I’ve never been the kind of person to make New Year’s resolutions. Mostly because I didn’t deign to think it necessary. 2018 was a big year for my family and I. The year smiled upon us, blessed us with the most wondrous experiences — though I recognize the last 365 days weren’t so great for everyone. Friends got married (as did we); couples broke up; some announced they were expecting; loved ones were rushed to hospital; others went on fabulous trips. Some of us lost people.
At this time last year, on the first day of a new year, I knew we were going to live through a lot. Looking back now, I reached some pretty big highs, and some truly low, lows. And yet, time doesn’t stop for anyone.
We started the year in Honduras, where we witnessed two of our best friends say, “I do.”
My husband (then-fiancé) turned 30 and we put together a fabulous surprise party at his favourite pub so he could be surrounded by all his closest friends and family. Just a few months later, my dad turned the big 6-0.
I launched a new show — Just Like Home — on Global News. A pretty great feeling after working on this project for four years.
And then, we got renewed for a second season.
My sister planned an abundance of spectacular parties to celebrate our love before moving back to Sydney, Aus., where she’s living one of the best adventures of her life.
We got married. Cradled, cherished and embraced by the best people in our lives. I cried the entire day, and still can’t remember a single word of my vows.
After the party, we rushed home, changed and jumped on a plane, impatient to move into our tiny Tanzanian tent as lions and hyenas roam outside.
Just as the year started blissful on a beach, we closed up some of the biggest milestones of the year on a beautiful wooden boat in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
We’ve got a big year coming again, with more weddings, babies and voyages on the way. I have that same feeling of adventure and excitement thinking about the things to come — everything we want to do and the places we’ll go.
So, what are your hopes (or resolutions) for 2019? Mine are to be happy every day, focus on the positive, live in the present and never stop wondering — and wandering.
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