Happy New Year 2014

Wow!  I am in shock at how fast this past year has gone.  Twenty-Thirteen for us was an incredible journey of life, love and adventure!  Life moves fast, and we can oftentimes forget over the year what we have accomplished.  I made a little video on my Instagram of this past year with my family and it really brought it into perspective.

photo copyThe wanderlust in us was definitely fed as we traveled to Hawaii, Costa Rica, Seattle (a few times) Canada 2 times, Honduras, Oklahoma, drove the California, Oregon and Washington coasts and ended the year with a family Christmas ski trip to Big Sky, Montana.  What a year!  We feel blessed beyond measure!photo

As I sit here, I am in awe of how God designs us.  As a small child I always had the desire to travel, even though I came from a family that didn’t do a whole lot of traveling.  We camped often and made the trip home to Pittsburgh, PA every few years, but my parents never had the desire for “exotic” travel.  It was never their thing.  Wasn’t their dream.  Interestingly enough, it was always mine.  Same with my hubs.  His family was similar; not a lot of big trips, but they had their fare share of adventures.  He also from a young age had the hearts desire for travel.  God bringing the two of us together was no accident.  He created in both of us a heart for travel and adventure.  Had either of us been different, it might have not worked out for us.  Serendipity.  His providence.  God definitely knows what He’s doing.

tumblr_m27ph7F7bL1r6479vo1_1280We dream.  And we dream BIG!  I recently read something about dreaming that said 80 percent of Americans say they do not have dreams.  I’m not talking about night-time, as you slumber, dreams; I am talking about the type that you fantasize about, that you get excited and giddy and enthusiastic and passionate about.  The type that you sit and day dream about, or sit for hours on end with a cup of tea and talk to your hubs about.  Those kind of dreams!  This post that I read also stated “awakening and owning the dreams that God has placed in our hearts isn’t about getting stuff or attaining something.  It’s about embracing who we are and who He has created us to be.” (from the book Becoming Myself by Stasi Eldredge)  He has created in my hubs and I the dream of travel and adventure (among other things) He has placed in our hearts that desire and through our faith in those dreams, He has opened up ALL sorts of experiences.images

We have already been dreaming for this year.  We are already elated for what will be awakened in us.  We are moving into this year with renewed passion, courage, brave-determination and a confidence in He who planted our dreams.

I love the new year.  Think of those words: NEW YEAR.  You have the ability to start over.  Wipe the slate clean.  Let go of the past.  Forgive.  Imagine.  Move forward into your dreams.  What are they?  Have you sat down to consider them?  Have you made new goals?  Have you day-dreamed?  Sometimes our dreams can seem unattainable.  Sometimes, we hear a whisper of a dream in our hearts but are too afraid to go for it.  To have the unbridled courage to reach out and grasp it.  To allow ourselves to be unchecked, uncontrolled and unconstrained in our ambitions, desires and passions.

Do you have the dream of travel?  How about running your first marathon or half-marathon, 5K or your first mile?  How about learning something new?  Learning to swim or a new language or to play a new instrument?  How about learning to surf?  Jumping out of an airplane?  How about a Triathlon?  Maybe…even a chance to write for Runner’s World Magazine as I did this year (link here) Dream BIG!!

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What are your dreams for the New Year?

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Ummm… It’s March!

What?  How did this happen?  I have gone 3 months without a single post.  And I do believe in my New Years post, I said, I wanted to keep up on this blog.  Here’s the deal…

LIFE HAPPENS!!

And before I go getting upset about any part of that…well, I just don’t!  Getting upset about things…not in my DNA!

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That’s Right!

So what have I been up to since January 1, 2013?  A whole-lotta-fun!  Had great holiday with my friends and family.  Rang 2013 in with some amazing friends, laughing and dancing…exactly where I wanted to be.  Surrounded by the people I love and love me right back!

January comes into Northern Idaho like an evil stepmom.  Just rough and cold and unforgiving.  You have to either embrace it, or you will be spending a lot of days and nights curled into a blanket with a snarling look on your face!  I’ve seen this look…and it’s not pretty!  So to combat the winter blahs…We snow-shoe.  We ski and jump into frozen lakes (well some do) and still do as much as we can outdoors.  Including running and training for our summer race season!  It’s hard, but you just

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I had the great honor this winter to ski with a first timer.  A great friend of mine, who is overcoming and jumping the hurdle of a life long battle with severe asthma.  If you haven’t seen her blog, you need to!! (See it here)  Never before this year, has she been able to enjoy outdoor activities in the winter.  But she is kicking butt and having fun!  We have made some fabulous memories skiing this year!

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How many skiers does it take to get a boot into a binding?

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The Terrorists!

We also got to travel to White Fish, Montana this past month for a little ski trip with some friends of ours.  This was my first time taking on this mountain, and it was incredible.  Great powder, with amazing snow ghosts at the summit.  It was just a great time with one of our favorite families!!  The little town of White Fish is so quaint with fun, with little shops, some amazing restaurants, and truffles galore!  If you are a truffle-hog like myself, this little town offers truffle oil on EVERYTHING!!  And I had it on everything!

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Gorgeous snow ghosts near the summit.

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A little night skiing in White Fish, Montana

One week later after skiing our legs off in deep powder I boarded a plane to Kona, Hawaii with a friend.  It was literally a split-second decision.  From Friday night having dinner together and complaining about the cold, to booking a sun-filled, beach-lovin’, ocean-swimming trip the very next morning!  How’s that for spontaneity!?  I love being spontaneous!

Kona was fabulous!  We enjoyed every single second of warm, sunshine and beach that we could.  We soaked in Vitamin D like it was our job!  We snorkeled with some giant turtles, one,who seemed extremely interested with the bling on my bikini.  I think he may have been asking for a date.  We lounged!  We drank yummy drinks and ate incredible food.  We went on a whale watching tour.  The whales are there having their babies right now.  They are amazing,  gigantic, beautiful creatures.  We saw them breeching several times!  We decided one day to have a little fun adventure and went to “Flume the Ditch”  This was so much fun.  We laughed the entire time, while we kayaked down the Kohala Ditch, in and out of underground tunnels, for about 2 1/2 miles.  We learned a lot about the island from our amazing guide!  We decided to go and chase some waterfalls, and spent the day over in Hilo.  It’s such a different landscape from the Kona side.  We took off in the morning, with the top off of our little Jeep, and before we knew it we were pulled over replacing the top.  Taking the fun and CRAZY Saddle Road to Hilo was an adventure in itself.  What we didn’t anticipate as we climbed our way between two volcanos is, that even on a tropical island, it can get COLD in the mountains.  The 90-minute drive to Hilo was like being on Mr Toads Wild Ride.  Up and down big hills, making our stomachs drop, all while twisting and turning.  “Hands up!”  Hilo, was magical.  Thick jungle, dripping, humid, rain forests, waterfalls. We spent the day exploring, driving the Hamakua coast, doing some shopping and having a great meal before heading back to Kona.  Our trip was a great time to unwind, catch up with friends, relax, and boost our immune system through ridiculous bouts of laughter.  A, D and S…I’m still looking for giant centipedes!! HAHA!

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Hapuna Beach

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Never missed a sunset!

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Rainbow Falls- Hilo, Hawaii

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Akaka Falls- Hilo, Hawaii

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Cruisin’ on the Body Glove boat for our whale cruise!

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Puako Beach

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Flumin’ the Ditch

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Puako Beach

Now that I have been back for 19 days…I am again craving the sunshine!!  So off we go!  To our home away from home, Costa Rica!

Keep ya posted…..

  ~Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain