Happy, Happy New Year! I was reading New Year’s blog posts from 2015 and 2016, and funnily enough, I can only echo the same sentiment now: what a wonderful, wild year I’ve had and how grateful I am for good times and a bright future.
There’s the old superstition (stop me if you’ve heard this before) that how you kick off the first of the year sets the tone for the rest of the days. 2017 kicked off in the best way possible: 6 days in Alaska’s backcountry, on my favorite trail, with my favorite people.
Our excursion reset my brain and body in a way I didn’t anticipate, or even realize was happening, until we got back. The end of 2016 was… Well, it was. The emotional highs and lows of adventures, travel, family changes and losses and grief, coupled with Alaska’s dark winters and stress of normal life, were wreaking a small havoc on me mentally and emotionally that I couldn’t recognize when I was experiencing them.
So here I am, feeling renewed in early 2017 (dare I say, resurrected? Har, har). I am carrying none of 2016’s baggage with me into the new year. I came back from our trip feeling clearheaded and rejuvenated. There are no resolutions for this year, no major goals… Just the intention to continue nurturing my health, my relationships and whatever makes me feel grounded.