“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.” – Jack Kerouac (I love this quote, thank you Jess)

One year ago last night, I was awake and overwhelmed with anxiety and excitement, despite seriously needing to get some sleep for the adventure that was about to ensue.

It was after midnight, and I was packed and ready to leave my parents’ house at 4 am, but I couldn’t sleep. I was awake and writing my very first blog post! A few hours later, in the pale glow of a misty morning, I was dropped off somewhere in the dewy boonies of New Jersey. My new friends and I packed our gear and ourselves into a trusty Yaris, and set out to tackle the vast expanse of North America — our sights set on Utah.

Reading that post reminds me of the same feelings of anxiety I have now. It also reminds me of the potential and hopefulness that comes with anticipating a new adventure.

Since that post, I’ve been fortunate enough to meet some amazing people and hear some incredible stories. I’ve had the pleasure of working three outdoor seasonal jobs in some truly incredible places. I’ve learned so many useful skills, had awesome experiences, and formed invaluable relationships.

Looking back at that post shows me how much has changed in a year, but also about how much more change is still to come… and how the feeling of change always feels pretty much the same.

Life is good, and I’m excited to see what the next year will bring. I’m planning on doing a better job blogging about it, too.

Happy blog-o-versary!

 “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” – Winnie the Pooh