In November I came across an advertisement for a floral scratch-off map of the United States from Etsy with the title across it “Adventure Awaits.”
This isn’t my map, trust.
It’s pretty self-explanatory. It starts out completely gray, then you scratch away states as you’ve visited them. It got me thinking about how many places I’ve been to in the country I live in – which, admittedly, isn’t as many as I would like – but I would love to see more states bloom from the gray this coming year. So, I ordered one for myself to frame on my wall – where it will become ceremonious to scratch away once I’ve returned.
This is, by all means, not a New Year’s Resolution. I’ve placed zero expectations on what this year has to come, and I plan on keeping it that way: moment to moment (see The Year of the Moment). But I do have many travel plans this year – most of which to states I’ve never been to – so this will be a beautiful representation of where I’ve been.
Stay tuned, y’all.