I always love looking back over the years pictures. So this year, I decided to take a look back through all my Instagram photos and share the pictures with you all here.
This is my year… 2016 was a great year!
Learned about coding.
I took Marie Forleo’s B-School.
So pumped @marieforleo’s #bschool begins tomorrow! Are you ready for an awesome time? Are you taking part in B-School this year? If so, what are you hoping to get from the course? I really look forward to boosting my side-hustle!!! :) #mondayinspiration #blogging #travel #learning #learnlearnlearn #marieforleo #marieforleobschool #pumped #business #school #homework
Johan and I went from being in a long-distance relationship for 5.5 years to being in the same country.
Once upon a June… *dreaming* Johan and I have been busy crossing things off our to do list. At the end of the day we are tuckered out. Wedding planning has really taught me that you can only do so much in a day. And that you can only go so fast before you burn out. So take a deep breath and relax once in awhile. Today Johan and I went out to our wedding venue to get a feel for some decoration and planning ideas for the big day! Can’t believe it’s coming up soooo soon! Isn’t our venue swoon worthy? Awe!! #goals #todolist #gettingmarriedsoon #creatingafitlife #junewedding #countryweddingchapel #minnesota #myheart #love #truelove #happilyeverafter #weddingplanningishardwork #weddingplanningisalmostover #wedding2016👰
My sister graduated from UNLV!
We did a bunch of DIY for our wedding.
I’ve been really loving our honeymoon traveling around. It’s been so nice to relax and tune into nature. It’s really nice to not have to plan a wedding or stress about other things. I’ve been hearing more stories lately. It’s funny that when you open your eyes and ears they find you so much easier. So excited to write again, but for now I’m still relaxing. It’s good for the soul! This trip is all about you and I @spike_jou! :) I love you!!! 😘
It’s always important to slow it down. Embrace the moments in between the bigger moments in life. Spending an afternoon of laughing next to the campfire. Holding your spouses hand while walking to the laundry room, talking on the phone to your parents, or just breathing in the smell of pine on the wind. Embrace the moments. Each moment. Every moment.
While in Glacier, we saw a total of 10 bears.
Saw four Grizzly Bears today! First saw a momma and her small cub way up on a mountain through binoculars. And then we stopped to take pictures of a tree and my mom and Johan were outside of the car taking pics. They came back to the cars and we looked off a little ways away from where they were taking pics and saw two Grizzlies. (Happy they came back to the car before the Bears got there.) One blonde and brown griz! They were beautiful! When we spotted them a fox leaped and jumped out of the long grass and got the heck out of there. I’m absolutely amazed by these animals. Love Grizzlies! So gorgeous.
We love our parents!
The struggle is… Real…
It’s really tough to go back to a place, where you had so many great memories, when it’s owned by someone else who isn’t taking care of it. So sad. My grandparents house was so gorgeous when they lived there. My grandma’s flower gardens were once well kept and vibrant, but are now thick with weeds. The house that once resembled a Bavarian style house, now looks worn and tired. The screened in porch is filled with cigarette butts and beer cans, not to mention the roof fell in on one side. I really dislike it when people don’t show respect for the people who once lived there before.
Johan and I are so excited to show a sneak peak of the “Wolfland Magazine” intro clip for our YouTube channel! If you are in a long distance relationship be sure to follow @wolflandmagazine for tips on thriving in yours! If you aren’t in a long distance relationship but know someone who is be sure to tag them in the comments below so they know about “Wolfland Magazine”!!! :)
Had a lovely day on the North Shore. We stopped for fish and chips in Grand Marais! Glad I had a jacket as it was a bit chilly! Funny story: when I was little my siblings and I were headed to Grand Marais with my parents and we seriously thought we had a third grandma that no one had told us about! Haha… We were quite disappointed when we found out it was just a town and no Grandma Ray! :)
We did AirBnb and decorated our room with furniture and things we made ourselves.
