34 Reasons 34 Was Epic

34 reasons 34 was epic

Today, I turn 35.

And that’s all kinds of crazy and amazing and terrifying and magical in my mind.

I’m not where I thought I’d be at 35. No, I’m somewhere even better. And that’s something to be celebrated.

Sure, there are a few boxes I have yet to check off, but there is plenty of time for that in the coming 365 days. Right?

Last year, I declared my word of the year to be UNSTOPPABLE. And unstoppable I was.

I can’t even begin to wrap my head around how unreal my 34th year was and I’m already taking my 2019 word of the year – FUN – to the next level.

But before I gracefully high dive into 35 like the fearless mermaid that I am, here are 34 reasons that 34 was absolutely epic โœจ

1. Crystal Richard & Co. AND Sandy Toes Shop both celebrated their first year in business, I worked with DREAM clients, landed some of the best media wins of my career and worked digitally from new exciting destinations.

Remote Working from Venice Beach

2. I traveled to San Diego, California for Social Media Marketing World.

San Diego - East Coast Mermaid

3. Met the amazing and beautiful Jenna Kutcher. Happy cried. Got a personal video message from her the next morning. Fell off the toilet when watching it. Happy cried a little more.

Jenna Kutcher Crystal Richard SMMW

4. Hopped in an Uber and went to explore Old Town, San Diego. Ate some of the best Mexican food of my life at Guadalajara’s. It was the best spontaneous decision ever. Will 100% be returning in March.

Guadalajara's Old Town San Diego

5. Finally made it to Venice Beach, California.

Venice Beach, California - East Coast Mermaid

6. Hopped a plane, flew to South America. Fell in LOVE with Peru.

Huanchaco Happy Seafoam
Blog Post Here

7. Held a monkey named Julio Iglesias in Trujillo, Peru.

Blog Post Here

8. Learned to surf. ACTUALLY stood up on several waves. Had major surf stoke.

Blog Post Here

9. Flew to Cusco, Peru and had the most incredible spiritual experience.

Cusco, Peru - East Coast Mermaid

10. Spent all of my money getting photos of me cuddling all the baby llamas and lambs. It was truly one of the best days of my life.

Baby Llamb in Cusco, Peru - East Coast Mermaid

11. Two Words: Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu - East Coast Mermaid

12. Returned to Las Vegas for a girl’s trip with mama mermaid, ten years after I called Vegas home!

High Roller From Afar
Blog Post Here

13. Visited the Seven Magic Mountains in the Nevada desert.

Seven Magic Mountains
Blog Post Here

14. After making a promise to myself over a decade earlier to do it one day, I bought myself my first Louis Vuitton bag while vacationing in Vegas.

Buying a Louis Vuitton Bag - Las Vegas

15. Oh yeah – published a book!

Published Get Covered!

16. Sandy Toes launched THREE new apparel lines this year!


17. I wrote a blog post about fried clams that went viral, was shared by our Premier and proved fried clams really are the best thing ever.

Fried Clams Aboiteau - East Coast Mermaid
Clam Blog Post Here

18. Went on the most awesome road trip to Boston with Dan.

LL Bean Freeport Maine - East Coast Mermaid

19. Saw the National AND the Killers at Boston Calling with Dan and basically, it was one of the best days of my life and my favorite day together ever.

Festival Style - East Coast Mermaid

20. Finally experienced Mike’s Pastry in Boston.

Mike's Pastry Boston - East Coast Mermaid

21. Kayaked the Bay of Fundy with Tourism NB. Had SO much fun.

St. Martins Sea Kayaking Dan and Crystal
Blog Post Here

22. It was the summer of island hopping. First up ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿปย Deer Island, New Brunswick โš“๏ธ

Deer Island Point 3
Blog Post Here

23. Next ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป Island Hopping to Campobello Island โš“๏ธ

Family Trip to Campobello Island - East Coast Mermaid
Blog Post Here

24. Did A LOT of beachcombing this year.

Pollock Cove Sea Glass Campobello
Blog Post Here

25. Went on the most amazing whale watching adventure in St. Andrews ๐Ÿณ

Whale Watching - St. Andrews - Fundy Tide Runners 2

26. Island Hopped to Grand Manan TWICE! And got to experience it with Dan, which was amazing.

Grand Manan, Swallowtail - East Coast Mermaid

27. FINALLY got the famous Hole in the Wall photo. No one tell my mother ๐Ÿ˜‰ย Hi Mom.

Hole in the Wall, Grand Manan - East Coast Mermaid

28. Fulfilled my dream of bringing Sandy Toes Shop to the Grand Manan Farmer’s Market.

Sandy Toes Shop at Grand Manan Farmer's Market

29. Island Hopped ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป Cape Breton to explore the Cabot Trail with Dan.

Cabot Trail - Boyfriend Ingonish Beach
Blog Post Here

30. Island Hopped ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿปย Miscou Island to see the famous Miscou Lighthouse โš“๏ธ

Miscou Island Lighthouse - East Coast Mermaid

31. Also checked out the famous fall-coloured fiery red fields of blueberry bushes on Miscou Island.


32. Brought Sandy Toes Shop to over 15 summer markets and two massive Christmas shows, including Saltscapes Magazine’s Harvest Meets the Holidays Expo.

Saltscapes Magazine Event

33. Spontaneously went to Miami, Florida in December for my first Create & Cultivate Vision Summit. Had the TIME OF MY LIFE. Can’t wait to go to the next one in NYC in May!

East Coast Mermaid Miami, Florida

34. And lastly, I closed off an incredible year with an adventure with Dan to see New Brunswick’s famous Parlee Brook Amphitheatre. It was totally worth turning into an icicle to experience it.

Parlee Brook Amphitheatre - New brunswick

Hold my glass of Nova 7, Universe.

35 is going to be something out of this world โœจ


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