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Final 2016 Road Trip

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

I think we can all agree that 2016 was one mean year. 2016 was horrible to me with a nice little twist at the end. After battling colon cancer most of the year, I was ready to put an end to this chapter with one epic road trip.  And I did exactly that.

I’ve been wanting to see Monument Valley in Utah for a while now and this was the perfect opportunity to get away. I wanted to end the year by seeing beautiful places out of cell and internet range. I wanted to take it all in.  I packed up my car in what ended up being the coldest week of the year since winter began and hit the road without any concrete plans.  I drove all day from California to Utah and parked overnight at the visitor center like a good little nomad. First time I ever slept in my car on a road trip. I wanted to be there for the sunrise, even if it was 25 degrees that night. Thankfully I didn’t freeze to death and waking up to the amazing view was worth it.

After spending most of the day at Monument Valley I really wanted to catch the sunset at Horseshoe Bend in Page, AZ.  I was there earlier this year but it was so hot that I cut that experience short. Being only two hours away, it was the perfect time to revisit. I got there just in time to find a spot on the edge and watch the sun go down. What a wonderful experience. Majestic!  I sat there and watched until the sun was completely gone. Then I sat there and watched everyone else sharing in this experience.

Once the sun went down I decided to drive down to Sedona, AZ. I found a campsite just south of town and camped for the night. In the morning I headed into Sedona looking for the Chapel of the Holy Cross. I found this place on Instagram and have been wanting to see it every since. Breathtaking doesn’t begin to describe it. I decided to finish my time in Sedona with a hike at Red Rock State Park and eventually began making my way home.  This trip exceeded my expectations. It was the culmination of so many things I’ve learned about myself this year. I am strong, I am a fighter and I am not done packing up my car and driving towards pretty places.  My hope is that 2017 will be kinder and full of new adventures. Happy New Year!

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Sunrise

Friday, March 29th, 2013

One of the things I love about Spring is the way the light begins to shift in the morning. The sun begins to rise from behind the mountains casting the most glorious rays of light across this little road I travel to take my daughter to school. There is a lonely tree in the middle of a field and, when Spring arrives, it takes my breath away every morning. This is one of my favorite pictures I took last week, it captures exactly what I described.

Wishing you a great weekend and a Happy Easter!

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Bucket List

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

I’m not a natural runner, as a matter of fact, I hate running. Getting to this point in my life has been a struggle, one that I’m very proud of being able to overcome… kind of.

I started training to run a marathon after my almost 4 year old was born. My husband had already run a full marathon and thought it might be a good idea for me to run to get back in shape and have something to do together. The last part didn’t work out so well, we run at a different pace and he’s way more dedicated than I am so I’m back to running alone. 🙂 Long story short, I threw out my back and couldn’t continue to train for a while.

Fast forward to September 2011. My friend Nancy, who is one of those crazy people that run just for fun, came to visit from Seattle. I was in a rut and shared with her how I felt out of shape and how I had wasted all the progress I’d made a few years ago. Nancy went home but continued to encourage me to take one day at a time and slowly get back in the swing of things. And then she had a bright idea, sign us up for a half marathon. I said “suuuuuuure, I’ll run a half marathon” because how many people take that as an agreement and register you right away? So that’s how I got here. She called and said “we’re all set, registration done and airfare is booked to run it with you”. How do you get out of something once money has exchanged hands? I had no other choice but to start running again.

So I ran. A little at a time and a lot on weekends. I was doing well until I ended up in the hospital with kidney stones. I’ll post about that another day, still not ready to talk about it. The hospitalization and health trouble cost me a good three weeks of training, and right before the event. I worked very hard to get here so I decided to just do my best.

I ran the most I’ve ran ever, and even when my knee started to hurt and the last 2 miles were the longest, most excruciating uphill miles I’ve ever encountered, I kept going…. and FINISHED!

I know a half marathon may not be much to some but it’s something I can now scratch off my bucket list. I didn’t do as well as I would’ve liked but I definitely ran it in less than the goal I had set for myself. Let the training begin for next year! I’m happy to share with you my pretty, shiny medal.



Take My Breath Away

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Do you ever have to pull over to take a picture because you are so moved by what you see? I do, it’s been happening a lot more since I moved out of L.A. I think all the distractions of the busy city didn’t let me enjoy the beauty that surrounds us every day.

I was on my way to the grocery store yesterday and I just had to stop, the view took my breath away. It’s like God splashed the sky with colors to make a perfect sunset. This morning again on my way to take my daughter to school I had to stop and take in the beautiful landscape uninterrupted by tall buildings and horrible traffic. What a beautiful way to start off the new year. Happy Thursday!


 

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