I think it is safe to say 2017 was a challenging year overall. In a personal level it brought some challenges mainly associated with my health and the challenges of being a full-time stepmom—which that deserves a blog of its own. But it also brought some great moments like starting a new job I love, making new friends, and finally getting concrete answers to my health issues. And even the challenges of stepmotherhood served to bring my husband and I together.
Now as we prepare for 2018, I am looking forward to the year with great expectations. I do not like making New Year’s resolutions but I do like drafting some general goals to keep me focused, and this year they will focus on getting stronger and healthier than this past year, in addition to some awesome adventures. Furthermore, there are some events around the world that will capture my attention in 2018 and I cannot wait for those.
Adding more strength training, cross-training, and stretching to my routine. Right now, I rarely do any of these (for various reasons) however two weeks ago I started incorporating these into my routine and I am hoping it will pay off in June for my first half marathon.
Get out and hike! Minnesota has beautiful natural preserves and state parks, and I am planning on visiting as many as I can in 2018, especially in the winter. There is a raw beauty to Minnesota in the winter. And as long as I am dressed properly, I am fine with getting out and exploring. And at the top of my list is Voyageurs National Park. This park near the Canadian border is said to be stunning and pristine.
Nutrition. I have to get better when it comes to my nutrition. It is ALL. OVER. THE. PLACE. I have a few resources that I have been reading on fueling for performance, and I think I have a better knowledge base as I move forward. Hint: one of my Christmas gifts was this book from Shalane Flanagan and it is one of the most comprehensive (and beautiful) cookbooks I have seen. This is all about eating for performance.
The Little Flower Farm. This year was my first year with a trial flower garden and come spring, it will be time to get ready for planting the heirloom varieties I am growing this summer. I was so happy with the results of the growing season that we decided to take the plunge and expand from the trial garden to a larger field in our farm. Becoming a micro flower farmer is truly a passion of mine, and we are hoping to turn it into a business. This year will be more focused on getting to the flower markets and getting ourselves known. These are some of the dahlias from last year and while they were an intense labor of love they were so worth it.
It is Royal Wedding Time!!! You may not know this (unless you follow me on Instagram or Twitter) but I am a hard core royal watcher. I know it makes me sound like a stalker but I am not, lol. I promise. And this year, I am all about the royal engagement and future marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. This has been the most excited I have been since Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, got married. And I think I am more excited because Meghan is American. So sue me—I’m totally biased here! Come on May, hurry up!