Getting to Ireland

So my big goals have been set with some kind of end date. Next I had to figure out how I was going to reach them, to break them into smaller goals.
I decided that the only way to get to Ireland was to be saving money now. But what could I do to combine my two goals to make it more fun? Walk my way to Ireland was the answer. I don’t mean literally walking to Ireland, but to exercise regularly and keep track of it in miles until I walked the 4,833 miles it would take to get there. I would keep track of the actual miles I walked with my treadmill and MapMyWalk on my phone. I also keep a record of the other types of physical activity I get and convert that exertion to miles. After a period of time using the treadmill regularly, I could judge how I felt after I walked a mile. Judging how I feel after I rake the weeds or do a couple sets of weights, I guesstimate how that would transfer to miles. Thirty minutes of raking is about half a mile for me, and two sets of 30 crunches is about a mile. Maybe it is not accurate, but it works for me, I am adding to my physical activity all the time. miles
To address saving money to get there, I pay myself $1 for every mile of activity I put in each month. That would give me plenty of money to enjoy myself on my dream trip. So off I was going on my walks and exercising, and the first month I put together 14 miles. I was excited until I realized that at that rate it would take me about 28 years. This could have stalled my plans, but I was on my way and that helped motivate me to work harder. I won’t lie, sometimes I was discouraged and didn’t do as well, but I continued to track my work and record my miles on the refrigerator. count down
It was still easy to push off my exercising for other commitments, but I didn’t stop recording all the exercise I was doing. By the end of the year, I walked a total of 210 miles and had that much saved. I was happy to be on my way to getting to Ireland.
This year, I stepped it up a bit by joining all the 5Ks in my area and walking for longer duration. In January, I walked 28 miles doubling last January’s distance. Talk about a big boost in motivation. I am on a roll now and am feeling pretty good. There are times that I still let other commitments overpower my exercising plans or days and weeks when I just don’t feel very well and don’t put in the time and distance, but every step counts. I am on my way. Now when I figure how long it will take me to get to Ireland I calculate about 14 years. That’s half the time I originally came up with. If I can keep increasing my exercising, I will make it in no time.

Getting Motivated

I have always dreamed of hiking and rock climbing during long drives in the west. Every rocky mountain side and rocky cliff had my name on it. They called to me, but I just continued on. A few times I have been able to climb some mountain sides and an ocean cliff, but for the most part, I was a dreamer. That dreaming got me nowhere but more sedentary and unhealthy.

fish caves
Over a year ago, I decided that if I ever wanted to reach any of my dreams, I had to start working on them. I had to break the main goals down into steps and work my way there. The first step was to identify my major goals: to go to Ireland and to become healthier. Later I would add hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from Mt Hood to the Colombian Gorge.

mt hood to cascade locks map
These plans are extremely exciting to me because they are things that I have put into manageable and measurable goals. I will go to Ireland when I walk my way there (more on that later), I will address all my medical issues with my doctor at a reasonable pace, and I will go take my hike within five years from last summer – 2020.

This blog is to help keep me on track because as I said in my about me page, I tend to make plans and be enthusiastic about them until the next great idea comes along. This blog is to help me be accountable and stay motivated. I will be writing on the steps I am taking to reach my goals, the things I learn, the things that will get me there. That is where the name comes from: I want to get there healthfully and happily. I want to get there mentally and physically. I also want to increase my writing and this will help me get there too.
I hope you will follow along on my journey, and maybe it will be motivational for someone else.