What. A. Year. I know it’s not quite over yet (only 19 more days!), but I’ve been reflecting a lot as the year (and my Remote Year program) winds down. I feel like I’ve been saying this for the past few years(🌪), but this year was somehow crazier than the last. If you’d have told me in January that I would be moving back to the United States in December after living in South America for four months, I would have laughed out loud. If you would have told me that I’d actually be sort of homeless, moving back into my brother and sister-in-laws spare bedroom, where I moved in to in August after I sub-letted my apartment fully furnished, I would have laughed even harder. I truly never could have guessed the happenings of this year! To be honest, it’s been a rough one (this spring and summer… oof, some of the most challenging months of my life), while simultaneously being one of the most interesting and thrilling years, jam-packed with “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunities. (But like, real talk – if you know of any great apartments or housing situations in Chicago, help a girl out. The “#homelesschic’ phrase I use to describe my at-times disheveled attired has a whole new meaning right now.)
As I’ve been journaling more (one of my Remote Year goals that I’ve crushed!), I’ve sort of realized that I’ve been treating my blog more like a diary of sorts over the course of this 4-month Remote Year adventure. I used to share more in this style (in a “dear diary” sort of way) the first few years that I had the blog. I started this blog back in 2010 and over the years, it’s actually served as such an incredible way to go back and re-live certain times and remember how I was feeling (and what I was wearing, haha). So I really do hope all of this current content is interesting to read! It’s been therapeutic for me to write, and I know it will be oh-so-interesting for me to look back and reflect on. But I promise, I’ll share more on the style front again once I’m not living out of a suitcase!
When I did my reader feedback survey last year, there was a big trend in wanting more real-life stories (70.2% of readers that took the survey said they wanted more personal narrative, and many more hand-written responses reiterating that, too) and 73% of readers wanting more posts about travel, too.
I’ve been trying to be cognizant of the fact that not everyone can up and move out of the country for a few months… I’m without a S/O, without kids, without pets, and (semi) able to work remotely, which has allowed me to seize the opportunity of going on Remote Year. But I realize that’s not most people’s reality right now, even as the future of work is shifting! I’ve really tried to be intentional with my content, hoping that it still resonates for anyone moving, thinking about moving, contemplating taking an opportunity to live and/or work abroad, taking time off to travel, etc.
You gals (yes, you, reading this post!) are the reason I get to run my own business, work for myself, and do what I love (most) days of the year, and I don’t take that for granted. I’m not planning on doing another reader survey this year, but I have been diving deep into analytics and content, making a plan for this coming year. So if there’s anything you’d like to see more of or less of, please leave a comment below or shoot me an email! I’d love to hear from you. 🙂