Looking Back on 2016

I have a terrible memory so honestly, whatever happened earlier than say July is basically a blur. So end of the year recaps are hard for me but I did want to take a minute and reflect. I got to do some pretty cool stuff!

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For starters in Feb, I got to go through the LDS temple. A truly special day. Even if you’re not of this religion, if you have the chance to walk through a temple open house- DO it. The buildings are always so beautiful.

I went on my nephew’s birthday. The poor dude and his little brother were in the hospital so so sick. Luckily they all came out just fine but that was certainly memorable. 😦

 

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In April, I ran a ULTRA Ragnar with the best team there ever was. Team 9 Run Run!! Honestly, I could talk about that weekend for hours but it did result in one of my fav pictures of me:

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Taken after my 9 mile leg! (1 leg of 6!)

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Then about 1 week later, I ran the Dirty Girl with these awesome ladies.

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In the spring-ish, I went on the best date of my life (it lasted 12 hours!) with that handsome fella and later he took me to Flagstaff. I just loved it there; I thought it was so pretty. I may not have ended up with that guy but we’re still close and he’s saved my bum way too often. I owe him a whole lot!

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(Sorry for the blurriness!) Right after Flag, I got to go with a gal pal to see O-Town!! HA. I’m friends with Dan Miller’s brother so we all went to see him preform in Phx. My 13 year old self was beyond excited.

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In June I ran the Fontana Half and wanted to die.

hawaii

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Oh July… I turned the big 29! And got to go to Hawaii. I am thankful for the opportunity I had to go, however… HI was a big ol’ bust. Lots of good and lots of bad memories tied to this trip. I think I’ll stick to California.

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Like Long Beach. I forgot my pants but I still ran the Long Beach Half marathon!

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Last month, I totalled my car. BIG Frowny face on that life event. It took me outta the running game for a few weeks and cost a LOT of money. But, honestly, it could’ve been so so much worse and just I’m glad I’m alive to see 2017.

christmas

In the summer, my parents moved to the valley so I’ve been able to spend more time with them and celebrate holidays with them. I just had to include this picture from Christmas day because how cute are my niece and nephews!!

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Which brings us to today. Another New Years Eve at work. I’m thankful for my job. and my coworkers for whipping up a nacho bar potluck. Time to go pig out on my last cheat meal on 2016 🙂

 

Happy New Years Everyone!!! 

 

30 BEFORE 30

I turn 29 in exactly 1 month.

That means I turn 30 in exactly  1 year and 1 month. 30!! I’m so not ready to turn 30…. but I have a year to GET ready. (Can one get “ready” to turn 30???) I made a list of 30 things I want to accomplish before I turn the big 3-oh. Some big, some small, all doable!

I’ve already been able to accomplish a lot in my life and I’m pretty proud of that. (I ALWAYS lose at that “I have never” game. Always.) I’ve already:

1) lived on my own- no roommates or anything!

2) got my Bachelor’s degree

3) adopted a dog. The love of my life, Copper Mercury

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4) ran a marathon. And half marathon, and 15K, 10K, 5K and Ragnar….

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So here’s what made the list! Wish me luck!

  1. Swim with the sharks (ultimate bucket list item of all time!! I’m already signed up to do this on 7/21!!) 
  2. Take a solo vacation
  3. Write 30 things I’m thankful for
  4. Write my will
  5. Plan my funeral (Morbid? I’m already 1/2 done…) 
  6. Do 30 acts of kindness
  7. Throw out 30 things I don’t use
  8. Weigh in the 130‘s (139 counts!)
  9. Send article into weight loss magazine 
  10. Take a cooking class
  11. Save $3000
  12. Read 30 books
  13. Watch 30 movies (I’m thinking like the classics. I’m terrible at watching movies.) 
  14. Take a spontaneous trip
  15. Reduce CC debt by 30
  16. Go to 5 new temples 
  17. Volunteer 30 hours
  18. Paddleboard
  19. Order room service
  20. Host a dinner party
  21. Take parents out to dinner and pay for them
  22. Try caviar, truffles, alligator, kangaroo and octopus
  23. Read the BOM, Bible, D&C and PGP
  24. Get CPR recert
  25. Go to NFL game (also scheduled! October game Cardinals V NY Jets!) 
  26. Finalize 72 hour preparedness kit
  27. Get sports massage
  28. Run 300 miles
  29. New hobby
  30. Be able to do 30 push ups (in a row, at least in top position)