What can be said about 2018? It was an unforgettable year.
I’m incredibly grateful for my friends and family who care about me, but I also had to do some letting go of people who weren’t the friends I thought they were.
I also had the amazing opportunity to go on a monumental several-month road trip of the United States. Despite never having traveled alone for more than a week, I packed up my car and set out entirely alone. I stayed with some friends and family along the way, but the majority of my nights were camping by myself. Not only did I get to see some of the amazing scenery and history this country has to offer, but I also got to prove to myself that I can travel solo and have a great time in my own company.
And last, but certainly not least, I got over 15,000 annual views on this blog. My current figure is 15,098, which is more than 1,000 more views than I received last year. I must be doing something interesting! Thank you to all of you who read.
Without further ado, here’s the recap:
- Paula and I went on a girls’ weekend at Mount Rainier on President’s Day weekend. We went out on snowshoes, drank wine, did puzzles and had a fabulous weekend of girl bonding. It was so much fun!
- My 31 year old horse Biz has been good. My vet decided to go a conservative route last winter and not pull one of his damaged canine teeth, but instead another one broke; it has since healed. He is doing well with his remaining three incisor teeth and a daily painkiller.
- In March, I did my first 15k Hot Chocolate Run in Seattle with Katy and Katie. The weather was cold, but the company was good!
- At the end of March, I had the opportunity to join my friend Lelani, her daughter Laura and Laura’s friend Brenna, on a 6 day road trip down to San Francisco and back. We camped, saw the San Francisco sights, and did some wine tasting in Santa Rosa.
- Paula, Brandon, and Joel and I spent Memorial Day weekend in Walla Walla wine country again. We did some shopping, soaked up the sun at the pool, and relaxed for a few days.
- In June, Oliver went to be with the angels. His cancer had progressed, and it just wasn’t fair for him anymore. I still miss him terribly.
- Taryn, Brandon, Brent and I took a two week trip to London in late June and early July. It was my first overseas trip since 2006, and we did and saw so much!
- I left my job in July to fulfill a dream of mine. I converted my car with a bed and storage, and traveled the United States for four months seeing the sights. Since I was on the road so long, this trip probably deserves slots 8-30 in this review. I learned that I could do it, and had an amazing experience, and hope to be able to do it again at some point. That is such an incredible understatement too.
- I spent a week in September visiting family and going to my cousin’s wedding. It was great to see everybody and catch up on life with my aunts, uncles and cousins.
- My former boss, mentor and friend, Larry, died in mid-December. He played an important role in my life and my career since I met him in 2001, and I will miss him terribly.
I am hopeful that 2019 will reveal itself to be a good year, with new beginnings and continued love from my friends and family. May all your lives be blessed as well.