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Thursday, June 29, 2017

2017 ch. 6

“People with goals succeed because they know where they are going”

As I’m sitting here, 6 months into the year, I’ve decided some of my goals need tweaking. I went back and forth on if I should change them and after I realized I didn’t want to change them because I didn’t want to “cheat”, I knew what I needed to do. It’s OKAY to change your goals. You are a person. A growing and ever-evolving human. Things change. And that is OKAY. I don’t know why I felt like if I changed my goals I was cheating or failing, and honestly, part of me still feels that way, but it’s okay. (Maybe if I keep telling myself it’s okay, I will actually be okay with it)

So I really wanted to run 1,000 miles this year. My sister had mentioned it as a goal she was considering and I felt like it would be a good goal for me too. Then I got sick for two weeks. And then I got sick for another week. And then I had the craziest work week of my adult career and missed another week. 4 weeks in total. One month. That’s a lot. I didn’t anticipate all of that missed time. I’m currently just over 400 miles for the year (1 month behind my schedule) and honestly, I could still make the 1,000. It would take a lot of effort. And I had decided I was still going to go for it. But then I realized that by going for 1,000, I wouldn’t be able to train for races the way I wanted to. And I wouldn’t have as much time to ride my bike. And I would be so tired. And maybe I would burn out from running. So I’ve decided my updated goal is to keep running consistently. Last year I had roughly 4 months where my mileage wasn’t where I wanted it to be. I want to remain consistent all year long. For me, that will mean at least 60 miles per month for the rest of the year. I’ve started adding in my walking miles, so maybe I’ll get close to the 1,000 mark, but I’m not going to sweat it anymore.

The second goal I need to change is visiting 6 new temples this year. I made the goal thinking it would be fun to visit temples I had never done temple work in. I thought it would be easy as there are so many in Utah alone I could go to. I’ve been to two and still have two others I’m hoping to go to. This month I realized my temple attendance has been awful this year. I feel obligated to go to new temples and it’s hard scheduling that much time to go out of my way to go to the temple. Especially when I don’t have to. When I recognized I’ve been avoiding it, I knew I needed to drop the goal. So, oh well. What I thought would be fun, ended up a chore that was only going to limit me from going at all. So instead, I want to focus on just going each month.

By changing these goals, I know I am living purposefully. I have recognized what I need to adjust and am taking those steps. I’m trying to focus on spending more time doing the things I enjoy and tackling the challenges that come my way.

So without further ado, here's where I'm at.....

This month has been a good reading month. I’ve read 4 books! (2 new authors)

* The little book of Hygge- Meik Wiking
* Always and Forever, Lara Jean- Jenny Han
*By the time you read this, I’ll be dead-  Julie Anne Peters
* Rising Strong- Brene Brown

My favorite quotes from Rising Strong were:
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them”-Maya Angelou
“The only decision we get to make is what role to play in our own lives: Do we want to write the story or do we want to hand that power to someone else? Choosing to write our own story means getting uncomfortable; it’s choosing courage over comfort…you either walk into your story and own your truth, or you live outside of your story, hustling for your worthiness.”

I don’t know if I have a favorite book from this month. I really enjoyed the Lara Jean series that I read last year, so it was fun to read the last book in the series. It was nice to read a novel. I’ve been reading so many non-fiction books lately it was good to have a break. What is your favorite book right now?

I have remained consistent in writing in my journal once a week. And this month, I actually caught up on my scrapbooking for the year! WHOOOO!

This month, I’ve accepted that I don’t need to plan every last detail and it can be fun to be spontaneous (see Idaho post)

This month has been fun. It’s been fast. Summer is always a time where life is so busy and so packed full of everything I love.

We are 6/6 on travel and I am loving it! There is so much beauty in this world and I want to see it all! It was fun to add a new state to our list of places we’ve been together. 

Cheers to the next 6 months! 


In June, we hit our 7 trip of the year, making us 6/6 on traveling each month in 2017. We knew we wanted to go camping and decided we wanted to go to Idaho. I had seen some pretty pictures of some falls (Thousand Springs) and was set to go. Mike was in charge of finding places to camp and we invited my brother and his boyfriend. 

On Saturday morning we woke up early and started the job. We drove to the place we had hoped to camp and it was full. We were disappointed and didn’t know what to do. We decided while we were right there to hike up to balanced rock (not quite as cool as the one in Arches)

We were having a hard time figuring out where to camp, so we drove to Shoshone falls, which was so incredible! It’s like the Niagara Falls of Idaho! We were getting wet while we were in the parking lot. It was hard to take a good picture because of how massive it is. Truly beautiful! We ended up eating lunch at the lake just above the falls. Sadly, dogs (we had two with us) weren’t allowed at the lake, so we ate quickly and went back to searching for a site. 

The first site we drove to didn’t look good, so we decided to try one more place. At that time David and Trevor decided they were done, so they drove home. We headed up into the Sawtooths and found a beautiful place to camp! It was grassy and Hendo was able to run around. Mike was exhausted so after we ate, he slept and I enjoyed the peace around the fire with a book. Later that night, I tried nightscapes, but it didn’t go as well as last time. The lighting was better, but the stars were blurry. 
After all of that, we didn’t end up going to Thousand Springs, but we managed to have fun anyway. 
July we will be going to Cedar City for the Shakespeare Festival and hopefully Yellowstone! 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Vernal + Capitol Reef

This month we were able to take 2 overnight trips. Our first was to Vernal, UT.

