Happy New Year From Australia!

Happy New Year VeganHop readers! Molly and I celebrated the start of 2014 in the beautiful city of Melbourne in Australia. Being 10,000 miles away from home for the new year was a different experience. The particular brand of fireworks we witnessed were also quite different. See the big finale below.

Once you got over the shock of seeing buildings shooting out flame the show was quite beautiful.

The end/beginning of the year is a convenient time to pause and reflect. For me, 2013 was a year I will always remember fondly. I married Molly (my partner of over six years), left for an adventure around the world and began writing my first book.  My family and friends supported and encouraged me every step of the way. What could be better?

What made 2013 so beautiful was that I pushed myself to take calculated risks and focus on my core values. I am very cautious in many aspects of my life and I decided that it was the right time to take a leap and live my dream of seeing the world. One year, 14 countries, and 70+ gigabytes of photos later I still can’t believe have far I have come (literally and figuratively). I only had one chance to live 2013 and I genuinely feel I made the most of it.

I have already sat down and made a 2014 ‘to do’ list of the tasks I hope to complete by this time next year. My family and friends are near and dear to me and I want to spend the next 12 months making the most of my time with them.

Always remember that every day is an opportunity and you are the only person who can make the most of it. I try to remind myself of this fact every day and am thankful that I have such a supportive partner who reminds me when I forget. I hope 2014 will bring more unique and memorable experiences – and blog posts!

What are your goals for 2014?

Dan with Kangaroo, Australia

Dan with a sleepy Kangaroo at the Great Ocean Road Wildlife Sanctuary

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2 Responses to Happy New Year From Australia!

  1. Abby Bean says:

    Well now everyone’s goals include petting a ‘roo….

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