Wondering Wanderer

Out with 2023, on with 2024

December 31, 2023

2023 in a nutshell:

  • I survived. It was one of the harder years. I didn’t get that promotion at work I was hoping for. I learned to let go of people. Got re-orged twice. Tried to cope with the increasing workload to the best of my ability.
  • Recorded two podcast episodes that hopefully will be useful for someone
  • Did not get a single backpacking trip in the whole year (see above)
  • Visited Singapore in February and even got a hike in while there!
  • Had a solo weeklong trip to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
  • Learned to roller skate, line dance and weave
  • 53 hikes towards my 52 hike challenge - overall mileage 100 miles more than last year yet the hikes were shorter on average. There was a definite lack of long and hard hikes. Half way through the year I made it a priority to dedicate Sundays for hike days to maintain my sanity.
  • 46 books read - less than usual and also more fiction in the second half of the year.

Aspirational list for 2023 (it’s long but not unreasonable):

  • fill my own tank before helping others
  • increase my savings rate by another 5%
  • buy no clothes in 2024
  • check one or two new national parks off my list
  • go see Lake Louise
  • get at least one backpacking trip in
  • make that oh-shit-now-what plan
  • learn something new
  • spend more on experiences over material stuff

Katrin Valdre

Written by Katrin Valdre who has a permanent address in Portland, OR but does not believe in one physical location. You should follow her on Twitter