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Looking back on summer festivities

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That’s right, folks. Labor Day unofficially marked the end of summer. It’s time to take a look back on this summer before the cold weather creeps in. Dependent on where you are in the world, your summer may just be beginning! If that’s the case, lucky you. 🙂

Travel

I took my first solo trip across the country from Ohio to California. I have always traveled with family and never alone. Work has given me the opportunity to be an independent traveler. There is something enjoyable about traveling alone. I felt like I gained a sense of independence. Shockingly, eating dinner a lot takes a bit of courage!

Next came my trips to Virginia and Maine to visit family. Driving from Ohio to Maine takes twelve hours and six of those hours is spent driving through New York. Just in case you were wondering. Road trips can get a bit stressful, but visiting with family is worth the stress. I was able to spend two weeks visiting with cousins and my aunt that I hardly get to see. And let me tell you, a week isn’t enough. My advice to you is get out there and see your family! Make the time.

Accomplishments

This year I set a goal to visit at least one new place each year. In the first eight months, I’ve been able to visit two new places. California and Virginia were the new places I was able to visit. I want to go back to California so bad, and this time not for work. Be on the look out for more bucket list items to pop up about me visiting that state.

Each summer, my work does what’s called the 20k Challenge. I’ve talked about this in a previous post before. The goal is to complete four 5k races from May through September. In the end, you get a prize for your accomplishment. As of this weekend, I have completed the 20k Challenge! For someone who is not a runner or racer, this is huge for me. I will continue this dedication to completing road races on my path to a healthy lifestyle. 🙂

All in all, I would say that I had a fulfilling summer! Now the question becomes, what does that last third of the year have in store for us all?

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