 4 bottles of 32oz Gatorade each person. The crazy thing was we only peed once for the entire hike, which was from 5:30am to 8:30pm.
It took 17 hours getting here from the San Francisco Bay Area. Our first stop was Auckland, New Zealand and then a short flight over to Sydney. Although it was a long travel day, it was worth the trip to be in the land down under. Below are just a few pictures of our time there, and if there is a time to go, I’d say when they host Vivid Sydney. The light shows are amazing!
This is another bucket list worthy place to visit.
My husband and I did a road trip from the Bay Area up to Klamath Falls, Oregon which is about 45 minutes away from Crater Lake. The road trip itself took 6 hours, and for us the drive up wasn’t that bad and fairly manageable.
If I were to visit Yellowstone again, I’d stay at the Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton Park. We so happened to have stopped by for a restroom break, and also decided to have lunch at the Blue Heron Lounge. Not only was the food really good, but the view of Grand Teton in the background was so romantic. The proximity to Yellowstone and Jackson Hole is also a plus. There’s less driving and more time for activities. On our first visit, we stayed in Idaho Falls and the drive was close to 2 hours each direction. It was definitely not the best use of our time since we had 2 days to explore each park.
For getting to Yellowstone, I’d fly into Salt Lake City for cheaper airfare and then head on up in a rental car. The drive takes about 4.5 hours, which isn’t too bad considering the sightseeing you’ll be doing. However, if driving is not your thing and you’re willing to pay a little bit more, there’s always flying into the Yellowstone airport.
Yellowstone is definitely one of the national parks to visit and very bucket list worthy. With Grand Teton right next door, it’s a two in one park visit.
Some helpful tips:
Even in June, the temperature hovers around 65 degrees Fahrenheit. I definitely recommend packing a lightweight down.
Yellowstone gets busy around lunch time so avoid the cafes and/or restaurants because getting service will take awhile. Prepare snacks and have lunch at an odd hour to avoid the lunch rush. Other than the Blue Heron Lounge in Grand Teton, the rest of the park food was cafeteria quality.
There are restaurants just outside of the Yellowstone west entrance, and they also get crowded. We tried having dinner there, but the wait was too long.
For anyone traveling to Paris, I highly recommend the Museum Pass. Not only do you get to bypass lines, you get access to some of the world’s best works of art. Below are a few photos I was able to take from our trip back in September 2016.