Today was a lovely day! We went to the lovely #Itasca! It’s probably my favorite #Minnesota #StatePark. We went biking and man am I sore now!! It was a perfect Saturday filled with lovely people, great conversations, and lovely leaf colors! #headwatersofthemississippi #mississippiriver #mn #exploremn #explore #biking #healthygoals #goals #healthylife #healthy #fall #autumn #joy #perfectweather
Have been doing photography as a side-gig.
On the way to a family autumn portrait! This will be lovely! If you are in the FM area let me know if you want family portraits taken, as I have a couple slots open. #fmarea #fargo #nd #mn #north #northofnormal #downtownfargo #fmdesign #moorhead #northdakota #minnesota #photography #seniorphotography #familyportraitsession #fargophotographer
Yesterday my husband and I took a canoe out onto Lake Itasca. I really want to go on more adventures. I want to be the kind of girl who gets out of the car to see the sights and take pictures. I want to be the person who says lets go on a hike. I want to be the person who goes on a bicycle trip or a multiple night hiking trip in the back country. I want to be the person who wakes up as soon as the sun and goes to take pictures of the sunrise. I want to be the girl that rocks a morning run at 5am. I want to be healthy and happy and living wildly and boldly. I want to be the girl that when people look at me they think “Wow, she’s really living her life. I want to be more like that.” I want to inspire.
I spoke at a bloggers conference this year.
This weekend was lovely! Johan and I went down to the cities for the #mnblogcon. I’m so thankful for @spike_jou for being such a supportive husband! And I’m so thankful also for all the great bloggers who showed up to listen to my talk on “Editorial Calendars”! It was a lovely day! #editorialcalendar #blogger #writinglifestyle #imablogger #speaking #bloglife #blog #lifeisgreat #lifeisagreatadventure
This was an important year to vote! :)
Wrote a story for Design & Living Magazine on Rachel Moszer. It was so touching.
My husband made a great flyer for my photography business.
What’s your reflection saying these days? Today I saw a cute bracelet that said “One day at a time.” And that’s so true! Recently in life, I’ve been wishing I was a step further than I am and I can’t be so hard on myself. Instead I need to enjoy the small things everyday. Enjoy the small things everyday. Smile at strangers and also at yourself in reflective surfaces. Walk more. Giggle more often. Have more heart to hearts over hot apple cider with family and friends. Cherish every moment, because this moment is your moment.
Using the envelope system to try save and stay within our budget. We have some BIG dreams and can’t get there by overspending in our budget. We went through @daveramsey’s #financialpeaceuniversity and we really want to stick to the budget so we can live like nobody else later. #budget #planning #savingmoney
Did some interviews and writing for some magazines.
My day was filled with a lot of walking in rain, sleet, and snow. I don’t have a parking pass at work so I have to move my car every 90 mins to 4 hours. I’m thinking its a blessing in disguise. Yes, I have to walk in the cold. And I have to move it often, but at least i’m alive and getting my steps in. And I save money from not having to pay for a parking pass.
Absolutely so happy to be on break. I really miss the trees and being out in the wilderness more often. This is what my Black Friday looks like. I’m not really into waking up in the wee hours of the day to spend time shopping and being almost trumpled on. I am for serenity and peace. Nature, yes please! Johan and I are making plans for a business that we want to run so we can have the freedom of location. I figure you must plan a life you can love. And not just let life move you from one spot to the next. Take control over your life.
F I R S T Christmas tree as a married couple! Loving the lights and Christmas bulb colors! So thankful for everything. For health, happiness, a lovely marriage, and an awesome family on both sides! 🌲🎄 #blessed #christmas #family #joy #christmasisalmosthere #thanksgivingweekend #lovemyfamily #lovemylittlefamily #firstchristmastreeasamarriedcouple #stillneedatreeskirtandanangelbutwearehappy
24 hours. 1440 minutes in a day. Marie Forleo has 24 hours in her day. Stephen King has 24 hours in his day. Ed Sheeran has 24 hours in his day as well. Fit people also have 24 hours in their day! I doubt each of them come home from work and completely blow their time watching their favorite tv shows or doing something that later they feel was a complete waste of time. Nope. I’m sure they sometimes kick back and relax, but they actually got somewhere with their goals. They didn’t just write it down and do nothing about it. What do you want to accomplish? Get up and achieve it. Stop living other people’s dreams.
