Goodbye 2017, hello 2018!
One word to describe 2017: hard. My year is shadowed with the grief of losing my mother and grandmother within 11 days of each other. Since August, there have been very few moments that I’ve felt joyful. However, those few happy moments have been some of the greatest of my life, because they’re the moments that broke through the grief and left me completely speechless at just how wonderful people can be and how beautiful life really is.
My hope for 2018 is to spend more time with friends and family, especially in small groups. I tend to “go big or go home,” inviting everyone I know and getting little quality time with the ones I love.
As always, I hope to travel more. I want to go places I’ve never been and try things I’d never dare try. I want to be brave. I want to be proud of myself.
Here are my top 10 moments of 2017, in chronological order.
My first Red Rocks concert
My husband and I saw Chet Faker in concert and it was one of the most surreal experiences of my life. Red Rocks is magical! Even though this photo is blurry, it is one of my favorite pictures ever. It was pouring rain, my husband and I were laughing and dancing, and my smile is 100% real. This was an incredible night. Read more about it here.
Santa Fe road trip – Meow Wolf
I can’t say enough good things about Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico. What an experience! This psychedelic fun house/museum was the highlight of our road trip and one of the coolest places I have ever been. I still can’t get over how exciting it was to crawl through a refrigerator and into another world full of color and activity. This place is hard to describe…but it was a once in a lifetime experience. To see more photos from Meow Wolf, click here.
Father’s Day with Mom and Dad
I’m mad at myself for not taking photos on Mother’s Day. I don’t even remember what we did on Mother’s Day this year. Father’s Day was memorable because it was one of the last times we hung out just the four of us before my mom passed away. We spent the day hiking. Bittersweet memory, but I’m glad I have this moment captured.
San Antonio trip
Our last “normal.” This was taken during our trip to San Antonio to celebrate my grandmother’s 95th birthday. Both of my sisters made it out for this trip and it was one of the rare moments when we were all together staying under one roof. The memories of this trip are priceless.
Baseball game with Nanny
My Nanny was a huge White Sox fan, the White Sox were playing the Rockies in Colorado on the day of her birthday, July 7. My dad asked me if I wanted to come along and it was the greatest gift he could’ve given me. I spent quality time with my grandmother and saw her face light up when her name appeared on the big screen. The day before she passed away, I called her and we talked about the game. She thanked me for a wonderful time.
Reunited with my best friend
My best friend moved to New York several years ago and I hardly ever have the opportunity to see him. Coincidentally, he was in town during my mother’s memorial service and he came to support me and my family. I’ll never forget standing at the podium during the service, looking up at the crowd, crying, and seeing his face smiling back at me. That moment meant everything.
Spontaneous trip to Vail
I’ve got myself a really incredible husband. Michael is so thoughtful and caring. He knew my birthday this year would be especially hard, so he planned a day trip to Vail complete with wine, cheese and a dip in the hot tub of a 5 star resort. We spent almost no money on this quick getaway, yet it was still one of my favorite days of the year. To read more about it, click here.
Halloween birthday party
Each year, I have a costume party to celebrate my birthday, which comes two weeks before Halloween. This year we had a great turnout and it was a great time with a pack of my closest friends.
Puerto Vallarta with my husband’s family
My husband is one of 8 children. Family reunions with his family are always huge and filled with love, laughter and lots of food! I have several highlights from this trip, but I’ll always remember sitting on the bus headed to Sayulita with my head on my husband’s shoulder thinking, ‘I want time to slow down.’
Karaoke with friends
Words cannot describe the weirdness of this night. My husband didn’t wan’t to go downtown for his birthday, so we decided to go to a dive bar just a couple blocks from home. This was one of the strangest nights any of us have experienced, and oddly, one of the most fun. We sang Karaoke at the top of our lungs and we smiled until our cheeks hurt. I woke up the next day and told my husband, “Last night was the happiest I’ve felt in 4 months. I forgot what it feels like to be truly happy.”
I’m hoping that 2018 contains more moments of real joy. Another lesson I learned is that I need to have more fun January-May. Nothing exciting ever happens at the beginning of the year!
I wish you all a very happy New Year! May 2018 be everything you want it to be!
Thanks for reading,