New Year, New Blog

Welcome Back, Friends!

Notice anything different? 🤔

When I first started this blog back in June, I felt like I was caught in the middle of a tornado of tasks and obligations. I was wrapping up my projects at Tobi, saying goodbye to all my friends and family, and squaring away any last minute details for our RTW trip. I was really excited to get a blog going, yet I found myself at the end of the month without much more than a fresh WordPress install. So I did the best I could, squeezing in as much design and branding as I could in such a short period of time.

As a recovering perfectionist, this was tough.

I let go of all that pretty quickly once I was bombarded with the kind of sensory overload that is Japan, and just generally getting my feet wet in the new and exciting world of long-term travel. I was scrambling to fit everything in. I remember making one very stressed-out FaceTime call with one of my best friends from back home, where I confessed about how suddenly overwhelming my life had become. Between planning for future trips, managing our finances, sightseeing throughout the day, editing photos, writing posts, updating my journal, and keeping in touch with loved ones back home (oh, and trying to genuinely enjoy all of the experiences I was having and remembering to live in the “moment”, whatever that means), life was just a little, tiny, wee bit hectic.

Happy New Year's 2018! Hand-lettering animation illustration GIF.

Six Months Later

Six months later, Joel and I have finally found our rhythm: we’ve learned how to divide up logistical tasks. I’m learning to let go and not have to be in control of everything. We’re bouncing back from losses quickly. We’re letting ourselves be okay with taking days off from traveling. And slowly, we’re starting to accept that we don’t have to see everything.
 
It was hard to adjust to at first, because, let’s face it—we’ve all grown up learning that vacations are a special thing, and when you only get a week or two to yourself every year, you’ve got to take advantage of it. Luckily, we have time. And that’s such a blessing, one that took a few months for me to fully appreciate.

Finally: A Site Redesign!

As the holidays have rolled around and time has started to slow around us—businesses shutter up briefly to celebrate with their families, warm cafés and Christmas markets beg to be experienced at a leisurely pace—I’ve finally found myself with a little bit of extra time on hand to work on creating the blog I always wanted.

A site redesign was step #1. As I noticed more and more bloggers using my old template, I wanted a layout with a more custom feel to it, something that I could shape and mold to my liking. I also wanted a visual brand that better expressed the blog’s personality: thoughtful, playful, and creative, which translates into more colors, more overlapping, and more mixed media. (I’ve been thinking a lot about where I want this blog to go, which you can read more about on the new about page.)

It’s been a wild ride for the last half of 2017, and I can’t wait to get started on this year. We have a lot planned for the near future. Everything from exploring the medieval towns of Croatia, to running around the Portuguese coast with friends, to reuniting with Joel’s family in Brazil. 2018, I’m ready for you.

Do you have any goals you’re reaching for this year? Go on and share in the comments below!
 
Oh, and one more thing for 2018: I’m starting a newsletter that’s designed to inspire your travels, get your creative juices flowing, and just all around get you pumped for the week ahead. Make sure to sign up so you don’t miss out!
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