2014 in Review and 2015 Preview

I’m late on my 2014 review and that’s because for the first time in my adult life I spent an entire vacation without opening my computer. I didn’t open it once. I cooked meals with my in-laws, played with my nieces and nephews, skiied powder on a frosty bluebird day and did aerial yoga with my nieces (not pictured because they’re too young to be on the internet). I didn’t work or blog or get sucked into hours on the internet and it was perfect.

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Selfie while in an aerial yoga inversion

2014 started with the following: “We’re facing a huge life decision to be made this week and so I really have no idea what 2014 will hold, but with The Boy, Wally, and Tyke, I’m pretty sure that anything’s possible.” As we now know, that decision was whether to uproot our life in Colorado and move to Berkeley. We made the move and it was scary. I took a huge leap of faith and left a great job for a place with no professional prospects only to land on my feet as a research scientist at Berkeley with one of the greatest scientists in my field. What an important experience and lesson for me that I can take a risk and figure it out on the fly. In addition to the scary and uncertain moments, 2014 also had tons of fun moments:

  • Traveling! I hit Portland, Chicago, Bar Harbor, LA, Puerto Rico, Wisconsin, San Diego, Montana and Stockholm (more below)
  • Skiing my first real powder day (36 inches!) and skiing off The Tram at Big Sky.
Skiing off the tram at Big Sky 

Skiing off the tram at Big Sky

  •  Exploring California including hiking Half Dome, driving Big Sur, visiting wine country, and camping both in the Sierras and on the Sonoma Coast.
Half dome, Mt. Broderick (?) and Nevada Falls

Half dome, Mt. Broderick (?) and Nevada Falls

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The Boy fishing. Moments like this make me so happy

The Boy fishing. Moments like this make me so happy

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  • I got to be a guest of the Mayor of Stockholm and Queen of Sweden when I was invited to give a talk on my work. Some cool experiences include one dinner where the Nobel Prize is celebrated and another dinner in the private dining room where the Swedish Academy chooses the Nobel Prize winners. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.

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  • I hosted a massive party for The Boy’s 40th birthday and it was a blast. It was one of the many times we were able to host friends from around the country.
  • I spent the year with The Boy and my pups. They are my loves, my happy, and my heart outside my chest.

To spend the last day of the year skiing with my husband, brother-in-law, and 2 of my nieces on a bluebird powder day was perfection and embodied some of the things I love most in this world: My family, the mountains, and using my body to do awesome things.

Bridger Bowl

Bridger Bowl

I’ve stopped trying to guess what the next year holds because we’re always up for the next adventure that comes our way. And honestly it matters less to me what or where that adventure is than who it is with- and I am lucky to have the best partner on the planet. So for 2015 my resolution is to play more and try to suck the marrow out of the bones of my day rather than looking for the next big thing. I want to be more mindful with my time and with my ventures. Less internet. Less BS. More living and laughing. Let’s go!

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