Making Plans For 2016 & Reader Survey

Reykjavik Botanical Gardens
Hey all!

Happy Friday! We did it, we survived the first week back after the holidays.

You would think I would be full of energy and ready to go go go this past week after two weeks of Christmas holiday spent doing nothing but relaxing…WRONG!

This week has been crazy busy and totally kicked my butt. I was so tired the other night that I sat watching a tv show and didn’t even realize the screen had frozen until H walked into the room a few minutes later and said something. So ya, I am ready for a relaxing weekend.

Exhaustion and all it always feels good to get back into a routine, I am such a creature of habit. I am hoping that now that the holiday chaos has died down some weekend adventures can make there way back into our routine as well. I need some adventures to liven up these dark winter days!

Reykjavik Botanical Gardens

Speaking of weekend adventures, the Viking and I did kick manage to fit in one quick adventure during our Christmas holiday. It was quick, and absolutely freezing outside, but we did manage to leave our house for a few minutes so I am counting it.

Reykjavik Botanical Garden

We kicked off the new year with a walk around the Reykjavik botanical gardens, which is currently covered in snow, so I am not really sure if it still counts as a botanical garden?? For a gray January day though the gardens were looking quite magical.

Reykjavik Botanical Garden

While the Viking and I took in the fresh air and attempted to get in some vitamin D (the lack of sunshine made this difficult) we talked about our goals for the new year, travel plans for 2016, and basically everything we hoped the year would bring our way. I love the start of a new year with so many exciting plans and goals to look forward to!

How I feel about a new year, new goals and the fresh coat of snow. Happy 2016 ?

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One of my biggest goals for 2016, continue growing the community around my blog.

Last year brought some amazing things my way thanks to my little blog. I made friends from all over the world, got to meet a few of these friends here in Iceland, and had opportunities come my way I never thought possible. Needless to say my blog is an important part of my life and continuing to grow this space of mine is a top goal for 2016.

And with that the time has come. It’s blog survey time!

Reykjavik Botanical Garden

Super exciting I know, clearly I am pumped in the picture above just thinking about writing this survey on my walk. But really I would so appreciate it if you took a few minutes to fill out the survey, you all are what make this space what it is and your input is very important for me. And stick around there is a bonus at at the end of the post I promise.

Create your own user feedback survey

As a thank you for taking the time to answer the survey use the code THANKYOU for 20% off all my ad spots. This offer is only good until Monday so hurry and book your spot now I would love to work with you to help grow your blog!

Question of the Day?
Anything I left out of on the survey that you want to comment on, I want to hear from you?

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  • Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    Taken! :D xx

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Thank you dear! Have a great weekend. xx

  • Tanja / The red phone box trav


    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Thank you so much!

  • Ashley

    Feel free to send some of that snow to the southeast!

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Deal, we can trade the snow for some warmer weather :)

  • Danielle Crouch

    I’m right there with you on the stressful week! I came back from Christmas break and had to jump right into a week full of translating. Some of it was paid work, which was great, but the translation for the uni was torture! I basically sat at my computer all week and then fell into bed exhausted. But we made it!

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Ugh, those first few weeks back after the holidays are tough! Hope your weeks have calmed down a bit!

  • Helene

    Done!! everyone should do surverys! :)

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Agreed ;) Thanks so much!

  • Kristen @ SYIAP

    this week was horrible. i’m exhausted as well haha. looking forward to a big ol glass of wine when i get home. the botanical gardens do look pretty, even if they don’t really look like gardens lol. took your survey!

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Oh man last week, it was tough, I still need another weekend to recover! Thanks so much for taking the survey :)

  • Daisy @ Simplicity Relished

    What a great survey! It was so easy to fill out. :) Also, cheers to a new year. I can’t wait to see what you write and share here on the blog!

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Thank you Daisy, and thank you for taking it!

  • Kate

    This week seemed to move so slowly and quickly–I’m quite happy for the weekend to be here!

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      I agree, hope you had a great weekend and this week is off to a good start Kate! :)

  • Cynthia

    Agh, I am so with you on this one. This week was completely brutal… from having all the time in the world to do as you please over the holidays to BAM, five absolutely jammed-full work days. TGIF! I’ll be doing about the same as you – so excited to just kick back.
    And YES, January brings so much possibility… it’s exhilarating!

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Completely agree, it is so tough to have all that free time and then to dive back in head first! Hope your January is off to a great start!

  • Rachel @ STCL

    So agree about this past week being tough. I was completely wiped out too! I’m hoping to get some good R&R this weekend and come back next week fully rejuvenated!

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Agreed! Hope your weekend was nice and relaxing!

  • Hugo Cura

    Here’s to a great 2016!

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Same to you both!

  • Frankie |

    Survey done! And look at all of that beautiful snow :)

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      Thank you Frankie!

  • Jen | Beautiful Junk

    I sooo hear you with the first week back being rough! I could barely even watch a movie on Friday night I was so exhausted. If only we could be on vacation forever… :)
    Awesome survey as well, it’s a great idea!

    • Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

      So agreed, if only we could be on vacation forever! Thanks so much, surveys are such a great way to check in and hear from readers.