Happy New Year 2017 – Word of the Year

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It’s that time of year again. When I look back on similar posts I have written the past four years I am amused and surprised.

For one, choosing REFINE as my Word of the Year for 2013, 2014, 2015, and let’s face it 2016, when I selected REDEFINE, was a total cop-out. My intentions were good, but the result was that not much happened in terms of making decisions.

For 2016 it should have been ESCAPE. Our sabbatical was baptized Project Escape. Escape from California. Escape from routine. Escape from life as we knew it. My restlessness had reached a climax and we pulled the trigger and said, “we’re out of here!”  I plan on writing more about our year and what life on the road in an RV was like, but what I can say is that it was not a mistake. I have no regrets and I enjoyed every single minute of it, not taking any moment for granted.

Now that the end of Project Escape is around the corner, it’s time to move on. Refine will not be showing up again 😉

My word for 2017 is….


For 2017, my number one priority is getting a new job. Of course, Mr. Misadventures is always at the top of my list.  We’ve been together fifteen years and we’ll be celebrating our ten year anniversary in 2017. However, for the rest of me, these are my three life priorities for the year.

Discover(ing) Portland

We lived in our house in Berkeley for eight years. I loved the house but I was ready to move around year five. I had never lived any place longer than three years prior to that.

I love change. I thrive on it. The fact that we are moving to a new city (and a new state) is thrilling and I can’t wait to discover every corner of Portland and the Pacific Northwest.

As I explore I will share my experiences about my new hometown with you. Watch out for my new series, Portland Picks in 2017.

Discover(ing) Exercise

I’ve said it before, but didn’t do much about it. I have lamented that I was as out of shape as I’ve ever been. But now I’m in worse shape.

I’ve always joked I’m allergic to exercise.

Well the joke is over.

I have to discover a form of exercise that I can consistently do. I eat well, but need to cut down on quantity. And I need to exercise.

Follow my journey as I take on this challenge.

(re)Discover My Blogging Mojo

Shh I'm blogging

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This week I watched a movie. It was really well conceived story, a psychological thriller, one of my favorite genres. However, despite an incredible cast (Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Colin Farrell) and all the best intentions, the movie fell flat.

It’s got me thinking about blogging.

Something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.

I think you can have the very best intentions, good content and blogging experience, but that doesn’t always mean that the math always add up to be a successful blog. There are many ways to define success, but when all is said and done, I really just need to rediscover why I’m doing this.

Join along as I re-imagine the next iteration of Misadventures with Andi.

[P.S. If you know a good blog coach you can recommend – not an ebook, ecourse or mastermind group, but a real one-on-one coach, I’d love to be connected with them.  I am really great at coaching others, but can’t coach myself!]

2016 By the Numbers

Number of posts: 144 (11 sponsored)

Top 5 most popular posts of the year:

Top 5 most popular posts published THIS year:

>>>> Lesson learned: 4 of the 5 top posts written this year were sponsored posts.  I spent a lot of time making sure they get a lot of love.  What I realized is that I should make sure that my regular posts get as much love and I haven’t done a good job at doing that!

Number of places I traveled to: I traveled all year in the RV, but for the most part I’d count 34 plus Portugal.

Favorite trip of the year: Portugal in May and Yellowstone in September.

Favorite meal: Lunch at Maria Pia in Cascais, a seaside town in Portugal. Fresh seafood in a gorgeous restaurant right on the ocean.

Blogging friends I met (or met up with) IRL: Katie of Domestiphobia; Christina of Christina’s Cucina; Cynthia of What a Girl Eats; Kelly of Tasting Page; Lois of Midlife at the Oasis – while attending and speaking at the Women In Travel conference in Los Angeles in March; and Esther and Jacob of Local Adventurer who we met up with in Colorado.

Most bummed about missing Kristin of Camels & Chocolate. We were supposed to connect after our trip to Red Bay, but we ran out of time and couldn’t get to Nashville.

That’s 2016 in a nutshell.  More on trip highlights from Project Escape coming in February.  I’m looking forward to our arrival in Portland in February, let the discoveries begin!

How about you? Do you have a Word of the Year? Do tell!  If you haven’t got one, what do you think of mine?

About Andi Fisher

I'm a lifestyle blogger focused on travel and food. A marketing gal who gave up my job to travel around the United States in an RV with my hubby. I'm now settling into the Portland area where I'm looking for my next career adventure! I love to travel via my stomach. Eating, seeking out local artisans and features to share. I've got more than 26 years of experience in marketing focused on content, social media, and direct marketing and I've mentored many bloggers, old and new.


  1. This year I couldn’t limit my focus to just one word. Instead it is PROGRESS not perfection and JOY in the Lord. I really need to have these mindsets to accomplish the goals I have for myself and my family this year.

    • Andi Fisher says:

      @Tami, those are wonderful words. I chose JOY as a word in 2002 way before I was blogging and it profoundly and positively impacted my life forever. Progress is good, especially when you have a growing business like yours!

