Back in February, after D passed away, I decided to take some time away from blogging, and to focus more on talking with my friends or journaling when things were weighing on my mind. It turned out to be a good decision, and both friends and journals have helped me immensely along the road to healing.
However, in the 5 months since my last post, I’ve done some amazingly awesome things, and I’m a little bummed to not have blogged about some of them.
Before I write my next post, I wanted to take a minute and reflect on where I’ve been the past several months.
- Celebrated what would have been D’s 30th b-day by going ice skating and eating at his favorite restaurant. (The best part of this was that we had the same waitress we had the first night we ate there together, and she remembered him. When I explained why I was there, she brought out a dessert with a candle in it in his honor).
- Volunteered at the American Beer Classic at Soldier Field.
- Made my morning news debut, in which I pitched a summer writing camp for kids.
- Saw the Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild and lose to the Detroit Red Wings in the NHL Playoffs
- Ran the Soldier Field 10 Miler, the race D and I had planned to run together and he promised me we’d finish together. I held up that promise by running with his bib on my back and crossing the 50 yard line with him right behind me.
- Began training for my first Chicago Marathon, which I decided to run with Team Make-a-Wish
- Attended my first-ever country concert, and was enamored by Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line. Also got to see an opening act named Cole Swindell
- Went to a Jake Peavy fundraiser concert, where I got to meet aforementioned Cole Swindell, pose for a picture with Ryan Chiaverini, and feel like a groupie for a White Sox player for a night.
- Watched the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup and celebrated in the streets of Chicago
- Saw Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls at Ravinia
- Made a trip up to Milwaukee for Summerfest
- Celebrated the Stanley Cup Champions at the Blackhawks parade
- Ran the Home Team Charity Run 10k and finished on U.S. Cellular Field
- Ran the Rock n Roll Chicago Half Marathon
- Helped 12 apsiring young authors write and publish their own fantasy novels
- Ran my first out-of-country race after completing the Rock n Roll Dublin Half Marathon
- Crossed off three new countries after visiting Austria, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands
- Ate and drank my way through Europe
- Crossed off a life’s list item of having someone dedicate a book to me.
- Ran the Bucktown 5k
- Met Stan Mikita and got to walk on the field at U. S. Cellular during his interview with Gene Honda
- Attended the Blackhawks Training Camp Festival
- Blew my 5K PR out of the water at the Mad Dash to Madison
- Successfully completed my Ready to Run 20 Miler
- Flew to Minnesota to celebrate my nephew’s 2nd B-day.
- Attended the Blackhawks home opener and banner raising ceremony
- Joined my first ever fantasy hockey league
- Running the Chicago Marathon
- Reaching my Team Make-a-Wish Fundraising Goal
- Continuing to chase my dream of taking a picture with the Stanley Cup
- More surprises, races, and adventures.
Despite this year containing one of the lowest lows, this past summer and early fall has also balanced out with some of the highest highs. I am grateful for all the experiences I’ve had, and for the fact that life really does seem to even out in the end.
I still have some catching up to do with Life’s List Items, race recaps (which will likely never get written), and new personal goals. But really, I just want to say that I’m still alive, and still trying to live life to its fullest.