14 Reasons Why 2014 is Going to Be Awesome

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Coming to the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014, we saw tons of posts about how great 2013 was.  13 best trips I took this year, 13 of my favorite destinations, 13 blah blah blah.  I love reading these posts, but I unfortunately can’t really participate because I haven’t traveled much of anywhere this year.  Given my specific situation, I’m choosing to look ahead instead of behind me.  So, I’m going to tell you 14 reasons why 2014 is going to be my best year yet.  For travel and for me.


1.  I’m literally starting the year by going to Disney World and Universal Studios.  While this may not be the most exotic location or the most exciting trip ever, I’ve always loved going.  Growing up, I was fortunate to go see Mickey quite a bit and it’s always had a special place in my heart.  Also, starting 2014 by traveling seems like a pretty good sign to me.  I literally have to leave around midnight to get to Orlando in time to pick my brother up at the airport when his flight lands.  So, no going to the bars or being kissed at midnight for me-just a good ‘ole road trip.

2.  I will be possession-less by mid-year.  I will be keeping some obvious things like some clothing, sentimental items, things I can use for traveling later on (camping equipement, etc), and a few other things.  However, I will have gotten rid of about 90% of my crap by September.  If y’all even had a clue to how much stuff I had, you’d slap me.  Hard.  I don’t even know how a 27-year-old even obtains that much stuff and even more so, I can’t believe I moved all of it as many times as I did.  I already feel a lot lighter and can’t wait to get rid of a lot more stuff.

3.  I will be debt-free except for student loans.  There’s a still few little odds and ends that I owe on, but that should all be paid off in the next few months.  I also still have to sell my vehicle and pay off that loan.  After that, the only thing I will owe money on are student loans which I’m convinced I’ll pay until I die.  Actually, I think after 25 years if they aren’t paid off, the rest is forgiven.  So when I’m like 50-something, I’ll be done with those.  

4.  I get to see this blog grow even more.  I’ve only just scratched the surface and I can already see my hard work slowly paying off.  I’m obviously no where near where I want to be, but I’m also a lot further along than I thought I would be at this point.  I started my blog way before I left for a reason and I’m so glad I did.  I can’t wait to see what happens in 2014 with it and I feel really good about it.


5.  Quitting my job to trave the world.  It’s no secret that I hate working normal, stable jobs.  Every day is a struggle to not throw my computer and phone at work out of the window.  I feel like I’m stuck in the movie Office Space.  So, while it’s been an internal struggle figuring out how to tell work that I’m quitting in October, I think I’ve finally almost built up the courage.  

6.  Going to Southeast Asia for the first time and Asia for the second.  I’ve only ever been to Asia once-South Korea.  I went there for two weeks to visit my now ex.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get to experience very much and have been regretting it ever since.  So, in all honesty, this really feels like my first time to Asia ever.  I know this is going to be unlike anywhere I’ve ever been before and I couldn’t be more excited for that reason alone.

7.  Traveling solo for the first time ever.  I love my alone time which is why it’s surprising I’ve never been on a trip alone.  I’ve done little day trips alone or on longer trips, I’ve gone off on a day alone.  The idea of traveling alone can be intimidating at first, but I know it will be amazing.


8.  I’m making a vow to becoming my healthiest and fittest version yet.  Being unhappy in my life for many years, led me to not take care of myself the way I should.  I’ve always considered myself athletic and active and I did do enough to at least not be way overweight.  Ever since I tore my ACL last year though, I’ve gotten worse.  I’ve vowed to get myself back to being healthy and fit this year.

9.  I’m going to bring my photography to whole other level.  I have to admit a lot of my great shots have been mostly luck.  This year, I want to actually know what I’m doing when I take photos.  I specifically want to learn more about night and HDR photography.

10.  I’m going to get to know my home better than ever.  I’m going to spend this year before I head off to Asia getting to know it better than ever.  There’s a lot of places I haven’t even gone or experienced.  I can’t wait to bring more info about Nashville and the surrounding areas to my readers…all 10 of them.


11.  I’m going to learn to be happy on my own.  For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been dating someone or seriously involved with someone.  I’d like to spend this year really getting to know myself.

12.  I’m going to learn a new language.  I’ve really been wanting to learn a new language and have been thinking about it a lot lately.  My only problem is I’ve been trying to make a decision on which one.  For some reason, I keep going back to Romanian–it’s fairly easy for English speakers but still very different.  Any suggestions?

13.  I’m going to jump out of a plane.  I’m not going to get to go on any trips before my trip to Asia because of saving money and no vacation time left, but I do still want to make time for day trips and other exciting things.  Skydiving is one of my biggest bucket list items and I plan on making it happen this summer.


14.  What’s one reason 2014 is going to be awesome for you??  I have a lot of reasons to look forward to this year.  I’ve got a lot of work cut out for me but with big payoffs.  I want to know what big plans y’all have planned for 2014.


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  1. Kara

    January 11, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Great plans for 2014 Ashley! I’m so very excited and proud of you for making your dreams come true! Sounds like Walt Disney πŸ™‚

  2. Mrs. Chasing the Donkey

    January 12, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    I was smiling the entire time reading this post πŸ™‚ I love how you are so positive, and I can hear in your writing about how free and liberated you are already feeling – and you have not even left yet!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 12, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      Haha I know, right? Imagine how I’ll be when I do leave?!

      • Rachel

        January 13, 2014 at 4:12 AM

        Floating over the ground? πŸ˜€

        So glad it’s going well for you, keep it up!

