Fifty Two Weeks of Adventure #52: And So We Come to the End

This is it. This is the final post in my 52 Weeks of Adventure challenge.

I started this year out with adventures in Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia. I spent the middle of the year exploring Korea, Japan, and Taiwan and getting my first tattoo(s). I ended the year exactly where I needed to be – in Louisiana having Christmas with my family for the first time in four years.

Not only did I get to spend Christmas with my parents, my grandparents, my two sisters, my brother, and my husband, but I also got to build this super cool gingerbread house with my super cool nephew.

We got back to Columbia yesterday after spending a full week in Louisiana with my family. It was a luxury to have so much time to spend with them after being there for only two days this summer.  The longer stay also made the 12 hour drive each way feel more worthwhile.

This year has been so full of change. Our adventures have taken us through seven different countries where we’ve made new friends, said good-bye to some, and been reunited with others. Some weeks, my adventure was easy to spot, but other weeks I had to change my perspective and either intentionally seek a new experience, or choose to see the extraordinary in my ordinary days.

I want to give a special mention to my friend Pradnya, who completed 52 adventures of her own and blogged about them here. Knowing that Pradnya was keeping up with her own adventures encouraged me to stick with it.

This challenge pushed me to look at all of life as an adventure and to keep exploring the world around me, whether I’m on an international excursion or in my own hometown. The perspective I gained from living intentional adventures is one I hope to carry with me into 2016 and beyond.

So here’s to my year of adventures,  and to all of you who came along with me, both living your own adventures and sharing in mine. This is only the beginning. 52 adventures and counting!


  1. Building that gingerbread house with your nephew must have been a great opportunity to bond!

    I remember that I built a gingerbread house with my mother; whilst, well, apathetic at the time, it’s those moments that build trust, thankfulness and happiness between people. Venture forwards, don’t quit at what you do! Your travels sound exciting, hopefully this new year will provide room for more.


  2. Hi Lily!

    Your 52 weeks of adventure has also inspired me to view life as an adventure – and not let a routine work coop me up.

    Although I wasn’t able to complete it, seeing you complete yours inspires me to write again in 2016 and push myself to achieve the same.

    Thanks for being an inspiration!


  3. Looks like you’ve had a great year Lily, and an extremely nice holiday season. This is a beautiful way to bring in the New Year, the best to you with your writing in the New Year. Cheers to a great 2016.


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