Has 2017 already came to a close? It’s hard to believe this year is already over. 2017 has definitely been one for the books. With many adventures and unexpected journeys, I must say, it has been a year full of surprises. You never know what life will bring, but always be ready for anything.
I rang in 2017 in Virginia, having many firsts while there. First time in an Uber, first time going to Richmond (which there will be future trips to), first mimosa, first concert (besides at a festival, but Disclosure was amazing at Echostage), and more (which didn’t make the cut to the blog).
There were several good things at the beginning of the year; however, there was one thing that put a slight damper on my active lifestyle. After four months of hard work and dedication at the gym and becoming a more healthy version of myself, I found out I had to have surgery, exploratory surgery at that. It was nerve wrecking to say the least, and I hit the gym until a few days before I was to have surgery. For almost eight years I had a bothersome spot that I kept pushing off getting checked until it got unbearable. The doctors were unsure what it was after testing, leaving the only other option, to explore. Fortunately, when I woke up from surgery, I found out it was a hernia, which they were able to repair. The next month would be a long journey being out of work, unable to hike, or be active in the gym, but I had a good support system. Which brings me to my next topic of the year.
Before I was to undergo surgery, I met someone at the gym. I had no idea where it would go, but I ran with it anyway, and I am glad I did. We have had many of our own adventures, and it has challenged me in ways I never imagined, in a good way, though. I have no children of my own, but he does, a 12 year old daughter. That has given me an opportunity I never thought I would be able to pursue. Understandably, it has been quite a learning experience which I have grown to love, even on the hard days. I still have my own adventures, but its nice to share them with someone as well.
One of my favorite memories of this year is our cruise to the Bahamas (another first for me, leaving the country, and going on a cruise). There was always something to do, even if it was doing nothing lounging in the sun. We visited a private island, which was beautiful beyond words (see featured picture of the blog, now it makes sense, right?). Swimming in the clear water while being able to see the bottom of the ocean and the fish swimming around is something I will never forget. Escaping reality with someone special, for what seemed like only a few short days (Saturday to Thursday), was just what I needed to help me tackle the rest of the year. (Is it time to go back yet? I may need a boost for this coming year!)
It seemed to be a year of firsts for me because for the first time ever, I moved out of the small town I grew up in, and into an even smaller town. I wasn’t even sure there was a smaller town, but I was quickly proved wrong. It is nice and quiet out here. And it is also a short (ish) distance to a hiking spot, so, of course, that is a plus for me! I get to see mountains every day on my drive to work, and smell the wonderful aroma of country life (sarcasm, of course, because what is wonderful about thinking you have stepped in poop when you walk outside…haha!).
Overall, this year has been a great one. I have become a part of a new kind of family, grown in my journey to a healthier me, enjoyed numerous adventures, and pushed myself past limits I didn’t know was possible. I look forward to what 2018 has in store. One thing is for sure, I want to continue the trend of firsts for 2018. I will venture to places I have never been, do something I have never done (hopefully zip-lining), and continue to strengthen my body and mind along the way in order to live life to the fullest.
Happy New Year everyone, I hope 2018 is good to you.
– A Guardian of Memories