Everyday Adventures

2012- A Nomadic Year in Pictures

It’s hard to believe that 2012 is drawing to a close, especially after it being so eventful for myself, as well as most of the world.

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We’ve witnessed and experienced elections, revolutions, and tragedies. It seemed like every time I turn on the television there’s talk of gun control, the fiscal cliff, and the possible end of the world (thanks, Mayans, for the added confusion). But we also celebrated 12.12.12 and the success of a man breaking the sound-speed barrier with only a jump. iPads got smaller and our hearts grew larger.

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While the world seems to be hanging by its heart-strings, I feel like a deeper change is happening to us all. There was something about this year that’s caused a lot of questioning, redefining, and action.

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On a more personal level, it’s been a year of risks, self-doubt, and self-discovery. So much has happened over the past 365 days, it feels like I’ve lived a thousand years in one.

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This year has been tumultuous, showing glimpses of what the future may hold for me, all the while keeping me busy wading through the daily chaos.

Photo by Anika Munshi

Photo by Anika Munshi

So many adventures experienced, fears faced, and challenges overcome. I feel about the same, but I know I’m different. I can’t tell you how, only that something inside me says it’s so.

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It’s been unbelievable. And exhausting. Unbelievably exhausting, too.

hilary at talei grave

And while I’m so anxious to share with you more tales from Fiji, I’ve decided to share 13 photos that I feel sum up my year of experiences (one for each month of the year and one for good luck =). Let’s call it my softness for the holiday season or the workings of my deep-seeded nostalgia. Or maybe it’s my compulsive need to wrap up my life with a pretty bow.

hilary & kanga

Regardless, I share these photos with you in thanks. Thanks for following my journey, watching me grow, and your willingness to support me through all those trying moments. You probably have better things to do than read about an American girl’s misadventures, but I am so grateful that you do. I have so much love for the blogging community and all that you have given me.

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I only hope that through my adventures and my words, I am able to return the favor.

Hilary & wrasse

Here’s to an exceptional year, and to 2013… A year I feel that holds more great things for us all.

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I wish for you more laughter than tears, more growth than stagnation, and more love than anything else.

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And who knows? Maybe the best is yet to come…

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Happy New Year, all! Lots of love and well-wishes from me to you.

48 Comments

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    Say Gudday

    December 31, 2012

    Stupendous.

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    Say Gudday

    December 31, 2012

    Reblogged this on Say Gudday and commented:
    A year well spent.

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      Hilary Billings

      January 1, 2013

      Aw, thank you so much! I agree- I hope I can say the same (if not more) about 2013!

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    Erica

    December 31, 2012

    … and because there can never be too many photos of roos and napoleon wrasses!

    Happy New Year, and here’s to another year of exploration!

    x

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      Hilary Billings

      January 1, 2013

      Haha! Agreed! That bad wrasse- I wonder what he’s tweeting about underneath the big blue now… =)

      Happy New Year, Erica!

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        Erica

        January 3, 2013

        Watched the Time’s Square volvox-drop!

        …but not really since volvox live in freshwater. I tried.

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          Hilary Billings

          January 4, 2013

          Haha! It was close enough, wasn’t it?

          I wonder it the Napoleon Wrasse would like volvox… If they would be friends, enemies… or frenemies? They probably tweet each other.

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    Britt Skrabanek

    December 31, 2012

    You and the roo rock my world. What a gorgeous year you shared with all of us…thank you and Happy New Year, lovely.

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      Hilary Billings

      January 1, 2013

      Thanks, Britt! I love that photo. I always hear him saying, “Ugh- you’re not doing it right… you’re supposed to hold your hands like this…”

      =) Thanks for sharing in my gorgeous year! So grateful for you! Happy New Year!

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    Quimper Arts

    December 31, 2012

    Love the visuals, you are as remarkable as a photography subject as you are a writer!! Happy New Year you amazing woman :)

    Auntie C

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      Hilary Billings

      January 1, 2013

      Aww, thank you so much, Aunt Carolyn! You flatter me so. =)

      And can I just say how shocked and excited I am that you’re leaving me a comment? Through wordpress? So excited to watch your growth as well!

      Love you!!!

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    larkycanuck

    January 1, 2013

    Best for 2013. Are you back in Vegas now?

