With the New Year, motivation and inspiration are high to keep good habits and build new ones. Upon returning to Canada, I hope to carry the innocent anticipation of greatness into everyday life. I am reluctant to leave my family and friends from home but I look forward to making the most of my last semester abroad. At the end of the semester, I’ll take a few weeks to travel and enjoy Canada without being in school. That said I have exactly twenty weeks left in Canada. Only sixteen weeks left in my junior year of college.

A Sunrise Picture – My stopover in Denver

Looking Back

This time, the trip across North America from Alaska to Montreal is far less intimidating. Compared to four months ago, I know what to expect. I feel comfortable in my apartment and with where I need to grocery shop. I also have a better understanding of how to traverse the city. Classes will be a new shock and I hope I enjoy the professors I have, I do not recognize any of my new instructor names on paper. I also hope to see some familiar faces.

Returning to my snowy little neighborhood

Looking Ahead

I’m looking forward to making the most out of my relationships and routines. I hope to continue to workout 4-5 times a week, read my Bible in the morning with coffee and do well in classes. This semester marks crunch time for travel goals from Montreal. My travel goals include Nova Scotia, Toronto, and possibly Iceland, though visiting all four in one semester would be quite an undertaking. I don’t want to detract from my studies and wallet too much. 

Putting Reflections and Goals Together

Looking back, my monthly spending has been higher than I think it needs to be with the amount of eating out and traveling I have been doing. One of my New Year’s goals will be to cut back on spending in small ways overall so I have more resources to use for traveling. Eating out less will help me achieve this goal. I am excited to see the friends I have made again. This semester and spend one more exciting semester in Montreal.