2014

2014

2014 was a good year. It started out strong, with me and Steven celebrating our seven year anniversary in Indianapolis and picking up our new roommate, Steven’s best friend Blake, the next morning. I finally started applying for work in January and started having interviews for field jobs. I started working with Steven, helping with various projects and painting houses.

IMG_3166

I was offered a job in February, which was a huge relief. We had a going away party of sorts at our house before I went to California to be my sister’s field assistant for two months. I explored California, caught lots of Juncos, sang lots of silly songs and camped in lots of new places for March and April.

IMG_2076

On May 1, I flew home to Indiana for a couple days before I started the road trip to Montana with Steven. We had a nice vacation, stopping at Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands, his cousin’s in Wyoming, and had a couple days to explore in Missoula before he flew back to Indiana and left me on my own for the next three months.

IMG_2295

My new roommate and I started training for a half marathon at the end of May and through June, and both ran our first half in July. We visited Glacier National Park for 36 hours, caught lots of bluebirds, sang lots of silly songs, and accidentally adopted neighboring cats.

IMG_9945

In August I left beautiful, big sky Montana to come home to Indiana – this time Northwest Indiana. Started a new job, moved in with my old roommate from college, and made lots of visits to Muncie to make up for the three months apart that Steven and I endured. Valparaiso is a cute little town and Northwest Indiana is very different from home. It’s cool to be by the Lake (can’t wait for summer!). I’m so happy that this move worked out as well as it did.

IMG_2742

September was the start of field trips – the main part of my job. I learned a lot about being in charge of elementary kids, very quickly. (I’m totally a pro now.)

In October I ran my second half marathon with two weeks of training under my feet. Steven turned sexy 26 and I couldn’t be there, but 27 will be a whole different story!

2014-10-26 10.57.04

November was rather uneventful, although this was the month that Steven visited me in my new home for the first time which was very exciting. We hiked in the dunes for the first time since I moved and started looking at new apartments for next year.

In December I (finally) turned 24, finally embraced being a runner when I got a GPS watch and snow chains for my shoes, completed my 2014 goal of running 500 miles, and am very much looking forward to the new year!

I’m really missing Montana, especially when I drive home through flat brown harvested cornfields, but for now I’m going to try to focus on making a home here for a little while.

In 2015 we’re getting married, two of my best friends are getting married, Steven and I are finally finally FINALLY going to move in together and stop being long distance (maybe forever!) and Captain will be coming with him. I’m going to run my first full marathon in May and my first ultra in June.

Goals for 2015:

  • Run 500 miles again. I may need to up this goal as I start training for the marathon.
  • Cultivate hobbies: cooking, sewing, reading, drawing, writing, hiking. I spend too much time in front of the TV and never get anything done. This is going to be a year of accomplishment.
  • Run 10 races. The first one is next week!