It’s amazing really how fast time goes. I think about that often, memories popping up in my head and it shocks me just how long ago they were. On some days, the time that Dean and I spent travelling in Asia is just a hop into the past, while on others I’m aware that it was half a decade ago and getting further away every day.
One of the things that I was reminded of just a few days ago is that around this time, two years ago, I started this website.
I started Maps and Mandalas as a clean slate, a new place to put my thoughts down, share some photos and connect with people online. Before Maps and Mandalas I’d run another website, focused on budget travel, called Barefoot Beach Blonde. I learned so much from that website, and while I never lost my love for alliteration in blog names, I had reached a point in my life where budget travel just wasn’t my focus anymore. I wanted to write about my life, about my passion for photography, about hiking and mini adventures, without necessarily feeling chained to international travel. Maps and Mandalas came about from a desire to do something different for myself, while still staying true to what had brought me to blogging in the first place, way back in 2012: telling stories, and sharing a little piece of myself.
Here we are two years down the track. I’ve published more than 150 articles in my new internet home, and connected with hundreds of people from all over the world. I’ve given advice on our visa journey, and heard so many stories from people on the same path as Dean and myself. I’ve shared amazing hikes we’ve been on, our geocaching adventures, and so much more. We’ve moved from the tropical warmth of small-town Darwin to the seasonal vibrancy of urban Melbourne. We’ve gotten engaged and are preparing to welcome an entirely new little person into our lives early next year. So much has happened, that when I stop to look back on it I’m actually not surprised at all that it’s been two years of blogging. Life moves fast, and I’m glad that I have this blog to keep track of all the amazing and wonderful things that are a part of it, big and small.
So, here’s to the last two years of sharing stories with you all, and here’s to two more years and possibly much more! I can’t wait to see what is over the next blogging horizon for me and my little crew.