  3. frankaboutcroatia

    January 12, 2014 at 3:59 AM

    2014 will be awesome! Could feel it just by reading your post. Huge kudos from me for all the decisions you made. As for the language, start with Spanish. It’s beautiful, and not too difficult to learn… And then proceed to French, la langue de MoliΓ¨re!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 12, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      Thanks! I can’t wait to see how the year plays out. I think I may take everyone’s advice and master my Spanish (I took 5 years, but never really used it). French should be pretty easy after that πŸ™‚

  4. Travis

    January 12, 2014 at 4:25 AM

    Wow, sounds like an incredible year ahead! Your optimism is contagious and we can’t wait to follow along with every step you take in 2014!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 12, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      Thanks Travis! I try to be as optimistic as possible πŸ˜€

  5. Ann

    January 12, 2014 at 5:24 AM

    Have a great time in Orlando, and then in Asia. We sold so much of our stuff before we moved overseas that it made our realtor really nervous. However, I wish we would have sold even more.

    As for language, since Romanian seems to interest you, stick with that one!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 12, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      Thanks Ann! It’s crazy how easy it is to let go of things once you start.

  6. Dave

    January 12, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    Great post, Ashley – looking ahead is always a tougher exercise than a glance in the rear view. As a language geek, I would highly recommend Spanish. With Spanish and your native English, you have a large portion of the Western Hemisphere covered. 2014 is going to be awesome for me because I have a lot of uncharted territory around me in Africa that I will be exploring.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 12, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      Thanks Dave! That’s great that you’re going to be doing a lot in Africa. I’m kind of saving Africa as I feel very drawn to it–basically, I think once I’m there, I’ll be there for quite a long time.

  7. Lunaguava

    January 12, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Hope you manage to tick every single item on this list, Ashley! 2014 is gearing up to be a tremendous year for you, and I wish you the best of luck. I’m seconding Frank on the language department: Spanish is a great new language to learn. Just imagine – one language and you can understand most of the American continent. How cool is that? We speak Spanish, and are finding it really helpful while traveling Central America. The ability to casually chitchat with locals is priceless, and was something we missed while visiting Asia. Good luck!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 12, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      I should have added in my post that I took multiple years of Spanish; however, I never practiced in real life and lost a lot of it. I really should master it before learning a new one I suppose.

  8. Jonathan

    January 12, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Sounds like a really exciting year lies ahead, hope you have a great time!

  9. Mary {The World Is A Book}

    January 12, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    What an exciting and memorable year this is going to be. I love your outlook on things and so happy that you’re trying out these new adventures and venturing outside your comfort zone. Wishing you good health and the very best wishes for 2014. Disney and Universal Studios are a great way to start. Safe travels!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 12, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      Thank you so much Mary! I really am so excited for this year πŸ˜€

  10. Bob R

    January 12, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Why stop at 14? πŸ™‚

    Great attitude, don’t change. πŸ™‚ Getting rid of stuff is incredibly liberating. Even now, nearly five months after I ended an eight month trip, I still find myself wearing the same small handful of clothes. And I’m an even worse shopper than I was before –didn’t realize that was even possible.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 12, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      Haha that’s great. Thanks so much Bob πŸ™‚

  11. Syd

    January 12, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Love how positive and honest you are! Fantastic post. Good luck with all of these! I’m glad I’ll be able to follow along in your journey. As for languages, I also vote Spanish–although, be warned, learning a language is never easy and even though Spanish is relatively simple, compared to say, Chinese, it’s still a constant challenge to think, act and speak in another language. However speaking Spanish opens up SO many travel opportunities–Spain, South America, Caribbean, Central America, Mexico… It’s also pretty handy living in the US too… In case you can’t tell, I love Spanish and am so glad I put in the time to learn it well. (Which, fyi, was about a cumulative year of living in Spanish speaking countries and I still have soooo much to learn!)

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 12, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      Thank you so much Syd! I can read Spanish fairly well…it’s definitely the speaking and carrying on a conversation part that’s difficult for me. I’ll think I’m definitely going to take everyone’s advice πŸ™‚

  12. Jess

    January 13, 2014 at 2:56 AM

    Well, you have me convinced – 2014 is going to be AWESOME. Really, any year that starts off with a trip to Disney is already going right.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 13, 2014 at 8:36 AM

      Thanks Jess! I did start off getting really sick-hopefully that’s no indication of the year!

  13. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary

    January 13, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    Sounds you have an awesome 2014 ahead of you! You are going to love traveling around Asia, especially SE Asia. It is so rich with culture and you will love every minute of your adventure! And skydiving!! You are definitely braver than me!! Look forward to hearing all about it!

  14. lisa

    January 13, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Congrats on all of your hard work so far. This year I am starting with paying off debt as I plan to eventually live abroad for a few years with my husband. Reading your blog is helping keep me motivated.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 13, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      That’s great Lisa–any ideas where you want to live yet? Good luck paying off debt–it really is liberating. πŸ™‚

  15. Angela

    January 13, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    I loved your 2014 summary. Sounds like you are going to be busy and having a great learning curve for your site. Best of luck, and I can’t wait to read more about your travels and journey.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 13, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      Thanks Angela! I’m a bit overwhelmed at how busy i’m going to be, but I keep saying it will all be worth it!

  16. Adelina @ PackMeTo

    January 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    It sounds like you’re going to be having a fabulous 2014. Happy and safe travels! Looking forward to following along πŸ™‚

  17. katie featherstone

    January 14, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    You’ll have a fantastic time travelling alone. It’s the best way to meet people. Happy New Year!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 14, 2014 at 11:13 AM

      Thanks Katie! I can be a bit of an introvert so I’m hoping this will help me meet more people πŸ™‚

  18. NZ Muse

    January 20, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Skydiving will be unforgettable! Still the scariest thing I’ve ever done.

  19. Christy

    January 28, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    I love this!!! 2014 is going to be awesome for me because I am going to walk fully in the talents and gifts he has given me.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

      Thanks Christy! I hope 2014 is wonderful for you! πŸ™‚

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