My 3 Year Blogiversary + Giveaway!

The Atlas Heart 3 Year Blogiversary + Giveaway

Can you believe that this little ol’ blog turned 3 years old this January?! What once started as a way to keep in contact with family and friends for my time living abroad (which I thought would only be for 6 months – HAHA little did I know) has turned into my full-blown business and passion.

There have been plenty of times I’ve felt lost throughout my travels, floundering through my early to mid-twenties, figuring out what I was doing in my life. This blog has been there time and time again as a platform to write and consolidate everything down in one place.

I’ve made countless blogger and traveler friends in the process and have found a community that inspires me and keeps me tapping away at the keys – no matter how lost I may feel sometimes.

To show my appreciation, I wanted to take you through a few of my favorite memories and posts from the last 3 years and to announce my first ever giveaway!

For this giveaway, I picked out everything by hand and paid for it out of pocket – no sponsored companies involved to show my appreciation to you guys. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for sticking around and reading my take on the world. I hope you’re as excited for 2016 as I am!


Here's to Year 4!! - The Atlas Heart


It’s crazy looking back and realizing how much my writing style has changed throughout the years.

Year 1

Most popular posts:

6 Free Things to Do in Santa Cruz, CA

6 Free Things to Do in Santa Cruz, California

Considerations When Moving Abroad

Considerations When Moving Abroad - The Atlas Heart

Think of All the Beauty Still Left Around You and Be Happy

Think of All the Beauty Left Around You and Be Happy

My personal favorite:

On Leaving Everything Behind to Follow Your Dreams

I remember writing this post on the train, leaving San Diego, the place that had been my home for the last 5 years. I was torn between excitement and a deep sadness to be leaving so much behind. This train ride and the words that popped into my head along the way solidified my gut feeling that I was doing exactly what was right for me.

On Leaving Everything Behind to Follow Your Dreams - The Atlas Heart

Year 2

Most popular posts:

Drinking Snake Blood in Hanoi

Eating Snake Blood in Hanoi, Vietnam

Travel Budgeting for Vietnam

Travel Budgeting for Vietnam - Southeast Asia

Craft Beer 101

Craft Beer 101 - The Atlas Heart

My personal favorite:

Take a Moment to Enjoy it

Going through my favorite sunsets and sunrises from the year had a way of humbling me. It made me appreciate the days that stood out to me in my travels, and reminded me to take the time for little moments such as these on my future journeys.

Take a Moment to Enjoy It - Melbourne Sunset

Year 3

Most popular posts:

The 30 Best Breweries to Visit in California

Lagunitas Brewing - Petaluma, California

The Gift of Nature: A 3-Day Hike through Abel Tasman

The Gift of Nature - A 3-Day Hike through Abel Tasman - New Zealand

A Photo Essay through Northern California

Santa Cruz - Northern California

My personal favorite:

On Saying Goodbye

I heard about my grandma’s passing the day before I left New Zealand to come back to the States. After having a couple of days to come to terms with the fact that I was never going to see my grandma again, I sat down on the balcony of my hotel in Waikiki and wrote this post in the darkness. It was a calm night, the humid and wet air surrounded me, the vibrant sounds of the island were heard intermittently as I wrote. It was one of the hardest posts I’ve written, but I was glad I was able to at least honor the memory of my grandma through my blog.

On Saying Goodbye - The Atlas Heart


The Giveaway

I’ll be offering up a few products I thought you readers might enjoy. Because I want to appreciate every one of you, the giveaway is open to EVERYONE – not just U.S. based readers. In addition to the grand prize package, I’ll also be sending off a few postcards to runner-up winners to show some extra love.

Giveaway Package - The Atlas Heart

Here is what’s up for grabs:

  • Pendleton Notebook Collection (3 notebooks)
  • The Mindfulness Coloring Book – Volume Two
  • Pentel Arts Color Pencils – 12 colors
  • Bigfoot Air Freshener (the best gift in the package, obviously)
  • Zinester’s Guide to Portland – Fifth Edition
  • “Be Bold Or Italic Never Regular” case
  • Camamu Stress Less Soap (smells sooo good!)

