Accomplishments and Goals – Part 1

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We all have that sinking feeling that we are some type of failure, that we are not moving in the right direction, that we should be doing something else or more to reach our goals and dreams. It’s easy to feel inadequate when you attempt to keep up with the Joneses, your family, your friends, and whatever Instagram star seems to have it all together. The truth is that success and accomplishments are not the same path for everyone. While one person finds just holding down a job a success, another person will crave more. While one person is thrilled to be a stay at home parent, their neighbor craves the thrill of the rat race. The truth is that for our own sanity, it’s important to acknowledge our own goals only to ourselves and to look at our accomplishments to their true value.

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I am one of those people that always wants to achieve more, for myself, and for those closest to me. I have a hard time taking no for an answer, but I also don’t take rejection or speed bumps easily. That being said, I have to remind myself that it’s important to count one’s accomplishment, along with where one wants to be. It levels ones anxiety to something of gratitude and optimism. Somewhere to go, and a path behind filled with goals already met. It’s a good feeling and a practice that all of you should try. See part II for my accomplishment list.

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Travel Inspiration Shows 2018

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While having down time, I often seek out some great travel inspiration (travelspiration) via shows. Often Netflix is my new favorite land of travel shows that offer an intense, personal, and inspiring reflection on the world.

Here is my list of what you should watch to learn more on the world around you.

For Foodie Travelers

It should be a given, but chef’s table is an awesome way to see what the top restaurants in the world offer. I am quite fond of what I consider the more obscure places that reflect a deep and rich cultural identity such as Central and Gaggan.

Weird Food Lovers

The travel channel loves cornering the market on this, but between Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern, there are dozens of shows to watch on the oddities and snacks that exist in the world.

Hotel Lovers

My absolute favorite one from the last few years, and one I binged in 24 hours was Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby. This fantastic show did more than just show where you can stay and what is up for offer. This well-planned, and elegantly executed show delved deep into what it takes to make a hotel work. It also questioned the ethics, social, and economic impact of these global locations. This paired with fantastic shots, enjoyable and informed hosts, created a wonderful show for information and inspiration.

For Those that Love Cultural Reflection

Even if Bourdain is an old fart that complains about vegetarians, I do love his writing style. This amazing writing and ability of this chef turned travel journalist offers an enjoyable look at the world. In Parts Unknown, I especially enjoy the episodes that visit places that have been forgotten or are only now being discovered. 

For the Spiritual Travelers

Believer was a phenomenal look at religions around the globe. Regardless of the politics of Reza Aslan, he’s a great researcher and writer. As a researcher and professor of theology, his books and media works show a truly in depth glance at the systems of belief around us. See the few episodes that were released, because they are really great. 

Travelers that Love to Laugh

My house is one that loves to laugh, so An Idiot Abroad is the best option for my husband and I to sit, and just die laughing at. The show matches wit, with the goofiness of a candid camera show, and just attempts to torture the said “idiot”. Ricky Gervais is one of the mad men behind the scenes, so you know it was a level of humor that can’t be beat.

Happy Travels, even from the couch 😉

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