The last 6 months have certainly flown by. It was 6 months ago when I last sat down to write on my blog. I had many hopes to find the time to write, but between work and travel plans, I never seemed to find the ideal opportunity where I could relax and reflect on everything. It's hard to believe that today is the last day of the year. I have been on vacation from work since Christmas Eve and wanted to finally take some time to reflect upon the year and share some of its highlights. This was such a crucial year for me, both personally and professionally. I really have so much to be thankful for. For the first time in a long time, I decided to focus on what is important to me and to simply dedicate time to growing and investing in myself. Not only did I take every opportunity to travel to new places, but I also dedicated most of my time to my career. I wanted to take some time before the year ends to showcase all of the places I have ventured to and a few other memories as well. Here is one of my favorite quotes to commence a new year - and in 2015, I finally did just that!
"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art (write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can) and somewhere in the next year, I hope you surprise yourself." Neil Gaiman
Without further ado, here are all the places I got to visit this year, documented in my favorite medium, photos. Though I did not allow for a big trip abroad this year, I went on so many amazing little trips throughout the year! As I've previously stated, travel is my greatest addiction - the one thing that fulfills me and keeps me energized, motivitates me to create art, and gives me something worthy of sharing. I can only hope next year's journey will be as visually diverse as this year's was!
Taste of Boston in Key Largo, Florida
Lake Okeechobee, Florida's Largest Lake
Spirited Attempt at Yoga in the Atlantic, New Smyrna Beach, FL
Art Deco District, South Beach, FL
First German Passport, Officially a German Citizen by Birth to a German National (My Dad), Miami, FL
Disney Staycation with my mom, Orlando, FL
St. Petersburg, Florida
Gulf of Mexico, Florida Panhandle, Southern Roadtrip Commences!
Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Covington, GA (house where scenes of the Vampire Diaries were filmed)
Juliette, GA (the original Whistle Stop Cafe)
Fort Valley, GA
A traditional Southern meal in Perry, GA (fried green tomatoes, chicken fried chicken and gravy, mac & cheese, and black-eyed peas)
Autumn in Connecticut
New York City
Kicking off the Holiday Season in Connecticut
The Breakers, Palm Beach, FL
Delray Beach, FL
Boca Raton, FL
"Move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. Walk in someone else's shoes or at least eat their food. Open your mind, get up off the couch, move." Anthony Bourdain
As 2015 comes to a close, I am so thankful that even when life was busy and chaotic, I made the time to visit all of these places and to capture memories at each. Next year, I can only hope to travel as often and discover more beautiful and unique places around the world. One of my goals for 2016 is to take at least one trip abroad, considering it has been several years since I have been out of the United States. Cheers to new adventures, discovery, finding hidden beauty all around us, and creating magic on the darkest of days. Happy New Year to you and yours! May the new year bring you all the courage and strength needed to make your biggest dreams come true!