Just like that the year is coming to a close. It feels like yesterday when I was thinking the same thing. Time just seems to go way too fast. It is frightening at times but I’ve realized that you can’t dwell. Time is time and it goes rather quickly when you are doing the things you love. 2015 was another year of amazing growth and travels. It was much better than 2014 which was a difficult year for me.
I finally had the time to become more committed to my writing. My children are both old enough that I have the freedom to do a little more for myself which is bittersweet. My son has already turned 11 meaning he is over half way through his childhood before he leaves home. That is a sobering thought! My daughter is already nine. It is hard to believe it.
As always I try to focus on the positive, beautiful things in my life. It is the only way to live. Looking back at 2015, here are some of my greatest moments and memories.
Life in Minnesota after the holidays and the deep, cold chill of winter always hits hard in January. The Christmas lights are gone and the excitement and anticipation of the holidays is a distant memory. January is always a time to reflect, hunker down and read a book. I didn’t travel in January yet spent a lot of time outdoors skiing, walking around the frozen lake and sledding with the kids.
My favorite post of the month: Exploring the Grand Canyon: A Hike Down the Rim to Ooh Aah Point
February meant more downhill skiing on the weekends with my husband and kids, and a wonderful trip to Haiti with the Heart of Haiti program.
There was also a special three-generational ski trip to Snowbird in Utah with my father, daughter and me.
My favorite post of the month: The Hike to the top is worth the reward
March meant a weekend trip to New York City with my husband and no kids, the first time we had left them in over 8 years, and more winter fun at home.
Favorite post of the month: Art on Wheels: The tap taps of Port au Prince
April brought spring to Minnesota and a spring break vacation to Arizona and San Diego.
Favorite post of the month: An afternoon at Torrey Pines
I always love May in Minnesota. Everything comes to life again and it is beautiful. We enjoyed being outside and a short weekend trip to the North Shore of Lake Superior.
Favorite post of the month: Urban Walks: NYC’s High Line to Chelsea Market
Summer arrived in Minnesota! That meant time spent up north at a friend’s cabin and lots of time outside around my favorite urban lake. My kids were also out of school for which was extra fun.
We also took a family trip to the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota.
July was the big month of the year. After months of training, I finally climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. It was an amazing experience.
My favorite post of the month: Close up in the clouds of Kilimanjaro
August was time to be at home and enjoy time with my kids before they started school again. I spent a lot of time finishing up my blog posts on Tanzania and enjoyed writing about my visit with the Maasai.
My favorite post of the month: Inspiring to be the change: #Blogust2015
September brought beautiful fall to Minnesota. The kids went back to school and we did a family trip to the North Shore of Lake Superior. I also went to my fourth Social Good Summit in NYC where I was inspired as always.
My favorite post of the month: Pride and Hope at the Crazy Horse Memorial
October was a family vacation to visit family in Virginia and a train trip to NYC with the kids, their first time in the Big Apple.
My favorite post of the month: Reaching up to the sky on top of Kilimanjaro
November was spent getting ready for the holidays. I updated my Gifts that Give Back page which ended up being one of my top viewed pages of the year with almost 10,000 views in November and December! It was also both my son and daughter’s birthdays.
My favorite post of the month: My walk with the Maasai
December meant more birthdays (my husband and I), Christmas and spending time with those I love. I can’t think of a better way to end the year!
My favorite post of the month: The Badlands at Dusk
My top 5 posts of 2015 (ranked by order and number of views).
So what does 2016 hold?
So far, 2016 is starting off as a busy year. I will be traveling seven times in the next five months, some for family and other for pleasure. Two big trips are planned in the first half of the year. One to a surf and yoga retreat for women in Nicaragua and the other is a mother, sister and me trip to Europe in May. Other big news is that we are getting a puppy in early April! It is going to be a busy year but I’m looking forward to all it has to hold. Thanks to all my wonderful, supportive readers who continue to inspire me to write this blog. Happy New Year and Best Wishes for a wonderful 2016!