Goodbye 2017

It’s that time of the year again when we all reflect on the past twelve months. So let’s take a look at what I was up to in 2017:

I bought a car, took my first architecture exam, celebrated my twenty fifth birthday in Breckenridge, found out I failed my exam, quit my job in Chicago, spent a month in Europe where I also did my first press trip for my blog, experienced one of the worst days when I found out my childhood dog / best friend passed away, went on a solo trip to Costa Rica, enjoyed St. Lucia for two weeks, drove from Chicago to California in two and a half days with all of my belongings fitting into my car, found a new job I love, signed up for yoga teacher training, became a yoga instructor, enjoyed family time in San Francisco, celebrated our seven year anniversary with R (my boyfriend) and am now packing my bags for my last adventure of the year. I’ll admit I still can’t believe what a year it’s turned out to be.

Skiing in Breckenridge
Spring time in Chicago
Finally getting to see my favorite soccer player play 
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Saying goodbye to Chicago after seven memorable years
Exploring Saugatuck, Michigan

When I wrote my first post of the year I was hoping to take at least three of my architecture exams (there are seven exams total to become a licensed architect in California). Well that didn’t exactly happen. One of the biggest lessons I learned this year was that it’s ok to fail. I am not the best test taker and get terrible anxiety before an exam. Learning that I hadn’t passed the exam was tough but I realized that failing this one test wouldn’t make me a bad architect, as Thomas Edison once said “I failed my way to success”. Now I know what to expect and am planning on retaking the exam next year along with maybe a few more so I can check them off my list. Fingers crossed!

Galgorm Resort and Spa
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Exploring Giant’s Causeway
Styl & Interier in Prague, Czech Republic
Montezuma, Costa Rica
Colorful breakfast in Costa Rica
St Lucia
Marigot Bay

One of my goals for 2017 was to travel to as many places as possible, at the time I had no idea I would end up quitting my job to travel for a few months. This year I went on one of the most incredible trips to Costa Rica by myself. It was my first big solo trip and I will never forget the time I spent relaxing on the beach and taking time to reflect on changes happening in my life. Without those few days to clear my mind and really focus on myself I don’t think I would have had the energy to continue moving forward. I also went to Northern Ireland with my best friend, another new country for me. I was contacted by a PR company to stay at the beautiful five star Galgorm Resort and Spa and write about it on my blog. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I would be asked to review a spa in Northern Ireland.

Snorkeling in La Jolla
Laguna Beach, California
Bay Area – jacket from
Architect by Day

What 2017 has taught me is life can be unexpected and you have to keep moving forward no matter what life throws your way. I made so many personal changes this year that were hard to make but knew were the right choice for the future. Looking towards 2018 I’m optimistic and excited for the new adventures that await. We already have a few trips planned at the beginning of the year and so many new memories waiting to be made. In less than a week I will be back in the Czech Republic with my family celebrating Christmas and then heading to Barcelona to celebrate the New Year. This is my last post for 2017 and I can’t wait to share my travels with you when I get back in January. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you in 2018!

see you in 2018!

x the Adventurer

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74 thoughts on “Goodbye 2017

  1. What a great post! I did a 2017 recap on my blog as well. 🙂 Looks like you did a lot of exploring and soul searching – this is always a plus! Best of luck to you on your next architect test! Happy 2018!

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  2. You’ve got a full 2017, I’m impressed with the amount of travels you did and your experiences. You’ve got really great photos too, the cafe and the beach shots are awesome. I’m wishing you an even better 2018. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too!!!

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  3. What an eventful year – enjoyed reading about your journey of becoming a yoga instructor. Have wonderful Christmas and a great start to the New Year

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  4. Sounds like you have had a wonderful year with many exciting adventures! I am the same as you regarding exams. I get so scared, that I ruin it for myself! It is SO annoying, when you have actually studied really hard! I wish you all the best of luck with next years exams! Practice a bit of Mindfulness before! It really helps me!

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your loved ones 🙂

    X Louise

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  5. Glad to hear that 2017 treated you well! Sounds like you had a lot of neat experiences over the year and reached some new milestones. It’s definitely okay to fail. Sometimes, you end up more successful because of it. It’s great that you had the opportunity to travel to all sorts of places! Hope 2018 will be a better year for you!

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  6. What an incredible year lady! So many accomplishments and things to be proud of. You honestly have done so many things throughout the year to stretch who you are as a person, you should really be loving on yourself for that!
    We hope you have an incredible time with your family on the last trip of this year.
    Let’s make 2018 even BETTER than this year was!

    Susie |

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