Happy New Year, my dear friends!!! From my nephew’s birth to wine tasting in Sonoma, 2017 was packed full of incredible, unforgettable moments (scroll to the bottom to see a few of my favorites!). With a new year comes new goals, and I love reflecting on where I’ve been and where I want to go, both personally and professionally.
WORD OF THE YEAR
Last year I threw out the whole “New Year Resolution thing”, and instead adopted the Word of the Year approach, which I LOVE!!!! My word of the year for 2017 was DISCIPLINE. In January of 2017, I had made the decision to pursue self-employment and traveling, and I knew it was going to take a lot of discipline to make it happen. Getting my house ready to go on the market, money management, and all of that other not-so-fun-stuff had to be done. That type of organization is not my forte, and I knew it was going to take a lot of discipline to make my goals happen. So my word, DISCIPLINE, was born.
Well, guys…this year my word of the year was a bit harder to pinpoint, but I finally decided on “the one”. I struggle a lot with feeling uncomfortable. I like to feel safe and secure, which may seem weird considering some of my current life choices. But stepping into a place of discomfort does not come easily to me. I don’t love heights, yet I like the idea of bungee jumping once in my lifetime. I want more than anything to scuba dive and see some puffer fish up close, but deep water and shark attacks scare me (thanks, 47 Meters Down!). Not having a plan makes me nervous, but also allows for freedom and spontaneity. Allowing myself to be vulnerable enough to have my heart broken terrifies me, yet is necessary if I want a significant relationship. The list could go on. For 2018 I’ve chosen to focus on the word RISK, because at the end of the day I’m going to have to feel and do things that make me feel uncomfortable to have the most beautiful of outcomes.
P.S. This does not mean I’ll be shark diving any time soon. Maybe some safe snorkeling. Baby steps, y’all.
I would love to hear what you chose for your word of the year and why!
On another note, I’m extremely excited to share my adventures with you this coming year on the blog. To kick things off, I enlisted the help of some talented designers to create a new logo! I’m absolutely loving all of the colors! What do you think!?
Also, I’ve been thinking about what I want my blog to look like while I’m traveling. Sharing with you how often I’ll be checking in will make it more likely to happen. 😊 I’m leaving for New Zealand a week from Tuesday, and the PLAN is to write a travel diary of sorts each week, updating you on all the latest happenings. If you want to follow my travels in real time, be sure to follow me on Instagram and check out my latest stories! Additionally, I may squeeze some different content in depending on time, but would love some feedback.
Do you want to see travel guides mixed in with my diary? Packing guides? Tips for prepping for long-term travel? You just tell me, and I’ll try to make it happen.