2017. That’s a Wrap.

mont st michel france

The reality of travel today. Visiting France since Hebdo and Bataclan. #vigilance  Mont St. Michel, France. Aug 2017

It’s that time of year. The end.

Most of us inhale a sigh of disbelief. Christmas has come and gone and now the countdown to a new year is upon us. This week between the 25th to the 1st feels like some kind of purgatory where we are sandwiched between the past and the future. Nothing is more present than knowing 2018 is happening whether we are ready for it or not. Time stops for no one.

It’s also a time of reflection. And a time to consider new beginnings.

I’ve never been one for resolutions. I’m not big on traditions. But I’ll take a moment to be nostalgic and prospective.

Looking Back

On Valentine’s Day, I launched this blog. I was in between jobs and compelled to write. Admittedly, I wasn’t comfortable about publishing my words or photos. I have always been fairly private and shied away from social media. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone. Even to this day, my eyes roll and teeth clench whenever I see my own picture on screen.

But I can overlook my self-loathing tendencies when I consider the connections I made with The Aspen Institute, Women’s March, Loire Valley Wines, Feel Free Rentals, Guggenheim Bilbao, Arzak, Nugget Travel, Oh Joy!, Dinner. A Love Story, The Race Card project, Asia Society and Center for Global Education and much more. I started this blog to write, and I was published in The Matador, PassionPassport, TheGrid and wrote guest blog posts on The Mixed Message and Asia Society. To see my name as a byline in print is more than I could have asked for. To receive payment for something I’ve written is like winning the lottery.

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Museo San Telmo. San Sebastian, Spain, May 2017

So What’s Next?

As I’ve recently shared, my time management has been occupied with that dirty four-letter word “W-O-R-K.” The kind in the sense that I clock in and out every day and get paid for my services. In this day and age, I’m grateful for a job. And I enjoy it, so there’s a cherry on top.

I’m freelance writing when I can and have a couple pieces in the works. Watch out!

As for TheInterCulture, I’m slowing things down a bit. You’ll still find me here but not as frequently. I will continue to cover topics on art, food, culture, society, and family but a greater emphasis on travel. After all, when I’m not writing or working, I’m on the go. Usually with a 4-year-old in tow.

Since its inception, the majority of questions I receive from readers is on travel. Whether it’s tips, itineraries, recommendations, there were times when I felt like a travel agent. But I love it. Continue to bring it! Let me know if there’s anything particular about travel you want to know.

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Charles de Gaulle airport. Paris, France. Aug 2017

For Now

2017 was a year full of starts, introductions, and changes for myself, and inevitably my family. Their support has been critical for all the new beginnings and relationships we have initiated. It’s been an exhausting and fun whirlwind. I’ve always believed life is what you make of it, especially for those of us lucky enough to even have decisions. We are fortunate to make the most of these moments big and small, and to share them with friends and family make them even more special.

Seeing that 2017 wasn’t all about me, this year brought upon a lot of serious, catastrophic, tragic, emotional, disappointing events coupled with righteous, empowered and formidable movements that impact ALL of us. There’s a lot going on. Talk about it. Do your part.

Bonne Année!  새해 복 많이 받으세요!  明けましておめでとうございます!  Feliz Año Nuevo!  Happy New Year!

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