On May 13th, 2016 I published my very first blog post to Travel for Difference. And today, it’s May 13th, 2017… It’s my travel blogging anniversary!
I honestly cannot believe it…
It’s so hard to comprehend that this time last year, I was nervously waiting for the response to the release of my website and to my very first published piece. At basically this exact moment, one year ago, I was checking my feed every few minutes to see the reaction towards my months of hard work and total dedication.
I didn’t have high expectations – being realistic was something that I tried to keep in mind, as I was totally aware that this could have been a complete and utter failure. I tried to acknowledge that the ideas that I had my head could have been nothing more than good intentions.
I was terrified; worried that this grand idea would be a total flop, and concerned that people would have no care for my opinions or completely crazy mentalities. But today, all those worries are gone!
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve certainly had my ups and downs; moments where I think this blog is far too hard to maintain, and moments of pure joy and excitement for the incredible opportunities that could lie ahead in my future.
May 13th, 2016 was a moment in my life that I will always cherish. It was the moment that I went with my instincts, and took the plunge into a field that I was almost entirely oblivious too – you might call it madness… But hey, now I call it my success!
Today, I’m sitting here writing this post one year down the track, reminiscing on how much I’ve achieved and being extremely grateful for all of the people who encouraged me to follow my dream.
In the past year, I’ve written 126 posts, visited numerous destinations around the world, worked with amazing companies and turned this blog into my very own business.
I’ve quickly come to realise that there’s absolutely no way that this would be my reality if I didn’t take the very first step and just give it a good go.
So I guess the message I want you to take away from this, is the importance of taking risks and trying new things – Without it, I wouldn’t be going on amazing adventures around the world or sharing my thoughts with thousands of people.
I had no idea what my life would be like one year down the road, but that’s the beauty of the unknown – It’s led me to be exactly where I am today, with absolutely no regrets.
There’s no doubt that it’s been one hell of a ride, and in the same way that it’s been the most fulfilling year, it’s also been the most exhausting. I’ve never worked this hard at something in my entire life, but I wouldn’t change it for the entire world.
I really do hope that this next year brings me as much success (my version of success, of course) as what I’ve been lucky enough to experience this past year.
If not, that’s totally okay too – Because in this last year, I’ve learnt more about myself and my values than ever before. It’s been one of the best 12 months of my entire life, and I’m eternally grateful for everything that this blog and my privilege have allowed me to experience.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Every single person that reads this blog has encouraged me to create better content, be the best version of myself and reminded me that even in the hard times, I should always be proud and grateful for all that I have and all that I’ve created.
Honestly, thank you; for all of the kind emails, constructive criticism and for simply stopping by! You (and my Australian passport) have allowed me to live a year of total love and gratitude for this crazy life I now live.
It’s been one of kind ♡
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