  2. I enjoyed reading about your travels around the U.S. this past year–you’ve given me so much inspiration for when my family gets around to doing something similar in the future. I can’t wait to read about your Portland Picks and to see where the next year takes you as you adjust to a new normal in a new state (so exciting!). Happy New Year, Andi!
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    • Andi Fisher says:

      @Natalie, thank you so MUCH, you have been such a wonderful supporter this year. Do you plan to hit the road in the near future or is it more long term?

      • My husband and I have talked at length about taking time away from school and work to travel as a family–we’re not sure if we want to go international or domestic, but we do know we want it to involve RVing! 🙂 He and I are both huge proponents of learning outside of the classroom, so we’re hoping to do a year of traveling when our kids are a little older (maybe when they’re 11 and 8 or so). It’s still several years down the road, but we’re both planners–and this is one time that requires SO much planning! I think my husband’s biggest worry about the entire idea is finding a job after the year comes to an end, so we’re always on the lookout for examples of people who’ve made that transition. I can’t wait to see how life in Portland treats you!

  3. I don’t have a word of the year, it’s a concept that doesn’t make sense to me. Hope you achieve your goals in this new year.

  4. I’m exciting to read about your new adventures in Portland, especially since that’s somewhere we’re considering for retirement after the military. I’d also love to read more about RV life once you’re settled down and have some time for introspection. I can’t believe it’s already been a year!!

    • Andi Fisher says:

      @Katie, I can’t believe it’s been a year as well! I do hope that you and Justin eventually move there, we’d have so much fun! What kinds of things would you want to learn about regarding Portland.

      • Good question! I’m mostly interested in whether or not it’s going to be affordable in 4 years. (Ha!) My sister-in-law and her husband had SUCH a hard time getting a house. They’d frequently bid way over asking value and still lose out to someone who forwent a home inspection. I hear it keeps getting pricier because all of the California start-ups who can no longer afford Silcon Valley are moving there. 😉

        I’d also be interested in up-and-coming neighborhoods, nearby outdoor activities, and of course the foodie scene — the kinds of things you’ve covered for San Francisco!

  5. I like your word of the year 🙂 I feel like it encompasses so much! My vision for 2017 is SIMPLICITY! 🙂
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  6. I am in a similar mindset as you. I find myself asking, should I continue on with my blog?
    My interests in travel and food are starting to wane. I love food and travel but in this next year I won’t be able to do as much it. I start to wonder if I should write about film, one of my passions, are just stop all together and write that novel that has been cooking in my head for the last year. Can I do both or am I just wasting a precious resource, time?
    I do hope you write about this topic because I am in need of inspiration!
    Murissa Shalapata recently posted…10 Things To Learn in 2017

    • Andi Fisher says:

      @Murissa, I say yes! Continue, but I know that you only have so many hours in a day and need to prioritize. I think if you compromise with 1-2 posts a month, it will still allow you to continue to build a wonderful portfolio of content. Before you I was completely unfamiliar with the Okanagan region. Last year I was at a conference and a really big travel blogger who has been on the road with her family for seven years said she wanted to move to Okanagan, that is was paradise. It is only because of you that I knew where it was! There is still a lot of content you can do, but also continuing with your love of art and literature, adding film is perfectly natural. I will be writing about the topic as I go through my own struggles as well.

  7. It sounds like you’re motivated for some serious change this year. I think keeping the theme of discovery in mind will help a lot!

  8. Neely Moldovan says:

    What an awesome word of the year! I love this idea so much!

  9. Truthfully for me, the blogs I tend to continue to follow are those that are authentic. I think successful blogs come down to letting the reader into your real life, not some carefully curated image, I’m not saying putting everything on display, hell I would never even put out any information that would allow me to be easily identified. However you mention moving to Portland, why not make this a strong focus of the blog this year. The move, job hunting, house hunting, restarting life, making friendships. Don’t make the focus where to eat in Portland as there are tons of places that information can be found but not a lot out of there of what it is like to relocate one’s life.

    • Andi Fisher says:

      @Vicky, thank you so much for your insightful feedback. I’ve been thinking about this ever since you commented and I am definitely going to figure out how to incorporate this content into my blog. Unfortunately, I can’t lie, there will also be food posts because that is a central focus of my life 😉 But I love the suggestion you left! Thank you so much for sharing.

  10. julie stine says:

    I love your blog and following your adventures this year. I’m excited for your move to Portland and your sharing what you discover.

    • Andi Fisher says:

      @Julie, thanks so much, it is so wonderful that you have been reading and supporting me for so long! I miss our Logitech days!

  11. Happy new year love the idea of moving on and start a new path. Every year is a reset, a chance to start again and apply what we learned prior year. I would love to visit Portland it is in my bucket list can’t wait to hear your experience living there.

  12. Elizabeth O says:

    I love Portland and even though it rains forever there, it is a welcoming city of terrific people and things to do. You will certainly rediscover plenty there! 🙂

  13. Good luck in your rediscovering this year! You can do it! <3

  14. Good luck with your weight loss! You can do this. Also, I’ve never live in any place more than 5 years. Ever. I am ready to settle down. We own this house, so hopefully, we’ll be here a while.
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  15. Awww, I’m bummed to have not gotten to meet you this past year, too! How about we make that a 2017 goal: Can you rediscover a blogging friend you’ve “known” for years but never met in person? 😉
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