2018 was a year, to say the least. I had some high highs, and low lows. But it was a year for reflecting, and honestly, 2018 was not that great to me. I turned 30 recently, and have always looked forward to being this age, so to say I am excited for this next chapter in my life is an understatement. I have spent the last few months growing personally, professional, spiritually, and emotionally. I have taken time away from this blog to reflect on the direction God would have it go. I have just stepped back and sat on the sidelines and said “God, you do this. Lead me. Direct me. Help me grow. Help me heal. Help me serve. Help my ministry. Help my heart. Help me.” And you know what? I love who I’ve become through this process. I have never been able to say, as confidently as I can today, that I am happy with the person that I am, and the things I am doing. 2019 is going to be a great year.
There are exciting things coming for There Goes Laura this coming year. For starters, I am writing a book. I have always been a writer at heart. Writing comes natural to me and I truly enjoy it. However, when I decided to combine my love of travel and writing, I knew a blog would not suffice. I love this blog, and the direction I am about to take it. We are really going to start evolving and growing here, and I can not wait. But I knew I had to write a book. And not just any book. I am no expert in travel. Nothing I say has not already been said. And I am not even going to attempt to write a travel guide. But what I do, and I think quite well, is tell stories, with a bit of humor. And there are a lot of stories to be told about traveling. Not the glamorous coffee shop selfie in front of the Eiffel Tower stories. I am talking about the dirty, awkward, missed my bus, lost my luggage, what language is that?, where is my passport?, did I bring any shoes?, stories. The not so glamorous, but equally important travel fails. This book is turning into my favorite thing I have ever done, and I haven’t even completed it yet. So, keep your eye on the end of 2019, because I’d love for you to laugh at how messy my travels can be.
I am going to spend more time on this blog in 2019. Now, I know at the beginning of 2018 I said I would post once a week, and that lasted for two weeks, but I mean it this time. Pinky promise. One thing I’ve had to work on is my fear of failure. If I never try to grow this little corner of the internet into something incredible, then I will never fail. But I will also never see what There Goes Laura could become. And in 2019, I am going to put everything I have into making this blog bigger and better. I am making this blog the place that I want it to be, and with that, I hope growth and more opportunities will come. I spent so much time trying to fit inside a “travel blogger” box, that I realized, that isn’t me. No one is going to come to TGL and read some life changing travel post. But what I do have to offer, is myself. I am a unique, humorous, sassy, God-fearing woman, who wants to share that with the world.
I am also going to be posting more content on the topic of my faith and Christianity. I think if I am going to make this blog authentically me, then it needs to be helpless and broken and shout the praises of Gods grace. And be humorous, a little awkward, and hopefully helpful and encouraging at the same time. When you leave this website, whether you read a travel article or a personal article, I want you to feel like you can conquer the world. Or at least a city in a weekend. I want you to know you are loved, valued, and important to a God who is spectacular. And I want you to know that you matter. You can overcome anything. And you are not defined by what you are going through.
And I wouldn’t be me with a little bit of adventure. I am planning a whole lot of travel. Savannah (duh, I don’t go a year without a visit), Mardi Gras (again, New Orleans is a yearly must), an epic East Coast road trip, Las Vegas, Yellowstone, St. Augustine, a few obvious weekend trips, possibly some European adventures, Brazil, and much more. What an exciting time to see the world.
2019 will be great. And if you are reading this, thank you. Thank you for sticking around through the most unproductive year of blogging. Thank you for reading this post. Thank you for the kind words, and community you have allowed me to be a part of. And thank you for letting me have this safe space to be myself. I know not everyone will like the content I put out, but as long as I like the content, I am making the right decision.
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