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!


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. 😦



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:


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


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



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!


(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.


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



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.


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


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.


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!!


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!!! 


My Nectar List

I can’t remember where I saw this but a while ago I remember reading about something called a nectar list. I’m all about bucket lists and collecting ideas for what I want to do before I die, but this article pointed out how important it is to stop and list all the wonderful things you’ve already done. so without further ado:

  1. Ran a full marathon, half marathon, 12K, 10K, 6K and 5K and ULTRA Ragnar!
  2. Including running down the Vegas Strip at night- Rock n Roll Vegas Half
  3. Adopted my favorite little soul mate dog Copper Mercury
  4. Flown first class
  5. Been to the Grand Canyon
  6. and Yosemite
  7. And Yellowstone
  8. And Hawaii (and gone snorkeling)
  9. Got my Bachelors
  10. Gone to an NFL, NBA & MLB game
  11. Lived in Southern California (and did CA things- gone to the beach, to Hollywood, seen the HW sign, whale watching, seen a dolphin swimming out in the wild, and of course Disneyland!)
  12. Swam in Siesta Key Beach in FL
  13. Gone to San Francisco
  14. Toured DC and Mount Vernon
  15. Had the best meal of my life in Charleston, SC
  16. Seen Idina Menzel & Anthony Rapp live in a performance of If/Then

I’m sure there are more things; I’ve lived a pretty good life. It’s not a way to brag or say “look how cool I am” but just another way to look back on and be so grateful for the life I live. And of course, I hope to  continually add to this list and cross more off my bucket list.

What is on your Nectar List??