Turquoise Compass’ First Birthday

Turquoise CompassThis month marks Turquoise Compass’ first birthday. It’s hard to believe that I have been blogging for one year already and that I embarked on my 14 month sabbatical from teaching to travel the world. I am 11 months into my gap year, and have 3 months left, yet I am surprised how quickly the time has gone. Throughout my travels thus far, I have visited 15 different places and I have more to go! Starting a blog when I started my travels has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. Documenting my experiences online allowed me to open up to others, while learning more about myself.  

Happy Birthday Turquoise Compass

My blogging journey has been a positive and enriching one. Connecting with other travelers has been the best part throughout the journey! I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for my loyal and turquoise loving followers. Thank you so much for supporting me and encouraging me throughout my trip around the world. I can’t thank you enough! Each and every follow, like, and comment means the world to me. Keep liking, commenting, and following my journey.

Here is a look at my journey over the past 12 months:

1. About Turquoise Compass
2. How Turquoise Compass came to be
3. I started receiving awards and being recognized by other bloggers in my second month of blogging
Excellence Award
4. More and more people started liking my posts
5. Turquoise Compass’ theme and focus on turquoise travel became more apparent.
6. I started writing and guest posting for other websites
Bucket List Publications
7. A photographer offered to provide me with a photo shoot for Turquoise Compass
Turquoise Compass
8. Turquoise Compass became a way of life for me
A Way of Life
9. Throughout my travels I have visited my childhood turquoise dream destinations: Australia, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico among others.
10. My social media sites started to grow Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest
11. I connected in person with other travel bloggers
12. Other bloggers started sharing my story
13. Turquoise Compass traveled to 14 destinations.
14. The name Turquoise Compass grew to have significant meaning to me
15. And finally, Turquoise Compass is currently in the process of coming up with a logo!

This year marks Turquoise Compass’ first birthday, yet the journey is just beginning. The blogging road has taken me to so many new and exciting places (literally and metaphorically speaking). I’m eager to continue my search for turquoise destinations, while living my life to the fullest. I know the world has big things in store for Turquoise Compass and I am currently only seeing a glimpse of what’s to come (and that glimpse is bigger and better than I could have ever imagined). Each and every day I learn more about blogging, networking, and making the most of my travel.

Turquoise Compass

Although I only have 3 months left of full time travel, my traveling will not come to an end when I go back to the classroom. My students will be the beneficiaries of my abroad travel and real world experiences. I hope to inspire my students to be future explores and to be in charge of their own destiny. As the quote on the top of my blog states, you are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream” C.S Lewis. I will still be looking for every opportunity that comes up to travel, experience, explore, and check off my bucket list items in this wonderful (and large) world we live in. I’m constantly dreaming a new dream and searching for new places to see and new things to do, whether locally or abroad.

Thank you again and Happy First Birthday Turquoise Compass!

73 thoughts on “Turquoise Compass’ First Birthday

    • Thank you so much! I can’t believe it has been a year already. I am enjoying the process and it’s already successful just the way it is. Thanks for your ever support.
      Jessica, Turquoise Compass

    • Thank you so much. Your support is appreciated. Yes, just one year, I can’t believe it! I look forward to blogging in the future and continuing the process. So fun connecting with people too!
      Jessica, Turquoise Compass

    • Thank you so much…and many more. How many have you had? We found each other in the beginning and it is nice that we still support each other one year later.
      Jessica, Turquoise Compass

    • Thank you so much for the thoughtful and sweet comment. I feel as though I have been doing this for years as well. I look forward to more writing, traveling, and meeting incredible people like you.
      Jessica, Turquoise Compass

  1. Happy anniversary, sweetie 🙂 your such a turquoise sunshine in our lives. Here is to many more years to come… (Now if I could only have added a champagne salut, this would be perfect 😉 )

    • Thanks a bunch! I’m happy to be the turquoise sunshine in your life. Yes, I hope for many more years of happy turquoise blogging. Ohhhh, champagne would have been nice.
      Jessica, Turquoise Compass

  2. Fantastic story! Awesome blog! Incredible Pictures!! Wonderful new friend 🙂

    Thank you and God bless you for sharing this wonderful journey that both inspires and uplifts me 🙂

  3. Happy Blog-Birthday! So happy that you’ve discovered blogging and you’ve really run with it. Your blog’s successes and themes are themes are inspirational but not as inspirational as you are as a person. After meeting you, I booked a ticket on a plane to travel BY MYSELF because you motivated me and reminded me that I can do anything I want. Thank you for being a loyal reader, and friend; keep blogging sister! Much love xoxoxox

    • THANK YOU AMY! I’m so happy I discovered blogging too. I have been on some kid of wild and crazy marathon sprint–not sure in what direction I am actually moving though! Thank you for your kind words. You are incredible and you continue to touch my soul. You make my heart happy. I’m so glad we were brought into each others lives and we will be friends for life. I’m tearing up here knowing that I inspired you to do something scary and exciting! Know that YOU CAN do anything you put your mind to! Where are you flying? Talk soon.
      Jessica, Turquoise Compass

  4. Happy Anniversary!!! You deserve the best!!! Your blog and experiences inspires lots of people like myself!!! Keep blogging and congratulations for your good work!! Your students are really lucky ones!! ; ) Cristina

    • Thank you Cris. You have supported me from the beginning and I appreciate that. You have seen everything I have gone through and you are a special friend. I’m so blessed to know that my blog inspires you (and possibly others). Thanks again. Yes, I will be seeing my students again in September!
      Jessica, Turquoise Compass

  5. Congratulations Jessica!!!
    You’ve done so much and you’ve worked really hard so you deserve all the good things that you have received or will continue to receive. You’re also a lovely person as you were one of the first bloggers to reach out to me as a newbie in October last year. Thank you and more grease to your elbow. 🙂 🙂

    • Thank you so much. Can you believe a year has come and gone? I know that I can’t. I really have put a lot of time and effort into my blog and it’s really taking off. I’m so proud of everything I have accomplished. I’m glad that I could help you during the beginning of your travel journey.
      Jessica, Turquoise Compass

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