The giveaway will be ending in 10 days, so make sure to get your entries in below! I would love to hear from you guys what you’ve enjoyed the most from this blog in the last 3 years, and what type of posts you’d like more of from The Atlas Heart in 2016. THANK YOU SO MUCH!! You guys are amazing. <3

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Mimi founded The Atlas Heart to create a community of travelers inspired to see the world. The Atlas Heart is a space where you'll find anecdotes on slow travel, craft beer, outdoor adventures, and all the eccentric bits in between that this world has to offer.
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  1. Holy cow, I’m so happy I came across your blog today – I just connected with your social media as well because I am so fascinated by your stories!! I’m looking forward to pouring over these popular posts from the last three years. Congrats to you!

  2. What an amazing journey you’ve been on so far! I am fulfilling my wanderlust heart by reading through your blog. The one regret I have in life, is not traveling before having kids. I don’t regret my man cubs – EVER – but now it’s hard to find a sitter willing to watch 3 handsome-but-rowdy man cubs longer than 2 days! I keep telling my hubby that we need to buy a bus, or build a tiny home to tote around the US while I homeschool (the wanderlust is strong with this one)! Eventually we will get our chance to travel, and I’ll get to reference your blog along the way. Congrats on 3 years of blogging, and I look forward to what you will bring to 2016. I’d love to see some suit case packing tips & discuss apps you use during your travels! I’m new to your blog, so I haven’t had a chance to see if you’ve already done these πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks for joining in on the journey! It sounds like a busy life you lead but a fulfilling one, I’m sure you’ll find some time for travel soon! The bus idea would be awesome – I’d love to read about that. πŸ™‚ Great ideas for posts – I haven’t tackled either one of those topics yet so definitely a great place to start.

    1. Thank you Alexandria! I figured it was time to try out my first giveaway on this blog and what better way than to show appreciation to my readers after sticking with me for 3 years, haha! πŸ™‚

  3. Wahooo!! Congratulations on your third year!

    I’m fairly new to following you, but I’ve been loving what you’ve been writing πŸ™‚ Currently LOVING the Vietnam posts mostly because that’s what I’m planning for!

    Can’t wait to read more about your adventures in 2016.

    1. Thank you Samantha, so exciting!! I’ll be heading back to Southeast Asia in the fall, so be ready for a quite a few more posts on the region. Vietnam is hands down my favorite country in SE Asia. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Becky! I’ll keep that in mind – I definitely love a good meal while I’m on the road, perhaps I should start doing a few roundup posts of the best restaurants/cafes in the places I travel.

  4. Congrats on 3 years! I just got through 1 year recently and have been loving it so far πŸ™‚ I love that pouch in your giveaway – so cute! Good luck to everyone that entered!

  5. Congrats on 3 years! I love your blog, and hope I can get mine to this level by the time I hit my 3 year mark (I’m 6 months in, so I have some time). I’m also glad you included a round-up of your top posts!


  6. Congrats on making it through 3 years. I’ve been at it for almost 7 and I will say each year gets better but also more challenging and with so much more to learn, so many more ways to grow. Here’s hoping you’ll be blogging for many years to come. – katy

    1. Wow that’s awesome you’ve been blogging for 7 years! I’ve really been loving expanding and improving my blog throughout the years, I can only imagine it will get better as time goes on. πŸ™‚

  7. I’m currently going through all of your Australia posts and bookmarking because my sister and I are headed there for at least a year. They are so helpful, thanks so much!
    I loved your gift and book recommendations and would love to see more product reviews – I know us travelers always look for next best suitcase, backpack, or any other item that makes our travel life easier, so I’d love to read what you prefer on the road!
    Happy blogaversary and to many years more!

    1. Thanks Tabitha!! I hope you find some use out of the Australia posts, they were some of my favorites to write. That’s a great idea about the product review posts and something I’m looking forward to doing more of in 2016 – I already have a favorite travel gear post in the works. Thank you for the feedback. πŸ™‚

  8. I just came across your blog today and I’m really enjoying it. Happy blogiversary! BTW, I’m from Oregon, too πŸ™‚ Hello from Southern Orgeon!

  9. Obsessed! This post is so inspiring! I am JUST starting a blog (launching in less than 24 hours) over at and sometimes I wonder if anyone will even care to hear what I have to say. 3 years is a huge milestone and you should be very proud! Hopefully I can get there too πŸ™‚


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