2015 In the Rearview Mirror / by Anthony Carpinelli

Some people will say that you have 20/20 vision in hindsight, but I disagree. Through an array of lenses we will always use in life, very few of us will ever experience 20/20 vision at all. Putting that aside though, it's hard to finish a year without looking back. I normally don't do that sort of thing, but what a year it has been, and I do have a blog after all. So clearly, everyone needs to know all of my thoughts.

Oregon (March)

I was fortunate enough that early this year, UPS promoted me and moved me across the country to take a new position here In Portland, Oregon. Even now I am struggling to grapple with the reality that "I did it. I can't believe I pulled it off," is something I find myself thinking in the car a lot. This is usually brought on by a drive through any number of scenic PNW drives, especially the I-5 Corridor near Mt. Saint Helen's. Or those times I'm driving through SE Portland and Mt. Hood just stands solid white contrasted against a clear blue sky.

Having been an East Coaster for the first 26 1/2 years of my life, moving to the west coast was an interesting experience. Movers showed up at my apartment in South Carolina and packed my life up, and I just boarded a plane, de-planed 9 hours later in my new life, picked up my apartment keys, and "went home." That was it in a nut shell. It was sad in many ways because I feel there is always a catharsis to moving. You have to stop and take a hard look at the emblems of your life to this point and ask: "Does this material object still serve me? Do I need it here and now in my life's journey?" and you get to sell, donate, chuck the "no" in the garbage and move on with life. You lose a lot of that when someone does the move for you. It's the same with getting across the country. I had wanted to drive, solo, from coast to coast. Just me and my Subaru. However, because of winter weather in the rockies and that I would have had to drive 9 hours a day for 6 days, I didn't think it'd be enjoyable so I opted for the easy route instead. 

As an explorer, the most exciting thing to me about living here is that I have a whole new part of the world to explore. A world that once felt inaccessible to me from the other coast. This year, I made it to LosAngeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver (British Columbia), Crater Lake, and some other places I thought I'd never be able to just up and drive to, or catch an hour flight if I ever went at all.

Portland has been fantastic to me, and I can't thank everyone and everything that contributed to that. That includes voodoo doughnuts.

Photography

Photography has always been a passion of mine, and one I am thankful to be able to do as I please with as far as assignments. 2015 has taken me a lot of places with photography I didn't think I would go ever again. I had lost my direction while I lived in the South, and worried that my peak creativity years were behind me.

Yoga Teacher Training

The most important thing I accomplished this year is my 200 (plus an extra hundred hours) yoga teacher training. I also think it was the hardest thing I've ever done. It may sound cliche but it changed me in a lot of ways, and I'm still watching the whole experience shake out really. I strongly believe that this was the time and environment that I needed.

2016

I have a lot of plans for 2016. Most importantly to this website, I plan to work on this blog more. I have a few different products I plan to post reviews of. Beyond that, just travels, 500 hour yoga teacher training, and work planned so far. Oh, and another move.