One Year of Daily Posts

Daily Dose of Beauty by Compass & Camera

Photo of Lake Tahoe from my first pandemic post, one year ago today

March 18th, 2021

Today marks the one-year anniversary of when the pandemic took off and I hunkered down with the goal of writing one post each day to add joy and get through the stillness of life without travel. I began the series as a Daily Dose of Beauty but eventually gave up the theme as I realized I would be dipping deep into my archives to keep the well of daily content from running dry for the duration of the crisis. I have repackaged and reposted much of my content in the process, with a few topics still out there for consideration.

I never thought I’d still be sitting here a year later; each night making sure to sit down by 8:00 p.m. to begin the process of preparing a post. Sometimes I knew what I would share; other times I had no idea; a few times I barely made it including one night on my birthday road trip laying in a tent outside of Bryce Canyon typing on my phone with one eye open at 1:00 a.m. By my count, I’ve skipped 18 posts — mostly on terrible days during the past year of American history when other voices were loud and far more important to read and listen to in relation to impeachment, elections, injustice and Black Lives Matter.

For most of the past year, I’ve been very inspired to write daily because the world is a beautiful thing to share with the rest of world. A traveler’s love of the world is insatiable — something I know to be true because so many of you have willingly re-read and commented again on many of the stories I’ve shared a second time. For this, I’m so grateful! Your comments make me laugh and help me feel connected to an entire group of friends I’ve never met in person (except for Alison and Don). That I can hear from India, Indonesia, Canada, France, Bali, Singapore and all over in the U.S. within 24 hours of sharing a post is an astonishing, enriching result of our humanity and technology. Thank you all for lifting me up and keeping me going.

Many of us have come a long way and learned a lot in the past year. And many of us did not make it to today — something that really sank in as I started to write this tonight. We have lost so many. There’s so much we still don’t know, but think about how much less we knew one year ago. Luck and location may be the only things that saved a few of us early on (myself included) from very different outcomes. And it’s not over.

What I do know is that, in the past year, I’ve confirmed for myself that my love of writing about travel and the world runs very deep. It is my deepest well of personal fulfillment. It is a silver lining of a long year. With this in mind, I plan to keep writing until I hit 365 posts — a true, full year of pandemic-fueled content. I’ll hit that milestone in early April. After that I might take a week off. After that I might move to posting one photo each day. More importantly, I hope to start refilling my bucket of content and blog posts with weekend trips and summer views. I hope you’ll stick with me for the ride.

So… what is your deepest well?

More tomorrow,
Kelly

Post of the Day: Adding a bit of light to the darkness as we get through the pandemic together. This series features travel photos from my archives, shared with you while staying close to home.

40 comments

  • You have inspired us all Kelly. What a privilege to have shared the journey with you over this past year. Like all of us I have no doubt, I looked forward to your posts each day, wondering where you would take us to next. I have learnt so much about our world that was new to me and seeing it through your eyes was the perfect way to travel during these challenging times. Thank you, thank you, thank you. πŸ’•

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    • Thank you so much, Andrew! You’ve been a virtual companion through it all with your own inspiring posts, always shining a light on important issues and always recognizing the health care heroes on the front lines. I so appreciate the support you’ve shown me and so many others! We’ve made it this far together and for that I’m grateful. Thanks again!

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  • I have to say that mine is not so very far from yours. I’m most alive when I’m running with a story. For me the 15th March last year was my last day of true freedom. We had traveled north to MarvΓ‘o, an oasis of caim in the coming storm. On our return journey you could almost hear the doors slamming shut behind us. I had those stories to tell and planned to step away from the blog for a while, but the compelling nature of what was happening all around me kept me here. I needed the contact with others. Thanks for the reposts, Kelly. I have really enjoyed them πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you, Jo. And congrats to you for also approaching one year! I’ve so enjoyed our frequent connections, popping over between our blogs to check in and say hello. I feel like neighbors across the ocean! Blooming friendships have been another silver lining of the year. Thank you! I hope we return to Portugal sometime to have some cake and wine, and meet in person! πŸ™‚

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  • I appreciate your sincere reflection of the past year. Keep smiling and thank you for the beautiful photo.

