As 2018 comes to a bittersweet close, I am sat here thinking about what to write for my obligatory ‘year in review’ editorial. Should I walk through memories of this year’s travels? Should I reflect on how my blog has grown? Should I write something from the heart about how time is short and life is
The truth is, this year flew by and I spent most of my year just going through the motions and being in survival mode. I suppressed my nagging thoughts and demanded that I be in control over my own emotions. I didn’t take much time for family or friends, and technology and social media seemed to always be on my brain. And while there was much change in some areas of my life, there was little change in others.
Toward the end of the year I focused on doing more of what made me happy. I created the content I wanted to even though Instagram told me no one wanted to see it. I started listening to podcasts about women at work. I started having serious conversations with myself on what I wanted in life and how to get there. It’s been a long year, but I’ve learned a lot.
Livin’ the good life full of goodbyes
This year I traveled to three countries: England, Ireland, and Iceland. As most of you know, my goal every year is to visit at least two countries. It was surreal to experience
In 2019, one of my goals is to end each day with three words. So I thought I’d try that out below for the two new countries I visited.
Gin. Comfort. Cold.
Difficult. Growth. Beautiful.
My favorite memories
Something I started doing more toward the end of this year was creating content that was more from the heart. I dedicated a section on my blog to ‘think pieces’, in which I discussed controversial topics in conjunction with travel, or just wrote general reflection pieces on my travels.
That being said, some of my most favorite pieces have been think pieces. It’s been a great connector for my audience too, with so many of you reaching out and relating to what I wrote and finding it beautiful. Here were some of my favorites from this year:
- I worked with Lonely Planet (still surreal, btw).
- I worked with a startup company in Australia called
- I worked with The Hoxton (a seriously dreamy hotel brand).
- I worked with The Barn Berlin, several times.
- I was named one of the Top
MilennialTravel Bloggers in 2018.
- My blog turned 2-years-old and I celebrated.
- I re-designed my blog for the first time and got amazing feedback.
2019 and beyond
I am not 100% sure what’s next for me. But, I refuse to live in survival mode the whole year. This year will include a lot of conscious decision making, a lot of growth,
As of right now, I do not have any travel plans, which is actually quite insane/scary for me. Usually I always book a ticket after my birthday on the 28th of December. This year I didn’t do so. I am going to wait and see where life takes me the first 3-6 months next year. It’s definitely devastating to me that traveling just isn’t in the cards right now. But again, I am learning to not let what I present on social media define me.
I hope everyone had a great year and is fully ready to take hold of 2019! Over the next few days I will be re-designing this site and rebranding ever so slightly. That being said, thank you to everyone who has been reading for nearly 3 years now! I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes this year:
How to stop time: kiss
How to travel in time: read
How to escape time: music
How to feel time: write
How to release time: breatheMatt Haig
Here’s to an amazing 2019.