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      Hilary Billings

      January 1, 2013

      Thank you! Yes, for the moment. I’m hoping not for long, though. The best stories of my Fijian journeys are yet to come! I promise they will not disappoint. =)

      Happy 2013 to you!

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    Rufina

    January 1, 2013

    Simply lovely! Happy New Year to you Hillary!

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    clisanti

    January 1, 2013

    Happy New Year. May 2013 find you well. I for one have a really good feeling about this year even if I have to write the number 13 when I date anything for the next 365 days.

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      Hilary Billings

      January 1, 2013

      =) Happy New Year to you as well! Thank you. And I feel this year will bring great things to you.

      Do you have any resolutions?

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        clisanti

        January 2, 2013

        I dont think I am making any this year. Every time I do I just end up letting them go by the wayside. I think I am just going to live well.

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    Les Petits Pas de Juls

    January 1, 2013

    happy New Year, Hilary! May it be another wonderful, learning experience! Your pictures were just stunning and your words went straight to my heart, once again.
    Cheers! Take care and Enjoy every single day!

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      Hilary Billings

      January 1, 2013

      Thank you, miss Juls! I hope with all my heart that it is so. And I wish you all the best for your 2013 as well. =)

      Thank you for reading and being open to sharing in my world. Cheers!

      Any new year’s resolutions?

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    The Boy!

    January 1, 2013

    Happy January! Lots of love and good wishes from me to you,

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      Hilary Billings

      January 1, 2013

      Aww, thank you! Sending them right back your way. Any resolutions for the upcoming year?

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    travellingmo

    January 1, 2013

    That pic of you and Miss Piggy should be a holiday card. It’s that perfect!

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      Hilary Billings

      January 1, 2013

      Haha! Thank you! It’s a great photo indeed. One of my readers actually had it printed up and sent to me on a birthday card. It was pretty awesome.

      Do you have a favorite photo from 2012? Any resolutions for 2013?

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    seekingmonsieur

    January 2, 2013

    Hello Hilary,
    I look forward to following you into the New Year. Your adventures push me to seek and drive myself to the next level. Fun photos.

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      Hilary Billings

      January 2, 2013

      Aww, thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoy them. Let’s keep pushing each other through 2013! Cheers!

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    pagingdrallie

    January 2, 2013

    So very glad I stumbled upon your blog this year! Your adventures have been so fun to read about! Hoping for a great 2013 for you!

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      Hilary Billings

      January 2, 2013

      I’m so glad you stumbled across it as well! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed them. Thank you so much!

      Happy 2013 to you! Do you have any new year’s resolutions?

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    Hailey

    January 3, 2013

    Wishing you lots of love and adventures in 2013 :)

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      Hilary Billings

      January 3, 2013

      Thank you, Hailey! Same to you and your beautiful family. I’m also wishing for more family time! =)

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    A Gracious Life

    January 5, 2013

    Beautiful photos, beautiful 2012. Happy new year hilary! The best is yet to come. =>

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    Ed

    January 5, 2013

    “Maybe the best is yet to come?”

    Please. More like: “May the best be yet to come!”

    Can’t wait to keep following your adventures in 2013!

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    eriksmithdotcom

    January 9, 2013

    You certainly had a great year! I love the pic with Miss Piggy :-)

    Hope you have an awesome 2013 as well!

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      Hilary Billings

      January 9, 2013

      Thank you so much! Yeah, it’s kind of disconcerting how alike we look… I guess it just goes to show what a ham I am. =)

      Cheers to 2013! Any resolutions?

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    Michi

    January 31, 2013

    Snorkeling trips, wild animals, world-trekking, and new additions to the family. Incredible year lady!

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      Hilary Billings

      February 11, 2013

      Thank you! Sometimes it’s hard to fathom how much actually happened last year… And sometimes it’s even harder to imagine that there’s still so much more I want to see/do/experience.

      Do you have any goals, dream vacations, or aspirations for 2013?

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Hey fellow adventurers, my name is Hilary! After being rejected from grad school, I took off on a solo journey around the world. Now I constantly challenge myself to take on new experiences. This blog documents my journeys from Europe to Fiji, swimming with sharks and living with tribes, to becoming an accidental beauty queen and working for one of the top national media outlets. If you like what you're reading, please subscribe! Here's to the next great adventure!

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