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Life Happened

I started this blog with great intentions. A creative outlet, a showcase for some photography, a window into my world. Everything was going swimmingly for the first 6 months of the blog…

And then life happened.

My last update came in August while we were trying to win a Marriott Beach Blogger dream vacation. Suffice to say, we didn’t win, but two of our Team Cocktail friends did! Bittersweet, yes, but glad to see some friends win.   I guess that is either the next best thing to winning, or the worst thing to happen if you lost.  It is a thin, grey line.

Since then, life has been a little crazy:

  • Spent 7 awesome days lounging on the beach in St. Thomas
  • I accepted a new NYC-based job
  • I have spent 6 of the last 9 weeks in Boston, where my company has its HQ and biggest customers
  • Had to learn NYC and Boston mass transit systems
  • Learning the Amtrak service from NYC to Boston and back
  • Spent a week (sick the entire time) in California for some great birthday parties
  • Showed Juliet around Boston for her first time
I know, I know, it is no excuse.  But alas, I have no better one.  I have been so incredibly busy, I still have not processed the photos from our St. Thomas trip (only a few to go! I will finish them today, promise!!).  But alas, there is a silver lining to all of this.

Upcoming Updates

Due to the fact of not blogging for the past 3 months, I have a TON of adventures to update everyone on, complete with photos, recommendations, first time newbie guides and more!  Here is a quick rundown of some upcoming post ideas:

  • How We Escaped Hurricane Irene (and ended up in the islands) – Also known as our St. Thomas getaway
  • The Boston Freedom Trail (and how to experience it for free)
  • Fenway Park
  • My foray into iPhoneography
  • A Boston Must: Samuel Adams Boston Brewery
  • Our First Cruise: The Buildup (and why we are excited)
  • Boston: My new favorite big city
And much more to come, with plenty of photos, so stay tuned!
I will leave you today with a few photos from recent adventures
Hope to see more of you back over here in the coming months for some great updates!

Justin Hamlin

Justin Hamlin is the founder of Get Busy Livin', a blog founded on collaboration and story telling, dedicated to inspiring himself and others to get busy living their lives. He is a writer, photographer, computer nerd, story teller and world traveler. He calls New York home when him and his wife are not hunting down adventure, exploring the east coast or jet setting around the world. You can follow Justin on Get Busy Livin', Twitter or Facebook.

  • Jaime

    Ahh sometimes life does happen… welcome back!!! I had been wondering where you went… and what was going on! Glad you are back. Excited to see what you had been up to the last 3 months.

    • Justin Hamlin

      Thanks Jaime!  Hope to get back in the swing of things here!

  • Erik Smith

    Awesome! Looking forward to some new posts.

    • Justin Hamlin

      Erik – Thanks! Me too!  feels like I abandoned this place, I just haven’t had a lot of time to breathe, let alone blog.  It should be fun to catch up on these past few months on the site!

  • Jack and Jill

    Sorry we didn’t get a chance to meet. Been rainy in Boston since we got here, lol. Anyway, def would love to try the Samuel Adams brewery – so thanks for mentioning it!

    • Justin Hamlin

      No worries, hope you enjoy Sam Adams!

  • Akhummingbird

    Life happens to the best of us, love. I look forward to your updates that are upcoming as well as the photos, of course, mostly on the St. Thomas vacation.

    • Justin Hamlin

      Me too!   Should be fun to write about and post those photos, all done with the photos, so have to get them up and online somewhere, hopefully this weekend!

  • Mica Ivealis

    Hi Justin! Just discovered your blog and I also look forward to reading about your adventures! Virgin Islands are beautiful- although we spent only 2 days in St. Thomas and the rest of our time in St. John.

    • Justin Hamlin

      Mica – thanks for dropping by and the comment.  We loved St. Thomas but really wish we had explored more of the US and British Virgin islands while we were there.  St. John was beautiful, we sat in the harbor and drank rum for the better part of 1 afternoon, it was wonderful.

      Stay tuned, I will have a blog with photos from the trip up shortly!

  • Ayngelina

    Life happens but readers will wait patiently for good writers like you. Can’t wait to hear all about your adventures.

    • Justin Hamlin

      Thanks Ayngelina, finding time to write and get the photos all arranged for each post is turning into a daunting task with how busy work has kept me recently.  I appreciate the comment and sentiment, and hope readers do keep following along.

  • Erica Kuschel

    Was wondering where you went!

    • Justin Hamlin

      Yeah, things got a little crazy lately!  But not always a bad thing!  More updates coming soon!

  • The Travel Hack

    Looking forward to the updates. And I don’t think this is a ‘Sorry I haven’t blogged for so long post’, it’s more of a ‘look how busy (and successful) I’ve been, but there’s cool stuff to come’, which I definitely like!

    • Justin Hamlin

      Thanks!  Now just to find time in my busy life to actually write these blogs that I have all these great ideas/adventures for!

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