Winter sunset at Lake Tahoe

Winter sunset at Lake Tahoe

I’ve missed you. Today I reconnect and say hello to whomever may be listening. My voice has been quiet, muffled by the events of life. Writing is a practice and when life presents twists and turns, the time and space to write becomes harder to locate. But now, I’m sitting beside Lake Tahoe – facing west! – making up for three years of facing east, missing the daily sunset from my perch in Vancouver. I’m adjusting to life in the U.S. after living out of the country – first Singapore, then Canada – for nearly seven years. This, I’m only now realizing, requires more adjustment, thought and reflection than I expected. I was a different person when I left and I’m a different person upon return. And in some ways I barely recognize my own country in turmoil.

But life moves forward and change is invigorating. Choice is invigorating. Do I choose to live passively and be guided by what most people would think or do? Or do I choose to live actively, with a dash of discomfort, leaping into the realm of the unknown while knowing absolutely that this is where life’s greatest rewards are found?

2018 was an unexpectedly rewarding year: Tulum, Paris, Nuremberg, and cabin life at Lake Tahoe, none of which were planned more than a couple weeks in advance. We (hubby and I) look for opportunity at every turn in the road. We seek to enjoy life – in the moment, every day, now. We don’t wait for enough time or enough money or enough anything. We choose now because the world is changing. The thing you most want to see or do in life may not exist some time from now. Simple moments – standing freely under the Eiffel Tour as we did 10 years ago – have already been stolen away, gone to a new era of barriers and fear.

I wish you specific happiness in 2019. I hope you see or do the one thing in life that you’ve always wanted to, before it’s too late. Be fearless. Walk a path, take a flight, open a door, lend a hand, experience the world, near or far. I’ll do the same. I’ll get back to sharing my world and my travels if you’d like to come along. I’ve craved it. I’ve missed it. I’ve missed all of you who savor the thoughts and images that only a magical world can provoke and produce.

Let’s believe in the magic and go forward with gratitude. With an active mind and an open heart, beauty and opportunity are everywhere. Happy New Year.

 

Moon setting over Lake Tahoe

Moon setting over Lake Tahoe

38 comments

  1. This is a beautiful message, Kelly, and one that I can relate to more than you can imagine. I just wrote a comment on another blog about my own missing words and engagement here. The ideas and thoughts that are whirring around inside me have not come out in this venue lately; I’ve made real life and blog life a black-and-white choice (mistakenly or not), and the latter lost out for a while. I’ve also been saving my voice for another (big) writing project, but I’m feeling ready to share my energies now.

    I’m in awe of your past year and the courage it takes to grab your opportunities when and where you can. I have big goals in that arena as well for 2019; we shall see if they come to fruition!

    I needed to (and still need to) back away from the wholesale involvement I’ve had on WP for the past five years, but you are one of the voices I pay most attention to here, and so I’ve missed you and can’t wait to re-engage. Happy New Year to you and the Other J! And welcome back!

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    1. Thank you, Lex! It’s SO great to hear from you! And I find it so interesting that you’re going through a similar experience of writing and engaging vs. living and reflecting away from WP. It’s hard to take a break from something you and I both have put so much time and dedication into over the past years. Like you, I’ve needed some space to think about other projects. It seems like a natural progression, after years of writing and posting, to wonder what else is possible. I can’t wait to learn what plans you have for 2019! And YOU are just as courageous as you claim I am in grabbing every opportunity. 🙂 Your trip to Madagascar (among others) so clearly illustrated that! Cheers to reconnecting, traveling and all the possibilities of 2019! I really hope we get to meet in person someday soon! I swear we’re twins, separated at birth, leading parallel lives, LOL! Come visit us in Tahoe anytime!

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  2. Hello from McMinnville OR. I am A friend of Patti’s from church, and a fellow wanderer. – in my Motorhome, traveling solo along the west coast since my husband passed away two years ago. I can so relate, support, and encourage your comments about taking every turn offered – because the future is not guaranteed. My blog can be found at
    http://www.mikeanddenise.blogspot.com

    Keep on writing!
    Denise Tomczak

    Keep in writing:).

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    1. Hey Denise! Happy New Year, fellow wanderer! I love that you’re out there exploring in your motorhome, seeing and enjoying as much as you can in life. I hope this year brings you continued adventures and memorable time with your family. Thanks for saying hello and sharing your link! ~Kelly

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  3. How lovely to read your words again Kelly. Welcome back. You have been missed and of course Vancouver misses you. Wishing you a very happy, healthy and creative 2019. With my warmest good wishes as always…Andrew 😊

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    1. Andrew, thank you so much! I love hearing from you. Your voice is like a guiding light, a calming force. Your art comes through with every word and brush stroke you share. My husband and I may be visiting Vancouver this year. Would be fun to meet up for dinner with you and fellow bloggers Alison and Don (Adventures in Wonderland) who are also in Vancouver. I’ll keep you posted. Wishing you a happy, healthy New Year as well!

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    1. Hey, beauty! Thanks! I can’t believe we got to see you here in Tahoe! THANKS for all the sweet gifts from Mexico. Looking forward to diving into the book! Hope you’re having a wonderful start to the New Year. Love you, miss you! ~K.

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  4. Your message resonates so much with me, especially since I’m confronted with an important crossroads in my career life in the upcoming months (a decision I’ve been withholding for a little too long), as well as the fact that the next country I’m planning to go requires me to get a visa in advance — I’m a little nervous because it’s a place not many Indonesians visit, hence the lack of information on the visa issue.

