Time Flies

time flies

Dear Diary,

It’s 2015. The third month already. Someone needs to explain to me how 2014 flew by like it did. I mean, wasn’t I just in China a few days ago?  Wasn’t I just applying for my job in Saudi Arabia? Wasn’t I just digging around the net for cheap flights to Nairobi?  Apparently not.  Apparently I’m not in control of this fleeting thing called life. It zips. It flies. It rolls out without permission. It carries us on the waves of change and drops us off on the ground of reality.

We have no control of time, but we do have great control of what we do with it. And I’m learning that daily. I’m learning to be a better steward of my time. I’m learning to truly be present. To soak up the current moment—allowing my senses to be heightened with every passing second. So, here are my plans for the year. Here’s what I plan to do with the time that’s gifted to me:

1) Call grandma every week. My great-grandma is 101. I love talking to her, but sometimes I allow weeks to pass by without giving her a call. She’s been an inspiration to me all of my life.  I don’t want to take her for granted anymore.


2) Spend at least 15 minutes a day with the sky. I realize that some of my most cleansing moments have been outdoors. I love connecting with nature, but I haven’t made it a priority.  Spending 15 minutes with the sky will provide a short but sweet cleanse.


3) Write daily. It’s cathartic. It’s therapeutic. It’s enriching. I believe in living in the moment—yes! I definitely believe in that. But, I also believe in stealing away for a moment and capturing the sentiments of my heart—what I’m feeling, what I’m experiencing, what I’m tasting. I wish that I would’ve written in depth about so many of my trips across the globe. Pictures are fine, but there’s nothing like writing it down. Nothing can document all five senses like the written word.


4) Study. I’m not necessarily saying that I’m working to add more letters behind my name, but studying intentionally is a must for me this year. Whether it is through reading articles in my field, discovering new natural healing methods, or taking dance and theatre classes upon my return to the U.S., I must study. I must increase my intellectual wealth. And most of all, I must share the wealth.


5) Seven by Thirty. I’ve seen the Eiffel Tower. I’ve climbed the Great Wall. I’ve glanced at Big Ben and the London Bridge. I’ve even taught Buddhist monks in Laos. But I’ve never seen South America. I’ve yet to gawk at the glaciers in Antarctica. And I must. This will be the year that I realize my goal of seeing all seven continents by thirty years old.  Not only that, but this will be the year that I complete my book, “Seven by Thirty.”

As I discover the beauty of pace, I hope to take in all that I’m designed to take in and give out all that I’m capable of giving out. Here’s to living to the fullest.

You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance. (Psalm 65:11)


Much love,

Karissa from Riyadh

Karissa Johnson is a licensed evangelist, certified educator, and a daring explorer. In the last three years she taught English at two universities in Saudi Arabia and at one English language school in China. When she’s home in Nebraska, this military brat and preacher’s kid loves singing with her three sisters, mentoring youth, and prison ministry. Karissa is a graduate of Oral Roberts University where she received her BA in International Community Development. This stroke survivor started traveling abroad in 2011 and has since traveled to over 20 countries on all seven continents. She accomplished her goal of seeing all seven continents by 30. Karissa is currently writing a book about her adventures around the globe. Visit sevenby30.com to connect with Karissa through social media.