I don’t think I ever meant to take years off of blogging, but somehow I did. I don’t know if I will ever be that consistent again, but I have missed blogging! I apologize in advance for the lack of photos in this post. I can’t add photos or a cover photo, so I will eventually sort that out!
To catch you up on the past couple of years, here is a little recap of what I have been up to:
I moved into a new apartment (like 1.5 years ago at this point lol)
I traveled to some new places and National Parks. Connor and I went on a 2 week road trip to Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, and South Dakota at the end of 2020. We visited Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Salt Lake City while we were in Utah. I found one of my favorite ice cream shops ever in Salt Lake City. If you ever visit, you absolutely need to visit Normal Ice Cream. We also visited Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and Badlands National Park after our time in Utah. My favorite parks from the entire trip were Arches and Bryce Canyon. Yellowstone was cool, but I personally think it is overrated. I definitely want to go back to Arches and Grand Teton someday! We didn’t have too much time at Grand Teton and I am just obsessed with Arches.
We spent some time in Austin, Miami, and Sanibel Island. We also went to Seattle and hiked in the parks nearby (Olympic National Park, North Cascades National Park, and Mount Rainier National Park). We also took a couple trips to Phoenix to explore and relax. We finally made it to Petrified National Park. I feel like we also talked about going, but never did. And we finally visited White Sands National Park in New Mexico. I had always wanted to go there and it was so much fun running up and down all the sand dunes. I vlogged a couple the trips I mentioned on my YouTube channel, so I will link the videos below.
I have become a big reader over the past 2 years. I believe I read 7 books in 2020 which was probably way more than I read in 2019. Thanks to falling in love with reading again and audiobooks, I was able to read and listen to 55 books in 2021. I typically read thriller books, some romance books, and self-help books. I think it is fun and refreshing to mix it up every now and then. Some of my favorite books I read last year are listed below:
Verity by Colleen Hoover, Group by Christie Tate, The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard, The Wish by Nicholas Sparks, One By One by Ruth Ware, and The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. I really love anything by Lisa Jewell or Ruth Ware.
Finally, working out has been my favorite part of my time away from blogging. I purchased a Nordic Track S22i Studio Cycling bike almost a year ago and it has been such a fun part of my day. Fitness has always been a part of my life, but I finally established a good post-grad workout routine over the past 2 years. First of all, I absolutely love it. It puts me in the best mood ever, makes me feel so strong, and gives me something to be committed to. I love challenging myself and trying new workouts each week. Running is still my all-time favorite workout, but during the winter months, I stick to cycling, HIIT, and weights. One of my goals for this year is to incorporate pilates, so I have been doing a pilates workout each week. Maybe pilates will become one of my new favorite workouts.
On New Years Eve I said that this is the year all of my dreams will come true. I think blogging will be a great part of that and a fun way to document everything.