Things To Look Forward To In 2012

I’ve just come back from an amazing family-filled holiday in Trinidad feeling revitalized and excited about what this year has in store for me.

Maracas Beach Trinidad

Maracas, one of my favorite beaches in the world

I also took a 10-day vacation from work and my blog to take a step back and think about what I’m going to do differently this year.

I strongly believe in personal evolution. There is always something I can do better or improve upon, whether it be physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually, and I plan to evolve a lot in 2012.

The Blog

I am a disciplined blogger. I put out around two posts a week, make them all at least 500 words in length, and add cool photos or videos for your viewing pleasure.

Because of the stringent rules I’ve put on myself and my blog, I sometimes find myself sitting in front of my computer after having just realized it’s been three days since my last post in a panic, racking my brain for interesting things to share. That means I don’t always put out blog posts that are inspired.

I don’t want to publish anything unless I put 100% effort into it. So in 2012, I will not be abiding to any kind of posting schedule. I will write when I have something really funny/quirky/profound/thought-provoking/cool to say.

I’m also not going to limit myself to a set word count. That can be agonizing sometimes. Now, I’m going to mix it up. At times, I’ll add one photo and tell a story about it. And when the story warrants it, I’ll write posts that are as long as they need to be.

I’m not going to play by any rules anymore. It’s not my style.

You + Me

In 2012, I’m going to work really hard at connecting with all of you who read my blog. Some of you are very interactive, and I really love that. I want to get to know the rest of you. Who are you? Where are you going this year? What are you passionate about? This blog is a two-way conversation. I want to know you.


New Years night

my sister and I on New Year's Eve

I spent a lot of 2011 putting effort into building a self-sustaining lifestyle for myself. It’s paid off big time. I’m at a comfortable level financially and see lots of opportunities on the road ahead.

But I also want to have some fun! I won’t be in my mid-20s forever and I want to enjoy these years before I’m shopping for denture grip and playing bingo.


I am fascinated by percussion and I am totally dedicated to learning how to play the bongos this year.


It’s true, I’m skinny, and I’m very fortunate for that. That is all thanks to my vegetarian diet and good genes.

But I have always neglected the physical side of life. I usually avoid treadmills and extreme sports like the plague. I know there’s a whole other world I’m missing out on, so this year I’m going to be pushing my body’s limits and getting into better shape.

That’s what I’m looking forward to in 2012! What are you working towards this year?

  • Hi Jasmine,
    I have been following your adventures for a while and what you are doing is a great inspiration for us wannabe travellers.  I look forward to reading more about your adventures and wish you a fantastic 2012.


  • Hi Victoria,

    Great to hear from you! I hope you have an amazing 2012 as well :)

  • Brian

    Happy New Year  with percussion in mind here are a couple of links that you may like first Adam Rudolph great percussionist and spirit
    And this turkish guy
    Music is for healing the soul sister

  • Cool I’ll have to check these out, thanks Brian.

  • My main goal this year is to devote more time to increasing my online revenues so I can travel more, and not worry about my brick and mortar business so much. (I actually stumbled on your site about a year or so ago, while looking for “do-follow” blogs with relevance to my Belize business to link from……!)

    Glad to hear you are planning to devote more time to your “physical” side.  Just because some of us are naturally skinny doesn’t mean we are also naturally healthy!

    I hope 2012 is your most prosperous (in all ways) year yet, keep up the great work and good luck!

  • back to colombia and putting down roots this time. the reality of the usa has become an impossible thing to deal with on a full time basis.