Now, if you're bored with the moving posts, I don't blame you! Feel free to skip this post. Some day I will write about things besides moving. I want to write this post because I started to think about all of the things that I wanted to have happen with this move. Some are realistic and within my grasp. Others are realistic, but out of my hands. I was curious to see what happens compared to my hopes and expectations, so I decided to write down what I am hoping for and praying for, and then I can come back later and look. I'm just egotistic enough to post it all here thinking that others might be interested, too.
1) Well, not going to lie. The #1 thing that I would hope for is finally meeting a man, falling in love, all that jazz. Preferably someone that not only puts up with, but aides and abets my hiking habit, tolerates my book habit (seriously, I might have a problem!), and of course is seeking God with his whole heart. I can't do much about that, except get involved in a lot of things and be willing to meet people. I'll let God take care of any further details.
2) Right now, I'm really focused on hiking a lot. A whole lot. All summer long, if possible. I would like to hike over 100 miles. That sounds like a lot, but if you break it up into several months, it is a lot. It's doable, though. And given that I hiked nearly 40 miles in one week last summer, I think I'll be able to do that and more. I also hope to hike one or two 14er's by the end of the summer. To accomplish those goals, I plan to hike a lot with my good friend that lives there, and hike a lot with another acquaintance and hope to become better friends with her, and introduce another friend to hiking and hopefully not scare her off with my obsession of hiking. And I'd like to join some hiking groups. You know, feed the craze AND meet new people. I'm all about multi-tasking.
3) I hope to get involved in a good church out there. I love my current church, but their "over 50's" group is thriving, and anything for 20's-30's is non-existent. Actually, I really like getting involved with a wide age range, but I would like for there to be an actual range, rather than 55-85 and a few younger people. I would really like to get involved in Bible study and/or RCIA or something like that. Of course, I also need to find a place for Adoration (I'm hooked!) and I hope to find some Mass times that let me go at least a little more than just Sunday.
4) Obviously, I hope to learn some new things at my job and build a client-base quickly. I think there will be plenty of opportunities for both. I'd also like to get a little more involved with my professional organization while I'm out there. I think that would stretch me even more. Also, I'd love it if it would work out that I could work four 10 hour days instead of 5 days a week. It's at least a possibility right now.
5) Some less specific things that I would like to think about is maybe learning a tiny bit of rock climbing (I'm curious, but I'm thinking indoor rock walls are a lot more my speed than cliff faces), learning more about snowshoeing and possibly taking my life into my hands and trying some skiing, though I really should think more about cross-country than downhill... I like my life and would like to keep it, thanks. (Besides, can't take a chance of taking out a leg and not be able to go hiking.) An odd one is kayaking. I have almost zero experience with kayaking, but the one time I did go I enjoyed it, and would love to do it some more. I'm not much of a swimmer, so we're talking calm lakes, not white water. I don't really intend to pursue it (buying a kayak is not in the budget!), but if it comes up, I won't say no. Do we see a theme? I would like some adventure, but not too much, thank you!
6) I'd really like to get in better shape, be more fit. I think that's pretty well a given if I can manage 2 and even part of 5. I'm all for getting in shape when it's a part of other stuff like that. I'm much more compliant on trails than I am on a treadmill!
7) Kind of a minor thing, but I still break the bank on groceries. If I was wiser with that, I could spend my money elsewhere. Like gas to get to all those trails I want to hike. Or a better camera for all the pictures I want to take. Or, well, any number of great things. And my friend out there has offered to take me under her wing with the whole coupon thing. She's actually figured out how to do it so that she gets good stuff and saves real money with it. I can't wait to be her student!
I realize that not all of those things will happen. Which is good, because I don't have time for all those things to happen. If they do happen, they may not all look like I'm thinking they might look right now. Either way, I think that enough of them will happen that it will be fun to look back on this list compare reality with my expectations.