Friday, December 15, 2017

My Top 5 of 2017

Earlier this month I talked about my favorite moment of 2017.  That was my favorite experience hands down, but 2017 was a pretty good year and I had a lot of fun experiences.

Here are my top 5 (Not in "Ranking" order, but in the order they occurred throughout the year). Surprisingly they are not ALL running experiences!


1. I guess it is appropriate that this experience happened in the beginning of the year because it actually is my #1!  If you guessed running the New York City Half Marathon you would be right. I've said plenty about this during the year so that's all I'll say about it now!

2. The Chocolate Spa at Hershey. I visited the spa in conjunction with a race weekend. The race was just meh, but the spa was a fabulous experience!


3. Riviera Maya Mexico.  This was a birthday gift from my mother and we had a fantastic time. We stayed at an all-inclusive resort that was SO beautiful!

4. A week at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge with Scott.  For all the times I've visited Disney, I've never stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  Disney is such a great experience to begin with but when you can wake up and see giraffes outside your balcony, it's even better.

5. Baltimore Running Festival with the girls.  My sister and I met up with some blogger friends in Baltimore to do the Marathon and Relay.  This was a fun weekend with the girls and I thought  everything about this race was fantastic. I loved that it was close to home, the weather was perfect, the hotel was in a great location (Thanks Ana), and I wasn't injured (which is the key component to having a great race)!

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed all these "Big" moments, but it's not always the big moments that make a year great.  It's the small moments with family, it's getting good news at the vet's office, it's an afternoon boating or a long walk on the trail when the weather is just perfect.  It's winning an AG at a local race (or running it just for fun).  It's getting a package in the mail from a friend who cares or being invited for a evening out. Life isn't always about looking for happiness, it's about finding happiness in the little every day moments.  -M

What are those moments for you?





22 comments:

  1. You totally nailed it when you said life is about finding happiness in everyday moments ;-)

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  2. Chocolate spa omg amazing! And I totally agree it's the little moments that make you smile. I just received a little package from my girlfriends and it literally cheered me right up.

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  3. You had a great year! I loved hearing about Baltimore for all of you. I had a lot of ups and downs this year, but visiting my son in Germany and spending time with my daughter in Colorado definitely top my list.

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  4. "it's about finding happiness in the little every day moments."

    Very, very true. But a few big moments are nice, too.

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  5. All of your moments include travel. I admire you that you go out and DO things! I know I do some things, but a lot of the time I am just home on my couch, too. I'm not a big spa girl but that would be the ultimate gift to give someone!

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  6. What an awesome year for you! I love taking time at the end of the year to reflect back on all the cool things that were accomplished.

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  7. I love your top 5! Baltimore was also a top 5 for me!

    What a fantastic year of traveling, running, family and friends!

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  8. It looks like you had a great year! That chocolate spa sounds AMAZING! I love what you said in the last sentence "...it's about finding happiness in the little every day moments." That is so absolutely true and I try to remember that especially when things are not going as planned.

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  9. Sounds like it was a great year! And you're right, it's often the small moments in the year that make it truly happy :)

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  10. Being in the moment, noticing the good, is so important. You had a great year for that! I did as well - was lucky to get to spend time with my kadults as well as my family, and my running friends. Can't complain. :)

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  11. You had a great year with lots of fun experiences! I'm glad I got to follow your journey this year!

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  12. Being able to spend time with my family since moving here is at the top. It's nice to see my parents much more than a couple times a year.

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  13. I think the Chocolate Spa would be tops on my list too! My top moments were me crushing expectations. Waterskiing with Holly, running 3 half marathons, and then running last weekend's 5k for arthritis probably top my list for the year.

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  14. Hello, Lacey and Meranda.

    You guys sure did go to some beautiful places this year. I really liked it when you mentioned that "the small moments with family makes a great year". The small moments shared with the family are usually the great highlights of the year.

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  15. Love this! The top 5 moments are all fabulous but I like that you also mention the small moments that add up to something great overall.

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  16. Okay, I've never heard of the chocolate spa but I think I need that in my life ASAP! How neat!!!

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  17. You had a great year! I so agree with you about the importance of those small moments :)

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  18. A chocolate spa sounds like the best kind of spa!

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  19. You definitely had a wonderful year. Staying in the Animal Kingdom Lodge is a dream for me and I am so happy to read that you've done it and actually enjoyed it! ;)

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  20. What a great year you have had! I've enjoyed following along!

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  21. You definitely had an amazing year!! Here’s to an even better 2018!

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