2016 was a fantastic year! It was the first full-year that I’ve traveled non-stop while pursuing my writing career. In the duration of 2016, I was able to visit 21 countries and have some seriously incredible experiences. 2017 is just a few hours away, and I’ve already got a game plan for what I’d like to accomplish!
1. Finish Writing and Publish My Book
Hopefully you know by now, that I’m currently writing my book. I’m working on the 6th of 9 chapters and moving along quite steadily. I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about a project until I began writing this. The book dives into how to continuously push out of your comfort zone, by living abroad and traveling, along with the philosophy of how to make it all possible. This book will not only teach you about how to live an exciting lifestyle, but also some really useful philosophy that I’ve learned along the way. Whether you’re going to pursue a career similar to mine, or something completely different, this book is meant to inspire and I can’t wait to release it.
2. Travel More
In 2017, I already have plans into March for Toronto, Miami, Barcelona, Marrakesh, Nice, Rome, Athens and more. What will make 2017 different from last year is that I plan to extend the duration of my stays in each destination to focus on quality experiences, over quantity. This will mean that I plan to live for multiple months in a few places. Most likely the extended stays will be in Asia, stay tuned.
3. Fine-Tune My Diet
After eating in hotels every day for a year, I returned to America to have a health checkup. The doctor told me that even after eating sweets and bacon almost every day for a year, I have the health of a marathon runner. This is probably due to the fact that I run almost every day, but I still have a few things I’d like to clean up. It’s far too easy to overindulge on sugar and processed foods while staying in hotels. Therefore, I plan to reduce this greatly in 2017. The plan is to not cut sweets completely, but instead, focus more on vegetables and protein. This will keep me leaner and reduce my chances of health risks in the future.
If you’re curious about my current diet plan, read this article.
4. More Travel Videos
In 2016, I was able to produce five travel videos for Jordan, Tokyo, Thailand, Beijing and Shanghai. These were a lot of fun, but I didn’t make them for every destination. In 2017, I plan to make a travel video for each and every place I visit! These give a much better idea of what I do by offering a real glimpse into my lifestyle. If you haven’t already, subscribe to the PIERREBLAKE YouTube channel and stay tuned for the upcoming videos in 2017.
5. Minimize Possessions
From reading my article Sell Everything and Travel the World you know that I own very few possessions. Even with all of my belongings fitting inside of a carry-on luggage and laptop bag, I still find myself taking on things as I move around the globe. In 2017, I will begin reducing some possessions like a couple hard drives, a third suit and hopefully a pair of shoes. This will make the weight that I have to lug around even more manageable!
6. Contact Family Members More
In 2016 I was fairly good about contacting my family ever week, but this didn’t include everyone. In 2017, I want to focus on my extended family and friends as well to create better relationships. This can easily be achieved, I just need to keep track of the time differences. Wink.
What are your New Year’s resolutions? Feel free to send me an email and let me know what your plans are for 2017! I really can’t wait to share all of my new content and projects! Have a great 2017 and happy travels!