I really am a sucker for the whole new year, new me thing. I’m always looking for a reason to renew myself, press the refresh button & try to tackle this thing called life with a fresh mindset. What more opportune time to do that other than the new year?
This year, I’ve been feeling a lot different. Maybe it’s because I still feel like I’m settling in to our new home in California or maybe it’s because I reflected on my 2017 and truly don’t know how it’s going to compare to the past 12 months:
My husband and I shot photos together at an 850 year-old German castle.
For my birthday, I visited my love, the Eiffel Tower, for my 10th & final time. I chatted with her over a bottle of wine (as I always do), I gazed at her with adoration then I waved goodbye to her with a tear running down my cheek. What Paris means to me cannot be put into words, and is 100% the reason I’ve never written a blog post about it. You just can’t explain the feeling you have when you visit the City of Love.
On my 5th trip to Amsterdam, I was able to visit the Ice Bar and froze my tushy off drinking keg beer in 20°F temps.
I was front row to a Dave Matthews concert in the beautiful city of Vienna, Austria. We continued on to watch more shows in Amsterdam, Prague and Portugal (top 3 best 2 months of my life!)
We found ourselves on the shores of Portugal, having the entire beach all to ourselves. We roamed around the romantic town of Porto sipping Port Wine with fresh fruit.
We explored as many castles as we could in the hot German heat.
I started this little thing I call a blog and so began the obsessing-over-everything content-related! Here’s my very first header image & logo. As you can see (I hope) I’ve come lightyears since then!
August and September both were completely spectacular months (another top 3-best 2 months of my life) as they were filled entirely with Mediterranean travels.
I floated in the Balos Lagoon in Crete…
…and dipped my toes in pink sand at Elafonisi Beach.
I climbed to the top of the Acropolis in 110 degree temps…
…and had a private beach on Paros Island.
I also fulfilled a dream of mine by walking through alleyways with that iconic white-and-blue Cycladic look.
I returned back to my hometown in Indiana to begin packing up the rest of my things I had left behind when I went to Germany. Now, it was time to move on to California. Packing up and saying goodbye to my family with no future plans to return was the hardest thing I have ever had to do but here I was, with a U-Haul & my pup as my co-pilot, on the road to the west coast.
I found a house in California and moved in. My husband arrived from Germany after almost 2 months apart and we started exploring as much as we could between his work schedule. I was mesmerized by the fall-time vineyards of Napa Valley…
…and the cliffside, pine-forest paradise of Lake Berryessa.
I was offered my first paid post as a blogger and produced this gem of a picture, probably my favorite from the year.
We hung our stockings and what decorations we did have on our mantle, baked cookies and had fires drinking hot cocoa on Christmas morning while opening presents. And so began our own holiday traditions.
What a year, right? I’m so damn blessed for the experiences I’ve had, the places I’ve been and the memories I’ve made. It’s crazy to me how the days and weeks go by so slowly as we’re living them but looking back on my year, it flew right on by.
There are still so many things I want to accomplish and I’m hoping to make 2018 THE year for me. The year I start to get to know myself better, the year I become a little kinder, the year I find my calling and purpose, the year I build myself up, the year I become courageous and brave. MY year.
Yep, I’m making 2018 my year. And you all should do the same. Because what better time to start than now?
Did you set any New Year’s Resolutions for yourself?