The Darling Nomadess: 2016 Highlights & Goal Recap

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2016 Highlights & Goal Recap

2016 was quite the year! Between all of the travels, there were many life experiences, exploring new hobbies, new friendships and old friendships developed, career moves, and so much more. It was an incredible year filled with love and learning.

The 2016 Highlight Reel:

- Visited and hiked Utah's Mighty 5 National Parks

- Randomly roadtripped to Texas with my best friend, Jordan

- Received my first sponsored trip with LifeBeforeWork to attend their YachtLife trip in Greece and Turkey and met some incredible people that changed my life!

- Snowboarded a green run on Vail Mountain and somehow survived

- Roadtripped and camped on two Hawaiian islands with two Eastern Europeans for two weeks

- Visited my family in Ohio and my grandma and cousins in New Mexico twice

- Threw an epic party in a hotel room...oops

- Took a spontaneous trip to Las Vegas with Hillary from Salsa The Blog

- Turned The Darling Nomadess into an LLC!

Lisbon, not San Francisco 

- Quit my hotel front desk job and ran away to Portugal for a month; spent one of those weeks in Porto with Jordan!

- Started a job I absolutely love at a different hotel and spa


- Fell in love with a Moldavian

- Celebrated my birthday with my two best sorority sisters in Nashville

Recap of my 2016 goals:

Read at least one book per month. DONE! I'll be doing a recap soon on the 12 books I ready in 2016.

Travel to one new country. DONE! This year, I exceed my goal, and travelled to Greece, Turkey, and Portugal! While in Greece and Turkey, I travelled with Life Before Work's YachtLife. Read more about my experience here. I made short videos while in Portugal, you can view Lisbon's video here! City guides for Lisbon and Porto are on the way in 2017!

Visit 3 National Parks. DONE! Another goal exceeded! I hiked seven national parks this year: ArchesCanyonlandsZion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Volcanoes, and Haleakala.

Pay off all credit card debt. Two credit cards down, one to go! Almost there!

Save at least $2000. I plan to start saving as soon as all credit card debt is paid off!

Focus on learning one new skill per month. HAHAHAHA. This hasn't worked out so well all year...

Create a resume website and professional blog. Nope.

Summit a 14,000 ft mountain. Unfortunately, I ran out of time to complete this one. :(

Snowboard down a green run (other than the bunny hills). 

Blog 2-3 times per week. 

So 4 out of 10 goals isn't awful...right?! Considering I exceeded two of the goals, I'll take it.

What were your accomplishments in 2016? What do you look forward to in 2017?

With Love,


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