Celebrating New Year’s, you never hear anyone say they would rather go back to the old year. Most everyone is looking ahead, anticipating the brand new year to come. It’s a blank slate and holds the promise of many milestones, new memories and the chance to exchange your bad habits for good.
For me, 2013 was a life-changing year with the birth of our twins, Elizabeth and Ellis. Navigating the newness of parenthood has been an unbelievable journey but sometimes as foreign to me as a night market in China. This video represents a moment when things started to click more into a place of normalcy and well, nothing makes you feel like you’re finally succeeding as mom than when your babies start to laugh. And, yes that’s me playing the part of the dog and pig. Getting back to traveling was also a huge goal of mine, and I’m glad to say that I had a wonderful year doing what I love.
Here are my highlights from 2013:
My first job back from maternity leave was Disney World. It’s a place my husband and I already refer to as code name “Detroit.” We both know there will be times when I cannot bring them, so we might as well start the lying now. When I arrived my shooting schedule had me starting the next day at noon, so I went to bed at 8pm and slept 14 hours. I had in fact become Sleeping Beauty and when I woke the next morning, I felt like Cinderella. I will always love Disney for giving me my first good night of sleep in 8 months.
In July and August I shot a new pilot for the Travel Channel called Cash Attack. We began in gorgeous Montana (one of my favorite destinations in the world) to shoot just outside of Yellowstone. I’ve never been! Unfortunately due to some red tape we were not allowed to shoot inside the park. However, when we finished a few hours early one day Christina (my intrepid stylist) and I took one of the production vehicles and saw whatever we could in two hours. Even in that short time we experienced the glory of Yellowstone. Eagles in their nests, buffalo grazing, hot pots, a steaming geyser field and we even managed to wade into that gorgeous river. The experience had two city girls, one from Brooklyn the other from Los Angeles, wishing they could stay the night and sleep out under the stars.
In October I was back working with Travel Channel. I spent two days in the beautiful city of Seville and the seacoast of Spain shooting Travel Channel’s The Trip 2014. It’s a contest show that will air sometime in late winter (I’ll keep you posted) and one you definitely want to watch because well, who wouldn’t want to win an awesome vacation? One of the highlights of that trip was visiting a spa that gives you a fantasy experience of swimming through the rooms of a 16th century mansion. How great is that?!
But the best moment was actually when all the shooting was finished. After an exhausting 14-hour day of being on camera, followed by a three and a half hour drive back to Seville (to catch an early flight), I really needed a moment of peace and pampering. Luckily, Christina and I checked into the hotel which happened to have a roof bar overlooking the Cathedral. A big glass of Rioja was the perfect way to toast the end of a short, intense and wonderful trip. I’ll never forget the view.
Just a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of going to Taiwan to shoot a Discovery Asia show called Fun Taiwan with the beautiful host Janet Hsieh. We started in Taipei and visited several small villages on the sea as well as in the mountains. It was a glorious trip and reminded me how much I love all parts of Asia and miss it so.
Needless to say, 2013 is a year I won’t soon forget. It was a turning point for me and I’m looking forward to everything 2014 has to offer and sharing it with all of you. I’m really excited to experience the next milestones with Elizabeth and Ellis, who are almost a year old. They are growing so fast! And as always, I can’t wait for my next trip somewhere.
Have a Happy New Year! Do you have travel plans? Add them to the comments.
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