2019 roundup – a rocking year of travels and adventures

It’s a rainy winter day in December, the perfect weather to reflect on the year and writing a blog post. I have been tinkering with photography lately and love inspirational quotes, hence the birth of this post marrying both. It has been an eventful year for us and taught us not to take each other and life for granted. Life goes on regardless of what happened around us, so prioritize and live life with no regrets.

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

Robert Frost

We are blessed that our adult children would still spend time outdoors and travel with us, despite their busy school and work schedules.
A snow storm changed the landscape of a green trail into a winter wonderland. Instead of staying inside, we opted to put on our snowshoes and explored.
We appreciated friends who brought us new knowledge and pushed us beyond our limits because they believe we can!
It was a great accomplishment standing on this mountain summit in my hometown. You’ll never know what you can achieve unless you do it.
It was our first long trip with friends and we all had a great time. We talked, we laughed, we ate amazing food, we climbed a mountain, and most of all we supported each other along the way.

How small we are in this beautiful world, there is so much to see and to experience. Why stop yourself at ground level?
A different experience under the sea. Totally out of my comfort zone but exhilarating to be with the sea creatures for a few hours. It was this experience that inspired me to take a swimming course to conquer my fear of the deep sea.
Giving back to this beautiful planet on Earth Day by participating in a beach cleanup project. We all need to learn to be a good guest on this planet.
Okay, this is not the mountain nor the woods, but a quiet beach by the coast away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. A stunning venue for our first backpacking trip and beach cleanup project.
Another awesome backpacking trip in our own Pacific Northwest playground. A place to cleanse the mind and strengthen the body.
This is an eventful year for us, turning 50, coping with illnesses, moving out of our house of 17 years, and taking off work. I don’t know what’s in store in the future but I have been loving these changes and intended to keep reaching for the stars.
Life goes on no matter how we feel, why not focusing on the positives and trust that we have the knowledge and will power to deflect any adversity.
Our annual family trip brought us to Australia, experiencing a different way of living, exploring new adventures and seeing the interesting native wildlife. We will definitely be back to explore more of this region.
Unique experience √, happy moments captured √, unforgettable! What will we be doing next to top this? Do I see skydiving in the future?
As I aged, I find that I am more inclined to believe in my ability to do anything. I don’t want to look back and think about the ‘what ifs’. I am not the best nor the strongest climber, but I enjoyed every minute of the time on the crags.
I have been mentally spent from working for a while, so I decided to take a break from it. I don’t want to be the person who complains about their current lifestyle and yet not willing to do anything about it. It takes courage and I am very thankful to have the support of my family.
A storybook castle we visited during a recent trip to Germany with my mom. It was a wonderful trip that we will be talking about for years to come.
An extended trip to the East to see my family made possible by the support of the people I love most in my life.
A simpler life allows me with ample time to plan my trips and see the world. I spent the first part of the year decluttering our physical belongings and in a way, felt lighter. The second part of the year was spent reorganizing and prioritizing our daily life. With careful planning, we can enjoy and spend more time with family.
A yearly reflection is a way for me to grow and celebrate my achievement. We all experience the ups and downs of life. I like to look at all the ups and positives and be my own cheerleader.

2019 will definitely go down as an unforgettable year for me and my family. I hope to inspire you to embark on your own journey of discovery and exploration. I can’t wait to see what 2020 will bring. Happy Holidays to all and see you again in 2020.

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