Out With The Old, In With The New

Pairs Well With… “The doors will be opened to those bold enough to knock.” – Unknown

Out with the old, in with the new.  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for 2017.  For whatever reason, the day after Christmas leaves me a little sad.  It’s likely because the anticipation that the holiday brings subsides and all the shimmer and sparkle is taken down. Once that happens, my mind starts to think about what the fresh start of the new year will bring.  Will it be good?  What will I do?  Will this be my year?  My thoughts dance around the endless possibilities in store for me and the many things I can and want to accomplish in the next 365 days.

As I look back on 2016, I still can’t peg if this was a particularly good or bad year.  It was….different, to say the least.  Lots of emotion, lots of new things, lots of adventure.

I took my first solo trip and, by reader vote, went to Sedona.  It was the best trip ever…

I’d go back in a heartbeat.

…followed by a trip to Alabama a few days later, which ended up being pretty much the worst trip ever.  (But hey, my picture turned out marvelously.)

Carrot cake by the ocean? Well, duh. What else are you going to do in Alabama?

I managed to make some shit…

Bubbly cheese dip?! Yes, please.

…try some shit…

There’s a first for everything, including raw oysters. #neveragain

….and then rant about some shit that gained me national recognition

It’s true.

…and then set a record for most uses of the word “shit” within a blog post.  Just kidding.

I had my first photoshoot and put myself out there in a severely uncomfortable way, but one that got me published…

Somewhere in the middle, I stopped to think about what is and isn’t working for me in my life today, who I want to become and what I want to accomplish.  I guess you could say in some regards it was a record year.

Yet, somehow I feel like I didn’t do enough with myself.  I don’t know what I feel like I was missing, but something.  And I can’t put my finger on it.  It’s something in between feeling like I didn’t challenge myself as much as I could have and didn’t live up to my own expectations. Somewhere in the middle, I think I became complacent.  You certainly wouldn’t guess it from the pictures, that’s for sure, but something inside of me stalled out and became idle.

2016 became a regroup year for me and I suppose there’s nothing wrong with that. But next year, I plan to do more: be bolder, live more freely, be less guarded and embrace the unexpected without question.

Because when you do these things, the world becomes your oyster.

Cheers to 2017!


4 Responses to “Out With The Old, In With The New”

  1. Christine

    This made me tear up Carin! I’m so happy for you and can’t wait to see where 2017 takes you. Literally ?


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