I’m ready for 2019 to come to a close and look forward to 2020 — the ‘Roarin’ 20s’ of our lifetime. I’m going to be prioritizing my health, both physical and mental, time with family and friends, and new adventures in the new year and new decade.
This past year has continued to impress upon me how short our time is here and how much I want to truly enjoy every single moment with people and in places that bring me joy. I also want to make sure I’m minimizing my impact on the environment and giving back where I can. I think 2020 is going to be a year that brings me a lot closer to self-actualization.
Our 2019 included some incredible trips with and to see family and friends, motorcycle and hiking adventures, and travels to new provinces (Alberta, Canada) and countries (Japan). I finally completed my master’s degree, and Brian took up sewing– realizations of our commitment to always improving ourselves and learning new things.
We also had to say goodbye to friends who moved farther away and family and friends who passed away. Those lows were countered by some incredible highs, including celebrating my close friend who beat cancer and my cousin who bicycled across the country raising money for cancer research.
Despite all of the ups and downs throughout the year, we were able to end 2019 in Ohio celebrating the holidays with friends and family at a more leisurely pace than usual. I look forward to quietly ringing in the new year at home with Brian and Seppy, and I’m excited for some of the adventures we’re already booking for 2020 (new national parks, Iceland, and a trip to the Keys for my friend’s 40th birthday, to name a few).
I’m ending my year reflecting on a few of my favorite moments from 2019. I wish you similar peace and calm reflecting on the past year and a bright and happy 2020 filled with adventures. Cheers!
January – Index, Washington
February – Yosemite National Park, California
March – Lynden, Washington
April – Spencer Island, Washington
May – Muir Woods and the Coast, California
June – Banff, Alberta
July – Okanogan Valley, British Columbia
August – Seattle, Washington
September – Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington
October – North Bend, Washington
November – Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Nara, Yokohama and Kamakura, Japan
December – Columbus, Ohio