I’m going to have a virtual book club for my book “Creating A Fit Life” this year! :)
Would you be interested in joining my virtual book club? We are going to be reading my book “Creating A Fit Life” which is an inspirational and actionable guide to encourage women to live the life that they’ve always wanted to live! More information to come soon, but if you are interested follow my Facebook page. Link in the bio!
Making edits on my book “Creating A Fit Life!” Getting this book ready for print. :) __________ Also, have been listening to the #4hourworkweek and have been thoroughly enjoying it. It makes sense! A lot of what he talks about is the ultimate goal for me. __________ #createsomethingneweveryday #creatingafitlife #creatingafitlifebook #fitness #journey #lovewhatyoudo #entrepreneurship #dowhatyoulove #joy #writing #amwriting
Yay!!! When you put your mind to something you can accomplish a ton!! I just finished adding the edits to “Creating A Fit Life” and now for formatting it for print!! :) #amwriting #writing #joy #dowhatyoulove #entrepreneurship #book #publishing #editing #amediting #creatingafitlifebook #creatingafitlife
I love being married to this man! :)
In December, I got a NEW job that I REALLY LOVE so far.
Absolutely love my new job already and I’ve only been there two days! We have to read this book and choose a word for the year ahead that will push us toward our goals and in our lives! This year is going to be great! What is your word? I’ll share mine with you when I pick mine out! :) #oneword #onewordthatwillchangeyourlife #goals #lovemyjob
We sent out our first Christmas cards as a married couple!
Just finished addressing and licking all the Christmas cards. We are so excited because this is our first Christmas card together as a married couple! :) Learned a thing or two about Christmas Cards this year that I’m going to remember for next year! Super blessing… is that I STILL have stamps from the wedding so I didn’t have to go out and buy more. Thank goodness. Saves me a trip from my favorite place in the world… the post office. (Not really my favorite place. Post offices are kind of up there with DMVs.) But anywho, I’m so happy to check this off my to do list! :) Note: not all Christmas cards are pictured! #blessed🙏 #blessed #marriedliferocks #firstchristmasashusbandandwife #christmascard #nowicanrelaxh
Sparkling cranberry juice? Don’t mind if I do. We toasted to a great day. A great start to a new job. Health. Happiness. Restful afternoon filled with relaxation and wrapping Christmas presents! Life is good. God is really good! #blessings #life #lifegoals #christmastree #lights #sparkling #sparklingcranberryjuice #sparklingcranberry #tistheseason #amwriting #writing
What is your favorite Christmas tradition? Mine? Gathering around the Christmas tree with my family and reading the Christmas Story. The reason for the season. Jesus’ birth. We sure are blessed beyond measure! #merrychristmastoall #andtoallagoodnight #blessed #beblessed #godisgood #familytime #christmasstory
My first full-week at Marketing Ideas For Printers was amazing! My co-workers are so nice. Everyone loves what they do! Today was pizza Friday, which happens on the last Friday of each month! :) We all gathered banquet style around a big table and chatted while enjoying the food together! I feel so blessed! So happy! :)
I have such a sweet man. Yesterday morning, Johan came home from work and asked me to go for a date morning! :) Because, the night before we had planned to go to the movie for a date night and singles tickets were all that was available. So we went home and watched Risen! Which is also really good! But yesterday, Johan took me to see Moana and then we ate breakfast at Perkins. A great way to begin the last day of 2016! :)
And that’s a wrap! 2016 was a brilliant year filled with blessings, just like 2017 will be! :)