Here’s to 2014!

New Years is a time for us to think about the previous year- all the blunders, achievements, absurdities, and joys- and figure out how we can make the coming year even better than the last.  

2013 started off with a final semester of college packed with student teaching, serving my 4th consecutive semester as vice president for my amazing sorority, Pi Lambda Chi, and working at a sushi restaurant in between. During April, plans quickly fell into place for teaching in Thailand, and I embraced that opportunity. Several days after graduation with barely any time to pack up my things, I was off to Thailand!

My biggest achievement this year was getting hired for my first teaching job, abroad at that.  Traveling and teaching are my biggest passions, so being able to do them at the same is literally a dream come true- a dream I worked my ass off for. 

This year I have created yet another little home in the world, Bangkok. I have been blessed with free time, so I have been able to rekindle my passions for reading, writing, eating, teaching, and new adventures in general.

Although I was excited to move to a new country, the hardest moment of 2013 was leaving someone I was very much in love with. There is nothing more heart-wrenching than the blubbery goodbyes of leaving your significant other for an extended period of time, not knowing if your relationship will be able to carry on. As it turns out, a long distance relationship was unable to serve David and I, so we entered into 2014 as good friends who will always be there for each other. 

Memorable Moments of 2013:

  • August- Having a coconut thrown at me by a monkey in Malaysia


  • September- Watching a hilarious ladyboy show
  • October- Spending a day at ‘Thai Secret Cooking School’ with my mom in Chiang Mai

  • December- Spending the holidays here in Colorado with family and reconnecting with best friends

What I’m looking forward to (so far) in 2014:

  • A February trip to Cambodia (Siam Reap) and Laos (Luang Prabang) with Jamie
  • A weekend trip to Chiang Rai with Kate
  • A visit from my dad in March
  • Completion of my first year of teaching
  • An April trip to Indonesia (Bali, Jogjakarta, & Lombak) with Kate
  • Celebrating Songkran Festival (a giant water festival/fight) in Thailand from April 13-15th
  • Continuing  Matador’s ‘Travel Writing’ class that I recently enrolled in

Goals for 2014: 

  • Travel to 18 countries. (See my BucketList) That means visiting 6 more countries this year.
  • Read 30 books (I keep track on Goodreads)
  • Nail another paid job abroad (preferably teaching and preferably in a Spanish-speaking country) but I’m open
  • Volunteer in Vietnam (Some of my favorite travel experiences have been when I volunteered, but I didn’t volunteer in 2013.)
  • Do a ‘Yoga Retreat’ in Thailand before leaving
  • Continue sharing my experiences through my blog
  • Improve my photography (I already bought a guide book!)
  • Live by Emerson’s motto: “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too a high spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
  • And of course, eat more fruits and vegetables! 

For me, 2014 will be a year to continue learning, loving, and growing.  2014 will be a year of adventure! I will continue working hard, tasting new foods, enjoying new places, laughing, following my passions, and learning from every enlightening (and frustrating) moment. I am not yet sure where this year will take me after Thailand, but I trust that the universe has perfect plans in store for me!

Eleanor Roosevelt says, “The purpose of life is to live it. To taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

Here’s to newer and richer experience in 2014. What’s in store for you this year? 


  1. kateinbkk | 12th Jan 14

    What a wonderful post to say goodbye to 2013 and warmly welcome 2014. It’s going to be a great for you, Casey! I can’t wait to hear/read of your adventures (and of course experience a few with you!).

    • Words of a Wanderer | 13th Jan 14

      Thanks Kate!!! I can’t wait for our adventures as well! 😀

  2. jeri | 16th Jan 14

    ^_^ one the best. Missing you already!

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