Shew!! It’s been one hell of a year so far. I’ve been out of town the past 3 weekends: Florida, North Carolina and Colorado. So much for “slow season”. I think going into this past fall, I knew January would be my time to get out of Indy and satisfy my wanderlust and that I did. I went to Disney World with my parents and my sister in early January. I ran my 3rd marathon there and as always enjoyed time with my family. The next weekend a handful of my dear friends and I rented a cabin in Boone, NC and spent MLK weekend together. We skied at Sugar Mountain. There were dance parties and plenty of good times. The stars are painted brightly across the sky in Boone, NC. I’ll never forget that sight! Last, but so far from being least, I just got back from Colorado yesterday afternoon. I was fortunate enough to visit Denver, Breckenridge, Boulder, Aspen and briefly saw the beautiful city of Vail over the weekend with my dear friend, Megan, and great friend, Ben Poenisch. I’ve never missed Pazzo man cuddles quite so much as I have this past month. While I’m always up for an adventure, I’m a homebody at heart and it feels good to be home now to rest up before my season starts up in March. But I am SO THANKFUL for this past month of non stop adventure!
I’ve had a few thoughts since the start of 2013 about this blog. I can’t tell you how many times I wake up in the morning and think to myself, “Oh, I should blog about that!” and then a) never follow through or b) don’t post my ideas because I worry for a second (or many) that it won’t be interesting to my readers. Welp, forget that. There is so much more to me than the photos that I take and the beautifully awesome people I’m blessed to work with each year. The truth is blogging is hard work but I’m committed to putting more time into the personal posts on my blog here. Like sharing how it’s strangely calming and stress relieving for me to bake and decorate cupcakes. Bad for my hips, great for my family and circle of friends who are beneficiaries of said oddity. I’ve promised myself to follow through more and let people in this year. Why have this shiny blog and not use it to its full potential? That’s silly. Gone are those days of thinking twice. (Think that’s the first time I’ve said “welp” on this blog and in life. Here’s to many more firsts here on this blog…)
Anyway, back to these January adventures that I never want to forget. There have been several times over the past few weeks that I’ve felt like pinching myself. No doubt I’m in the best years of my life. 26 year old female business owner who can up and travel every weekend in January. And that I can do what I love in order to afford these adventures still blows me away! Wanted to share some moments from the past 21 days of my life. Disclaimer: All of these photos are from my iPhone/Instagram and while they aren’t technically worth writing home about, they remind me of times that I MADE ADVENTURE HAPPEN. It doesn’t always fall in your lap. Lots of times you’ve just got to get out there.
Those cuties there? Those are my ‘rents. Aren’t they adorable with their squinty eyes? Florida always brings the sunshine! I think this was the exact moment I regretted wearing black pants on day 1.
Disney is NOT for the faint of heart. You’re walking around all day and it is exhausting! B and I were thankful for a few hammocks near our room at our resort. Our family loves to stay at Coronado Springs.
If what they say is true that you are a product of the 5 people you spend the most time with, then I am thrilled. These 3 people fill my heart with such joy. They’re good, honest, hilarious people. My girl, Gail, commented on Instagram that I resemble my mom here and my sister resembles my dad. Anyone who mentions that I resemble my mother, BLESS YOU. That is an enormous compliment.
Race day! 3:30 AM wake up call. Woof.
Disney puts every other marathon to shame. They have fireworks at the start of each corral and characters along the way to cheer you on. If you’re a newbie to running marathons, take it from me – start with this one ; ) You might get lucky and have Joey Fatone show up at yours, too!
The only time I don’t feel bad eating Fettuccine Alfredo (a guilty pleasure) is when I’m carb loading for a 26.2 mile run. The Mickey balloon was new this year, at around mile 17…
…leave it to Disney to have a choir singing for you as you drag your aching body across the finish line!
Proud of us!! B’s 4th, my 3rd completed marathon.
At the expo where runners pick up their bib numbers, there was a station where you could make pins to cheer on runners. There my parents are wearing “GO Beth!” and “GO Caity” pins. Precious!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it a zillion more times until the day I die. There is NO ONE in this world who can make me laugh like my sister. (I guess they were out of 2013’s…)
I could get used to cabin life. So relaxing. Perhaps that’s why I only have 5 photos to show from this getaway. Nonetheless, I’m grateful for these pics.
Skiing isn’t my greatest talent, but I’m working on it! ; )
I actually have better photos to demonstrate how pretty Sugar Mountain is but I kinda like this one with the snowboarders face planted on the left.
Clockwise from top left: Lauren, myself, Katie and Julie. Love these girls!!!
And there’s also this. : )
My next adventure took me to Colorado to visit my soul sister, Miss Megan Wynn. I was so sad when Meg moved a few months ago but so excited for her. And also I knew it was an excuse to visit out west and I was definitely okay with that.
This is Megan’s dog, Lola. I miss her already. I cuddled the crap out of this dog every night I was in Colorado.
Our first full day we (Megan, Ben and I) drove to Breckenridge to meet with our friends, John and Jen. John and Jen were renewing their vows in the Rockies, their favorite place on earth, for their 10th wedding anniversary. Our awesome tour guide, Dusty (friend of John’s), lead us on a cross country skiing adventure, 6 miles total, through the mountains in Keystone, CO. We all stopped about 3 miles in for John and Jen to renew their vows. Ben filmed their vow renewal and Megan photographed it. And me? I was just there for the ride. My job and especially the people I’ve met because of it leave me feeling very humbled and incredibly thankful. It was such a blessing to see two friends renew their vows with the Rockies as their backdrop. Doesn’t get much better than that! Thank you again, John and Jen, for having me along.
Ben, Megan, myself, Jen and John. Love this photo so much. We all skied another 3 miles to a picturesque cabin tucked away in the mountains where Dusty cooked us an amazing 4 course meal. The whole experience was very surreal.
No better reminder that I’m not in control than being in the mountains. We skied through this spot where an avalanche wiped out trees and a metal power line structure 3 years ago. Really cool to see in person.
Fast forward two days and we’re road trippin’ to Aspen for the Xgames. I’ve always wanted to visit Aspen. I can remember watching a special on this great city on some travel channel years ago and it made an impression on me early on. So fortuitous that the Xgames were being held while I was in CO. I love watching competitive winter sports. I think it’s because I secretly wish I was bada** at them myself. When you have a view like this for what seemed like 3 hours on a roadtrip, you know you’re in for a treat.
So happy Lola could join. Thanks M for taking this and also for sharing your amazing dog. : )
LOVE her so much! Thanks Ben for the pic!
I literally was so pumped to be in Aspen I took a picture of our lunch. Oooeee those parmesan fries?! So good. If you’re ever in Aspen, make sure to check out CP Burger. Fun fact: When the employee at CP Burger hands you your receipt, there is a celebrity’s name you’ll find at the top that they call when your order is ready. Mine was Jennifer Aniston. I’ll take it. : )
People were stampeding in to steal a spot to watch the superpipe finals. Such a rush. This night was literally one of the most exciting of my life!
We somehow managed to snag spots on the left side of the superpipe, up towards the top. This was right around where Shawn White and the other competitors were doing their second jump/trick right above us. No words for how awesome. NO WORDS!
These next two pics are Megan’s. Here we are at the top of the superpipe. This is a pretty accurate depiction of my excitement level that day!
What an amazing adventure 2013 has been so far. Can’t wait to see what the rest of this year has in store. If it’s anything like the past 4 weeks, I’m in for the best year of my life.