The end of 2014 came and went, in a bittersweet and far too fast blur. So many fantastically fun things happened and life got rather too much in the way to report on them! I finished out my running year with 4 holiday themed races, 2 10K’s and 2 5K’s, and achieved my best 5K time yet: 30:21 at the ColderBolder (it wasn’t a high of 5 degrees this year like it was last year, so I was happy to run it this go around). I’ll share more about these races later, as I think they’re worth posting about.
One of the most exciting things thus far: I was selected to be an Esprit de She Brand Ambassador! I cannot wait to share the Esprit de She love and event information. Although the Denver event won’t be until August, there are Esprit de She events throughout the US, which include running, duathlons and triathlons – something for everyone! I participated in last year’s Esprit de She 10K in Westminster (there’s also a 5K!), Colorado and loved this race. It is still my 10K PR, and I had a phenomenal experience throughout the entire process, from warming up with a workout dance instructor, to the cheering squad along the entire route, to the amazing after party at Lifetime Fitness. It was an all-around awesome experience. Besides, you end the night with a few glasses of bubbly, so what could be bad about that? Check out upcoming races throughout the US – if interested, please use code EDS039 when you register!
Another hugely exciting thing is that my darling friend, Danielle, asked me to be in her wedding. Having moved from Maryland to Colorado three and half years
ago I never knew I could make such phenomenal friends to the point that I would be a part of their big day! I have already been invited to a wedding in Colorado, which was a stunning and fantastic affair celebrating two of my favorite people, Peter and Ade, in October of 2013. There is something different, though, about being asked to be a part of the entire experience! I cannot wait for her and Scott’s wedding day this October in Vail, Colorado. It’s sure to be a beautiful and memorable wedding.
This year the hubs and I are hoping to take a few more trips, including wine country in June, and a fabulous beach trip in September (this week we’re deciding
between Hawai’i and Mexico… tough choices). I realized I haven’t legitimately seen a beach, or really ocean, since Mrs. BakeNBurn’s wedding in March 2013!! That is ridiculous. It needs to be remedied stat! We have both been to Maui, and I have also visited Oahu and the Big Island, but know so little about Mexico, particularly the West Coast since it is easier to get to from Colorado. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Otherwise I will have a bachelorette party at an undisclosed location, a long weekend in Disney World with my family (I can’t stay away!), and potentially a conference in Vegas to look forward to! I will also be attending my sister’s graduation in May, so I will be back in the DC area before long.
This past year was really a great year for me and the hubs. I had a job I loved, we were both settled in our home in Denver, we have a fantastic set of friends
around us, and we had a ton of visitors throughout the year. My own personal goal of showcasing my interior design initiative, very novice I admit, to the world was realized. Somehow a few of my Instagramable moments were regrammed by Pottery Barn, which is my home decor Mecca. Beyond that, the hubs and I were able to have 2 amazing vacations together, and worked on ourselves as a unit. This was so successful that, and I have to brag here, the hubs lost 45 pounds!! I had no idea he had that much to lose, but he looks and feels great, and I couldn’t be prouder. Once he had shed somewhere around 35-40, we actually had my awesome friend, and photographer, Laura, take some family shots. She’s the incredible owner and photographer of Red Mountain Studio, and if you’re in need of great shots around the north Denver area, definitely check her out! It’s amazing to see the things we have accomplished, but even more so to have watched his transformation and how happy he is.
I know 2014 boasted so many great things, but 2015 is looking just as promising. Here’s to the journey ahead and wherever it may lead!