2010 was a year of reinvention for me.
As a kid, I dreamed of being a writer and marrying Hans Christian Anderson (Don’t ask). But then I grew up and got sidetracked.
That is, until Jan 1st, 2010.
On that day, I decided to pursue my long lost loves of travel and writing. In fact, it finally clicked I could combine them. My plan was to explore as much as possible and submit my writing ideas to a few publications and just… see what could happen. I also started working as a tour guide, which amazingly let me travel for FREE.
Now a year later, I’m glad I changed directions.
That’s not to say I’m THERE yet. I’m still learning the ropes. Many days, I have no idea what I’m doing. I get lots of rejections from editors, or worse, NO RESPONSE at all. And for the life of me, I can’t figure out yet how to survive financially as a freelancer.
But I’m thrilled by the developments of the last year. Here’s a look back:
I took a dreamy junket on Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
I explored the ruins of Angkor Wat
I witnessed the blissed out faces of snow monkeys in Hell’s Valley, Japan
I experienced cherry blossoms in Kyoto and stopped traffic as a geisha
I visited Seattle and hiked Mt Rainier
I went to Los Angeles and saw a best friend get married in San Diego.
I was a runner up winner in an Expat Writing Contest.
I became a regular contributer and editorial intern at Matador Abroad.
I climbed Mt Fuji.
I drank awamori and made friends on Zamami Island.
I played the slots in Macau, China.
I got a 10,000 bug bites at the Temples of 10,000 Buddhas in Hong Kong.
I pet a koala and fed wallaby in Australia.
I published travel articles and people actually read them!
2011 will also bring some life changes… I’m taking a yoga instructor certification course and moving back to the States to the Washington DC area in the summer.
Hey fellow travel, writing, and life lovers, what are your plans for 2011?