Best Memories of 2016!

2016 is over! This year has been amazing in so many ways. We traveled the world and have no plans to slow down on that! We already have 5 trips planned for 2017! I wanted to share my top 10 memories from 2016 and also 10 of my New Years resolutions! This has been such a special year and I am so excited to see what 2017 brings. I did a similar post to this last year so I will link that here if you want to read that too! I just went back and read it and it’s SO WEIRD how it seems like that was so so so long ago!

TOP MEMORIES:

  1. Visiting San Francisco! We went for the first time in January and I loved it so much. It was so fun to have 3 days to explore the city and get to make our own itinerary for the trip!
  2. Visiting Iceland!! I am going to try not to just put “visiting _____” for every memory haha… but it’s hard not to with all the amazing places we have visited! One of my favorite memories from Iceland was when I left our swimsuits on the bus and thought that I could run/walk the 1.5 miles to the bus station… I seriously made it probably 2 blocks before I couldn’t run anymore!!! Haha! I have never been a runner but wow that was just a bad idea. I called an Uber and we got a ride to the bus station so that’s how that ended.
  3. Riding bikes in Copenhagen! I was barely too short to comfortably ride the bike and the back of my coat kept getting caught on the seat when I tried to get off so I fell over like 6 times. We were so exhausted in Copenhagen from the jetlag and we had just been in Iceland, London, and Paris so we spent our time here just riding around the city and exploring!
  4. Getting to try every single food that By Chloe has ever sold. I love trying out different vegan foods and I had heard of By Chloe and wanted to eat there SO bad and when Tarte invited us to NYC for a concert, they also had us come visit their offices and they had a giant table of By Chloe food! I was in heaven!!!
  5. My family trip to Newport! I went on a million trips this year but my favorite trip is always going to Newport Beach with my family and spending a week at a beach house. It’s so relaxing and special to me!
  6. Surprising my mom with a trip to the Bahamas! My mom moved up to northern Utah in August so in July I brought her with me to Tampa for a meetup I had with Benefit Cosmetics and then I told her that we were heading to Miami after to tour the new Benefit Offices but we actually were headed to the Bahamas! I am so so so happy I got to take my mom on this special trip and spend quality time with her. I was crying happy tears before I even said what the surprise was! I vlogged it so I will link that here, also my mom got my camera when I wasn’t around and recorded a little message for me (also in the vlog) and it is something I cherish so much!
  7. Going back to Bora Bora! We visited Bora Bora for our honeymoon and it was one of my favorite places. I am so grateful we got to go back with Tarte Cosmetics! This was our first trip with Tarte and we had so much fun with everyone. If you ever get a chance to stay at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora, you HAVE to do the jet ski tour! It’s probably my favorite thing I have done in my entire life and I have had the chance to do it twice now. It’s one of the most special things in the world.
  8. Celebrating my ONE YEAR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY in India! Parker and I flew from Bora Bora to India and had a free day before our trip “officially started” and that day happened to be our anniversary. We actually were so exhausted and jet lagged that we just spent the whole day laying in bed so we are planning to actually take a day to celebrate at home once we get back from our next trips but I still can’t believe it’s been a whole year.
  9. Spending our last Easter in my childhood home. The time I am the happiest is when I am with my family. Since my mom and siblings moved up north, Easter was the last holiday we spent in that house. I lived there for 10 years and have so many great memories there. It was sad to have my family move out but change is what helps us grow!
  10. Meeting new friends! One of my favorite parts of traveling is getting to meet people from around the world. I remember sitting at dinner in India and thinking how crazy it was that every single person I was sitting with was from a different country. I am not a very social person and i’m very shy but this year I have grown to appreciate meeting new people so much. I love listening to people’s stories about where they are from and how they grew up. It’s one of the things that makes traveling the most special to me.
  11. Bonus memory cause I just realized I didn’t even mention opening my online clothing store! We launched in August and then relaunched with a new name in November and I just barely redesigned the site and published that today! Luca + Grae is still a work in progress and I have learned SO much already in the 4 short months since we launched but I am excited to see what 2017 brings!

