|2011 Beer in Review|
So where was I? Oh yes, intention. You always have to have it, whatever your endeavor may be, and take action — scour the web, go to networking events, volunteer, etc. With your efforts and patience, some wonderful things may develop for you. What matters is having the intent. While I intended to create more opportunities this year, the ability to make them so was never a guarantee, regardless of my efforts.
In 2011 I wasn’t able to travel as much as I would have liked to. A true nomadic spirit, I can never stay in one place for a whole year straight. I am constantly on the hunt for new adventures and stories to tell. I really really wanted to go to Vermont this summer and hit some yummy breweries while eating some cheese and Ben & Jerry’s. No such luck. So while my year in beer was primarily local, I was able to create new situations, meet new people and repeat volunteer as always. When festival goers start to recognize me — whether it’s from pouring for them the year before or reading my blog — I know that there is merit in the consistency of repetition. Staying local means strengthening relationships with industry folk; supporting the local craft breweries and economy while helping my own budget. So while I could easily complain that I didn’t get too many miles on my (useless) frequent flier cards this year, I’m not. I am truly grateful for the travel and events I was able to make (e.g. Mondial in Montreal three years in a row; Quebec City; Toronto; New York). Canada and New York will always be old and new since there is so much to see, do, and taste. Brooklyn is numero uno on my list!
As I look forward to 2012, I would like to make it the year of travel. I want to visit unexplored beer territory for me — the Midwest and Northwest, Vermont, or maybe even to England for a beer bloggers conference. I’ll just have to wait and see what happens. Trust me the intent is there. As long as there are wheels or wings, it’s safe to say that The Hoppy Nomad will be going somewhere. I have to stay true to my name, and not just the ‘Hoppy’ part!
Back to where it all started, reflections and resolutions: they should at least remind you of how much can take place and change in just 365 days. You never know what setbacks (which are really just opportunities) will come your way. So take a snapshot of your year, your life, and what you dream of for yourself. While the quick fix resolutions may grab your attention if only for a moment, the intention to set yourself straight or improve upon something in your life is where the real effort takes place.
I tried to sum up 2011 for me in words, and I leave you a pictorial of The Hoppy Nomad’s year of beer. Just click on Santa’s beard. Resolutions? To continue my love of writing, travel, beer and to share more stories and knowledge with you. I hope that you have enjoyed this blog and will continue with me on this wonderfully hoppy and unpredictable journey. Cheers to you!