So this year was actually really wonderful

Only a few more sleeps until we’re into the next year. Everyone always says that New Years brings a fresh start, and a chance to give it another “go”. I remember thinking at the end of 2016 that I couldn’t wait for it to be over with. I was passionately ready for a new year, a fresh start and saying goodbye to that dumpster fire. I walked away from it knowing a few things:

  1. I was not going to waste any more time making excuses
  2. If I made a plan, I would keep it
  3. All of those cliches you hear about life being short… well, they’re true. So do something about it.
  4. Positivity is the key to any situation
  5. Be grace, give grace and let grace in

I think I’ll keep those same goals and thoughts for 2018, they were good ones and I feel like I did pretty damn well at achieving them.


We were joking around the other night about how if 2016 was a dumpster fire, 2017 was  a smaller trash can fire and maybe 2018 would be a wastebasket fire… It’s easy to sit and talk about how bad things are, and spin on the hard stuff, but in reality – things are actually pretty great. No doubt it was a hard year, a year of growth and a year of staggering changes. So in an effort to find the good, I challenged myself to think through 2017 and look at what happened. After scrolling through all of my blog posts, it became clear that it wasn’t really as big of a trash can fire I had thought – it was actually FILLED with positivity and happiness.

Here’s a quick recap of my highlights. It was honestly hard to choose – there were so many good moments.

  1. Becoming an auntie – I am so blessed to have a beautiful niece, Brynn Elizabeth – she adds so much joy and happiness to our lives and we couldn’t be luckier!
  2. Dane’s 1st birthday : Dinosaur themed, house full of happiness and love and a very spoiled little guy. Read the blog recap here: Dane’s Dinosaur Birthday
  3. Family trip to Colorado : This one was very special. It was a labor of love to plan it all out – the flights, the coordination, the lodging, the logistics. ALL WORTH IT. What an amazing Memorial Day weekend spent with loved ones, celebrating love and making memories. This blog has a great photo album including lots of pictures of my sweet cousin and his beautiful bride’s special wedding celebration (which was the whole inspiration behind the trip.) Weekend Recap: Rocky Mountain High
  4. Family weekend in Ocon : Sometimes the best days are spent at home, and this day was no exception… in fact, it stands out in my mind as one of the best weekends of the summer. Family, friends, grilling out and yard games. All in the name of making memories. I didn’t write a post specifically about this weekend, but the memories are strong.
  5. Around the same time as our family weekend in Oconomowoc – we spent the day at Miller Park for a Brewer game. We have literally been talking about doing this for years, and finally got it on the calendar. What a fun day, a great venue and a perfect summer activity! Why You Should Always Do Instead of Just Say
  6. Family trips: Door County, Pickerel, Fargo and beyond. One of the most driving goals I made for myself last year was to spend as much time making happy memories as possible. This was our first summer in many years without a wedding, so almost all of our weekends were open to anything we wanted. I loved slow weekends in Door County and Pickerel, showing Dane the places we love so much. I also loved visiting my brother’s home in North Dakota, checking out a Bison game and watching (in awe) how amazing my little bro is at his job. Recaps: Life Well Lived… It’s Update Time!   4th of July Weekend Update
  7. Friends weekends: For the first time in a long time, we got together with a few different groups of friends to enjoy this season of life – one was with my high school friends and our very quickly growing crew (lots of new kiddos and even more on the way since this was written) and one was a weekend with my college girls living out our 21 year old dreams on 3rd street in LaCrosse! Summer Bash Blog & Visiting LaCrosse

The older I get, the less I think about resolutions and more about goals for the new year. I’m definitely keeping the 5 from above, but plan to add a few more too.

I’m way less ready to say goodbye to this year than I was with 2016. As I look back and reflect on it all – I’m thankful for everything we did, the memories we made and the people we loved. Cheers to a really good year, and here’s hoping 2018 can bring just as many good memories. First on the list: family trip to Frisco, TX to cheer on the NDSU Bison in the National Championship! Bring it on, 2018.


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Wisconsin wife and mama to Dane (4) and expecting baby girl in May. Navigating life post-cancer. Lover of food, red wine and laughs. Forever grateful for my wonderful life.

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