RESOLUTIONS:

  1. Start going to the gym again!!!!! How cliche I know. I used to go 4-5 times a week but with traveling so much I got lazy and haven’t been in months. I love working out so I just need to get in the habit of doing it again.
  2. Write in my journal! This was probably one of my resolutions last year, and the year before… and the year before… but I NEED TO ACTUALLY DO IT THIS YEAR! I love going back and reading my old journal entries and every time I read them I ALWAYS wish I had written more frequently.
  3. Take more photos! I actually surprisingly don’t take a lot of photos at all. Especially on holidays and things like that more often than not I realize I didn’t take a single picture, and I don’t mean an “instagram worthy” one but just any pictures at all!
  4. I also want to be more organized. I don’t know why I thought that when I moved into my own house that I would immediately change my messy ways and become a neat freak but it did not happen. I usually blame my messiness on traveling so much and being out of town 80% of my life which I DO think is a valid excuse haha but I really need to get it together! Parker is really clean so I know I drive him crazy. I finally ordered some furniture for our bedroom so I will actually have places to store things now so hopefully that will help… maybe…
  5. Blog more! I love blogging so much and really really reeeeeeally want to be posting at least once a week if not 2 or 3 times on my blog. I love YouTube and plan to continue doing that but I’ve done it for 6 years now and am ready to put a little more focus on blogging!
  6. Live in the moment more. I try so so so hard to live in the moment and not dwell on the past or rush into the future. I can name so many times in my life that I just wanted to skip and be onto the next thing but now looking back I wish I had just enjoyed where I was at in life and not tried to rush into the next phase.
  7. This is actually not a resolution because I feel like I have already fulfilled this goal but it’s to eat healthy! This is always one of my resolutions but this year I have focused so much on trying to transition into eating as many plant based foods as possible. I get a lot of people asking if I am vegan and i’m not but I do eat vegan/plant based as often as I can because my body just feels so good when I do! I’m sure I could eat even healthier but overall i’m pretty happy with the way I have been eating this year and that feels good to say!
  8. Work less! I am a workaholic. I love to work and I love to be busy. Working from home is something I am so grateful I get to do but it can be really hard to set boundaries for yourself and separate work life from home life. I really want to have set work hours and more of a schedule but with traveling so much that will be a hard goal but I am very determined to establish that separation a little (a lot) more.
  9. Be more happy with my work. Sometimes I feel like I work SO hard and am still not happy with the content I am producing (not a good feeling). I hate limiting myself to one thing/style/whatever else so a lot of the time I feel like my platforms just look messy and inconsistent. I want to really focus on making sure that I am happy with my work since I put so much time and effort into everything.
  10. Stress less! I stress out about everything. 24 hours a day. 7 days a week. I want to make sure I am taking time to enjoy life and enjoy the little moments.

WHERE WE TRAVELED:

  1. Cabo with Pur Cosmetics in January 2016.
  2. San Francisco with friends in January 2016
  3. Hawaii with Benefit Cosmetics in February 2016
  4. London with Pixi Cosmetics in March 2016
  5. Paris on our own in March 2016
  6. Iceland on our own in April 2016
  7. Denmark on our own in April 2016
  8. Palm Springs for Coachella in April 2016
  9. London with Royal Caribbean in May 2016
  10. Costa Rica with Style Haul in June 2016
  11. NYC with Tarte Cosmetics in June 2016
  12. Newport Beach with my family July 2016
  13. Bahamas with my mom July 2016
  14. Turks and Caicos with friends in August 2016
  15. Bora Bora with Tarte in October 2016
  16. India with Beautiful Destinations in October 2016
  17. Kauai with family in November 2016

WOW 17 trips! Not including random work trips to LA, Playlist, Vidcon, & visiting my family in Salt Lake. WOW haha!! What an amazing year. I’m already planning trips to the Maldives, Oahu, Florida, the Philippines, London, and Greece all before April! Crazy!

