Happy 2016! I wanted to take the opportunity to wish you the very best for the new year to come. It will definitely be an interesting one for me and I hope you continue to visit Misadventures with Andi and support this little blogger.
Seven plus years in and I am eternally grateful to all my readers and commenters who making writing in my little corner of the world so fulfilling!
For the last couple of years, at the beginning of January I have reflected on what word I want to use as a mission statement for the next 365 days. And for the last 3 years it’s been REFINE. Selected in 2013, tried again in 2014 and again in 2015!
The realization I came to (along with Mr. Misadventures) is that I need to get off the merry-go-round of life for a bit to figure out just exactly what that is. Because trying to figure it out while perusing a full-time career (at least with the work ethic that is core to my personality) just wasn’t possible. I am well aware that this is not a method that everyone can employ, so I know that I am lucky to have the opportunity to take a year’s sabbatical to figure out what is next.
Selling our house and cars and down-sizing our possessions certainly helped me refine my life a bit more. I finally got to a more minimalist amount of things. My clothes are one third of a tiny closest and all my other possessions fit in a 40′ RV with an emphasis on what food I can bring with me rather than what stuff.
In 2015 I went from being a DINK (dual income no kids) to being a SINK (single income no kids) to being a FINK (freelance income no kids). And while I am officially on sabbatical for 2016 I am using the time as an opportunity to see if I can make enough of a living with Misadventures with Andi and other freelance writing.
The impact to Misadventures with Andi will be, in my opinion, minimal.
I like storytelling, it is how I share my experiences with you.
So while you will see more content that is sponsored, it will ALWAYS be in the form of storytelling.
If I wouldn’t personally use it, eat it or visit it, I am not going to write about it.
However, there will likely be different products than before. I am living on the road without access to a lot of the food items I was used to living in the mega urban San Francisco Bay Area, that means access to different products and food. But I will always be seeking out the most fresh and organic food items that I can, I think the story of this mission to sty true to my eating style will be an interesting one.
I will continue to have and will likely increase affiliate links to products I like or use. Affiliate links come at no additional cost to you, I may get a commission if you make a purchase. It’s another way I earn a little bit of money and potentially expose you to great products or services. I often buy products recommended by bloggers, I hope you will too.
It will not all be about the RV!
I will continue to write about food, about travel, about San Francisco where I spent the last 10 years. Paris will continue to show up as I am a die hard francophile with a French husband. Jessica will be around too.
Thank you again for all your support and I look forward to visiting you and reading your stories throughout 2016!
What are you refining or redefining in 2016?