The Weekend // 09

view from Jicaro Island Ecolodge

This weekend is one of the first in a while I haven't been sick. I've done some running (attempts), creating and mostly relaxing.  Which left me a lot of time to reflect on the past year. I did a lot in 2013.  I will name it the year of Discovery. I traveled to Nicaragua, Belgium, The Netherlands, Denmark, Iceland and Mexico and closer to home in New York, Santa Fe, Tahoe, San Francisco and Groton. During all of those trips I learned a little more about myself and what direction I want to take my life.  We will name 2014 the year of Doing (aka Hustle, aka Making Shit Happen). Here is a look back at my 2013, starting in January...

Mitch and I spent our birthdays in Nicaragua, soaking up sunshine and eating fish tacos at a little beach hut on Playa Maderas.  I can't believe that was almost an entire year ago. The lovely people at the Buena Vista Surf Club baked us a last minute lemon birthday cake that we shared with fellow guests after community dinner. We explored the city of Granada and read in our lakeside hammock at Jicaro Island Ecolodge.  

In February we flew to New York for three days, stayed at the Ace, ate too much at Cannibal, chilled out in Brooklyn and stayed out way too late dancing at Above and Beyond

April brought the second year of our festival which is growing every day.  We hosted my brother, his sweet girlfriend and good friend and spent the weekend stressing out & listening to Eoto, Conspirator, The Polish Ambassador & Felix Cartal.

I spent a week in May relaxing in Tahoe with my mom and visiting with my brother.  He really lives in one of the most beautiful places in the world.  

In June we headed to Rothbury, MI to revisit the festival that started it all.  Seeing Electric Forest grow so rapidly yet still preserve a really chill vibe over the past few years has been wonderful.  We explored the hammock forest, chilled in the artists lounge and stood front row for Knife Party and Above & Beyond (#2).  

July we hopped across the pond to Tomorrowland, camped in a field with 30,000 of our closest friends, saw Hardwell's infamous Friday set and were there standing in a downpour when Armin Van Buren announced his son had just been born. After exploring Brussels and Boom we caught a train to Amsterdam and stayed at what might be my favorite hotel this year, The Conservatorium.  A short flight later and we were in Copenhagen, walking the seaside streets of Christianshavn and stumbling across old castles.  We ended the trip in Iceland which turned out to be my favorite destination of the year. 

I took a quick long weekend trip to Groton to visit family I hadn't seen in a long while. My favorite part was getting to see some of the things my Granddaddy help create - a lasting mark that touched so many people's lives. 

In October I spent time in Santa Fe with my mom, a morning at the Balloon Festival in Albuquerque and a week at a travel writing retreat at Ghost Ranch.  

November was filled with family time and the day after Thanksgiving with family at home we jetted off to Tulum

This year i have no idea where we are headed.  I've already  started dreaming of places like this, and this, but who knows.  My heart is set on both Norway and South Africa. 

What are your plans for the new year?