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Happy Early New Year And Happy Birthday To Me! Looking Back On 2012

by Meg · 13 comments

“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” ~Brad Paisley

To be a little cliché, I am a firm believer that each year should be better than the last – But I never took initiative to practice what I preached…. until this past year.

Today is my birthday (yes, I am a New Years Eve baby!) and I am left reflecting on my 27th year… and 2012.

 Mendoza Argentina Wine Tasting  Wine and beer tasting in Mendoza, Argentina… 2012 was good to me

I was always happy and content with my life back in Miami but part of me felt unfulfilled.  In 2010, Tony and I realized that as much as we were happy, we wanted more out of our lives together.  We wanted to be unconventional, daring, and live life on our own terms.  We made a vow that we would stop dreaming and start DOING. In 2010 we proclaimed that we wanted save up some money to travel the world… And in 2012, we did just that.

Koh Mak Thailand

This past year, Tony and I traveled through South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and are now in beautiful Hawaii.  As anxious as I am to settle back into the U.S. in 2013 and work hard towards starting up a business and a location independent lifestyle with Tony, I am so glad that Tony and I decided to take the leap and explore the world for an entire year.

Between hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, eating and drinking my way through Italy, and relaxing on the beach in stunning Thailand, it was by far the best year of my life…. And these examples are only a handful of the wonderful moments Tony and I shared in 2012.

Machu Picchu Inca Trail

We made lifelong friends on the road, explored a variety of different cultures, and had incredibly funny, stressful, and miraculous times along the way.

If I have learned anything this year, it is that life is short and precious, so you shouldn’t put your dreams on hold… Get out there and make them happen NOW!

A few weeks back, Tony asked me what I wanted for my birthday and he got upset with me when I told him “nothing”.  But after all that I have experienced with my husband this past year, what more could I want in life?

Umbria Italy Winery

I am curious and excited to see what 2013 will hold for Tony and I, but I will try my hardest to make it even better than 2012… it might be a stretch, but I am ready for the challenge.

So happy New Years Eve everyone and let’s make 2013 count!

… Oh, and happy birthday to me!!!

Your turn: How did you enjoy your 2012?  What do you hope to do/achieve in the New Year?

About Meg
Exhausted from traveling every week as a Business Management Consultant early in my career, I took a year off in 2012 to travel at my own pace. I am a high-energy girl that loves being active, eating food, drinking wine, and exploring the world with my partner-in-crime (and husband), Tony! I now reside in Portland, Oregon and continue to write about travel, food, wine, and the awesome adventures we have in the Pacific NW!

Dani & Jess January 1, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Happy birthday, Meg, and Happy New Year to both of you! Hope that 2013 will be another terrific year for you – it won’t be easy to top your amazing 2012 😉

Meg January 1, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Thanks guys and happy 2013! Maybe we will finally meet you two this year somewhere around the globe. Safe travels and best wishes!

JR January 1, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Meg, great article. A bit sad to think your 2012 is coming to and end but I love the way you stress how thankful you are for the year 2012 and all it brought you and Tony. Great Great memories that you both will always share. And if I know you and Tony, you will always try to out-do 2012 when it comes to travel. Thanks for sharing.

Meg January 1, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Thanks JR. It is sad that our RTW trip is over, but we are incredibly excited to settle back into the U.S. in 2013 and work towards becoming location independent for good! We look forward to seeing you and the family soon 😀

Vicky from acoupletravelers January 2, 2013 at 10:03 am

Happy happy birthday to you! We just started our travels in Sept 2012 and already its been an amazing few months! With another 20 months of travel to go 2013 should be an exciting year as well!

Meg January 2, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Wow! I completely forgot that you guys were traveling that long… That’s awesome! Enjoy your travels in 2013 and keep in touch Vicky!

Vicky from acoupletravelers January 12, 2013 at 9:19 am

Will be exciting to see what you guys will be working on now that the rtw trip is over! Keep us posted!

Callie January 4, 2013 at 1:27 am

Yay, happy birthday and happy 2013! What a wonderful year – hope the next is even better! :)

Meg January 4, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Thanks Callie! We’ll try and make 2013 just as great…Trying to start up our own side business will be an adventure of itself! Best wishes to you too in 2013 and keep in touch! :-)

Steph January 8, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Can I just say my favorite thing about looking at your pictures from around the world is seeing ALL the different places around the world you’ve worn that awesome dress.

Happy birthday/New Years!

Meg January 8, 2013 at 2:41 pm

haha it was my only dress I packed. I actually ended up buying a second one halfway into our trip (due to wardrobe boredom), but this one has definitely been around the block… she is such a RTW slut!

Cam @ Traveling Canucks January 9, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Congrats on a successful year!

Meg January 10, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Thanks you guys! Best of luck in 2013 and hopefully our paths will cross soon!

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