Oh man. What the hell happened to 2016? I just sat down at my kitchen table to reflect on the past year...coffee in hand, mind reeling. I think back to the beginning of January and in chronological order, begin to go through my year in review...
Sundance Film Festival, Big Bear, Lake Tahoe, Whistler, Antigua, Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Barths, St. Martin, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Hong Kong, Thailand, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan, Paris, Vancouver, Victoria, Puerto Rico, San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma, Seattle, Walla Walla, Hawaii, Greece, Charlotte, Zion National Park, Grand Canyon, Aruba, Bali, Costa Rica, Argentina, LA, Chicago, NYC.
Even through all of my professional travels, I'm a huge family girl. I do what I do because I highly enjoy it, because it's how I make a living, and because I firmly believe that meeting all walks of life propels us forward in the best way possible. I also firmly believe that spending time with family and friends is a necessity. I'm happy to report that I was able to make it to multiple weddings, my 10 year high school reunion and home for the holidays, amongst other personal victories. Score!
Here are my Top 16 moments in no particular order, both edited and unedited but 100% happy moments.
Actually Making it to my High School Reunion
Visiting the Jodie O'Shea Orphanage in Ubud, Bali
Twirling in Santorini, Greece
The Birth of My Nephew
Being in awe of Tokyo, Japan
Wedding dress shopping with my BFF
Flying to Da Nang, Vietnam on a whim
Being home for Christmas with the fam
In an effort to be more transparent, I must admit that unfortunately the highs don't come without the lows. My four year relationship ended in 2016, we lost a lot of great people (RIP Prince, Snape, Miss Cleo, Carrie Fisher, Willy Wonka, etc) and Trump won the election (this is simply my opinion and never did I ever say you had to agree with it). Shit happens. You deal with it, you move on, and you learn from the life lessons...praying like hell that the next year is bigger, better and without regrets!
2017 Travel Wishlist
Sri Lanka, Iceland, Ireland, Scotland, Antarctica, South Africa, India, Nepal, Mexico City, Kenya, Alaska, Russia, Germany
Cheers to all of you for following along the past year. Thank you for your comments, questions, concerns, and support. You make this adventure so incredibly worthwhile!