And…I’m back

Hey there…if you are there. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything here and there is a lot to catch up on. If you are reading this, thanks. Thanks for sticking with me. This year has proven to be one of the most challenging of my life and I am still trying to fully get my feet back under me. Sometimes it’s just too much to share and I’m glad I’m finally back in the sharing mood. But before we get to the heavy, let’s start with some cute puppy pictures of Bodie because today is his birthday!! Bless his little two year old heart!

His little barky, spunky self makes me laugh everyday. While he can be exasperating and strong willed, he has a big heart for his big brother and is a cutie pie. I can’t imagine life without him now. One of this year’s challenges included an emergency surgery for Bodie to remove a sock from his intestines.

It gave me quite a scare and I feel so blessed to still have this big baby around.

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you might remember I began a “Happiness Project” at the beginning of 2018. I think it did a great deal to help me focus on what I needed to do to create more happiness in my life and realize what wasn’t working. I didn’t stick with the project after I went to Ecuador, but one big takeaway I had from it was that I was incredibly unhappy in one particular area of my life. If you’re a long time reader, you may have noticed an absence of my significant other this year. After many years of struggles, it became clear that divorce was the route we had to take. Without going into too many details (uh this is the internet after all), suffice it say that we both will live happier, more balanced lives apart than we ever could together. This was the hardest decision of my life and I am still struggling through the emotions and changes it has created in my life. Thank you for continuing to check in on this blog while I’ve been dealing with all this real life toughness, I’m sure you can understand that I needed a break. But if anyone ever wants to share their struggles with divorce and moving on, please email me. I’d love to connect with you and be a friend to you. I wouldn’t have gotten through this without an immense amount of support from my friends and family so if you feel alone, please reach out to me. Wow! That was a lot. Let’s take a break with a cute tapir picture of Carlotta enjoying her snow day!

My animals at the zoo give me endless joy and motivation and have really helped me cope with a lot this year too.

Work is usually one of the best parts of my life and I constantly take a step back to remind myself how lucky I am to work at one of the best zoos in the world and enjoy the beautiful natural scenery that working on a mountainside provides.

Work has included its challenges this year as well. I constantly want to improve my skills and do my best to make true connections between our amazing animals and our guests. It’s not always easy, but as always, my zoo family supports me in everything and couldn’t have been more there for me in any way I’ve needed this year. I am so truly blessed to work with such a wonderful group of people.

One of the things I’m most grateful for as this year comes to a close is the opportunity to get running again. One of the reasons I’ve been absent on the blog is that there isn’t much to say on a running blog when you’re not running. The foot injury I sustained in May turned out to be worse than I realized and really kept me from running most of this year. But I’m all healed up and have a fancy new pair of shoes (to be reviewed soon!) to take me for miles and miles.

Running has always helped me deal with life and stress and emotions and not having it during this tough time has made everything that much more challenging. Instead I turned to less healthy means of dealing with stuff and sometimes wish I would have gotten back on the road sooner instead of sitting around in my own self pity. I really can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for me and I am definitely signing up for a race soon! Moving down to Colorado Springs was challenging, but I am so grateful I’ve done it! There are so many new paths and trails to explore and I can’t wait to do it in my running shoes with the pups.

Sorry this has been a little heavier than usual, guys. But I thought a serious catch up was in order after such a long hiatus. I’m feeling happier and happier and this holiday season is doing so much to get me back to my cheerful self. One of my favorite holiday traditions is to visit the annual Christkindl market in downtown Denver. The company couldn’t have been better and we had a fantastic night exploring the beautiful stalls, enjoying some traditional glühwein in my favorite collectible mugs, and eating some traditional German food. It was a perfect night.

Full of currywurst, beef stroganoff, and pierogies and sporting some new gloves, I left one super happy girl with a peach strudel the size of a loaf of bread for breakfast the next day. I couldn’t be more full of holiday spirit and have been watching ALL the Christmas movies and enjoying all things holiday lately. I hope you’re as excited for Christmas as I am. If you’re not, come on over to my place for some mulled wine and cookie baking. Happy Holidays, my friends. Again, thanks for sticking around.

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What’s your favorite holiday tradition?

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