Goodbye Old, Hello New

31 December 2015

Photo Cred: WeRomantics
A lot has been on my mind of late, and it has been hard for me to formulate the words to express myself completely. Holidays, opportunities, reflection, illness, and a minor social media bullying incident have all been occupying my thoughts. But enough is enough, and today I shall try by saying goodbye to the old year and hello to the new.

2015 was a fairly good year:

  • My relationship with Alex grew, and I learned a lot about myself and how to be in a relationship.
  • I traveled quite a bit, and learned that I'm not as young and spry as I once was.
  • I gained a niece and fall in love with her more every time I see her.
  • I paid for a Classpass membership and have challenged myself physically and mentally.
  • Alex and I moved to a new apartment, which tested how well we work together under stress.
  • I became a member at my favorite winery and have been enjoying learning more about wine with Alex.
  • I took on new responsibilities and challenges at work, and it's taught me about flexibility and setting realistic expectations.
When I look back, I see a year of growth in ways that I had never expected. It's been challenging, but with my partner at my side, I felt supported through it all.

As for the coming year, I see even more opportunities for growth. I have already signed up for the 52 Hike Challenge (Adventure Series, no less), and look forward to hitting the trails that I've always wanted to explore, as well as spending lots of time on my old favorites (like Falls Creek Falls and the Wahkeena Loop). I will continue to try new activities through Classpass as well. There is nothing more satisfying to me than pushing myself physically and doing things I didn't think I could do.

What is more, I wish a few things for 2016:
  • Mercy. It is not something I often hear about, and with social media, it seems we are all too ready to send anyone who offends through the ringer. I hope that I can display some mercy this year, and hope to see more of it in the world.
  • Grace. This is tied to mercy, yet a little more personal. You know that bullying incident I referred to above? It involved a negative comment on Instagram by someone hiding behind a blank profile. I didn't respond and reported the account. And then I moved on, because I believe that that was the graceful response. But I really wanted to say something. The advocate in me wants to speak to injustice, to call out the wrongdoings and ask their purpose. But bullies, as I learned very young, live for the response. So I ignored the negativity and moved on.
  • Love. Above all, love. I have a lot of it in my life now, and I look forward to seeing it grow in 2016. 
With this, I wish you all a Happy New Year, and may it be filled with mercy, grace, and love.

What do you hope to see more of in 2016?

25 Days of Believing

01 December 2015

photo by weromantics
Happy December, my friends. It has been a while, but there is something about this holiday season that inspires me to share my thoughts and feelings. 

November was strange and filled with anxiety. I spend far too much time on social media, and I've begun to notice what a negative impact it has on my state of mind. Though I seek hope and connection online, I feel I find more despair and paranoia and ignorance. As I began looking forward to the holiday season, I was filled with hope, and was inspired to challenge myself this December.

The holiday season, for me, is a season of believing. Believing in Santa and elves and reindeer and snowmen come to life. Believing in sugar plums and candy canes and mom's Christmas cutouts. Believing in family and friendship and laughter and love. Believing in hope and joy and a higher power. There is so much wonder in this season, if only we seek it.

Therefore, for the 25 days leading up to and including Christmas, I am challenging myself to seek wonder and to believe. Every day, I will share a moment of wonder on Instagram, using the hashtag #25daysofbelieving. You can follow me here. I hope that you will feel inspired to seek and share as well. I truly believe that we can all make our lives a little better, and a little more magical, if we believe in the wonder of the world around us.

What do you believe this Christmas?

October Q & A

01 November 2015

Hey folks. I know this post is titled October Q & A, and that is because I began typing it in October. Publishing, however, did not happen until November due to a move and lack of internet in the new space. I'm still working on my new space, and still without internet in my own apartment, but I still wanted to share this with you. This post is inspired by another post on Liz's blog. Feel free to join in the fun and post your answers on your own blog, or in the comments below.

What’s your favorite way to pass time? What do you enjoy most?

I have an anxious mind. I have FOMO. I have so many things I want to do in my life in general and in every day. Naturally, I have lots of favorite ways to pass my time. I'm one of those lucky ducks who actually enjoys hanging out with her family, so I love when we all get together and eat and play games. I love playing with my nephews. I love holding my baby niece. I love watching movies with my love. I love staring at my dog and gushing over how cute and soft she is. I love going for walks, especially in the woods. I love coloring in my adult coloring books. So many ways to pass the time, and so little time to pass.

What is the best or hardest decision you have ever made?

Making the decision to put down my old dog whose quality of life had diminished severely. 

Describe your personality with only one word.


What’s been the most important/transformative moment in your life during the past year?

As for a single moment that has been most transformative, I'd say it was a wellness session at work when I came to the realization that I am someone who needs to vent in order to get things off my chest and move forward. When someone listens to me when I vent, I feel heard and validated, and I am able to either get over whatever was bothering me, or begin looking for a solution or understanding. I realized in that moment that there are venters (and those who understand its necessity), and those who can't stand venters (those who see venting as nothing but unproductive complaining). This has helped me to be more discerning in who I choose to vent to, and try to gain some understanding from those who are around me when I vent.

What is standing between you and happiness?

Nothing. I'm quite happy.

What (or who) are you most grateful for?

My family. I am incredibly grateful to have a family that I love spending time with, that makes me laugh, and that supports me. Not everyone is so lucky, and I recognize that.

Name one thing you’ve always wanted to do, but have never done before?

Big dream: see the Great Pyramids in Egypt. Little dream: bake a chocolate souffle.

Where have you lived in your life? If you’ve never moved (or even if you have), where would you like to try living?

I've lived in: Ohio, Michigan, New York, Washington, Arizona, Florida, Oregon, and France.

What is the most important/most meaningful thing in life?


In one sentence share what your wish for your future.

I wish to always have enough and always be enough.

Where do you find your inspiration + motivation?

I find inspiration all around me, and motivation comes from within.

What is your motto in life?

See this post. 
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