We went to Vernal so I could run the Dino Half. I had been looking forward to this half, but my dinner from the night before didn't settle well and I had one of my worst half times. I ended up finishing 2:16, hoping for a sub 2. 


After the race, we quickly (so quickly I forgot to get my drop bag 😭) headed back to the hotel so I would have time to shower before we had to check out. Before heading home, we took a detour to Fantasy Canyon. I had wanted to go to Fantasy Canyon for months. The pictures looked so cool! And it was. If you're already in the area. But I don't feel like it's worth the drive to see it alone. 


Our second overnight was a camping trip to Capitol Reef. We got a National Parks Pass in March and I want to use it as much as we can this year. We decided Capitol Reef would be a good option for Memorial Day, with the hopes it wouldn't be so busy. Capitol Reef is great for the family or for a quick trip, but we saw all we wanted to in a half a day. Don't get me wrong though, it was beautiful and we had a wonderful time! We hiked, camped, and got pie! Because the camping grounds were full, we stayed on BML land a little outside of the park. Best decision ever! We had such an incredible view and we had privacy. All in all, I would go back in a heartbeat. If you plan to go, I would suggest BLM land, but keep in mind there's no water or restrooms. 

the view from our tent 

practicing some night shots 


Thursday, June 1, 2017

2017 ch. 5

This year has literally been a blur. Each month passes before my eyes and I can hardly believe we're in June. I'm still trying to decide if the blur is good or bad. On the one side, it means I have been busy and proactive with my time. On the other time, I almost wish time would slow down. At least a little. Because there's so much I want to freeze, so I can enjoy just a little bit longer. But unfortunately, time is not like that and the year is almost halfway over. And as I look back at the last 5 months, I have so many amazing memories to look back on...and even more to make!

May turned into a good month!

This month I read two books: Adventures for your Soul-Shannon Kaiser and Girl Boss-Sophia Armouso

Both books were really good! I binge-watched Girl Boss on Netflix, so reading the book was 100% necessary. Here are my favorite quotes from both:

Adventures for you Soul:

"Through the process of discovering my true self, I started to live my dream life"
"Give yourself permission to dream about a better life"
"Give yourself permission to press the play button of your life"
"...feel joyful, expansive and in love with life...This only happens when you take a stand for yourself and become your own main character of your own life...when you press the reset button of your life, you can change the fate of your future, and settling will become a way of your past"
"What we believe on the inside is always manifested on the outside"
"Your imagination is your golden ticket to happiness"
"The more you let yourself be the real you, the more love you will feel"
"I choose to put myself into my own life and not settle...Your life is too precious to spend anymore time on earth doing anything that does not make your soul sing"
"The purpose of life is to suck in the entire experience and love fully from the heart"
"When you set goals, you are showing up for yourself and putting your desires into focus"
"Choose your life"


Girl Boss:

"Figure out what you love doing and don't suck at it, then try to figure out how to make a living doing that! Don't be scared. We're all going to die it's just a question of when and how-so be brave! You will never regret trying to fulfill your dreams"-Alexi Wasser

Currently, I'm reading The Forgotten favorite book! What should I read in June? I think I need a break from self-help type books.

I've continued writing in my journal weekly and I have been so glad. It's a good way to reflect and I don't want to forget all of the wonderful memories I've created throughout the week.

I made progress with scrapbooking this month! I am up to April! It's been so fun to see my pictures printed each month. Thank goodness for snapfish...I can have beautiful pictures delivered to my door so easily!

I didn't visit a new temple (or go at all) this month. Somehow May passed and I never made it to the temple....oops! But I plan to visit a new temple in June. Maybe Timp? If you're in Utah, which temple is your favorite? Also, if you're in Utah and ever want someone to go with you, hit me up! I always love company!

In May, I completed my 4th half of the year....The Dino Half! It was the one I was looking the most forward to and was the one I was most disappointed by. :( I had been trained and was hopeful for a sub 2 time. I knew I could do it and was honestly hoping for a PR. To save you from details you don't care to know, my dinner from the night before didn't settle on my stomach. AT. ALL. By mile 4, I was honestly considering taking a DNF (did not finish). I was miserable. I finished 2:16 or 2:17 (can't remember) and I was so disappointed! Here's hoping for a better race in August.

I'm still trying to reach my goal of 1,000 miles. It's going to take so much WORK these next 7 months. I am up to 340 miles (68 for May) If you've ever considered taking up running...DO IT! and come run with me!

And as always, last's the best of all! Traveling! My favorite! This month we stayed in Utah, but we were able to go to Vernal (neither of us had ever been) and Capitol Reef National Park. Vernal was a quick trip as we went for my race, but Fantasy Canyon was pretty cool! Capitol Reef was beautiful! So beautiful! We camped on BLM land and had the best views from our tent! Plus, I was able to practice taking some nightscapes. We are both so excited to do some more camping this summer. Do you have a favorite place to camp, if so, please share where you like to go!

I'm so excited for summer and warm weather to finally be here! I may slow down on some of my goals for the year, but I plan to soak up every last second I can of the warm weather! Speaking of, here's my summer list. I love having company, so if you want to join in on any activities, hit me up!

1. backpack to Lake Mary
2. go camping
3. s'mores
4. new hike
5. go swimming
6. snowcones
7. paddle boarding
8. wild flowers
9. family cook out
10. farmer's market
11. spiral jetty
12. make lemonade

Here's to the most fun month yet!!!