The New Year is steadily approaching and as residents and tourists of Sault Ste. Marie solidify their evening plans, we also take an introspective look and make resolutions for change in 2014. The time is nigh. The Julian calendar practically forces us to turn over a new leaf in less than 48 hours.
Exactly one year ago, on December 30th I made the decision that I wasn’t going to smoke in the new year. Now, here I am about to celebrate my one-year anniversary of being a non-smoker. That was, at the time, an insurmountable challenge of which I thought I would never succeed. But here I am – smelling better and breathing easier.
Truthfully, I haven’t put much thought into my resolutions for this year. I mean, they all border on the mundane; get in better shape, save money, call my parents more often. But those aren’t so much resolutions as they are daily guilt trips.
So in keeping with wanting to improve a piece of my life while not biting off more than I can chew in terms of change, I resolve to do the following in 2014.
1.) Explore Bruce Mines
People who know me best know that I love old-timey stuff. Like everyone, I’ve driven through Bruce Mines so many times and have seen the mine from the highway, but I’ve never stopped to take a tour. Come summer, I’m going to walk the mine trails and take the Simpson Mine tour. Expect a full gallery and hopefully an injury.
2.) Treetop Adventures
Sault Online is a small local company composed of Bruce and Joel, with some help here and there from guest contributors and fast-food calories. So while we’re a small team, we sometimes do need the centering and camaraderie that can’t be achieved in the office.
I’d love to undertake team building activities, and what better way to do so than outside on ziplines or while pelting exposed body parts with paintballs. Treetop Adventures is right around the corner in Goulais, so there will be less time for deep resentment to sink in on the pouty ride home. A must do with a GoPro.
3.) Become a member of the Sault Museum
I took an interest in the Sault Museum back in the spring when we were tasked with giving their website a revitalization. From learning about the rich history of Sault Ste. Marie, it has sparked an interest in being part of the preservation of our local heritage. Since the membership fees aren’t expensive and it’s a great way to spend an afternoon downtown, this seems like a no brainer.
There it is. Three things that I would like to cross off my list for 2014. I might be taking the easy way out and not making huge commitments, but I think that I’m setting myself up for both success and a lot of fun by enjoying what Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding areas have to offer.
What will you do in 2014?