Sunday, May 24, 2015

Running at Altitude - The Colfax Half Marathon

I haven't enjoyed running here the way I do in California. Maybe it is the ideal weather there, running next to the ocean, or just the fact that I am running at sea level. Running in Denver makes me feel like I want to die (although, that might be the copious amount of Colorado beer I have been enjoying since I arrived in January). Either way, I signed up for the Colfax Half Marathon before I had ever set a running foot in Colorado. 

Big Mistake. 

I've always had a love/hate relationship with running, but running here sucks. So I barely trained, and was hoping for a rainy day (we have had a lot of those lately) so I could blame my bad time and walking on bad conditions. No such luck, as the morning turned out to be perfect for running. Cool and sunny. 

Long story short,  I actually had a fantastic race. I kept up with my normal 10-minute-mile pace, and finished around 2:10.  Which is what I normally do! I also had the best cheering squad ever, with Jenny and Izzy at Mile 4, and Todd and Rusty at the very end. I have never had people cheer my on in a race before, and it felt damn good to see them.  Now I am all jazzed to do more races here. I felt invincible! Now let's see if I actually sign up for another... 
This was Jeremy's first race! 
We ran through the Denver Zoo! 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Denver Derby

Yesterday, in celebration of the Kentucky Derby, my friend Lisa and I attended the big Derby party in downtown Denver. It was amazing right from the get go, from the pre-party at a swanky apartment, to the unlimited VIP drinks that never stopped flowing.  The weather was a little blustery, to say the least, but we still had a blast. I can't wait to do it next year! 
Over 5,000 people attend the event! 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Within an Hour

They did not predict snow today, and within an hour we were in a winter wonderland. 

Sunday is going to be 85 degrees. Go figure. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

A Morning at Red Rocks

After an indulgent weekend (why did no one warn me that St Patrick's weekend in Denver is insane?!) I felt like I needed to spend some quality time outside today. Thankfully, we hit a record high of 82 degrees, so it was the perfect excuse to head out to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre for some serious Colorado hiking. 

The sky was so vividly blue, and my heart was so incredibly happy. Colorado, you have stolen my heart yet again.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A Holiday Snow Day

Yesterday was my first real snow day here in Denver, and it was simply beautiful. Because of the holiday, the roads were empty and people stayed inside to watch the inches accumulate and the world slow down. I am terrified to drive in this sort weather, so I too stayed in and watched movies, worked on my computer, and watched snow fall. 

The snow stopped falling eventually, and people ventured out. But for a few brief hours, it felt like the world was a little more peaceful. I really love it here, with the 70 degree weekends and 20 degree weekdays. You just can't beat it. 
mi casa.

...and today. Sunny, and even more beautiful! 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Having No Regrets

"Follow your heart.  Be true to yourself.  Do what makes you happy.  Be with who makes you smile.  Laugh as much as you breathe.  Love as long as you live.  Say what you need to say.  Find the courage to feel different, yet beautiful.  Find it in your heart to make others feel good too.  Know that you don’t need many people in your life, just a few great ones, so don’t lower yourself and your standards for the wrong reasons.  Be strong when things get tough.  Remember that the universe is always doing what’s right.  Recognize when you’re wrong and learn from it.  Always look back and see how much you’ve grown, and be proud of yourself.  Appreciate all the things you have.  Celebrate your small victories.  Forgive.  And let go of the things you can’t control."

Can you say the same about your life?  I am working on it. And having an amazing time trying. Thank you, Denver, for making me happier than I have been in a long time! 
rooftop drinking in my favorite neighborhood, LoHi.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Hello from Denver

I can't believe it has been over a year since I last wrote on my little corner of the internet.  
Hello again!

 I missed this creative outlet in so many ways, and I am excited to be back with the desire and enthusiasm needed to blog again. I needed the break to get my head on straight, and I think I am finally realizing this is where my head wants to be. So much has changed in the last 370-ish days, but lately I am finally feeling like that person I was who loved my life in South America so very much in the fall of 2013.  So after a year of living in Huntington Beach once again, I am off to my next adventure. But I am drifting a little closer to home this time... 

I moved to Denver, Colorado. 

I am starting new adventures, and living life for me. Solely me. It feels scary. And selfish. And utterly awesome and inspiring.  I am finally taking a gamble on myself, completely alone, for the first time in 7 years. I am starting grad school, and starting a new freelance business. My only client may be my old publishing company, but I hope to expand in the next few months. Time to put myself out there and really make my dreams come true. 

I have exciting business ideas, and the drive to make them work. If they don't, I will keep trying.  If they do, well hell. Wouldn't that be great? I hope to share all of these stories with you.

For now, I am excited to see where 2015 takes me. Right now the possibilities are completely endless, and it is up to me to figure it out. So here I go, ready to jump in yet again.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Oh, Hi. And Bye.

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.
Galapagos 2013

Radio silence over here was not a conscience choice, but more from busyness with both family and friends during the holidays. Reality has slowly pushed its way back into my life, more forcefully than I could have ever imagined. I am happy to be home, and enjoying the comforts that it provides. I missed my weekly trip to the library, Target, hot showers, plentiful Chipotle. You know, the usual. 

But I can't help but think the last few months have been nothing more than a perfectly executed dream, one that fulfilled every happy travel moment in my life. Thankfully, I actually got to live that life but I am sad to have this feeling that it was nothing more than fleeting reality. As the new year begins, I keep asking myself if I will  ever be able to do anything that fulfilling again?  I miss walking everywhere, my 2 hours of yoga every day, working and feeling like I am actually making a difference in the world. It feels like everything I do here is so selfish, instead of selfless. Do you ever feel this way when coming back from a big trip? Or after doing something you anticipated for so long, only for it to finalize just like that? Poof, gone. 

I am still working on making my current reality just as wonderful as my life was in South America. I want the happiness and fulfillment to continue forever, but I know reality will keep getting in the way. As long as I continue my positive attitude, hopeful thoughts, and planning the next adventure, I know I will be fine.

Lastly, thank you for sharing the journey with me, but I will probably stop blogging for awhile. I realize I have nothing much to say when I am not going on grand trips. I love sharing the memories, and looking back on previous posts as if it wasn't me who got to do all this awesome stuff. But i've decided want to make 2014 more about living the best life I can, right here right now. It doesn't mean I wont share the adventures, it just means I want to  spend more time advancing me: my servant heart, my career, my family, my life. I don't know if blogging about my little adventures is the best use of my time. But know I will always be dreaming, taking pictures, and envisioning my next grand adventure.

Until the next trip....