Am I the only one who can’t believe it’s already January 13th? The second week of the month’s almost done and I feel like I’m just now stepping out of the holiday whirlwind and re-orienting myself in the new year. It doesn’t help that my family is notoriously unhurried when it comes to taking down all of our Christmas decorations– I’m actually writing this in the glow of our tree, still decorated, dropping more dried-out pine needles on the floor by the minute.
With the slow return to post-holiday normalcy, it’s safe to say that various other aspects of my life are completing their transition to 2017. I’m decluttering, I’ve almost finished the months-long renovation of my room, I’m taking on new projects at work and have been directing more energy into my personal interests. I’ve been taking lots of photos and writing up a storm, which are both excellent things for a writer & photographer to be doing. I’ve got big ideas for my blog, and will have much more to share on here in the upcoming weeks. It’s a transition period, but an exciting one, and I’m feeling overall much more focused and motivated than I’ve felt in a long time.
That feeling is probably aided by the fact that I’ll be leaving for Costa Rica less than two months from now. Forty-six days, to be exact. It’s the perfect amount of time to accomplish many of the projects I’ll have started before I leave, to get my life organized before I hit the road for a couple of months, and to keep me busy with other work so I can keep my mind off of how slowly those forty-six days are passing.
Of course, in keeping my body so busy with work and chores and projects, my mind has been free to drift and think about all that I have coming in the near future. It’s been a very distracted week, even by my standards. There have been days where I’ve been so lost in thought on the drive home, that suddenly I’ll arrive in my driveway with no memory of the ride I just completed. I’m daydreaming about the rainforest and scheming new plans with every free moment: can I fit another weekend trip in before Costa Rica? What topic should I write my column on this week? Do I want to spend more time on the Pacific coast or the Caribbean?
You should know this about me: when I get excited about something, it’s all I can think about. I’m doodling palm trees on papers at work and browsing Pinterest for beach and jungle photos on break. I’ve been to Costa Rica a handful of times now, always for different reasons and each trip as distinctly memorable from the others as could be. Right now, all that means is that I’ve got great material to base my next six weeks of distractions on– and six weeks to dream about all this latest expedition will hold. I think it goes without saying, but I truly can’t wait to find out.