Dear Friends, Family, and Internet Strangers who Read This,
2017 is rapidly ending, and with it, one of the best years of my life. You’ve likely seen many of these highlights on social media, however, it’s been fun as the year comes to a close to reflect on the year that was, and look forward to 2018.
Travels Near and Far
2017 brought a lot of travel my way, including both work and personal. Favorite trips included:
- Hong Kong
- Bend, Oregon
- Dalles, Oregon
- New York City
- Tampa Bay, Florida
- Glacier National Park
- Olympic National Park
The skyline over Hong Kong, night market in Hong Kong, Elwah River Valley, Maryhill Loops Road, and Dalles, Oregon trip. Scroll right for all photos.
2017 also brought a number of significant personal and professional accomplishments. While settling more into my role of Global Environmental Manager at Expeditors, I was instrumental in helping my company win an award as an Inbound Logistics 2017 Green Supply Chain Partner. Everyday at work brings new challenges as we work to measure and reduce our environmental impact.
The women's bike race I help put on every summer had a record number of racers and was more successful than ever, and we just went through a rebranding process. Most fun, two of the bike adventures I went on were written up in Adventure Cycling!
Gals Ride the Dalles - My Birthday Ride in the Dalles, Oregon
Detour the Divide - Gravel Grinding Bikepacking ride through Montana
Also, the With These Thighs project got a bunch of great press, took off on Instagram, and has had a bunch of success! Huge thank you to each of you who has embraced your body, bought stickers, told your friends about it, and most importantly, loved yourself for just who you are!
Most years, I haven't had much in the way of "personal life" stuff to write about. Sure, there's been a few dates here and there, but nothing that's noteworthy to tell the family/friends/internet about. But, this year I met a gem of a person and I'm pretty darn happy about it.
We've been hanging out since July and make each other pretty happy. Turns out, relationships can be a really great thing when they're mutually supportive, loving, and healthy.
In 2017, I also got a therapist. About damn time.
I wish you all a happy, healthy, peaceful 2018. I hope whatever holidays you celebrate are joyful, that your discussions around the holiday table are productive (remember, climate change is real and its ok to talk about it), and may your New Year bring you everything you wish for!