2018 Year in Review: Life Travel Soul

When you look back over your shoulder, at everything you’ve done, put the good memories in your pocket, let the bad ones make you strong.

As the year ends,  I can’t help but reflect on the many challenges and blessings of 2018. Sharing with you the highlights of Life Travel Soul.





  • Blogging: I’ve always dreamed of starting a blog. It took some time before I was finally brave enough to do it. I can still remember how nervous I was when I hit PUBLISH for the first time last March 2018. Starting this blog is one of my greatest achievements this year. I’ve learned that it’s never too late to create new dreams, take risks, and reach for your goals.

First Post: The Arrival

  • Food & Love: If you’ve been following this blog, then you know that I started my culinary journey last August 2018. I’ve collected a few recipes and had successfully baked delicious treats for my hubby. Yay! I have discovered the joys of baking and cooking.

Food & Love: Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

  • The Sweet Life: Well, it’s not perfect – 2018 was also filled with heartaches. I guess, through the challenges, what kept me and my hubby going was the realization that we are so blessed to have each other, and we have friends and family who continues to pray for us.

4 Reasons to Celebrate Life



Lake Champlain



  • Boston: In 9 hours, we were able to check out Quincy Market and the must-see places nearby. We also took the trolly tour and learned more about the city. Our post about Boston is the most popular topic on Life Travel Soul. In case you missed it, here’s a quick tour of the city.

A Quick Tour: Boston, Massachusetts

  • New York City: We were able to visit NYC twice this year! There’s still so much to see, and we are definitely going back to check out more places.

NY Minute: Downtown Adventure (Part 1)

NY Minute: Downtown Adventure (Part 2)

NY Minute: Can’t-Miss Holiday Photo Spots in Midtown Manhattan

  • Newport: I’m so in love with Newport, Rhode Island. If you missed this post, please click the link to find out why Newport “swept me off my feet!”

A Quick Tour: Newport, Rhode Island

  • Burlington: One fall day……we enjoyed a lovely cruise at Lake Champlain. We bundled up for the chilly weather so we can stay outside and take photos of the beautiful lake.

Burlington, Vermont: Lake Champlain Cruise



I’ve shared with you my heart and soul here on Life Travel Soul. There were times when it’s hard to get through my day and I needed a cup of coffee and some inspiring words to keep me going.

3 Quotes to Keep You Going



Our life is not Instagram worthy all the time. This year was like a roller coaster ride for us. I wept, got discouraged, prayed, got up, and continued moving forward. There are things I’d rather leave in the past, but there are also lessons I’m keeping in my pocket.

Thank you so much for joining us on our journey. We really appreciate the love and support. Looking forward to sharing more adventures with you in 2019.

Happy New Year!



  1. It’s great that you started blogging last year! It’s amazing to see how fast blogs can grow- especially when you put the work into it. You’ve done so much and seen so much within a year! Sending you all of the best wishes for a wonderful 2019!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    1. Thanks Nancy! Looking back, I can’t believe how much I’ve learned and achieved this year. My blog is still a work in progress, but I’m having so much fun doing this. May you have a wonderful 2019 too!

  2. I especially like how you wrote that life is not Instagram worthy all the time. It is so true. So much of Instagram are just filtered moments of the best of people lives!! Happy New Year!!

  3. A very happy new year to you! We started our blog this year too, and that made 2018 a great year! Best wishes for 2019, and we certainly appreciate your support for Xen in the past months! – Laura and Kate

  4. I read this post last night and didn’t leave a comment because I was too lazy to type, which is a really poor excuse! I just having been myself lately. So, forgive me. 😀 You have a beautiful blog and you’ve done some great travel this past year. What a great thing it is to discover the joy in cooking… and eating all that yummy food ;-). I totally can relate to trying to get through a day, craving that cup of coffee and some positive words of affirmation. I wish you the best in 2019. Cheers to more travel, more coffee, more yummy foods! The best days are yet to come.

    1. Kathy dear, you’re so sweet. Thank you so much for your feedback. I love your blog so much! Your photos are awesome – what camera are you using? Cheers to another year of amazing adventures! Happy New Year!

  5. Happy New Year and may 2019 be full of happiness, love and contentment. We look forward to following your journey and thank you so much for all of your support in our blogging journey too. Here’s to an amazing year ahead for us all. xxx

  6. Well done on a successful first year blogging. I hope 2019 is kinder to you…don’t be afraid to put the non Instagram worthy posts up…they’re usually my most engaging posts! Good luck with your recipe collection too. Sounds great!

    1. Thanks Laura! I really hope 2019 will be a better year for us. We have a lot of things going on right now, but I know with God’s help and a positive attitude we will surpass all these challenges too.

  7. Happy new year! So happy to have met you through the blogging world. Here’s to great things coming in 2019. 🙂

  8. I also love travel and photography. I really love your photos. Years ago, I use to take photographs for 2 newspapers (very small local papers). If you get a chance, please stop by my blog and cast your vote in my blog’s first poll!

    1. Wow! You must be really good in taking pictures to be taking photographs for newspapers. My hubby and I loves to take travel photos – to capture memories. Anyway, I just stopped by your blog and voted!

  9. Happy New Year! We started our blogs the same time! Our blog bday is coming! Great post. Your blog is beautiful and this post is a beautiful reminder to alway dream. Great work!

  10. Congrats on the one year and just want to say what a wonderful job you have done with your blog. I have always enjoyed following you and will continue to do so. Cheers, chica!

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