Here’s to a New Year

In many ways 2015 was a good year, but it was also a hard year. A year filled with challenges, both professional and personal.

It was also a year of introspection, where I learned a lot about myself, found some answers, but also realized there were more questions than I had expected. Questions about identity, home, putting down roots (and where) or continuing the transient, nomadic life…

These are not unique to me – I know many TCKs (and non-TCKs) struggle with these questions. I just didn’t expect them to hit me so hard and to find myself searching for clarity in my own contradictory thoughts and feelings.

When I was finally able to define those questions, however, it was such a comfort. I had felt their shadows lingering in the back of my mind for a while, but had been unable to understand what weighed on my heart. I may not have the answers yet, but at least I now know what I’m searching for – and that makes all the difference.

These realizations, along with other challenges sorted by year’s end, allowed me to close off 2015 at peace and more than ready for 2016. I am excited for this new year and all the new adventures it will undoubtedly hold.

As for my blog: I unfortunately and unintentionally moved away from writing in 2015. I had much to say, but couldn’t find the words to express it. I am very grateful for all of you who still stuck around and took the time to read and comment when I did write. Your presence and comments are always a source of joy, motivation and comfort.

One of my hopes and resolutions for 2016 is to do more of what I love – and writing is very high on that list. Hopefully this is just the first of many more posts to come this year. So, here’s to more writing, more laughing, more loving, more travel and great adventures in 2016.

On that note, I wish you all a very happy new year and I hope 2016 is an amazing year!


8 thoughts on “Here’s to a New Year

  1. A very Happy New Year Dounia and I’m so pleased to see that you are committed to continue writing. I understand so completely, your questions and lingering shadows as we’ve experienced them in our family as well this past year. We can only keep talking, searching and loving as you rightly say. Keep up the writing, and I look forward to seeing you in March. Much success, and peace this year…Terry Anne

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    1. Happy new year! Thank you for your lovely comment, Terry Anne. It’s always comforting to know there are others who understand. Good luck with your upcoming move and with all your endeavors in 2016!


    1. Thank you for your kind words, Paige, and happy new year to you too! I hope it’s a fantastic year for you – I look forward to seeing the beautiful photos (and reading about) of your new discoveries this year. 🙂


    1. Thanks, Cortney! I hope you’re doing well and had a great start to 2016! I also hope 2016 will be less hectic for you (but no less adventure-filled) than the last few months of 2015. Looking forward to reading more and seeing where your next explorations take you. 🙂


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