That’s all for today’s post! I changed up a few things on the blog so let me know what you think! I try to imagine that I am a reader and see if I think that the site is functional and easy to use/navigate but I want to know what you guys think! If there is anything else you think I should add to make my blog better, comment below! Also if you have any requests for posts you want to see, leave that in a comment too! I’m used to making YouTube videos where each week it has to be this big thing so I forget that with blogging it’s okay to simplify and not have it be a huge project for the week. I’m really excited for 2017 and to see where life takes me this year! I hope you guys have/had a fun and safe New Year!

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  1. Liv Eglar
    December 31, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    For an upcoming blog post, it would be really cool if you did comfortable outfits for just around the house! Glad you had such an amazing 2016 and hope 2017 brings even more joy! :)

  2. December 31, 2016 / 9:55 pm

    I loved this post so much, it’s amazing how many places you guys have been in the last year. Happy New Year Aspyn!

    -Hannah
    (hannahtravels13.com)

  3. MC
    December 31, 2016 / 10:36 pm

    Happy New Year! I would love if you could do more hair related videos/blog posts!

  4. Morgan H
    December 31, 2016 / 10:42 pm

    An updated blog post on beauty products you’ve been loving would be great! Love you Aspen and I wish you the best in 2017!

  5. January 1, 2017 / 1:18 am

    Awesome post, Aspyn! I started watching your videos almost exactly a year ago, and it has been so inspiring to see how much you have accomplished! As for a suggestion of something you could add to your blog… You could install an interactive map plugin which would show all of the destinations in the world you’ve travelled to :)

    Wishing you & Parker a Happy New Year from Edmonton, Alberta <3

    • Kayla
      January 1, 2017 / 7:59 pm

      That’s a really cool idea about the map! I totally second that idea!❤

  6. catarina
    January 1, 2017 / 3:41 am

    so cool and greative post !! love u ❤️

  7. April Rose Prodger
    January 1, 2017 / 6:00 am

    Omg you should definitely visit Cebu when your going to the Philippines 😍 You can swim with whale sharks

    Ps. I’m such a big fan love your work Aspyn
    HAPPY NEW YEAR 🎊🎆 🎉

  8. January 1, 2017 / 7:40 am

    This is a lovely post x I would love to travel more and I love your blog design it looks great x

  9. Izzy
    January 1, 2017 / 7:46 am

    I’m really proud of what you do because look at all that you’ve done by the time you are twenty! I really think that you have so many great experiences and I love how you share them with us. I really hope you have great 2017.

  10. January 1, 2017 / 8:35 am

    Omg I just read this entire thing! You’re so lucky to have gone to all of those places, ap!!! I got really excited when you said that you were going to the Philippines! You def need to go to Boracay and/or Palawan! It’s a MUST!

    Can’t wait for you to post more on your blog! I love reading these :)

  11. January 1, 2017 / 11:22 am

    Wow, you have gone on so many trips! I absolutely love watching your travel diaries and vlogs. I would love to travel the world like you. It looks like you had an amazing year. I can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring you. Best of luck!

    Cat// https://fromgirlc.wordpress.com/

  12. January 1, 2017 / 11:30 am

    Hi Aspyn!
    I love your blog posts so much ♥ It doesn´t matter what you write, because It it always great and your pics…they are AWESOME! I love your edit.
    BUT what I love the most about your blog are your TRAVEL POSTS. One of the last posts I read was great idea! It was about tips where you can go for an amazing acai bowl in Kauai ♥♥♥ I am thinking about visiting one of the places, but in the future in 5 years maybe, because I am still student at high school.
    I would LOVE some new posts about TRAVEL tips (accommodation, restaurants, places to go – trips,…). It would be nice.
    I support you soo much!
    Love you, xo

  13. Paula
    January 1, 2017 / 11:59 am

    You should travel to Spain! It’s really beutiful and has such an unique culture.

