I don’t believe in resolutions, but I do believe in setting goals. Resolutions seem restricting to me once you set them.  Goals, however, are all about the end game, and the road to those goals can be as straight or winding as you want. I try to set six or seven goals every year that challenge me, but are also wholly attainable. 1. Travel to 2 new countries – I’m 98% sure I’m going to do the USMNT trip to St. Vincent in September, but I’d really like to take a non-soccer trip abroad next year.  There are so many… View Post

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Welcome to Melissa’s Wanderland, y’all! I’ve been waiting to hit publish on this post for a long time. Like, months. I’ve been using a lot of my free time since October planning, researching, preparing, and tweaking this site so it would be ready to go live today. So I hope you like what I’ve done! If you had this post delivered to your inbox, but you have no idea why, it’s possible you followed either Melissa In DC or Made in the Eighties at some point in the past several years and were included when I moved my followers and… View Post

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Ahhhh, October is here. The month where it finally starts to get a bit chilly (hello again, my moto boots!). The month where pumpkin stuff is deemed socially acceptable. The month where I celebrate the glorious occasion that was my arrival on this earth. That’s right my friends, October is my birthday month, and I milk it for all it is worth. I’m turning 29 this year, meaning I’ve got one last glorious year of my twenties before I hit the big 3-0. A Quick Story About This Photograph The above photo is from my 21st birthday. I had survived… View Post

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At the end of June, I had the pleasure of traveling to Brooklyn to attend the 5 Times, a Former Liverpool Players Association event. Essentially, former LFC players travel the world, telling stories about growing up and playing for Liverpool, all while raising money for charity. I sprung for the meet-and greet package, so I could tick off Bucket List Item #32: Take a Selfie with a Liverpool Legend. The fellas were a bit late arriving to the event, as they were caught in traffic from the airport, so the meet and greet started a bit late. However, once the… View Post

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about goals I’ve set for myself. As I approach my 30th birthday (in 15 months), I can’t help but think about where I thought I would be at this point in my life, where I actually am, and where I want to be. But mostly I’ve been thinking about how goals I set 5 years ago, last year, even this year, no longer mesh with what is important to me. As I’ve moved through my 20s, I’ve shifted from wanting to busy all the time, having the nicest and trendiest things, and always trying… View Post

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