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How To Make The Best of 2018

Every year or ever so often, I try to wipe the slate clean, start fresh with new goals and new ideas in mind. I wouldn’t go to the extent of calling this a New Year’s Resolution (I’m a month late for that)— however, I truly believe it is important to stop for a second, reflex and rebuild dreams.

Yes, I know…. we’re already in the month of February and if you’re thinking it’s probably a little bit too late for this, don’t.  I deliberately saved this post for now, for this moment. When I think about the year and just life in general, I want to think it’s completely okay to pause and reflex no matter the time of day or year.

Craving out ideas and suggestions hoping to inspire someone to really do what they love is not the easiest task. So, I’ve thought about this long and hard. But, every now and again I do get a little anxious, a little edgy about digging deep and sharing what works for me, hoping it would give you the push you might need.

If you are still with me, if you’re still reading along, here are a few ideas I’ve managed to come up with on how to make the best of 2018.

 Find Your Passion

If I am positioning this right, my question is: What is it that you’re passionate about? What is it that you truly enjoy doing that makes you genuinely happy? You would want to think that this is an easy question to answer, but it’s not. Stop. Think. Reflex. Find what is it that gets you going. That one thing (or things) that truly uplifts your spirit, that one thing that creates a spark of everburning light.

Over the past few years, I have done a lot of travelling. For me, this is my greatest passion and the one thing that truly intrigues me the most. The different cultures, the people, the food, the languages; I live for this literally. My biggest focus over the years has been on travels and if I am honest with myself, this makes me the happiest.

In 2017,  I did a few personal trips that were not documented on here, as I use these trips to fully unplug and literally bask in what I enjoy the most. Travel the roads less-travelled, make friends with the locals and truly take in the feeling of what it really means to ‘travel and explore’.

Travel experiences have created times where I’ve been caught in moments where it was so magical, it almost felt unreal. It was almost like a dream, but a dream I was able to get up and do; be apart of.  I believe if you are passionate about something, this is how you ought to be feeling—like you are living your dream.

Feel free to pursue more than one passion. Last year, I briefly discussed an idea with my sister about getting more into Reading; discover ideas, boost my imagination. I am currently having a field day with “The Artist’s Way”. Feel free to check it out.

Pursue The Passion

Half the job is done once you’ve identified the passion. Now do it! Sometimes, what gets me a little puzzled is when you are able to identify your passion, but then you stall to actually make it a reality. If this is your passion, if this is something you truly love and enjoy then why is it so much of a “task” to just get up and make it happen.

If your passion is:

To travel: try to visit as many new places as possible.

To Write: explore, discuss new ideas and write. It is that simple!

Cooking: Explore new dishes and try to be creative.

Have Words that You Live By

Repetition words. Plant a few words in the back of your mind that gets you going. Every time I’m in a situation where I am questioning my abilities, my goals or an idea I’d like to pursue — I find myself saying: “Just do it, you’re not getting any younger.” This is me, this is my mantra. It sends a thrill every time, as I find it so real; so truthful, but it keeps me going.

Sounround Yourself with the People & Things You Love

Do the things you love, with the people love for the reasons you love.

One of the most amazing feelings is being able to share moments with the people who appreciates you the most.

Postive energy gets you a long way.

Create a Bucket List

Sometimes, it’s good to just put your thoughts, ideas, goals down on paper.

Here are a few things I’d like to do this year:

Develop an E-book for theworldupcloser

Learn a new language

Visit a few new places

Live in a new city


With your goals identified, don’t  be afraid to make them happen. One step and a time and own it.

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from the inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the object it loves.” — C.G. Jung

Happy travels,  happy planning, happy 2018.

Xx- Shea

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  • Sherril
    May 29, 2018

    Im loving your travel experiences.
    I would love for my friend to see a lot of sights but having the Jamaican passport is a barrier by far especially in terms of most countries he would love to visit.
    Having suggested we somehow find a way that i can fly from the UK and he can fly from Jamaica to explore other countries and life itself with 5 minutes freedom from our kids i’m now on a mission to find out how this can be accomplished and meet both our needs.
    Just stumbled onto your page and i’m loving it already.
    Continue your journey and stay blessed.

  • Nadine
    March 20, 2018

    Well said. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Sean Thompson
    February 2, 2018

    Love this!!!

  • Melissa S.
    February 1, 2018

    Hi Shea, you’ve done it again with the awesome post! You are truly inspiring!

    • Shea Powell
      Melissa S.
      February 4, 2018

      Thanks for stopping by Melissa! 🙂

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