  14. Kenzie Green
    January 1, 2017 / 1:17 pm

    I love this post, and I am astonished at all the accomplishments you have achieved and how your life is doing. You and Parker and really your entire family is so inspiring. I hope to be as successful as you are at such a young age. You have traveled the world and that is absolutely amazing! Anyway I would love to see a blog post on your favorite vegan/healthy recipes. Happy New Year!!!

  15. January 1, 2017 / 3:13 pm

    I loved this posted Aspyn!! I feel like we have similar resolutions ☺ You are so good at what you do and I always love your blog posts & YouTube videos 💗 I LOVE watching/ reading travel diaries & hair tutorials & look books! My blog is http://basicbloggerss.com 💋

    xo Marley

  16. January 1, 2017 / 4:27 pm

    Such an inspiring post Aspyn! Your travel photos are simply stunning. Hope you had a wonderful new year ♥

    Amy // snippetsofamy.co.uk

  17. January 1, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    I have so much fun reading and seeing your pictures and posts the past year, and I hope to read even more of you this new year :)

    http://www.blossomikebana.com

  18. Apple
    January 1, 2017 / 7:26 pm

    please do a meet up here in the Philippines aspyn!!!! 😍😍😍

    Top places to visit here in the Philippines:

    El Nido Palawan
    Boracay
    Cebu

  19. January 2, 2017 / 4:35 am

    Wow!!! What an amazing and impressive recap of your 2016. I love how you mentioned By Chloe :D It’s seriously my favorite restaurant in the world and I am so sad that I had to move from NYC to Germany this year, where there’s no more guac burger or pesto meat ball sandwich :( But, since I loved this place so much I bought her cookbook, totally recommend it to you! The recipes are so delicious and really easy :D haha
    Also, I am so excited for the vlogs of your upcoming Europe trip, especially when Parker goes to Germany :)
    Love,
    Charlotte Luisa | bycharlotteluisa.com

  20. January 2, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    Yay! I’d love to see more on your blog. (: if you ever plan on coming to Malaysia you can hit me up anytime! Would love you be a tour guide.

    Happy new year to you and your family! 💖💖💖

  21. January 2, 2017 / 4:13 pm

    Hi Aspyn!

    I came across your Youtube Channel as you were traveling with Tarte and just started reading your blog. I am a Youtuber myself and can relate to not feeling like your content is good enough. We are always going to be our worst critic so don’t be too hard on yourself. For a blog post suggestion I would recommend posting your Bucket List. I posted mine on my blog and I update it regularly when I accomplish something off of it or want to add anything new to it. I look back at that post often and it helps to reflect on what your goals are going forward.

    Wishing you the best in 2017.

  22. January 2, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    Wow! Great post! You have been to so many cool places!

  23. Ana Montero
    January 3, 2017 / 2:04 am

    I hope you could come here in the Philippines specially in Bohol. I so wanted to meet you. Love you! Happy new year! :D

  24. Nina
    January 3, 2017 / 5:54 am

    I love that you get to travel so much and take us along with you! Your travel enthusiasm is a true inspiration and push to go out there, buy a plane ticket and to not wait! 🌎💛

    Love,
    Nina from http://ganzbesonders.blogspot.de

  25. Darcy
    January 3, 2017 / 9:27 am

    I would love if you did more posts about your travels! So many of the places you travel to are on my list of places I want to go one day so it would be helpful to read any tips you have about getting there, restaurants you liked, things you did, etc.!

  26. January 3, 2017 / 11:15 am

    What an amazing year you had! Wishing you and Parker all the best for 2017
    -Kate
    Katekoutures.com

  27. Marian
    January 3, 2017 / 3:34 pm

    Greetings from Estonia! You should totally visit Europe more often :)
    Your travel vlogs are so fun to watch, I am always waiting for new ones.

