2017. It sounds so futuristic, doesn’t it? I’ve been thinking a lot about this brand new year, as well as what I want to write about it here, in my own little corner of the internet. I’m a goal setter at heart, but over the last few years, I’ve been increasingly motivated to let go of my usual resolutions and embrace the unknown and the curveballs that life is so good at throwing my way. So, in the spirit of embracing this new year with open arms… welcome, 2017!
A snowy adventure at Bear Lake in RMNP
A snowy adventure at Bear Lake in RMNP

This year will be a pretty crazy one for my family. (I feel like a broken record saying that, because I say it every. single. year. And yet, it always holds true! The universe must think we can’t handle boring.) Work is on the verge of exploding in intensity for my husband, leaving the boys and I on our own in terms of adventures for the first half of this year. With him being a key factor in most of our outdoor excursions, I’m choosing to lean into my own strength and creativity as we head into the next six to seven months. Lucky for me, I have an incredible, local “outdoor family” supporting the boys and I through this challenge. I’m excited and nervous at the same time.

As if the first half of this year won’t be crazy enough, we are also looking at a potential move out of state… to a destination unknown, as of now. The details will be worked out as the next few months go on. The possibilities are very exciting, so I’m having a lot of fun daydreaming about what our lives may look like in just a few months’ time. Until then, though, we wait. And wait. And wait some more.

A snowy adventure at Bear Lake in RMNP

Welcome, 2017

In the spirit of embracing this crazy new year – a year that will both test my family’s strength and resilience and offer us a world of new beginnings – I chose a word that captures how I want to meet the challenges ahead. That word is OPEN.

My intentions for 2017 are short and sweet:

I want to be open to new experiences.
Open to failure.
Open to change.

I want to be open to new friendships, while cherishing the ones I already have.

I want to be open to new dreams.
And also be open to letting go of old ones.

Most of all, I want to be open and observant of what I truly need.
To listen to my gut and trust that it knows what’s best for me.

A snowy adventure at Bear Lake in RMNP
A snowy adventure at Bear Lake in RMNP

Happy New Year

I wish you all the very best as we head into this brand new year! Welcome, 2017.