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The Year of Adventures

You know I try to be pretty real online. I share a lot of highlights, but I've shared some lows, too. We all have good days and bad, right? We're human. In 2015, I think I can overlook the bad days because I had so many good ones.

I know sometimes year-end recaps can seem like bragging, but an article on BlogHer (go read it here) recently helped me understand why it's OK to share the best of our lives on social media.
"When you post about how your heart could explode with joy at the sound of your daughter's laugh or that you just had the BEST glass of wine of your life, you are archiving memories that you will be able to retrieve later with just a click of a button."
So here's my archive for 2015, what I'm calling The Year of Adventures. I went to new places, tried new things and met lots of really awesome people. Years from now, I hope I look back with happy memories of it all.

So to recap, this year I ... 


Hit my 1-year anniversary as a Weight Watchers Lifetime member
That was in May - I've now maintained my 105-pound weight loss for more than 18 months. Boo ya!

Met running celebs Lauren Fleshman, Dimity McDowell and Peter Sagal (but not together)
I met Lauren in January, when she spoke at the Fort Wayne Track Club banquet. In May, I went to the Another Mother Runner party in Indianapolis, where I got to meet Dimity (Sarah was out with a broken ankle). Then in October, I met Peter Sagal, who was the keynote speaker at the MarketingProfs B2B Forum (and I told him that I read his Runners World column when I poop ...) 


Ran my half marathon PR
Finished the Towpath Half Marathon in 1:56:59 and felt like a rockstar. 

Ran my 5k PR - TWICE
First, I ran 24:46 at the RBS 5k in Edon ... Then I ran the EXACT SAME TIME at our Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. Ha! 


Ran my first marathon (which TOTALLY counts as another PR, right?!)
If you haven't already heard about the puddle I left on Market Street, you should totally go read the recap.

Completely gutted and remodeled our living room ... with a LOT of help 
What we thought would take a few weeks ended up taking about six months ... and I owe my family BIG TIME for all their hard work. Check out the difference - the ugly paneling is GONE, and we found hardwood floors under the carpet!

Rowdy likes the new rug ...
Went to Disney World with Kyle and Kenlee
I haven't blogged about it (yet), but it was everything I thought it would be - and more.


Wasn't sure if I wanted to do it all again ...
While all of those things were amazing, I can tell you three of them are NOT happening again next year: 
  1. We're NOT doing any major home remodeling projects - Kyle and I might do some minor things here and there, but nothing that requires near as much effort (or money) as our living room did!
  2. We're NOT going to Disney World. (Insert frown face) But we ARE already saving for our next trip, which will hopefully be in November 2017. 
  3. I am NOT running a marathon. Nope, nope, nope. It's not about the work involved in the training - it's about the TIME. This year, I'm going to spend more of my weekends with my family than with my Garmin. 
What I AM doing in 2016 is taking on a new kind of running challenge ... I'm going to run for Team Riley at the Indy Mini! If you didn't see the announcement on Facebook, please go check out my personal fundraising page. I'd appreciate any support - financial or otherwise - as I #Run4Bronson.

Honestly, I've never been good at fundraising, and I've never run for charity, but this felt like something that was meant to be. I can't wait to see what adventures this challenge - and the rest of 2016 - will bring. 

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