It’s been nearly 2 years since I last posted on my blog. Time flies. After moving back to Dallas in 2016, I simply got out of the habit of posting on a regular basis. Once I got behind, it was really hard to catch up again. In that time, I realized how much I missed keeping up with Frequent Wanderer. It was a fun, creative outlet for me during our 2 years in London. It provided me a place to document my own experiences, mostly for myself but also for friends and family.
With that in mind, I’ve made blogging one of my new year’s resolutions (more about that later). Before looking ahead, I thought I’d share just a few highlights from 2018:
Spending time with family: Every year that goes by, I have a growing appreciation for the time I get to spend with family. Yes, we argue incessantly both at work and at home. However, I cherish time spent with my parents, my sister and my niece and nephew. This year, Kressa turned 2 and developed a new found love (more like obsession) for all things Frozen. Rae and Kurt welcomed a new addition to the family: Max! It’s been so fun watching him grow and seeing his personality develop. He just started walking! Michael has also become such an integral part of the family. Kressa and Max love him (arguably more than they love me), and after the meal he prepared this past Christmas, I’m pretty sure he’ll be cooking for all future family functions.
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro: One item that has long been on Michael’s bucket list is to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. In January 2018, we finally checked this one off the list. It was an arduous 6 days / 5 nights climb to the top along the Rongai route. We struggled both physically and mentally, but reaching the summit was a once in a lifetime experience. For those considering the climb, we highly recommend Duma Explorer. Our team of guides and porters was awesome and instrumental in helping us ascend Africa’s highest peak. With all that said, I’m in no rush to climb any more of the world’s tallest mountains.
Seeing friends afar: Over the past 10+ years, Michael and I have made some great friends while living in DC, NYC and London. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see most of them all that often anymore as everyone is scattered around the world. In our travels this year, we’ve been fortunate enough to spend some quality time with friends far and wide. True friends are those who you may not see all that often, but when you do, you pick up right where you left off. Whether it was a weekend getaway in Sedona with Maryann, a birthday celebration in Belize with Coco and Peter, or a stopover in Japan with Jonas and Jen, we’re so thankful for the time spent with some of our closest friends.
Growing the business: Rae and I tend to be pretty coy when it comes to talking about our business. However, I’m really proud of what our team accomplished this past year. From selling out of new handbag styles and putting on a successful Leatherology event in LA to launching the new Coverstore custom covers program and beating our sales target, 2018 was a great year for the entire DCI family. This is not to say that we didn’t experience some bumps in the road. Owning and running a company is an extremely humbling experience. Nothing can prepare you for the highs and lows of business ownership. Without question, I learned and grew more professionally in the past year than I did in the previous 10+ years combined.
Getting to know our own city better: Whether you live in a vibrant, cosmopolitan city like NYC or a burgeoning metropolis like Dallas, it’s easy to take your own city for granted. Dallas often gets a reputation for being a bit uninspired and stodgy. However, when you peel back the layers and dig a little deeper, you’ll find a diverse and eccentric city that is rapidly changing. We’ve loved trying new restaurants (a few highlights include The Charles, Petra & The Beast and Taco y Vino), discovering new cocktail bars (Lounge Here, Las Almas Rotas, Bourbon & Banter) and visiting world-class exhibitions at The Fort Worth Modern and the Dallas Museum of Art.
Now that’s out of the way, it’s time to look ahead to 2019. This year, I’ve decided to make my resolutions quantifiable. How nerdy of me. I’ve learned over the years that my resolutions are always too arbitrary and probably too ambitious. For 2019, I thought I’d set goals that are both measurable and realistic. Below are my resolutions for the year ahead:
Run 2 half marathons: While living in NYC and London, signing up for races was always a good way to keep my fitness in check. They gave me milestones to work towards and held me accountable for getting in race shape. In the last 2 years, I haven’t run a single half or full marathon. That’s going to change this year. We’ve already signed up for the Rock & Roll Half Marathon in Washington DC this spring and are researching options for the fall.
Take 4 tennis lessons: My 2nd health-related goal is to start taking tennis lessons again. I haven’t picked up a racket in years, and I haven’t consistently played since, well, high school. Any suggestions for tennis instructors in Dallas?
Read 8 books: Every year, I make it a goal to read more, and every year, I fail. 8 books in the entire year doesn’t seem like all that much. My first book on the list is Less by Andrew Sean Greer
Prepare 12 dinners by myself: I’ll admit that I’m a horrible cook. I’ve even managed to f*ck up boxed mac & cheese. Thankfully, I have Michael and UberEats, both of whom are amazing cooks. With that said, I’d really like to challenge myself to be a bit more competent in the kitchen. This includes learning to cook healthy meals (in lieu of McDonald’s).
Write 24 blog posts: Last but not least, I’m making a commitment to maintaining this blog. We just got back from a 2 week trip through Southeast Asia. I plan to write about our stops in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos while they are still fresh on my mind. Stay tuned for more!