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Welcoming 2016 under Mayan skies

It hardly seems like another year has gone by, I can barely believe it. But the more I think about it, the more I see the changes in myself and those around me, in what my life looks like right now. Perhaps most relevant is that at the start of 2015 I never saw myself blogging.

Although this blog is pretty new, I’ve been blogging since early November, managing and editing and writing for a group blog with fellow students on The Poetry of Earth. I will not lie to you, it’s been hard to keep up sometimes. I’d never been able to create a habit out of writing, and when the project started I didn’t think about how much work it would be to both write my own posts, and translate and edit my writers’ posts. I have learned so much in this short time, but perhaps the most important lesson of all has been a lesson in passion.

I  have always loved writing, but I had never been able to finish any writing projects I started before I started blogging. For the first time in my life, I’ve been kept up with the urge to write something, anything. During this short trip to the Mayan peninsula, I have arrived at my hotel night after night and spent hours picking and editing pictures, with an unquenchable thirst to write about them and tell you about the places I’ve been. I have started a travel journal, not entirely comfortably at first, knowing about all those abandoned journals that lie nearly unused, somewhere in a box in my closet. Now I write in it all the time.

With a fantastic outlook on my future in blogging, I start another year full of possibilities, but it will also be a year which will be a blank slate. I am not a huge believer in waiting for New Year’s to decide to make a turning point in my life, but I am a believer in setting goals and committing to them, and in 2016 I have given myself 365 days to create this white space, to return to being the person that I love, and the one that I strayed far from during this last semester.

Some of my 2016 goals:

  • Meditate daily
  • Read at least one book per month
  • Work on habits I need to develop
  • Go running on the weekends
  • Try to achieve some of the easier things on my bucket list
  • Drink more water
  • Get out of my comfort zone more often
  • Start learning a new language

Happy New Year, and don’t stray too far, there’s lots more to come from my trip to Yucatán in the next days!


  1. I am addicted to writing in a travel journal when I go away (for big trips). I even like shopping for the perfect one! Best of luck this year with your list!


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