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  • Kelly, your excellent posts have been a wonderful source of inspiration and hope throughout this past year. Thank you so much for your incredible contribution to keeping us all sane and motivated. πŸ™‚ ~Terri

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    • Thank you, Terri! Very happy to know my efforts may have contributed to sanity and motivation! It has certainly been a time of huge mental challenges in dealing with the day to day. Cheers to a light at the end of the tunnel and getting back out in the world soon! Thanks again! πŸ™‚

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  • Your posts really did add “a bit of light to the darkness” and I enjoyed seeing them every day! I’d say I dipped into two deep wells this past year – one the same as yours but in a different form, and the other probably also something that helped sustain you. I have written and written over the past year, but almost none of it has been offered for consumption by others! My own love of travel and the world and writing has been concentrated in my (now almost finished) novel that moves from NYC to the Himalaya to London to small-town America. I’ve entered into the lives of those Covid-free characters and worlds almost every day, and it’s been a wonderful balm for what’s out in the real world some days. I’ve also made a renewed commitment to physically step outside most days, walking or running and enjoying the more elemental parts of our earth, and that, too, has been therapeutic. Here’s to all of us getting ourselves the whole way back out soon!

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    • Lex! I’m SO excited about you writing over the past year! Your novel sounds incredible and so appropriate that it spans the globe. Are you going to publish it? Share it on your blog? Do tell! I hope we’ll all have a chance to read it and support your endeavor! What a fantastic accomplishment for a lost year. Happy to know that writing has sustained you and not surprised that getting outside has also been therapeutic. Nature really has been the best remedy, constant and inspiring. Thank you for reading and connecting here through it all. And yes, cheers to getting back out in the world soon!

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      • I do hope to publish it, but I’m sure that will take some time (and luck!). I really do not want to self-publish, almost solely because I cannot bear to market it or myself. I just don’t have self-promotion in me, and that is key. If I can get someone to sell it for me, great. If not, I guess I can publish it and just tell a few good readers about it and let that be that! (You will be one, I promise!)

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      • Good luck with whatever you choose as the next step! I can’t wait to read it!

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  • What a beautiful photo of Lake Tahoe! For us, travel is our passion so like you writing and sharing travel experiences helps us through this stay at home time. For us it is now 1 year 2 days since we escaped Vietnam to cut short the first trip of our retirement travel dream. Disappointed and shell shocked we sat at home and wondered β€œwhy now?!” But now, as we read other posts we are gathering more ideas and experiences to add to our bucket lists and can see light at the end of the tunnel 😊

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  • Your posts have truly brightened up my days.
    Thank you.
    Steve

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    • Steve, that was my intent all along, from the beginning. Thank you for meeting me in the middle between effort and reward. It’s great to have connected and to know you’re along for the journey. πŸ™‚

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  • Although I haven’t been spending much time in the WordPress world the last six months, I’ve been impressed that when I occasionally poke my nose in I see you’re still going for it, day by day. And equally impressed your well is deep enough to keep coming up with more content. That’s quite a commitment – and quite a passion.

    I’ve been thinking it’s about time to see if I remember how to create a post (and use a few winter pictures while it’s still winter.) Now I just need to do some Spring cleaning and see if I can find where I misplaced all that old inspiration…

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    • DAVE! I’ve missed you! It’s so nice to hear from you! Thank you for your very kind comment. I laughed at your words “…still going for it…” That’s a great way to put it, and sums up my all or nothing approach, fueled by passion as you’ve also recognized. Thank you. I look forward to your upcoming posts! The new “block editor” is terrible (in my opinion), in case you haven’t discovered that recent change. I’ve found a work-around for it (back to the classic editor), but in any case… post on! Share anything! Can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to. πŸ™‚

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      • Yeah, that block editor doesn’t exactly improve productivity. It’s almost as if it was designed by a techie rather than a writer. (And I say that as a former programmer; in my experience most of them were terrible at documentation.) FYI, I did post “A Winter’s Tale”. I think you’ll find it eventful.

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      • Yay! Heading over tonight to read your post. And I agree about the block editor… made for blockheads. πŸ™‚

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  • Wow, it’s been a year! I’ve been pretty much following your daily posts since the beginning of the pandemic, and it’s nice to reread stories from places that I have yet to visit as well as some fresh photos that had never been published in this blog. I still hope that one day we’ll meet in person, when the pandemic is over or when international travel is possible again, whichever comes first.

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    • We WILL meet in person someday! For years, I’ve already been looking forward to it. I’m most intrigued by wondering where it will be. Maybe a beautiful beach in Indonesia or maybe somewhere on this side of the world? Can’t wait. Thank you for reading along throughout the year. I always love hearing from you, and especially learning from the posts you share. Hope you and your mom are doing well.

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  • Your posts have been very much appreciated!! Some were from before I followed you here. Many were return trips to previous virtual journeys you have provided us. Anyone can write a post. But, your photography combined with your observations from being there is an education to any of us who read your posts and view the spectacular photos. Though I have traveled quite a lot myself, I very often couldn’t take photos and still can’t write about it since it was for ‘defense’ work. πŸ™‚ Especially early in my career when the Cold War was still on, and of course the motto was, ‘It never happened, and I wasn’t there.’…lol Thank you for all your work here!!!

