My 3 Big Goals for a Year Abroad


“Begin with the end in mind.” 

-Stephen Covey

After reading Stephen Covey’s “First Things First” a few months ago, keeping track of my goals has been at the top of my mind. I’m happy to say that, since then, I’ve made more progress towards the life I want than in the past 3 years combined. But still, I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t lost a little bit of that focus in the transition from California to Spain.

Now that I’m pretty much settled in Sevilla, it’s time for me to refocus on my major goals for this year abroad. And I could think of no better way to do that than putting them out there for the world to see.

So here are the three main things I want to accomplish/work towards this year:

  1. Building this blog and my Youtube channel:  In late June, it occurred to me that blogging is something I could happily spend the rest of my life doing. While it may be a lofty goal, I would eventually like to make a career out of it. Outside of the next two goals, writing and making videos are what I plan on spending the bulk of my time on for the foreseeable future.
  2. Visit 3 new countries: Traveling is something I’m deeply passionate about, so this is a really important goal for me. I already have a couple destinations in mind (Prague and Amsterdam), but the real challenge will be making these trips happen on a super tight budget.
  3. Creating a great social life: I didn’t have much of a social life while teaching in San Sebastian last year. Outside of going to a few language meetups and dating a really awesome Basque girl, I spent most of my time alone. While this isn’t really an issue for me – I’ve always had a tendency to spend a lot of time alone – I’d like to make a change this year. Fortunately, Sevilla is a city with a lively social scene, so I don’t see this being a huge challenge.

I’m already very motivated to accomplish these goals, but I hope that making them public will give me an added sense of accountability this year.

What are some goals you would like to accomplish this year? How do you plan on staying motivated?



11 thoughts on “My 3 Big Goals for a Year Abroad”

  1. I love this post! You can definitely make a career out of it (I’m telling myself this, too)… just be persistent and don’t give up! I read a statistic out there that more than 90% of blogs fizzle out and go stale. Keep writing. Keep posting!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Considering there are only two full months left in the year my 3 goals would be…..
    1- To finish my book
    2- To complete my European Computer Driving Licence Course. It’s a self-paced course offered at a college here, I started out with such a rush, then fizzled because I got 90% on my first exam through silly little mistakes. Being an over achiever my confidence kinda took a hit because now I’m like, suppose I get an even lower score on the other modules that are more difficult than the first.
    3-To start my online business that has been on the back burner since Summer!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. My son moved to Granada in Spain And hasn’t looked back, worth checking out if you feel like a change, it has a fantastic social scene and is cheap too. He is living in a house with people from different countries who are either studying or have their own internet based businesses, like he does.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s