My December to Remember

Mom and I celebrating my birthday.

My December to Remember

For me, 2013 is a year that will be remembered for many life changes, hardships, and triumphs. I used to think that once I found happiness that it would stay forever, but the truth is not everything lasts forever, and there are challenges ahead of us that we will always need to face. It’s as Elizabeth Gilbert says so brilliantly in Eat, Pray, Love:

β€œHappiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.”

It’s an exhausting process quite honestly, but those moments of happiness, however long they may be, are worth the fight. Our lives may be full of ups and downs, but I honestly believe it’s the memories of the ups that push me through the down periods.

With a month left in the year, I am determined to make it the best month I have had so far with big plans to ensure that is the case. I would like to think of it as my December to remember.

December has always been my favorite month. Not only is it a celebratory month with Christmas and New Year’s Eve, but right in the middle is my birthday. Because of this, December has always been a month about celebrating life and love. This year is no different, except to add to the excitement, I have decided to throw a few travel plans into the mix.

Mom and I celebrating my birthday.

This month, not only do I have the usual holidays to celebrate, but also two big trips to end, and simultaneously start, the year. Two destinations are old favorites, both of which I will be visiting for the forth time. The final place, where I will end and begin the new year will be a place I have been dreaming about for years, and while it’s not my first time in the country, it is my first time in the city.

Miami

South Beach, Miami.

Miami is one of my favorite cities in the United States, and partially because it feels so far from home. The water is Caribbean blue, Spanish can be heard on the tip of everyone’s tongue, music blares from every corner, and the food is some of the best in the world. This year, I’ll be headed to Miami to celebrate my twenty-ninth birthday, and ring in the last year of my twenties. It won’t be a very long trip, but I am looking forward to some relaxation under the warm Floridan sun and a few cocktails to go along with it.

London

London.

While I realize that I was just in London, the city keeps calling me back. London has dug its way deep into my heart, and I could make up any excuse to head back there as often as possible. After winning GowithOh‘s guest tester contest, I found an excuse to stop over to London for a few days before making my way to Barcelona. I won’t have much time in one of my favorite cities, but it will be enough to get my London fix until I return once again in July.

Barcelona

Photo credit: Where in the World is Lola?

Photo credit: Where in the World is Lola?

After London, I will be spending the last days of 2013 and ringing in 2014 in Spain’s Catalonian city. For years, I have wanted to spend New Year’s Eve in Barcelona, and GowithOh is helping me make it a possibility. I am really looking forward to wandering the streets of a new city in my final days of 2013, and welcoming in 2014, along with a new chapter in my life, with open arms.

This month is one that I am truly looking forward to, one that will allow me to finally leave the past completely behind and look forward to a bright future. I have realized that in life, nothing ever really comes easy, and there are plenty of ups and downs that come our way. The important thing is to make it through the downs while always looking forward. Eventually, the up is bound to come back again, and this December will be just the beginning of mine.

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Comments (22)

  1. Traveling Ted

    Sounds like a very cool month. I am pretty excited with my December as well. Ringing it in with a beer in a hostel in Kuala Lumpur, and I will be celebrating my birthday (New Year’s Eve) in Tampa, Florida. We December babies rock πŸ™‚

    1. The World Wanderer

      December babies are the best, Ted! Your month sounds pretty fantastic as well. πŸ™‚

  2. Britany

    Can’t wait to hear about your upcoming travels and New Years in Barcelona sounds amazing!! Happy almost birthday!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Britany! It’s going to be a good month.

  3. Karen

    Eat, Pray, Love has some many amazing quotes in it, and the one you’ve used is one of my favourites. Words to inspire. Sounds like you’re going to have an amazing month!

    1. The World Wanderer

      It really does! This is one of my favorites too. She definitely inspired me to go out there and see the world, not letting anything hold me back. It’s going to be fantastic! πŸ™‚

  4. lola

    my lovely lovely friend. so happy to be celebrating your 29th birthday with you in MIAMI!!! you are such an important person to me and i’m so glad that i can be a part of your UP!! xoxoxo

    1. The World Wanderer

      Not sure my up would have been possible without friends like you! SO excited for Miami and all our celebrations! xx

  5. JoAnna

    You have a fabulous December ahead! Enjoy each and every moment. πŸ™‚

  6. GowithOh

    We’re so happy to hear how excited you are for your upcoming December adventures! London has great Christmas lights and Barcelona’s New Year’s Eve celebration is sure to be awesome! We’re so happy December has finally arrived too!
    Can’t wait to hear more from you! πŸ™‚

  7. Lance | Trips By Lance

    Have a fun month and enjoy your birthday trip. We don’t travel much in December, but it’s because we love parties and we are fortunate to have lots of parties to attend. I usually gain five to 10 pounds because of it, though. Have fun!

  8. Beth

    Sounds like you’ll have a great winter with all your travel plans! NYE in Barcelona? Jealous!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks! I am so looking forward to getting away for a few days. πŸ™‚

  9. Amanda @amandaelsewhere

    Happy birthday from a fellow December baby! Have tons of fun in Barcelona; I would do very bad things in order to celebrate NYE in another city, but I will be heading to Barcelona in April!

  10. SnarkyNomad

    I think you should do rhyming names for each month’s travel plans, like the March of Starch, or the July of Jai Alai. Yes, that’s a good one.

  11. Mary Anne

    I can not wait to see and hear all about Spain at NYE. You are going to have a great time.

  12. Kieu ~ GQ trippin

    New Year’s in Barcelona sounds amazing! G’s favorite city. And with GwO.. that’s going to be fun!!

  13. Leah

    Congratulations again on winning Go with Oh. There’s no doubt that December will be great with all these wonderful locales. Have a great time!

  14. Craig Zabransky

    Any month with a trip to Spain can easily be a favorite… have an amazing time in Barcelona. Also, an early happy birthday and happy holidays wish to you and yours… but don’t rule out January as the amazing month for 2014… #RWLP.

    stay traveling, Craig

  15. Craig Zabransky

    Ps – I am not sure i agree with Liz. Happiness is a choice… all you need to do is choose it. It’s that simple, but I’ll admit it is not always easy.
    stay happy, Craig

  16. Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    Sounds like a great combination of warm weather and cold weather this December! And I am glad my birth town is one of you faves πŸ™‚

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