When this year started I could never imagined that I would be sitting in my old bedroom over trying to down scale all my belongings after just finishing dinner with my family. The year started with me firm in my decision to resign from my job as soon as my lease on my apartment was up and head out into the world. I didn’t expect that I would be back in Australia so soon and I certainly didn’t expect to be feeling like a fish out of water.
My Wanderlust Odyssey was cut short and that has left me not really knowing what 2014 will hold for me. I am somewhat in limbo, do I stay in Australia with Ignasi and battle the immigration department to get him a visa or do we go to Spain. Though I know without hesitation that 2013 was a year of growth and experiences I will never forget.
Before I commenced writing my list of experiences I was feeling a little empty and a little unsure of my decisions. Coming back to Australia though a difficult choice, in reality I just wanted to continue traveling. REALLY I wanted to keep traveling after a miscarriage!!!!! I know that was not a healthy and sane option given the circumstances but it still doesn’t take away from the fact sitting at home where it is comfortable and familiar and initially (and still a little now) I felt like I shouldn’t be here. The beaches of Costa Rica and Machu Piccu still called me name loudly to come experience them. As well as biking down the death road in Boliva. Things I won’t get to do now for some time.
Giving myself a hug of love and compassion, I remember that despite any pain I have at being home after losing my beloved little angel I had a bloody fantastic year. At the start of the year I kicked it off in style by running my first ever marathon with a pretty damn good time. Helped facilitate a women’s weekend workshop and growing in the company of 30 amazing and beautiful women gave me a little glimmer of what direction I wanted my life to take. With that in mind and my lust for traveling firmly in my heart I faced a very big fear of mine, I finally quit the job I no longer enjoyed and commenced traveling more of the world.
As a brief snap these are some of the great things that happened in 2013 for me:
Ran my first marathon in 4.23.24
Quit my job to travel the world
Walked the Camino de Santiago
Fell in love with a wonderful Catalonian man!
Visited my sponsor child in Senegal
Visited Cuba – decided its the last place I ever want to revisit
Jumped into Gran Cenote
Visited Chichen Itza Ruins
Swam between the two islands of Caye Caulker in Belize – I impressed myself here!
Qualified as an ESL teacher
Added 9 countries to my list – Spain, Portugal, Senegal, Andorra, Cuba, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Hong Kong
Committed myself to writing more
Finally started my first e-book
Ran my first women’s self-esteem morning tea
Meet wonderful people from all over the world that have touched my heart
Learnt more than 5 Spanish words – ok I know more than 5 but I still have a long way to go!
Getting to spending time with my family (most whom I haven’t seen in over 2 years) and my beautiful dog!
Got published on a women’s travel website
There are many more amazing things that happened, like the day Ignasi bathed my feet in freezing waters on the Camino de Santiago or the little dogs all over the world that got their photos taken while I squealed ‘Why hello!’. After looking at the good things I thought about the things I wished were different. I say different because bad just seems like it was too big of a word to use.
So the things I wished were different:
Money issues with former company not being solved swiftly
Miscarriaged at 13 weeks
Didn’t get to volunteer due to pregnancy issues and subsequent miscarriage
Didn’t get to complete my year long travel plans
Removal of items from Dubai – hopefully resolved by new years
Family illness and tragedy (not my stories to share)
So when you actually weigh up the great things to the things I wished were different it’s 18 to 6. Pretty damn good odds in favour of great things.
I am also finishing the year in style. Christmas with family, my darling Ignasi arrives on my birthday!!!! The remainder of my family arrive around the same time and I will have finished my 10000 kettlebell challenge, done 30 days of the no poo challenge (I am thinking I will never by shampoo again as I have found no difference between shampoo and no poo aside from the cost). My 2000 words per day has been more than just a little difficult but the 3 liters of water a day has been surprisingly easy. And I am pretty sure I have become addicted to PicFrame and posting photos with little comments on them on my Instragram account – aussiebutterfly76!
So to be fair this year has been bloody amazing! I am still grieving our angel and I think I will for awhile yet but I can see all the amazing people, experiences and a few too many ‘things’ in my life. The list of things I am grateful for would take hours to write. One thing is certain I learnt the value of faith and trust. Trusting that everything would turn out the way it was meant to and not how I wanted it too took a lot of faith.
12 days of the year left and still a few amazing things to come! I am a very lucky women!
What were the great things that happened for you in 2013?