Happy freaking New Year, lovely.
January 1 is always a mighty special day for us. A new year dawns bright and shiny with the promise of new adventures ahead.
And we celebrate the birthday of She Makes Magic, and all the challenges, growth and connection she has brought into our lives.
It was on a sweaty, humid New Years Day back in 2012 that we hit publish on our very first blog post. Honestly, we didn’t really even know what a blog was back then or what we were doing. But we felt called to do it anyway. Four years on, we’re still here. And so are you.
The past year has been one of our wildest rides yet – and it feels like we’ve achieved so much…
+ We spent the month of March travelling around the little Australian island of Tasmania together in Walter the Campervan, where we hatched the idea for a new podcast series.
+ In May, we finally unveiled our shiny new podcast series to the world, and were thrilled to bits when it instantly went to the top of iTunes’ New and Noteworthy section.
+ We watched as our little tribe quadrupled in size. Wow! A big warm welcome to all you lovely new folk.
+ Alana took off on a solo soul journey, circumnavigating Australia in Walter the Campervan, all alone. After 10 months, 30,000kms, $6000 in fuel, 7 states, 1 territory, two breakdowns, a million tears and twice as many belly laughs, she finally made it home. (See incredible photos from the trip at #avannamedwalter.)
+ Koren chalked up her third year living abroad in sunny Spain, supported entirely by her freelance writing. Her work appeared in a bunch of rad publications, like frankie, Peppermint, Smith Journal, SBS Food, and The Guardian Australia – and she started helping other bloggers, too. She gallivanted to places like Finland, Estonia, Germany, Croatia, Turkey, Greece and Italy. And, just maybe, her Spanish improved a little.
And, in December, we both came home to South Australia for a few brief weeks together before heading off on new adventures interstate and abroad.