It was a damn good year! 2015 gifted me with new travels, beach time, a more committed yoga practice, an opportunity to work in Thailand again, the continuation of an amazing relationship, and plenty of Thai food, massages, markets, and pool parties!
Here’s a month by month recap of big events and memorable moments:
Japan, Thailand, U.S.A, Mexico, Singapore, Macau, Hong Kong, and the Philippines. (4 new countries)
The Pilgrimage, Paulo Coelho. This book further fueled my desire to walk El Camino de Santiago!
Living Your Yoga, Judith Lasater. A great guide to finding your spirituality in everyday life.
Trail of Crumbs, Kim Sunee. A beautiful memoir about a young woman finding herself through love and food.
Life of Pi, Yann Martel. I couldn’t put this book down.
Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert. A GREAT book to read right before the new year. I’m inspired to continue expressing my creativity through my blog!
It’s one of my goals to get back on Goodreads this year to keep track of everything I read!
I published 20 blog posts this year about various destinations. My favorite post of the year (and by far the most successful post on my blog) was 5 Amazing Places to get Healthy Food in Bangkok.
I’m most proud of 6 uncomfortable truths about Thailand. This piece borders on investigative journalism; I did quite a bit of research for it. It delves into the sex trade, human trafficking, corruption, animal abuse, etc. I’m passionate about these subjects, and I find that I’m very comfortable writing to expose uncomfortable truths.
I bought a mirrorless Sony Nex-5R camera this year, and I love it! The quality of the pictures on my blog has drastically improved, and I’m enjoying fiddling with the settings and snapping photos.
My social media channels saw small increases in followers. At the end of 2015, my Facebook page had 282 likes, and my Twitter had 294 followers. I’m not as active on my Facebook page as I would like to be, and I’ve fallen off the twitter bandwagon!
I created an instagram account to showcase my favorite travel photos and post regularly about my travels/life. I’m just getting into the instagram game, but so far it’s my favorite social media platform. I ended the year with 330 followers.
My most liked instagram photo of 2015 is this bodacious creature at Ngong Ping, Hong Kong:
2016 Blog Goals: In 2016, I hope to publish posts more frequently. I will still be writing about travel, but I would like to expand my post types to include quotes, travel manifestos, small stories, inspirational pictures, yoga posts, etc. I would also like to work with a graphic designer to cocreate a logo and header in order to better brand my blog.
I am officially finished teaching in Bangkok at the end of March. I’m ready to say goodbye to Thailand!
In April, I’ll be heading back to my paradise of Ubud, Bali for a one month yoga teacher training! I know this will be a month of huge growth and learning.
Michael and I will fly home to Colorado at the end of May! Then we’ll be visiting BOSTON, for my sister’s graduation, and then NEW YORK CITY! (For the first time!)
Ideally, we’ll have the summer months to spend time at home with with the family, and we’ll be starting new jobs in the fall. We have NO IDEA where yet… but that’s part of the fun! We’re open to a variety of destinations abroad, and we’ve been applying to teach at schools. I’m excited to see where 2016 takes us… literally!
Thank you everyone for your continued support and love! Wishing you all love and light in 2016!