Looking forward to things is something I’ve always been good at. Something happening next week? I’m excited. Something happening next month? I’m excited. Something happening next year? I’m still incredibly excited. I think this is one of the reasons why I love planning trips. I get to decide on a place to go, where to stay and what to do before I even leave my house. I love the anticipation and the build up to new and fun experiences. If I don’t have something to look forward to, I can start to feel a bit sad like I’m never going to do anything fun and interesting ever again – which is never actually going to be true.
As one of my goals for 2018 is to have new experiences and to fully live my life, I’ve started to plan different things I’m going to do this year. I’ve clicked ‘Interested’ on quite a few events on Facebook which makes similar events show up on my news feed that Facebook thinks I’ll also be interested in. Saying I’m interested in something doesn’t mean I’ll always attend whatever it is, but it helps me to find other things I want to to go.
For this week’s blog post I wanted to write down a list of things I’m excited for this year. Big and small, close and far away, there are a lot of things I’m excited for in 2018.
P&O Cruise to Fiji
In August I’ll be setting sail on my first ever cruise with Tom and some of his extended family. We’ll spend eight nights on the ship, starting and ending in Auckland and stopping off at three different places around Fiji. I’m excited to relax and take a week and a half off work. I’ve never been on such a giant ship (I think ours has about 12 levels!) and I’ve never been on a boat where I couldn’t see land. We’ll be right out in the middle of the ocean some days and won’t have any view of land. I hope we’ll get to see some sea creatures, maybe sharks, whales or dolphins! In Fiji we might even be able to see turtles! Whenever I go somewhere new I love seeing animals in the wild that I can’t see in Auckland.
I’m excited to explore the ship on sea days and the different entertainment it provides. From the on deck pools to shows and quizzes I’m sure I won’t be bored. The food looks pretty awesome too. Instead of a big buffet where the food might sit out for a while, it’s more like a big food court where you can order what you feel like from one of the counters and it’s made to order. There’s also a restaurant which is included in our base fare too so we’ll probably check that out a few times. I’m not sure yet whether we’ll buy a drinks package or just pay as we go. We’re not big drinkers but I do want to enjoy some fancy cocktails on board!
Le Renault French Festival
I was already looking forward to this festival before I started writing this blog post but when I just looked it up, I found out that the Auckland festival dates are on my BIRTHDAY WEEKEND! Last year it was in August so I assumed it would be the same this year. What a wonderful surprise, though I’m not sure how I missed the dates when I said I was interested on Facebook! I love France and all things French, so a festival all about that is definitely a good way to spend my birthday. I would absolutely love to go to the One Night in France dinner on the 8th of June but I’ll have to get tickets soon because they sell out fast! Even if I can’t save up enough for tickets to the dinner before they sell out I’m still so excited for the festival over the weekend. It’s only $5 entry each day and it’s full of French food, culture and I’m sure a fantastic atmosphere that will transport me to France for the day.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
In November my sister and I are planning to walk the Tongariro Alpine crossing with our partners, her daughter, and possibly our mum. It’s going to take me a lot of training to get me ready to do the day-long 19km hike which is why I’m planning on walking being my main form of exercise this year. If I can complete the crossing I’ll be so proud of myself because it’s definitely not something I could do now. This is a challenge I’ve wanted to do for quite a while but have never committed to actually doing it.
Alliance Française French Film Festival
Surprise surprise, another French event I’m looking forward to! In Takapuna, where I usually go, the Alliance Française French Film Festival runs between the 2nd and 21st of March. Check out their page to see when the festival is running near you as it moves around the country. There’s only been a few early announcements on the films for this year but the full programme will be announced next month. I’ll be seeing one film with my mum as is tradition, but I’ll try and catch a few more if I can!
In Taka there’s also a French Festival and Movie Night mid-February to give a taster of what to expect from the full French Film Festival. In the afternoon there will be a French market with French food stalls, live music and mini-French lessons. This is followed by an outdoor screening of one of the festival films La Famille Bélier which is about a young woman with deaf parents finding out she has an amazing singing voice. It will be shown in French with English subtitles so if you’re down for a bit of reading you don’t need to know any French to enjoy!
Writing More Blogs
Even though I haven’t exactly stuck to schedule so far this year I’ve really enjoyed creating and writing the blogs I’ve published so far. I’m excited to stick with it and see what might happen because of it at some point down the road. Thinking of different blog ideas is starting to get a bit easier and with each one I write I can feel myself getting a bit better at it. I even figured out how to put images in my blog post this time! I’m excited for the possibility of one day making a career for myself in freelance writing and voice over work. The only way to get there is to start practicing and improving my skills as well as putting my hand up for opportunities whenever possible and getting my name out there.
Those are some of the major things I’m excited about this year. Looking forward to things isn’t for everyone though, I know my boyfriend doesn’t get excited for things easily. For me it’s an important part of life and I will never get sick of asking him,”Guess what? We’re going on a cruise!” every chance I get.
What are you looking forward to in 2018? Big or small I want to know. Leave me a comment and let me know so I can get excited with you!