January 1, 2017


Most people don’t launch their blog on New Year’s Day, but I never do things like most people, and before we can jump into 2017, we need to review 2016.


When 2016 started, I had no idea that I’d be where I am right now that the last 12 months would have played out the way they did. When 2016 started, I had zero travel planned and didn’t expect to go anywhere more than my sister’s college graduation in June. 2016 was to be my year for getting on my feet and sorting out what direction I wanted to take with my life.

I started 2016 working in a job that was a bad situation. From 7:30 AM – 5:00+ PM, it was a negative environment that consumed nearly all of my day and that left me emotionally defeated. I’d get home around 6:00 and work online from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM for a startup magazine website. It was exhausting, but working for the magazine kept me happy and focused on building a better career, and provided me with the skills and hope for a good future. Relations at my “9-5” declined so much that I left the job in March. Less than one week later, I was signed with my current company and was on a plane to New York City. I haven’t looked back since.

My great passion in life is traveling and learning about people and cultures. I feel very fortunate that my current job allows me to do that. I didn’t expect to travel anywhere outside of California in 2016, but I ended up going all over the world. From San Francisco to Las Vegas, to New York to San Francisco again, to England, Scotland, Ireland, to Hawaii, New York again, and to San Francisco a third time, I’ve done more travel in 2016 than I could have ever planned at the start of the year.

I’m very grateful to have had the opportunities I’ve had these last 12 months works-wise, travel-wise, and life-wise. I know that 2017 probably won’t be as exciting and will probably be full of big changes, but I’m OK with that. I have other goals for 2017 that I’m excited to work towards achieving.


Now it’s time to put the pen to the paper and write out my 2017 goals and New Year’s Resolutions.

  1. Be more productive – Stop procrastinating, get out of bed earlier, go to the gym in the morning, and waste less time refreshing the social media apps on my phone. These are all easier said than done, but all so necessary to improving my daily productivity and mood.
  2. Read more – I currently have 11 books on my desk. I’ve started three of them already but am determined to read them all in 2017.  Instead of wasting brains cells and multiples hours each day on social media, I resolve to read more.
  3. Get out of the house more – I work remotely, which means I usually work from my bed or from the couch. Most weeks I only interact with people when I force myself to go to Target or when I Skype my coworkers. As a person who needs lots of human interaction, it’s not been the best for my motivation, productivity and happiness. I must force myself to leave the house more than once or twice a week.
  4. Get on with my life – My top goal in 2017 is to be able to get my own place and further develop my career and life. This means I probably won’t be taking any international trips this year as I will need to re-allocate much of my travel funds for growing up.
  5. Develop Larkengale – It’s kind of fun launching a new venture on the first day of the year. As I wrote in my “Welcome to Larkengale” post, I love new beginnings and the start of a new year. Launching a blog on January 1 really is starting from page 1 and it’s exciting to do that!

Much like with the start of 2016, I’m not sure where 2017 will go or how Larkengale will grow, but I’m hoping that it will be a good year for us all.



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