Happy Birthday Meals and Miles! You’re six years old! Whoa.
I’ve always seen this blog as more than just a blog, it’s a chronicle of my journey through life. Sure, there’s a heavy emphasis on health and fitness, but at the core it’s just me living my life. Through good and bad, happy and sad, I rarely hold anything back.
2008 was my year of self discovery.
After I graduated from college in 2007, I became sort of lost. I made the mistake of staying in my college town after graduation, thinking it would stay just as great of a town as it was in college, but it wasn’t. All my friends had moved away, I was in a relationship that was unraveling, and I began to pile on the pounds.
In January 2008 I made a resolution to lose the weight, which led to the bigger resolution of discovering who I really was. I started running, I moved to Orlando, I started this blog, and I gained the sense of independence I desperately needed. It was a hard year, but it was also an awesome one.
2009 was the year of love.
I kicked off 2009 by registering for my first marathon. And, after a year of enjoying the single life, this guy I once dated in college started making his way back into my life. We took the relationship slowly at first, growing it out of support and friendship, and eventually fell in love. He was there when I crossed the finish line of that marathon, flying across the country to watch me do it. It was a wonderful, magical year.
2010 was the year of adventure.
Or maybe it was the year of not wanting to say no? I ran four marathons and one ultra in 2010. I traveled to New York City, San Francisco (twice!), Nashville, Chicago (twice!), Colorado, and so on and so on. My blog grew larger than I could ever have imagined and I never took anything for granted – not for one second. It was my year of living life.
2011 was the year of moving.
In the beginning of 2011 I made the decision to quit my job and move to Tampa. The move was a big adjustment for me, I had grown so much in my short time in Orlando and it held so many wonderful memories for me. I struggled in Tampa at first, but the city eventually grew on me. I fell in love with Tampa, just as I had fallen in love with Orlando.
2012 was the year of wedding planning.
I should really say it was the year of weddings. Period. Derek and I were engaged in January, my little brother was married in February, and my sister was married in June. There was a two year period where my family discussed nothing but weddings. I loved wedding planning and honestly miss it. I really enjoyed blogging about the whole process, especially the behind-the-scenes details of what went into making the big day happen.
2013 was the year of the Ironman.
On top of being a newlywed, I thought 2013 would be a good year to start a new job that required a lot of travel while also training for my first Ironman. It was a tough year that required a lot of balance and organization. Even looking back now I have no idea how in the world I did it. But it’s amazing what you can achieve when you put your mind to something. Finishing an Ironman was a huge bucket list item of mine and I was very blessed to have total support of my family, friends, and job to do it.
To be honest, 2014 has been a bit of a struggle for me. I’ve taken a big step back from blogging and I believe that has something to do with my inability to be completely honest on here, or even with myself. There have been some good things (the new house, baby Owen, etc.), but also hard things (losing the pregnancy was a tough one). Years from now I’ll look back and see this as a building year, just another stepping stone on a journey through life. I mean, they can’t all be great years, right? But for now it’s hard and I’m fighting like hell to get through it.
Meals and Miles is my baby. Though I’m not here as often as I used to be, I’m still proud of what it’s becomes and can’t wait to continue to watch it grow and evolve. This website has six years of my life invested in it and, for a girl who never stuck with any of her hobbies, I’m just as shocked as my mom is about that.
Thank you for sticking with me. Thank you for following me on my journey. Thank you for allowing Meals and Miles to just be.
You guys are awesome.