Tell me what you are really proud of that you did or accomplished so far in 2018!
I love reading about people’s successes and joys. I was thinking about my own year and I feel like it’s been a rough year in many ways for me so I feel like I haven’t accomplished much. In past years I felt like I had major breakthroughs in my healing from grief and loss, I had slept better, or climbed more mountains or hiked more miles or accomplished more than I had set out to do. This year feels sluggish. I feel like I’ve cried more than I’ve belly laughed. I didn’t hike as many miles as I did last year.
Then I started thinking .... at the beginning of the year I wrote down my goals for the year. I took them to my therapist and she told me that these were very big goals. They would take time. They would be very difficult. And probably the most difficult ones yet. I could expect to be triggered and pushed and there were days where I would cry and tell myself I don’t want to grow anymore today. Growth can hurt. It can push you further than you are comfortable with. Some days I wanted to give up and just go back to the familiar. Some days I cried so much I felt like I couldn’t breathe and I questioned everything. And then there would be peace. I made it through a tough spot and found peace. And then there were more triggers and growth opportunities. It would usually set me back and I would cry and fight to move forward with all my tools - meditation, hiking, painting, stretching, rest, spending time with my people and writing down my gratitudes. Celebrating my successes ... because as hard as things felt - it was because there was growth happening. The growth isn’t as obvious as prior years to me. Because the growth I have experienced this year is deeper than ever and I feel like there’s still work to be done. I’m not quite there although I feel closer. I haven’t hiked as much this year as last (330 miles) although I went to CA and AK, drove more miles, camped more, summited Mt Saint Helens, backpacked solo and did more than I could have imagined.
This year feels messy - but @brenebrown says it’s messy in the middle. It’s going to be gorgeous at the end.
Reflecting on life this past year. The ups. The downs. The joy. The pain. The laughter. The tears. I wonder what next year will bring. Focusing on the present moment and also manifesting the coming of spring. What are some of your highlights this year that you want to continue into the next year?
Adventure is best when shared. And even better when you share hot beverages at your destination. Company of friends + coffee + cocoa + fine china tea cup = recipe for maximum warm up and joy flow.
So excited to finally share a hike and hot beverage with @grammb ❤️☕️ ❄️
Thankful for yesterday’s adventure - A great Sunday adventure ... New friend connection.... hitting the trail.... Maybe choosing the trailhead we didn’t anticipate and pulling ourselves up 3,000 foot of gain in 3 miles and realizing we still have another 2,000+ feet straight up to go ... 😂 we were blessed with seeing a bald eagle, a deer sighting, waterfall, sunshine through the trees, blue sky, lots of incline butt kicking fun and some hot chocolate on the return down next to the waterfall. You don’t always have to reach the summit to have a great time. Just goes to prove life is all about the journey....
Still thankful for the amazing views and adventures from last weekend. Mount Adams did not disappoint with blue sky backdrop, it’s own weather system swirling around the peak. Clouds draping it like a blanket as the mountain came in and out of view. Thinking about these moments makes my heart smile and makes me think about how amazing it would be to just adventure and explore every day.
Would it get old though? Would I value these moments any less?
I know it is important to find these moments in every day - in the usual, the normal, the mundane. Find gratitude and joy and let your heart smile with the small daily moments just as much as those long weekend amazing adventure explorations. Find something “usual” today to feel great amounts of gratitude for and leave it in the comments. 👇