Friday, January 4, 2019

The Year of Nothing

In the early months of 2018, I proclaimed that year was going to be the year of "nothing".

I said it was going to be the year of Nothing because I had no big races planned, no big vacations planned, and really I didn't have any big events I was looking forward too.

However, some of the
best made plans are not really planned in advanced, nor do they have to be BIG to be appreciated.  Sometimes it's consistency that we look forward too. I know the more things stay the same, the more I am content and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

I made a top 9 of 2018 for IG, but on NYE I chose not to post it because I really did have so many great moments with friends and family and I didn't want anyone to feel offended if I didn't include them.


As 2018 came to an end I realized that 2018 certainly was not the year of Nothing!

It was the year that my best running buddy traveled to my home state to run a race with me.

It was the year that I really enjoyed running just for fun and even won an Age Group award at one of my favorite races.

It was the year my sister surprised me with a little birthday adventure.

It was the year I missed  getting to the starting line on time for the Veteran's Monumental Mile Race, but it turned out for the best because I had a blast driving my pappy in the parade and throwing candy.

It was the year I got to return to Disney World to vacation with my Sister.

It was the year I ran a new Disney race.

It was the year my sister and I discovered (and got lost) on some new trails.

It was the year of  some of the best holiday celebrations.

It was the year we visited New York City at Christmas (again).

It was the year I got to spend time at my favorite beaches.

It was the year I visited Inner Harbor with my mom and finally got to go the the Baltimore Aquarium.

It was the year of my first triathlon (and hopefully not my last).

And finally, It was the year my baby became a teenager!   Baylee making it to 13 was definitely the highlight of my year.


I'm looking forward to 2019 and all the opportunities (planned or unplanned) it has to offer! -M

What were some highlights of your 2018? What are you looking forward to in 2019?



42 comments:

  1. 2018 definitely was not a year of "nothing" for me either. Too many fab and fun adventures and achievements to pick a single favorite ;-) Happy 2019!

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    1. Isn't great when a year is full of so many fun adventures?

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  2. You definitely did not have a year of nothing -- it sounds like a great year & I totally get how Baylee turning 13 made the year. Lola also turned 13 in 2018! Giz missed turning 18 in 2018 because hopefully he'll hit that milestone in a few months, although I am not sure. As long as he's mostly happy, though, life is good.

    We discussed this on New Years (or rather I forced Mr. Judy to actually think about this). Our trip to ID was definitely one of our highlights. We both forgot about the concerts we went to, but I remembered the next day & mentioned it because that was also definitely a highlight of 2018!

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    1. Oh I do hope your fur baby hits that 18 year mark! That is definitely one to celebrate!

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  3. I think both you and Lacey had a really amazing year and it was so much fun following your adventures!

    Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you Wendy! That means a lot that you enjoyed following us!

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  4. Sometimes the best things happen spontaneously! The highlight of my year was our vacation in Yellowstone, but a lot of other fun things happened too!

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  5. That sounds like a pretty amazing year! Are you going to wing it again this year?? ;)

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    1. Haha, as of right now I don't know of one thing I have planned (except going to Boston) in 2019 so most of it will probably be on a whim!

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  6. Isn't it fun when nothing turns out to be a lot of somethings? I'm glad you had such a great year! It was definitely filled with a lot of memorable moments for sure!

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    1. Some of these were "small moments" but definitely memorable!

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  7. I didn't publish my top nine for the same reason. I didn't think it reflected my true highlights. You had a fun year! Cheers to that teenager!

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  8. Same. I had to do my own top nine because the official one was not accurate. You had a great year. Lots of new and fun experiences. Win Win.

    Hope 20918 is good to you!!

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    1. Yes, this year I did do some new things, so that is always fun!

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  9. Your pup is adorable!
    My top 9 was so disappointing. It was dull compared to most past years, and my year was most definitely not dull
    I want to do the Aquarium one day

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    1. Thank you so much on the compliment of Baylee. I think she's pretty cute too ;)

      I love going to Baltimore and the Inner Harbor and glad I took the time this trip to visit the aquarium!

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  10. That was amazing.. nice even without any plans eh..

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    1. Thanks, I guess the best plans are the ones you don't make!

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  11. Amazing how things can work out to be pretty darn wonderful - there's something to be said about zero expectations!

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    1. YES! I guess this was the year of zero expectations! Perhaps that is what I should rename 2018?

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  12. I'm so glad I found your blog and have been following along with your years! I remember a lot of the stuff you listed! YOU HAVE A TEENAGER??? She better not give you the eye rolls. :)

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    1. Awww thank you Megan! I am so glad that you have been following along with us and that we've become friends! Oh she has been giving me the eye roll for years!

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  13. Good luck with a teenager in the house! Actually, my boys were pretty good teenagers. The biggest issue I can remember is the constant grocery shopping. I would buy a week's worth of food, then they would have friends over, and BOOM - gone!

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    1. Haha it's a good thing my "teenager" doesn't bring friends home!

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  14. Ahh, the teenager years. LOL Congrats to Baylee for making it! That's actually a pretty big deal. :) My oldest is 12 but she's decidedly more "puppy" since we brought Rigby home.

    You definitely had a fun year! I also appreciate the "no expectations" mentality. I'm trying to go with the flow a little more this year rather than having so much mapped out.

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    1. That is exactly what happen to our old lab. A new friend really sparked some life into her!

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  15. I had a lot of firsts in 2018, a duathlon and triathlon were my favorites. I have a 13 yr old too (human), and a 15 year old. In fact, my 15 year old daughter (15 1/2 years!) is now old enough to get her temps (drivers license). Yikes!!!! Luckily she isn't in a big hurry to get the temps yet. She still has to take the test, and even more luckily it hasn't snowed yet. It will be an interesting journey!
    Your year sounds really great. I hope 2019 is full of even more nothing for you :)

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    1. A duathlon sounds fun! I feel like I might need a better bike to try that since half of it will be on a bike instead of just on third...lol
      I bet it's worrisome when your teens are just learning to drive.

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  16. Wow it definitely was a year of a whole lot of somethings! I agree that sometimes the best things are more spur of the moment or just regular routine.

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  17. Wow! If that's a year of nothing, I'd sure like to see what would have happened if your planned a year full of somethings! What a stress-free way to have an amazing year!

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    1. Haha, I've had a few years were we planned all our stuff and it was exhausting!

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  18. amazing how a year of nothing sure turned out to be something!! kind of an amazing year really!

    while i have a lot of things planned for 2019 I know how it goes... there will always be something spontaneous happening! I think my highlight last year was my last minute decision to go to Las Vegas for the RnR Half Marathon. Also I DNF'd my comeback marathon in Warsaw, but then I decided to run Amsterdam 3 weeks later and I successfully completed it! So many other highlights - taking my hubs to Naploli for his birthday... him taking me to Palermo for mine, seeing my parents in Spain... pretty much travel and running take up my highlights!

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  19. Definitely the opposite of nothing! Sounds like a really fantastic year cheers to 2019 being just as fab

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    1. Thank you Deborah. I would be just as happy to have 2019 go the same way!

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  20. My highlight of 2018? I Survived it!! Good enough! :)

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  21. Sometimes having nothing planned leads to lots of great moments! Sounds like 2018 worked out that way for you.

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