Happy 2015!  This brand new year really snuck up on me, and I can’t believe we’re already three weeks into January.  Right after Christmas, James and I were lucky enough to get the chance to sneak away for a full 8 days to Arizona, where we enjoyed hiking amid the Saguaros, delicious Mexican food, the company of good friends, and constant sunlight.  Such a relief after weeks and weeks of that Pacific Northwest grey foggy drizzle we’re so famous for, and we thoroughly enjoyed every second of it.

Towards the end of the trip, on a particularly cozy evening filled with good wine, board games, and a homemade pasta dinner, I asked the inevitable question to our group of friends… “Any New Years resolutions?”  It’s exciting to start anew… to make those grand promises to yourself that you will strive to follow, and I always love hearing what others are planning on adding to their own lives.  But to my surprise, my favorite answer came from a dear friend, who simply stated, “To stay the course”.  This is a person who has had his share of trials and tribulations over the past few years, and only through hard work and a lot of sacrifice, has arrived at this place that he can truly call his happiest. What I loved that evening, is the recognition that in order to continue to feel fullfilled and content in life, there must be a certain amount of patience applied to your journey.  We can get caught up in overarching and broad goals, or the pressure to succeed very quickly, but sometimes we need to remind ourselves of that old saying, “slow and steady wins the race.”

Although I have a few resolutions marked firmly in place, and I can’t wait for all that 2015 brings, I plan on reminding myself of this friend’s outlook on life as often as possible.  Cheers to a new start, as well as satisfaction and confidence in the journey we are on!

Arizona Image

Following the winding and steep Apace Trail,   Monster Saguaros,   One of many sunlit desert hikes,   Palo Verde…the state tree of Arizona,   A very Southwest looking gingerbread house at the beautiful Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch,   Montezuma Castle National Monument….remains of the cliff dwelling Sinagua people,   and of course one more stunning cactus from Saguaro National Park.