Friday Favorites: 12/29

This edition of Friday Favorites brings you my some of my favorite moments of 2017. It’s been an adventure filled year and I’m so thankful for all of the things I was able to experience. From graduating college, completing an Ironman, starting a business, to a solo adventure in Europe, it was hard to pick just 5 things. Click through to see my top five moments of 2017. 

  1. Graduation – I finally completed my college degree, almost 17 years after I first started. It took 3  schools, 3 major changes and a lot of hard work. I am so thankful to Starbucks for giving me the opportunity to finish my degree, and my family, friends and husband for supporting me.
  2. Travels with my husband – My husband and I spent a long weekend hiking, riding bikes and driving through the redwoods on the northern coast of California near Mendocino in June. We were also blessed with a long weekend on the island of Hawaii in December. Although we were short on time we made it to the north shore, explored the volcano and black sand beaches of the south shore, drank all of the coffee and indulged in some Hawaiian delicacies like plate lunches, shave ice, and loco moco. I also went for a short swim in Kailua Bay, the start of the Ironman World Championships.
  3. Finishing an Ironman – Anything is Possible! Swim 2.4 miles, Bike 112 miles. Run 26.2 miles. It will be fun, it will be the most awful thing ever and it will be awesome! There were so many thoughts that ran through my head that day, but one thing is true, I never gave up.
  4. Solo adventures in Europe – When the opportunity to join friends in Spain and Portugal presented it self, I knew I couldn’t turn it down. When I quit my job and had no commitments for a few weeks I knew I had an incredible opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of backpacking through Europe. My itinerary was insane, and there never seemed to be enough time in the day, but I made the most out of everyday I had. I spent 2 nights in Lisbon, 2 nights in Porto, 3 nights in Barcelona, 2 nights in Paris, 2 nights in Rome, 2 nights in Florence, 1 night in Pisa, 3 nights in Dublin and 3 nights in London. What a whirlwind! If you’re thinking about taking a trip by yourself, don’t wait for the ‘perfect’ time, just make it happen! It was an eye opening, humbling and exhilarating experience. I gained so much perspective and learned so much about myself.

  5. Running a marathon – Sure I’ve ‘run’ a marathon before, with a little swim/bike warmup (see number 3) but I’d never tackled a marathon by itself. After running several half marathons and other distances, I always thought oh I’ll never run a marathon. Well never say never! If you’re thinking about doing a marathon, I highly recommend California International Marathon in Sacramento. It had everything I love in a race, a mostly flat course, great volunteers, great bling and perfect weather. I hope to be able to run it again in 2018 or 2019.

There are so many things that made this year one for the books, especially launching this small business of mine. There were a few setbacks, and many times that I struggledI have so many goals and intentions set for 2018, and I can only hope for a year as great as this one. I urge you to take a moment and reflect on this past year before looking ahead to next year.

What were your favorite moments from this year? Do you set intentions or resolutions? I’ll be sharing mine soon and look forward to hearing yours!