Colleen & Heather Surfing in Hawaii

I made my first resolution last year, it was not vague like most resolutions are but an immediate plan of action”A frivolous one for sure – fitting into a skimpy bright green bikini for our Hawaiian vacation & to be physically fit so I could hike, swim & surf.  The time frame was of short duration, just 6 weeks, but very successful  &  the accomplishment felt darn good and set me up for a fantastic action packed year!

It was a Statement; “I might be middle aged but I will not look, feel or act middle aged” AND….who out-surfed a group of 20 year olds? Yeah ME – that’s who!

Figuring out my resolution:

  • Previous resolutions should not be repeated. Usually they are very vague ones like …. I want to lose weight…. get fit….quit smoking….quit drinking…spend more time with family…. All good stuff but Gosh darn it, what are you going to do different this time?  You need goals and a plan of action! Specific & Precise!
  • I think if you pick something that will make you feel good, it might just turn out to be a pretty good year.
  • I have spent a number of days contemplating…what to do…what to DO…what TO DO…WHAT TO DO?????
  • Hmmmm… a whole year – that is 365 days  and I want to make every day count!
  • I am a big believer in “Cosmic Clues” so I put it out there to the Universe, “WHAT SHOULD I DO?” and waited, waited some more, all the while listening & waiting…
  • and SOUL SEARCHING.

So here it is January 5th and DRUM ROLL!! I FINALLY have my resolution.

My Resolution is to pick something  from my Bucket List & do it! (yes, I have an actual list, constantly evolving though)

First Hook-up on the Pitt River

Dave & I have talked a lot this week about life & expectations. Dave says as we move into the 2nd half of our life expectancy we need to be a little more selfish:

  • To do the things we want to do.
  • Live our lives the way we want.
  • and  Pick away at our Bucket List.

So in 2011 we are going to study to become Registered Maine Guides.

  • We have many friends & mentors who are Maine Guides.
  • We love the Great Outdoors &  our “back to nature” vacations are the most memorable of times.
    • Did you know giving the kids a piece of flint & challenging them to “make a proper fire” can give you about 4 hours of free time & endless entertainment. Same goes for building a lean-to or fort or raft.
    • They also loved the orienteering courses we would set up with treats at the way-points.
  • Dave “grew up” in the North Maine Woods – learning from the old timers. They are a rare breed, not only self -reliant in the wilderness but Story Tellers who are able to put together a 3-4 course field or shore lunch over an open fire-pit. Dave is an avid Hunter & Fly-Fisherman & this is a natural fit for him. He ALREADY has “the look & the demeanor”.
  • I was taught by the Canadian Red Cross.  I learned from a younger crowd but spent 3 years teaching teenagers swimming, boating & wilderness survival skills. Culminating in taking them on a 4 day 3 night canoeing adventure where we slept under a lean -to or canoes & cooked over an open fire. I have many of the skills needed  but I know there is so much more to learn.

To become a Maine Guide in the old days you needed a veteran guide as your mentor and a Maine Game Warden to vouch for you. Today you have  an oral exam, if you pass then you take the written exam. So we have done some research & are starting to peck away at the suggested readings. I’ll fill you in on the details as we progress.

Did you know? The first registered Maine guide was a WOMAN – “Fly Rod” Crosby – an amazing ambassador for Maine!

If any of you are interested I’ll post the Books, many are just plain interesting. A lot are identification books – birds, mammals, aquatic life, trees.

SO:

It’s not too late!

Do you have a resolution for 2011 or something on your bucket list you would like to cross off?

Share it  – let us all know & we’ll keep you accountable!

3 Comments on Contemplating my New Year’s Resolution or Should I Say – My Action Plan for 2011!

  1. This a great post, and more importantly, some great, sensible ideas! I can’t wait to call you to show me around the backwoods…when you’re a MAINE GUIDE!

    Good on ya sister, Happy New Year!

  2. Laura says:

    I would like to do this too!! What else does it entail in terms of a time commitment etc to become a registered maine guide?

  3. Heather says:

    That’s exciting to hear Laura !!! I’ll do my next blog on specifics, post other links + list all of the recommended readings.
    You can wallpaper your home with various identification posters!

    Thanks Iman,
    I love tramping through the great outdoors & the Moosehead Lake area is a wonderful location to explore!

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