2017 highlight reel & 2018 goals

WOW. 2017 has been freakin' amazing. In thinking back on the year when I sat down to write this post, my mind was exhausted. It was a year on-the-go for sure, and filled with some 180 degree life changes. As always, I love to reminisce on the year before heading into another new year. It's always great to take a step back and look at your life through a different lens. What have you accomplished? What didn't you accomplish that you set out to? It's great in goal setting for the new year. Here's my highlight reel, followed by some 2018 goals at the end of the post. I'd love to hear your new years resolutions and goals as well!



Holy moly this fall (or rather, spring in Australia) was a whirlwind. Joe and I packed up our entire life & moved across the world to the opposite hemisphere. We are absolutely LOVING Sydney, Australia & our new life here, even more than we dreamed of. This was the biggest life change for us in 2017 as we said goodbye to San Francisco, our home for the last 5 years, and our friends and family. It's been a goal of ours since we met to move internationally together, so we made a pact that we'd make it happen once we got married. This year, we did it - a year after our wedding! Another bucket list check mark in the books. This means new roles in our careers, a new home, new friends, new hobbies, new restaurants, new everything. Joe got an amazing job at Adobe & is loving it, and I love my new aussie team at Okta. More details on the how, what, why's of this big adventure here & a little bit about the Aussie life so far here.

what to expect moving to australia


In 2017, I did 7 international trips, countless more within northern California, the US, & a handful already within Australia. My international trips from 2017 include:

  • Ensenada, Mexico (January)

  • Havana, Cuba (May)

  • Sydney, Australia (x3 - June, August, October)

  • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (July)

  • Bali, Indonesia (December) - blog post to come soon!

To-date I've traveled to 22 countries, 89 major cities, and 12% of the world. LOTS TO GO!

havana cuba travel guide

bali indonesia travel guide


Being married is the best. In true adventurer style, we went white water rafting & glamping for our 1 year wedding anniversary. We were planning to already be in Australia for it, so we planned this little rafting getaway at the very last minute & still had the time of our lives. I can't wait to go rafting again - it's a blast! Here are a few notes about what we've learned in one year of marriage:

  1. We don't adhere to gender stereotypes by any means. We do most things in life as a team, including household responsibilities.

  2. We agree to have separate lives & lives together. It's important for us to have our own time sometimes - both alone, and with our friends, & to grow on our own as we grow together.