The older you get, the faster the years go by. When you’re 10 years old, an entire year is 1/10th of your entire life. But when you’re 50, a year is but 1/50th of it. It’s a pretty simple lesson most people learn when they’re young, but it’s powerful.

I think about this every time I think about age. I think about the fact that as we get older, time slows down as our lives stretch out, yet every year it feels like the 365 days passed has become shorter, somehow. It forces me to be cognisant about how and where I spend my time, and why I spend it in the way I do.

In 2017, I made a leap and leaned all-in around photography, and because of it, 2017 was one of my best years ever.

I think it has to do with the concept of progress. Progress and growth = happiness in my world. 2017 was a year of unrelenting drive. A flat foot on the accelerator of life. I worked hard this year, and I’m coming out the end of it feeling happy and content with the progress I’ve made. More so than any other year in recent memory.

Above happiness, though, 2017 has me feeling really grateful for so many things. This year, I’ve met so many people from all over the world. Friends. We’ve made so many memories, experienced so many moments. Captured lots of photos. We’ve travelled – 24 flights over 5 countries (a number I want to double in 2018). We’ve connected. Over 50,000 people following along the journey this year alone. The thousands of people I’ve met face to face at meets this year. We’ve lived. And lived well.

2017 really gave me the emotional stability I needed after my big breakup in 2016. It gave me a way to deal with my many neuroses a piece at a time. A fresh perspective. A new direction.

If you were involved in my life in any way in 2017, a like, a comment, a thought, a conversation – thank you. I’m so truly grateful to have you in my life in some way.

So, what’s next?

I’m not really big on “New Year’s Resolutions” – I just adjust my goals as I go, really. The next horizon for me is exploring video, which is what I’ve been doing for the past couple of weeks (and why I haven’t written a post in ages. Sorry about that).

But the real big thing for me in 2018 is to travel. I want to travel a lot. I want to meet more people, have more experiences, tell more stories. I want to connect and collaborate and celebrate. That means finding a way to fit travel into my life and my full time job. It’s not going to be easy.

Countries I’ve got ambitions for next year are: Dubai, New Zealand, Thailand, Japan (again), Korea. Domestically, I also want to visit Tasmania and maybe South Australia, too.

I’m looking forward to taking you all on the journey with me. If 2018 pans out the way I want it to, it’s gonna be one hell of a year.

Here’s to continuing something great. 🍻