Reflecting: What a difference a year makes

Peace out, 2015!

Hello, 2016! After the most eventful year of my life, 2016 has a lot to live up to. Thankfully, it’s off to a sweet start. I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on what a difference a year can make. All the things that can change. All the movements a person can make. I was hesitant to drone on about all the crap I’m grateful for, but this is my blog so I’m going to do what I want.

Plus, Future Dayna might not forgive me if I didn’t.

Anyway, I’m a big fan of thinking back to where I was one year ago today. How different (or similar) my life was, and what I’m looking forward to now. Instead of planning a wedding, I’m planning my next exotic travel stop. What a difference a year makes.

Last year was full of joy, upheaval and growth. On Christmas Eve 2014, Wade and I shared the news with our families that we were going to become a family. After just three months of knowing each other, we decided to get married. We kept that under wraps (sort of) until Christmas, and then the wedding planning began.

The best day of my life.




This year, we celebrated the holiday on a different continent, carousing around Seoul, South Korea all of Christmas Day. We wolfed down some deeply-missed Mexican food and clinked beers in bars on Boxing Day.

Ice skating in Seoul, Christmas Eve 2015
Top of Namsan Seoul Tower
Clinkin’ and drinkin’

On New Years Eve 2014, Wade and I dined over a romantic dinner at Champs, before I rang in the New Year in the KSTP-TV newsroom on the overnight shift.

New Years Eve 2015 was a big improvement. Last week, I lifted paper lanterns into the night sky on Kata Beach in Phuket, Thailand, wishing for good luck and happiness in the new year. My friends and I drank beach beers and squished sand in our toes and dined on pad Thai and mango sticky rice. What a difference a year makes.



10577126_10107061725148130_4158615323041809564_nIn March 2015, I celebrated my 28th birthday. This year, I’ll ring in my final year of the decade as my family grows even larger. I’m thrilled to become a first-time aunt with a nephew due March 2016 (birthday buddies, I hope!).

There aren’t words enough to express how happy I am and how content I feel. That’s a pretty wonderful way to walk into a new year.

Despite that happiness, I still don’t have all the answers about what our future holds next, especially when it comes to finding that “dream job.” And that’s OK. The search is always. Always evolving. Always brainstorming. Always dreaming. Always pushing. I’m thankful that I listened to a message, always beating in my heart about traveling, about trying, about risking, about reaching. Stepping away from a serious career, one that I pursued like a dog, to teaching abroad has been a blessing, a bitch and a bonding experience all in one breath. Future Dayna will never be able to thank this Dayna enough.

We’re so incredibly thankful for our loving family and friends, our fur babies, our new love, and our health. We hope you are, too. Wishing you the best in 2016. What a difference a year makes!

Happy 2016!


One thought on “Reflecting: What a difference a year makes

  1. I so loved reading this and I am so happy for both you and Wade for having the guts to step out of the usual and made the decision to spend the year in Korea teaching and just getting to do all the adventerous things that you both have gotten to do. Enjoy life as you both are and look forward to hearing what you are doing every day. Love you both!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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