    In terms of blogging, in the past few months I have been publishing less posts — I used to publish one new blog post every week, but now I only publish two to three a month. This is not because I’m starting to lose interest in the blogging world, far from it. It’s rather because I don’t want to make blogging feels like a chore. I tell people that my blog is like my baby, and I want to keep it that way.

    Speaking of Nuremberg, I’m curious about your experience there. It’s the first European city I visit since one of my cousins has been living there for decades now. So many great memories of the Altstadt, the museums, the food, the tram.

    Happy New Year, Kelly! I still wish our paths will cross one day!

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    1. Bama! Happy New Year to you, too! I hope you’re finding clarity regarding the crossroads you’re at in your career. And I can’t wait to hear where you’re going next! Hope you get the visa sorted.

      Interesting that you’re blogging less to maintain your enjoyment. I can relate to that. Every trip we take, far or near, often feels like a potential subject for a blog post. The urge to write is always strong but we have to draw the line somewhere to not create so much work for ourselves and to also maybe keep a few journeys to ourselves. I also think there are so many people writing about travel now that it can be advantageous to write fewer but better posts that offer a deeper story or a unique perspective.

      Regarding Nuremberg, I loved it there. The Christmas market was charming and the food was so good! My husband spent a number of years there during his childhood so he got to re-visit his old house and neighborhood. It was a trip down memory lane and a really fun experience for both of us.

      Yes, I have no doubt we’ll meet eventually! I miss Asia and I would love to see more of Indonesia. I’ll get back there someday and we’ll make it happen. Or if you’re coming this direction, let me know!!! My house is your house. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, LuAnn! I just visited your blog and read your wonderful New Year post. So many of us here on WP are thinking about the value of the time, health and happiness we have, and the importance of enjoying every moment we can. Wishing you and Terry a wonderful 2019!

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      1. Thanks Kelly! I am going to be reading some of your blog posts about Portugal and Morocco as they are on our radar for 2019. Wonderful adventures to you this year!

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  5. What a wonderful post Kelly, and welcome back! I’ve missed you!
    There are barriers around the Eiffel Tower?!!! Seriously? That is so sad. 😦
    We too have the same memory and will not be able to revisit it when we’re in Paris in February.
    We’re leaving Feb 4th – 5 days in Paris, a month in Rishikesh sitting with Mooji (one of our fave teachers) and 2 weeks in/around Kyoto.
    Have a wonderful year – full of joy, love and adventures.
    Hugs from us.
    A&D

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    1. Hi Alison! Thank you! And I’VE MISSED YOU, TOO!! I have so much reading to catch up on and I can’t wait to see what you’ve been writing about.Wow! Paris, Rishikesh and Kyoto! What a wonderful trip! You and Don must be so excited! 🙂 Yes, from what we could tell, we would have needed to have a ticket to get into the area under the Eiffel Tower where we walked freely several years ago. There was fencing all over the place (and construction too but I think that was unrelated). In any case, there’s so much else of Paris to enjoy! I need to start posting about our time there. Wishing you a wonderful year as well and hope to see you out in the world somewhere, or maybe even in Vancouver if we squeeze in a visit this year. Love to you and Don! Happy 2019! ~K&J

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  6. Couldn’t agree more with your thoughts, Kelly. Beautifully said. Life’s short as they say, far too precious to waste. We share a similar philosophy. I backpacked from I-80 to Highway 50 this summer as part of my 700 mile plus celebration of turning 75. I followed the PCT but also detoured into some of my favorite areas of yore in the Granite Chief and Desolation Wilderness areas. They are still beautiful, and I am still able to escape from the crowds. 🙂 The very best to you and your family in 2019. I look forward to your adventures this year. –Curt

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    1. Thanks, Curt! Happy New Year! Your 75th birthday 700-mile journey is remarkable. I just want to take a moment and recognize that, full stop. Congrats! What a huge achievement and deep connection to the land, with every one of your steps. If more people took similar journeys there would be greater respect for our national parks and protected lands. Desolation Wilderness isn’t far from here. The name alone inspires such imagination, and you’re right — it’s still beautiful. I’m hoping to hike up Mt. Tallac this summer — the last time was in 2000. If you’re in the Tahoe neighborhood again, let me know! Here’s to seeing more beautiful places in 2019! ~Kelly

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      1. Thanks, Kelly. There is always the danger of ‘loving beautiful places to death,’ but I can’t think of any better way to help people understand the value of protecting wild areas. Granite Chief, Desolation and Mokelumne Wilderness areas have always been favorites of mine. Hiking over Dick’s Pass this last summer would have given me some of the same views you catch from Mt. Tallac. It would be fun to meet up with you at the Lake sometime. 🙂 –Curt

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  7. Welcome back Kelly. I think so many of us in the blogosphere are adventurers and travelers who are following our dreams and enjoy writing and photography. Perhaps that is how we land upon each other somehow. Look forward to reading about your exciting future adventures

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    1. Thank you, Tina! I love your comment. That IS what’s great about connecting… we wander, we write, we come and go. But this blogging community is always here, like a warm fire to return to after a long journey. Thanks for welcoming me back! I look forward to catching up on my reading and seeing what you’ve been up to lately. Hope you’re enjoying the weekend!

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