I am still in a daze as I can not believe its been a year already since the last time I shared a BON VOYAGE post. Those who read this blog will know that 2014 did not start out in the best possible of ways but let me tell you that 2015 made up for it and more. I am sitting here in my apartment reflecting on what has happened in the last 12 months and I can not believe half of the things I have experienced, seen, loved, eaten and touched.

Bon Voyage

I think it is important to always take sometime to reflect back on what has happened either over the year, months or even weeks. I believe in always looking at the positive in life, do not get me wrong I am not saying completely ignore the negative things that happen in our lives. We need to find balance and embrace both the good and bad as honestly that is the only way we can learn how to appreciate the good. Throughout 2016 I will be giving you a glimpse into each ending month and sharing with you the small mercies and happiness I had experienced. I have already shared with you my 12 months of happiness 12 for 12 as a sort of recap of what has made me happy over the last 12 months.

As I did in my last Bon Voyage post, I will share with you some of the posts you’ve loved in the last twelve months and that will include posts that I have loved too.


At the end of 2014 I made a decision to start supporting fellow bloggers with blogging 101 tips that I had learnt over the last 2 years of blogging. I am no expert but I know a few things and I am yet to learn plenty, this post I shared with you my Facebook supporting group (was called lovely bloggers now called Bloggers 2 Brands – Facebook & Twitter) which has now reached over a 1000 followers. As bloggers we know it’s not always easy to have the ‘viral post’ so having blogger support is essential part of blogging and building a community.



I was very surprised to see this one as a favourite, I had decided to start making more of an effort with my health & exercise and decided to document my progress on a monthly basis. Though I have continued doing this I have not honestly done any proper exercising since August (or maybe earlier). I had so much traveling going on that I was so busy (excuses 🙁 ) I could not find time to stop and exercise. Though not making any resolutions I will say this is something I am continuing and hope to improve in 2016.


I was very happy to see that my journey to being debt free posts were also amongst the most viewed and liked posts in 2015, this has given me a boost I didn’t know I needed. It is not always easy for people to talk publicly about their debt issues but I am glad to see that people enjoyed reading these posts and hopefully learned from my mistakes and taken a tip or two for their reference.

travels thus far


 This post made me extremely happy because I only shared it a few days ago on the blog and it has reached more love than any other post in the last 6 months which is saying a lot. Readers of my main blog A July Dreamer will know that I have done quite a bit of travelling this year and last year I started sharing recaps of Travels Thus Far. I thought it would be good this year to share my travels thus far again.
2015 for The Myrabev Life has not been the most productive, I have spent so much of my time improving A July Dreamer but 2016 is a year I want to improve this blog and give it a bit more love. The only major thing this blog has experienced is a more from blogger to WordPress which I did myself and you can read more about it HERE. I also bought a domain with GoDaddy as I wanted this blog to be self-hosted too.
I have started to separate out the social media accounts for the blogs, originally they were created for this blog but became part of A July Dreamer, now I am taking it all back and creating new ones for A July Dreamer.
The social networks for each blog will be as follows:
TML: Twitter / Facebook / Instagram
A.J.D: Twitter / Facebook / Instagram
Happy Holidays to you and yours.
xoxo ciao.
  • I’m doing the same as you, looking to my past but not dwelling on it. I will make improvements and I WILL succeed.
    I hope you will too, I’m pretty sure you will!! xx
    Best of Luck in 2016.
    Amy | PurelyAmy

  • Looks like a great year for you. Off to read your debt post too 🙂
    Hayley Water Painted Dreams

  • What a great post. And I love the title. I can’t believe how fast 2015 has gone. Here’s to a fab 2016!

  • Fi Ní Neachtáin

    Bon voyage is such a great title for an end of year post! It’s great that your top posts of 2015 are a mixed bag, just goes to show that your readers love a variety of topics that you post on 🙂

  • Good luck with all the changes that will be going ahead for you site. How on earth do you manage two blogs you are incredible!

    • Thank you so much Ana, sometimes I ask myself that very question but I use weekends to blog so somehow I manage

  • Glad that 2015 was a good year for you, I hope 2016 is as well. Look forward to reading about the travels and will check out your Facebook group x

    • Thank you so much, come join us we are a lovely bunch. Wishing you the best for 2016

  • I’m glad you had a successful year. Traveling is so important to me, it keeps me sane when writing just isn’t enough. Let’s accomplish great things in 2016!

    • Thank you Lakisha, definitely let us accomplish many wonderful things in 2016

  • It sounds like a fab year for you! We have had an amazing year too and yes like you say the time has gone really fast! We have learnt a lot and now after a year of blogging I want to share my tips too! 🙂 Angela

    • I love your blog and it’s so inspirational, please continue.

  • Aw what a busy year. So good of you to try and help other bloggers – I always read those posts. Glad 2015 was a good year for you and hope 2016 is too x

    • Thank you Nicola, I wish you the very best for 2016 too.

  • What a great post, Miranda! I did not know you had two blogs! I have a few other blogs that have fallen by the wayside and was wondering what your thoughts are on having multiple blogs. I think I need to cut out a few of the others but how do you manage having two? I like your enthusiasm for making next year even better than this one! 😀 Happy 2016!

    • Thanks Nadia, yes I have two blogs and I would be lying if I said I do not struggle to maintain both blogs. I am so focused on A July Dreamer this one fell by the waste side but now and again I try to give it some love. I personally use the weekends as my time to plan and blog then schedule posts, it’s not always easy but it is doable.

  • I like the fact you sum up your year and reflect on your most popular posts. I am new to blogging so it is a great source of inspiration for me to check at my most popular posts! x

    • I am glad to have inspired you and hope you enjoying blogging so far, wishing you the best for 2016

  • Sounds like you’ve had a great year! It’s such a good time to reflect and plan your New Year too. I’ll be on the lookout for your debt free posts. Those sound really interesting!

    • I am happy to continue sharing my debt free journey posts and money advice too.

  • I have enjoyed looking back at some of my posts this morning and seeing what was the most popular and unpopular posts of 2015 x

    • It gives you a clear idea of what has worked well and what hasn’t, I find it refreshing

  • It’s nice to reflect back I think – and good from a blogging point of view to see what’s working! I’m not surprised a lot of people have been helped and inspired by your posts on your journey to be debt-free as well, really impressive.

    • Thank you Cathy, I am very happy to have inspired some people to look and talk about debt etc.