I recently shared with you readers why 2018 has been my best year ever.
That short post doesn’t really do an entire year justice. But it does quickly sum up a few of the highlights.
Likewise, there’s so much about 2019 I’m excited about. Much more than a short post can cover.
However, I just want to take some time today to cover a few highlights I’m particularly looking forward to as this new year fast approaches.
If 2019 can simply match 2018, I’ll consider that a success.
But I think there’s a good chance this coming year will actually exceed 2018, which is exhilarating!
These are the three things I’m most excited about as we march into 2019…
I’ve never had the travel bug.
However, travel has taken on a totally new meaning for me now that I’ve moved to Thailand.
Travel in the US generally means paying a lot of money and spending a lot of time going to places that aren’t much different. It’s because the United States is such a humongous country. And even international neighbors (particularly Canada) aren’t that much different.
I mean, I could spend hundreds of dollars and hours on flights to go from Tampa to… Chicago? Denver? San Diego?
It doesn’t really matter. The thing is, travel wasn’t interesting for me in the US due to the costs and time involved to see similar places.
But it’s very different over here.
I remember flying from Florida to Portland back in early 2017 in order to check out Oregon as a potential place to live out my FIRE lifestyle. It was hundreds of dollars for a round-trip ticket. And 5+ hours per trip. Just to see… more Americans speaking the same language, going to the same jobs, driving the same cars, eating the same food, and doing the same things. Wow. How amazing!
Well, I could spend a similar (or less) amount of money and time going from Bangkok to, say, Tokyo. Or Seoul. Or Hong Kong.
That’s just far more rewarding and compelling to me.
I’m contemplating doing at least one international trip in 2019. Tokyo and Seoul are at the top of my list right now for exploration. Eventually, I want to execute my perfect snowbird solution. My long-term plan is to spend 1-2 months outside of Thailand around late spring/early summer. Explore a new city/country every year. Prague one year. Budapest the next. So on and so forth. I’ll execute on this idea in due time.
Either way, I’ll be visiting Ho Chi Minh City to take care of my visa paperwork for 2019. I’ve never seen Vietnam, so that’s very interesting.
Meanwhile, and more pertinent, I also aim to hop around Thailand a little bit more in 2019 and see more of this beautiful country, which is so different from where I come from. Travel within Thailand is extremely cheap and easy. This will be the biggest priority of all.
Phuket and Koh Lanta beckon. White sand, turquoise water, and a warm breeze. Life could be worse.
And I want to spend more time in Bangkok. It’s such a massive and dynamic city that begs to be examined. (I’m in Bangkok as I write this.)
Meeting More People
I’ve really come into my own here in Thailand.
The US was isolating for me. It’s individualism supercharged. The dog-eat-dog rat race.
But Thailand generally, and perhaps Chiang Mai specifically, places a greater emphasis on community and cooperation.
I’ve met countless people at scheduled gatherings. Quite a few people have recognized me out in public. I’ve also had numerous lunches with readers passing through the area (especially Europeans).
It’s been great.
As I previously noted, Chiang Mai is actually not a place that has a lot of successful entrepreneurs. It’s truthfully anything but that. Despite what it might be sold as, most people come here because their limited resources dictate it. Most of these “digital nomads” (or whatever you want to call them) play around for a bit, pretend to be entrepreneurs, then go back home.
But it’s all good. They give it a shot. And I’ve enjoyed meeting many interesting people and gaining a new perspective.
I’m very much looking forward to meeting even more people in 2019. Since Chiang Mai is so transient, I’ll no doubt have plenty of opportunities!
There are too many people here in Chiang Mai who want to sell you some yoga retreat or mindfulness course. Self-appointed gurus want naive people to pay good money for some social event disguised as a “mastermind” group.
To each their own. I’m not into that.
What I am into, though, is just seeing each day as an opportunity to better yourself.
Well, 2019 has 365 such opportunities. It’s just those small steps forward. Day by day. Each day counts. Each one adds up.
As I look toward 2019, I’m so enthusiastic about writing inspirational content, consuming more information, building my best body, seeing new places, expanding my horizons, and growing across every phase of my life.
I plan to repeat my “perfect day” over and over again throughout 2019, just as I have throughout 2018.
I want to improve myself as a human being every single day, going to bed smarter and better than I woke up.
Every day above ground is a good day. So that’s a nice start. And I don’t want to ever take that gift for granted.
I can’t imagine ending 2019 without being wiser, faster, stronger, bolder, happier, and richer than I am right now.
2018 has been the zenith of my life thus far.
But I’m still young. I’m still eager for more.
FIRE might include “retirement” in its name, but this new take on an old idea simply allows you the cumulative resources to live your best life, every single day.
The resources become more plentiful over time. You’re then put in an even better position to improve yourself and do more. That’s something I must take advantage of. I’d be remiss not to.
Let’s get after 2019, folks. This new year is coming up fast. I say, bring it on!
What about you? Excited about 2019? What are you especially looking forward to?
Thanks for reading.
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