What a Magical Year it’s Been

2015 YIRCan 2015 really be over already? I can’t help but look back over this past year and be grateful for all the experiences I’ve had and lessons I’ve learned. 

I learned how to find a new job in a new city, and use public transportation to get there. 

I went skiing and was reminded that while it’s not my favorite activity, there’s something magical about seeing snow on the ground. 

I traveled with Jim to another country (albeit Canada), and shared adventure and pieces of my childhood while floating on a lake and eating locally grown corn and peaches. 

I completed a 10.2 mile hike in the redwoods and learned that while it’s hard, hiking is very rewarding.

I traveled to Austin to visit my best friend on two very different occasions – once to enjoy and explore her home, and once to sit in a hospital room and hold hands while we waited and prayed for her husbands recovery. 

I celebrated my first wedding anniversary with the love of my life, and have learned a piece of what it means to be a partner to someone. A lesson we’ll keep learning more of year after year. 

And maybe most exciting of all, I’ve experienced the miracle of a tiny person growing, moving and kicking and waiting to join our family in the new year. 

Sorry for the long post, but these pregnancy hormones have me feeling nostalgic today. 2015 was amazing. Here’s to an awesome and even more adventurous new year! 

xo. Brie

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Bay Area Bucket List

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2015 is going to be the year of adventure. Said another way, 2015 is going to be the year of planning adventure. Because lets be honest, if I don’t plan it, it probably won’t happen. As much as I’d love to be the spontaneous type who on a moments notice can whisk away into a grand adventure, I’m more of a “lets spontaneously not leave the house and binge watch Revenge” type of girl. Side note to anyone watching Revenge…WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS SEASON?!

Ok, I’m back. So I decided to make a list of places in San Francisco that I want to explore. Some will be simple and quick, some will be all day or even weekend adventures. Here’s my Bay Area Bucket List so far:

Bay Area Bucket List

Walk or Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge
Visit the Palace of Fine Arts
Run Bay to Breakers
Tour Alcatraz
Walk Lombard Street
Climb the steps of Coit Tower
Get Dim Sum in China Town
Go Wine Tasting in Sonoma
Go to a Giants Game
Eat chocolate in Ghiradelli Square
Get the password for drinks at Bourbon & Branch
Find Off the Grid
Explore Muir Woods
Run the Mosaic Stairs of 16th
Go hiking in the Presidio
Sail in the Bay
Visit the California Academy of Sciences
View art at the De Young Museum
Slide down the Seward Street slides
Eat clam chowder on the wharf
Find the Buffalo in Golden Gate Park
Check out the cable car museum
Ice skate in Union Square
See the seals at Pier 39
Hike Lands End to the Sutro Baths

That’s 25 things to explore before the year is out…I’ve got my work cut out for me! Stay tuned for blog posts chronicling this adventure. Anything I’ve missed?

xo. Brie