By the end of January, most of our well thought out New Year’s resolutions have faded away, much like all those vegetables that we stocked in our refrigerator a few weeks ago. There’s a lot of value that goes into the reflection to make them. We reflect on our greatest successes and struggles. We think about where we’d like to go in the coming year. What if we set a one word intention to focus on for 2017 instead of a resolution? If we can find little ways to seek out our word each day, we might find that when we reflect back on 2017, we have grown into our word. Pick a word, and make it your own.
Here are a few of ours:
Take a kayaking course. Kayaking is a skill that few people have, and as you’ll learn from our instructors, one that can easily change your life. It will introduce you to an incredible community, opportunities to travel, a way to explore places that aren’t otherwise accessible, and constantly introduce new ways to grow and improve. Kayakers are rarely stagnant in their lives, and are full of joy and enthusiasm for the sport and for one another’s adventures.
There are so many incredible places in our backyard! Hike part of the Pacific Crest Trail, discover the waterfalls that line the Columbia River Gorge, climb through the caves hidden in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, and spend days in a remote river canyon. Multi Day river trips are the perfect way to begin experiencing the back country of the Pacific Northwest. Take a dip in the hot springs on an Owyhee River trip this May, and acquaint yourself with the Grand Canyon of Oregon.
Support a cause that you believe in or stand up for something that you think could be better. It is important to get involved with our communities. Volunteer for an organization that is making the changes that you’d like to see in the world. Start attending town meetings and events. Engage with your community to help make it a better place.
Sometimes we reach junctions in our lives that call for something extraordinary. We want to push ourselves to new limits, to propel our lives in a new direction. Guide School or an ACA Kayak Instruction Course are the first steps that brought many of Wet Planet’s incredible guide staff to the adventures that they are on today, and has helped many others to introduce their friends and family to a life long relationship with the river. Boating more difficult rivers, like the Wind River and the Farmlands, is also another great way to challenge yourself and to become a part of a team.
Whatever your word, let us be a part of the journey! Share it with us, and how you’re working towards it. Hashtag us at #WetplanetWordof2017 on Facebook and Instagram, telling us how Wet Planet can help put your word into action by January 30th. Look for our finalist announcement on Facebook at the end of the month to help your word win a trip with us in 2017!
Author Courtney Zink is a part of the Wet Planet guide staff and office team. Her fourth favorite thing about rafting is a tie between midnight runs and sandwiches. Her words for 2017 are Peace and Patience.