2018 was a year of 1st’s, a year I chose to believe in myself over my fears and doubts, a year of growth, happiness and so much more. 2018 has been full of milestones, adventures, ups and downs… and it definitely holds a special place in my heart.
In 2018 I…
Traveled to Jamaica, Mexico, and the Cayman Islands.
Met some amazing people
Swam with stingrays
Ate my very first salad (yes, you read that right)
Discovered my love for tacos
Visited family in San Francisco
Hiked through the Muir Woods for the 1st time
Celebrated 10K of you!
Celebrated our 3 year wedding Anniversary on a beach in California!
Quit my Job!
Started Blogging full time
Sat at the edge of Horseshoe Bend
Saw the Grand Canyon for the 1st time
Worked with an amazing hotel in Scottsdale, AZ
Saw the fall leaves in the Mountains
Celebrated John’s 23 Birthday!
Chopped my hair off!
Finished Painting our House (kinda)
Spent Halloween in Disneyland
Ran around on a frozen pond
Celebrated my baby’s 9th birthday (my baby = my dog)
Celebrated our 3rd Christmas in our house
Celebrated 35K of you!
And lastly.. Celebrated 6 years with my best friend (and husband) John!
2018 has literally been one for the books, and I cannot thank you guys enough. For following along, for being a friend, and for celebrating with me every step of the way!
On New Years Eve 2017, I wrote down a list of things I wanted to accomplish in 2018. One of those goals was to leave my job and pursue content creation full time by end of the year. I have always been the person who has craved stability, a steady job with a steady paycheck – the thought of the unknown absolutely terrified me. My job was also like a second home, a place where I grew up dancing and spent nearly 5 years teaching. For me, leaving was so much more than quitting a job – it was closing a big chapter of my life.
July 19th, 2018 – I did it!
Leaving my job has been one of the hardest and most rewarding decisions I have ever made. Because of it, I have experienced so many friendships, opportunities, growth and ultimately – i’ve never felt more alive.
So here’s to living outside your comfort zone – and thank you to John, my family, and all of you for giving me the courage to do it!
12 Lessons Learned in 2018 …
- believe in yourself
- never be afraid to chase your dreams
- caesar salads are kinda good
- happiness is so important
- change is good
- there is strength in positivity
- painting your house takes a LONG time
- life happens outside of your comfort zone
- you are in charge of your own reality
- trust the journey
- wander often
- love yourself
Happy New Year!
2019 – I’m ready for ya!