And just like that, it’s 2019! Say whaaaaaa..!

I feel very fortunate to be at a place in my life where most of my days are spent continuing to do what I am already doing. There is no real destination or arrival I am seeking, just the continuity of how I am already living. And honestly, how beautiful is that?

It doesn’t mean I don’t have ways in which I wish to grow or goals I am steadily working towards this year, because believe me I do! And I love that the New Year provides such a moment of acknowledgement and transparency, provoking questions like:

Who am I, and who do I want to be?

Where am I currently, and where do I want to go?

2018 was a year of MAJOR growth for me, as a person and a professional. It was a year of transformation, learning, and experience; a year of adventure, joy, and abundance; a year of exploring new regions and reaching new heights with Brad & Buffy, and all the friends and family that came to visit.

It was a year that took us deep into the Columbia Gorge, all over Mt. Hood, up and down the entire Oregon Coast, running through lavender fields, clear over to Bend, up to Seattle and the surrounding isles, and truly brought us back to our tent life days. And amazingly, all this while seeking greatness and growth in both our careers and developing the Design Dialogue in ways that continue to fascinate and inspire my mind, heart, and soul - paving the way for my personal life, professional practice, and future ambitions.

I am still chipping away at the goals, ambitions, and adventures outlined previously with which I still feel very much aligned with; however, there will be a significant shift of focus towards one main goal for the first few months because I am sitting for my Interior Design certification exams in April. (Cue all the freaky feelings of anxiety and fear and self-doubt…Eek!)

There are 3 major exams and I am sitting for all 3 of them in April because - yes, I am a crazy person - but also because I really think I can do it! My main focus for 2019 is to accomplish this feat, and honestly it helps that the months leading up to it are cold and rainy and gloomy anyway - perfect study weather, right?

Mainly, it’s the next great step to take in the direction I want to go and that is really all there is to it.

Part of setting exceedingly ambitious goals involves some sort of sacrifice so I will be taking a bit of a hiatus from blogging and traveling, but I plan to return with fresh, inspired content and a serious thirst for exploration & adventure.

So with all of that said, I leave you with a few photos of our New Years celebration on the Oregon Coast where we witnessed a spectacular sunset and paid tribute to one of my favorite years of life thus far.

This life really is but a dream ~






Onward & upward, my friends - And cheers to another beautiful year!

I can’t wait to pick back up later this year and wish you all the very best as you move into 2019!

See you in May.

xoxo, Karlene

Life, TravelKarlene Baskind