2013 was awesome for many reasons. I started by celebrating the first New Years Day I can remember in my adult life without a hangover. You see, I was just wrapping up a 5-day hut trip skiing ridiculous lines in the Canadian backcountry, and we had spend NYE skiing by moonlight and not getting drunk. Starting the year off feeling good can only bode well for the rest of the year, right?
Well, sort of. On Valentine's Day I was laid off from a job that wasn't the best fit. I took my unemployment in stride though, and tried to embrace my newfound freedom as an opportunity to get outside more and explore, while also trying to really examine what I wanted to be when I grow up.
|Unemployment goal: Get Outside MORE!|
I spent only 3-months "funemployed". During that time I set a new half marathon PR, spent some time back home in Montana, took a trip to Jackson Hole, and climbed for 10 days in Red Rocks (a trip I have yet to really write about - oops!).
I started interviewing for my dream job in April, and celebrated getting a final interview in May by having a kick-ass birthday party (well, week long celebration). Then, in June, I started at said dream job and am still pinching myself every day! It's an awesome gig. A normal person would have spent the summer taking it easy and settling into the new job, but that's just not my style. So at the end of June I summitted Rainier and skied down from the top, then set out to do the same on Mt. Hood a month later. I should mention I do all of these ski mountaineering trips in a bright pink tutu, because frankly life is just a little bit more fun in a tutu, and because: tutu.
My August adventure was something that had been on the bucket list for a long time: Run a Beer Mile. It was....a fun experience. Next, I made it to Croatia for my new-country-every-year-challenge in September, when I took a week long climbing trip to the Istria Penninsula.
In October, I tried something I never though I'd do and went skydiving!! And now I want to go again. Every day. Always. It's probably a good thing it's so cost prohibitive....
I was published in November, something I had never even considered as a life goal, but I have since realized is an awesome dream come true. I am going to continue to be a contributor to our Mountaineer magazine, and I'm really looking forward to doing more writing in a professional capacity. Like I said, this blog has been great practice!
The year wrapped up with an awesome trip to see the Huskies beat BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Fransisco. After a pretty mellow New Year's Eve, 2014 has once again started off hangover free. I feel pretty good about this year!
So what else? What did I cross off the 30 Before 30 List? Last year I told you these were my remaining goals:
|Fun crew on Heliotrope Ridge (Mt. Baker) for November Turns|
And here's what's remaining!
Well, better hop to it! And as I said last year, thank you to everyone for your encouragement and ongoign support. I appreciate everyone single one of my adventure buddies (and of course my blog readers - if you made it to the end, kudos to you)! If you spot something on here that looks fun for you - let me know! Let's make it happen! And I hope this might inspire some of you to make your own lists! Life is for the living.