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    • I’m so intrigued by your life story! You must have some amazing stories you will never get to tell. πŸ™‚ Thank you very, very much for your thought about my photography and observations. It’s so meaningful to know that through them, I’m connecting with you and other readers. That connection is what keeps me going. Thank you also for being a longtime follower. It’s always nice to see your name pop up in my notifications. I appreciate the loyal support! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Kevin! πŸ™‚

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      • You’re quite welcome! And, I am honored to know I’m remembered when I throw my two cents in. πŸ™‚ More often than not, the work was pretty calm and low key. Some might say boring…lol But, there were a few events that looking back were amazing, some were even gut bustingly comical, and as with all things in life, unpleasant events here and there. It was stressful at times, but also extremely competitive (that takes explaining), and of course there was the adrenaline rush that could be addictive if one wasn’t careful And, to think it all started for me simply because someone was needed to take photos of something, and I was the only one who could be spared for it, because everyone else had cleaning assignments… lol!

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      • Photos over cleaning ANYTIME! It all sounds very mysterious but great to know you have fond memories of your former career!

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  • I’ve often peeked at your posts Kelly and have been amazed at your ability to keep at it every day – I couldn’t possibly! We do our challenges weekly and even that is sometimes a push for me! Like many others, our travel memories have been a key piece of getting through the past year despite the hardships. And our photography archives have inspired us to keep shooting, even if only in our own backyards. Thanks for your commitment to keeping the rest of us inspired Kelly – here’s hoping we can all create some new memories very soon!

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    • Tina, thank you so much for your thoughts!! I do look forward to slowing down a bit in the coming weeks. It has been a challenge in some ways but I also can’t believe it’s already been a year. In any case, YES — travel memories and hope of travel again have been vital in staying motivated. Thank you for reading, commenting and supporting me here. And cheers to better times ahead!

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  • What an amazing accomplishment! Thank you!

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  • What a joy and an inspiration your posts have been! It’s not just the sharing of places you’ve been that have been remarkable, but also your dynamic photos and commentary that always brought the sites to life. Your hard work has paid off, judging from the affirmative comments above. Best wishes for finishing the series, taking a much-needed break, and forging ahead in new directions. Thanks for taking us along for the journey.

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    • THANK YOU, Rusha. Your comment means the world because you’ve seen the world. Happy to know I’ve brought a few new places and ideas to life for you! (Portugal, maybe?!) Thank you for being here through the year — reading, commenting, supporting, connecting. It’s a pleasure knowing you’re out there, and hopefully one day our paths will cross in person! πŸ™‚ Thanks again!

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  • I can’t believe it’s been a year. It seems both longer and shorter than that. Thanks for your daily posts, I’ve enjoyed the photos and tidbits you’ve shared. Beautiful photo!

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    • Thank you, Diana! I can’t believe it’s been a year either. It has been long and short, simultaneously. A very strange time, but the blog has been a great outlet and it’s such a pleasure to connect with everyone, including YOU! Thank you. πŸ™‚

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  • I’ve been so enjoying your posts Kelly, I look forward to them. I’m glad you plan to continue. Like you I too have such a deep passion for writing about the world, and when I run out of my current ideas I have all the travels I did in my 20’s to write about, and life in the Yukon. I hope we can get together in person again one day. I’d so love to gab over a good meal again. It’s amazing that a whole year has gone by since the start of this and it’s far from over. But we are making progress. Vaccines yay!
    If you need to know how to access the Classic Editor email me.
    Hugs to you both.
    Alison xox

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  • Judging by the date as I read this today, I would have come on WordPress and your fascinating Blog after the magic carpet finished one fourth of the pandemic travels, and it has been a truely fascinating experience of being onboard for the rest of the journey. While it felt so good to see the world from your perspective, it wasn’t lost to me the amount of precious time you put away every night so that we could all see a bit of sunshine every day in this difficult time. I truely thank you for your amazing blog Kelly. You were and remain to be my star blogger on WordPress ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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    • Gosh, Deb. THANK YOU! Your star blogger? I’m forever flattered and grateful! I appreciate your thoughts deeply and it has been such a pleasure getting to know you over the past long months. I hope someday Jay and I can return to India and meet up with you and your family. We would love to get to know your part of the world through your experiences and daily life. Friendships across the world are the BEST thing about blogging. Thank you for yours. πŸ™‚

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