  28. January 3, 2017 / 4:03 pm

    This is a great post! And I think the new blog update is beautiful and I wouldn’t change a thing! :D
    <3 Brooklyn
    | latidoblog.weebly.com |

  29. January 5, 2017 / 7:55 am

    So envious of your amazing year of traveling and experiences! That’s definitely one of the best ways to broaden your horizons and just LEARN from life.

  30. January 5, 2017 / 9:28 am

    I LOVED this post! Hearing about all your different memories and adventures was really truly inspiring! I would love to see more fashion related content from you because your fashion style is everything!!!

  31. Mathilde
    January 5, 2017 / 10:32 am

    Try visiting smaller cities in the counties you go too, some are so much more beautiful and less touristy than the big ones like Santorini, Paris..

  32. Fyona Ayuseptia
    January 6, 2017 / 1:09 am

    Please, come to Bali :)

  33. January 6, 2017 / 11:16 pm

    My highlight about your year was definitely your vlogging! You have gotten so much better and I love watching them! x

    I blog daily from Los Angeles. I would love it if you check my blog out! Thanks x http://www.thefeetonearth.com

  34. January 7, 2017 / 12:37 am

    Can’t wait to see what you’re going to post this year, the pictures of your future trips and some new wonderful outfits you’re going to wear!
    You inspire me so much, love from France <3

  35. January 8, 2017 / 5:55 am

    What a wonderful post Aspyn! This really motivates me to go travel more 😂
    Loved the pictures! Happy New Year

  36. January 9, 2017 / 11:36 am

    I love your New Year Resolutions, that seem to be similar to mine. I am never satisfied or ever happy with any of my work I currently just wanna rush right out of my college life so I can work a simple job so I can focus on blogging and YouTube, to be at least half as successful as you, but I currently day in and day out am not happy with myself or where I am going. In middle school I couldn’t wait to be in High School and in high school I was ready to bigger and better things. I am now a Sophomore in college and am dreading everyday waking up to have to go to class, having to do mindless tasks wishing I was either living at home making my own schedule or I was blogging and doing the things I love. I have a love and passion for photography and I just wanna explore that full time instead of wasting endless hours at practice and in the class room. You are such an inspiration to my life, I started watching your videos last year when I was having trouble just getting through a day, and your videos helped me stay positive all through out the spring, summer and fall and hopefully they will help me. I was such in a depressive slump and I honestly still am, I just hope one day that I am able to happy for who I am currently and how things are just as much as you are

  37. January 9, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    You are serious goals! The things you have done and places you have traveled and the career you have so young is truly inspiring. I really hope one day that my blog can bring me the same success!

    Congrats to you! I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for you!

  38. January 10, 2017 / 6:22 pm

    You have such an amazing life! Being able to travel the world and own your home at such a young age. You both should be so proud! That’s my dream (and goal). Being able to travel the world full time. Hopefully working my butt off on my travel blog will lead me in the right direction. Thank you for your daily inspiration and motivation to keep going with my dream! xx

  39. January 10, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    You have inspired me in so many ways aspyn, but most of all you’ve inspired me to be myself and get out there!
    I just started a blog (I’m not much of video person) and would mean a lot for your support!
    https://theworldisbiggerthanme.com
    Xoxo

  40. Clarisse ♥
    January 11, 2017 / 1:02 am

    Yes to Philippines! Visit Palawan, Boracay, Batanes and Cebu! Can’t wait for you and Parker’s vlogs here in the PH :) xx ♥

  41. Haleigh
    January 11, 2017 / 4:27 pm

    Where are you going in FL because i live there!

  42. Katie Nommensen
    January 12, 2017 / 12:24 pm

    Aspyn! I love all of the content on your platforms. My goals for this year is to downsize my possessions and travel. I just got back from my honeymoon from Cabo! Your travel diary there really inspired us to go there. I can’t wait for more blog posts in 2017. I feel like it is the most personal platform that you post on. Thanks for all of the inspiration! Heres to 2017!

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