2018, hooroo

Well, it's that time of year again, the week between Christmas and New Year when everyone is a little off-kilter and it seems the world slows down to a pace that, let's face it, is rather lovely, actually. We may have run out of Christmas left-overs, but we've stocked up on bubbly, so we're doing ok. And, of course, we're reflecting on the year that was, in an attempt to make some sense of it all before having a crack at another 365

A hands-down highlight of the past year was experiencing the grandeur of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park on New Zealand’s South Island.

A hands-down highlight of the past year was experiencing the grandeur of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park on New Zealand’s South Island.

I travelled to:

the Hunter Valley, and got all dolled up to be a bridesmaid for a wonderful friend

New Zealand, with Women Want Adventure to hike all over the South Island, kayak Milford Sound, and cycle by Lake Wanaka

Darwin, for a mate’s dreamy beach wedding, and an adventure to Litchfield National Park

Fiji, Tonga, & New Caledonia, to hike through forests, chase waterfalls, and soak up some island summer sun ☀️

Adelaide, to spend a week at a beach house… and drink wine in the Barossa, McLaren Vale, and Adelaide Hills

I spent two months working in Melbourne, and on my weekends visited:

the Dandenongs

the Great Ocean Road

the Grampians

...and I saw Rocky Horror at Her Majesty's (four times; what? Girl's gotta stay sane inside insanity 🎶)

I read 42 books, some of my favourites were:

Winter Hours by Mary Oliver

The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman (after which I devoured A Slip of the Keyboard by Terry Pratchett — may I suggest you also take these as a delightful pair?)

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart by Carrot Quinn

Fulfilling my generational imperitive, I took plenty of selfies.

Mostly on hikes… and a few not. So, uh, hello there 👋🏻

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And finally: the Instagram fave… taken quickly on my phone and posted from the trail — this picture of a rainbow in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park was liked a whole lot by folks over on my insta. Also: was liked a whole lot by me IRL in NZ. What a stunner, eh?

Here’s to more of the good stuff in 2019.

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