Roaming Around Red Rocks

I feel different.

Different in a good way.

Lighter, happier, more optimistic, everything under the sun that relates to joy. I’m basically that girl spinning around in a field of flowers in a feminine care commercial (note: that’s not real; more on that later, maybe). Prior to the new year beginning, I had guesses about how I’d live out my 2019… the moments I’d experience, the good times, the travel, the laughter… but I never would have guessed the way I feel inside.

How does one wake up happy on January 1?

I did some damage control before entering 2019. You know how those annoying Millennials ironically say, “leaving those bad vibes behind me,” or “I don’t need that kind of energy around me,” they were on to something because I actually did it and good came out of it.

For the first time in YEARS I chose me.

I had a serious conversation with myself about all my distractions, excuses, and worst of all, lack of inspiration. Why was I trying to find happiness in all the wrong places? And with that, I removed the negative energy from my phone, headspace, and life. In doing so, it was like seeing the world for the first time. I could breathe.

I missed the old me. The way I’d not give a flying f*ck about someone else’s opinions (within reason), march to the beat of my own drum, and go do life. I was unapologetically me. One who couldn’t be bothered with opinions of small minds because I was so focused on the next great adventure I was going to have. I lost sight of her for a while. Like being reunited with an old friend, I picked up right where we left off.

My mind has been bursting with positive energy, ideas, plans, actions, and movement. I just can’t wait to do it all.

I’m finally beginning to run towards the unknown with arms wide open. That’s how excited I am for what good there is to come. I know that life will present itself in the sweetest outcomes in due time; the only way to ensure that is to think positively and believe life is working in your favor.

Because of my newfound joy, I was inspired to get back out in nature. It had been a minute since I’d carried my camera along a trail, searching for the shot. Thanks to Red Rocks, I was able to lose myself in the moment.

Enjoy these photos of some red rocks and heavy Colorado blogger style edits.

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2018: A Year In Review

Do you ever sit back and think, “wow, I was not expecting my life to be like this a year ago”? Because that’s me right now. As we collectively close this chapter of our lives, I can’t help but feel optimistic, excited, and hopeful. I know everyone says they can’t wait for a new year to start because their year was terrible, awful, unbearable, etc. And while I’m sure those are valid reasons to welcome a new year with open arms, I don’t feel that way about my 2018. To most people, they may take a look at my overview of 2018 and call it terrible, but I don’t see it that way.

I fumbled like crazy in 2018. But I recently learned that failure isn’t always bad. I’ve learned that I failed forward and that’s a fantastic thing. Sure, my failures caused a lot of tears, money, and heartache, but lessons were taught and I made sure to take note.

In the spirit of being positive and ending on a high note, I’m not going to go into detail about my trials; rather share all the good that came my way in 2018. The world needs more good news and in no way is this a “Brag Blog.” This is a blog that, I hope, lifts spirits and restores faith in your lives.

As you may recall, I began my year in Moab, Utah with my brother. The chilliest of mornings coupled with a calming silence over the landscape was unbelievable. From that trip, here’s what life brought me:

  • A birthday. I lived as a 26 year old in 2018 and for some reason, I still feel like a fresh 22 year old.

  • A reflective, solitude morning in an A-frame cabin in the middle of Fair Play’s woods in the dead of winter.

  • Various vacations and time spent with my family, sharing laughter and memories.

  • Making new friends and meeting new, interesting people.

  • Finding a new job, in an industry I love, with a boss I adore, and products I believe in.

  • A perfect start to the snowboarding season with fresh pow and more ski hills open on the mountain.

  • Trying new things without fear. Liiiiikkke…. I got Botox for the first time in my life.

  • Getting to see my brother graduate from college and begin his life with passion.

  • Spending time with old friends in the mountains, making new memories.

  • Enjoying a concert at Red Rocks in the night summer air.

  • Taking a dip in Strawberry Hot Springs on a week day with a friend.

  • Traveling to Maroon Bells for the first time.

  • Finding happiness in CrossFit and putting myself out there in challenging competitions.

  • Discovering what I will and will not tolerate in a potential partner.

  • Finding new music that illuminates my soul.

  • Getting to witness multiple surgeries, seeing what the human body looks like on the inside, and being asked to photograph the operations.

  • Landing a second job with a company I’m excited about.

  • Slipping under warm, cozy blankets, and enjoying sleep again.

  • Checking things off the never ending list of things to do and try.

The things I’m hopeful for in 2019 are more moments like these—more meaningful and valuable moments. I hope for happiness, passion, love, nature, and balance.

Reviewing last years’s post, I’m still not a huge fan of resolutions. But, I was able to accomplish many of the items on my list. I think there is still an area of improvement on a couple, but still, progress has been made. Much like last year, here are the benchmarks I’d like to give myself:

  • Since my arrival in the medical and aesthetics industry, I’ve taken more initiative in taking care of my skin. Ever heard of #glassskin? I hadn’t either, so look it up. That’s a beauty benchmark I’d like to have since my skin has seen cystic acne hell.

  • Be better at time management and living life more organized. I’m not terrible but I’m not amazing. I want to be able to think 2 or 3 steps ahead and plan accordingly.

  • Not be afraid of wall art. Don’t ask.

  • Spend more time in nature. I live in Colorado, right?

  • Piggy back off of that, take more photos in nature.

  • Have a tighter grip on finances. The money department is looking better than ever, now I just need to pull it in.

  • Look people in the eyes when passing on the street or hallway or wherever humans are. This one I’ve been struggling with for a long, long time.

I don’t want to put a tight boundary on my 2019 because I’m scared of blocking out a good thing or not being open to new opportunities. With that said, I don’t think these 2019 wishlist items are too restrictive.

So 2019, what are ya waiting for?

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Foggy Mountains in Golden, Colorado

Every Friday, my (favorite) CrossFit coach, Tom, asks the class what we are grateful for. Not only does it start the class off on a feel-good note, but it also provides a positive outlook on the best day of the work week: Friday.

This month, I’ve been reflecting on what I’m grateful for; not just on Friday’s. Does this make me an official lifestyle blogger now? In all serious, I think it’s set my mood up for success and it makes me stop and realize all that I do have. #blessed

Today I reflected on where I was a year ago. Today I was grateful for time in the sense that it moves us forward. It carries us away from toxic relationships, heals broken hearts, and brings new opportunities. I never could have imaged my life the way it is right now a year ago, but I’m sure as hell time brought me here.

I was a completely different person last year. Unrecognizable from where I’m standing. There was a dark rain cloud above my head and nothing seemed to go '“right.” Until this past summer, life began to turn around for me and it was all because of time. Anyway, I don’t want to dwell on the past because quite frankly, I’m over it. I’m just so happy to be here. In this moment.

At any rate, I think you get the point. In fluffier news, I’m also grateful for foggy mountains (if you didn’t already know). Below are some photos of my friend Katie and me chillin’ with nature’s finest and freezing our butts off. Enjoy.

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