To New Years

No matter how "successful" or "transforming" a year may appear, to yourself or to your friends on Facebook, the truth is that one big disappointment can make all of the good stuff seem small, even nonexistent. But all we can do is breathe, and reboot. Here's to all the people who want to make things better this time around.

Top Ten Ways to Make Everything a Little Better in 2015

Dance with strangers. Strange people don't seem so strange after you've shared a moment together during your break-out to "Gangnam Style".

Adopt animals, don't buy and breed, please. I've seen WAY too much nonsense to know that  there are way too many cuties out there who don't make it, just because.

Friends are valuable. Make new friends, and keep old ones. If anything, friends help you get out of the house when you would rather just sit around doing nothing.

Fly somewhere different. If you don't like flying, then take a train.

Walk. Outside.

Eat a new meal every week. There's a ton of great food out there that we don't even know about.

There's no harm in watching the sunrise on top of a mountain from time to time :)

Go to concerts (this will mean more dancing with strangers).

Buy secondhand clothes, and buy new albums. It's always better to support struggling musicians than to support looking like everyone else at the club when you all show up wearing the same shirt from Forever 21.

Pick a cause that you feel connected to, and give your time to it. Even if it means being a part of a club that gives out free hugs. Homeless shelters. Dog shelters. If you don't want to do it alone, then bring your kids, and your family. Doing stuff makes everyone feel better.

Now I'm going to share with you my top ten pictures from this year (for the most part, during some great moments, I just didn't have a camera).

I didn't think I would like Bangkok. Turns out, it's not so bad.

Victoria Park in Hong Kong. I always go to this park when I'm in the city. I feel strangely connected to that town. 

It was pretty cool to be around during that time.

Nothing like train travel.

Taken after a random adventure in Chiang Mai. I was happy every moment in Thailand.

It started to pour after this. A moment of solitude with a giant reclining Buddha. 

Rockin' out with the Akha kids in Chiang Rai. 

I took this after coming out on an English Catholic Mass (mid-week) in downtown Yangon, Myanmar. Freedom to worship and freedom of the press? I think Myanmar's doing pretty good. 

The Burmese countryside, on a train ride that took all day and cost $1.50

One day life can suck, and the next you can be breezing through the countryside on the back of a motorbike. There's always hope.