cheers to 2015

Friday, January 2, 2015
It's New Years. A time to look back and look forward again; a time to reflect and a time to dream. A time to make things new. As I look ahead at what I have planned for 2015, I am filled with excitement for all the new adventures I'm about to experience: marriage, honeymooning, living together and creating our home, new traditions, new family members (a new puppy, maybe??), a new last name.

Forgive me for going all "wedding" on you, but it clouds my mind.....in the best of ways.

But now, it's time to reflect. 2014 was an amazing year; it got off to a rough start, but the good more than outweighed the bad.


I turned 24 and celebrated by holding a baby tiger...and a liliger. My family said our final farewell to my grandmother, Mom Grout, and our German Shepherd, Abby. I traveled to Austin, Texas, to cheer Ryan on at The Fittest Games and ate some amazing food truck grub. I gave crossfit a try, and fell head over heels in love. I started a new job. I tried [a few too many] beers at the Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival. I went to a Backstreet Boys Concert (Nick Carters still got it). I watched one of my close friends get married. I went backpacking in McGee Creek State Park. I bought a succulent and kept it alive. I was an OKC tour guide when friends and family came to visit. I competed at my first crossfit competition and got a top ten finish. I tried (tried) to make cake balls. I PR'd my clean/deadlift/snatch/front&back squat, then PR'd them all again. And again. I made new friends (even though one left me behind...lookin' at you, Ashley). I road tripped to St. Louis. I met the Budweiser Clydesdales, toured the Budweiser plant, rode to the top of the arch and ate some amazing BBQ. I signed up for Emily Schromm's 21 Day Superhero Challenge and won. I went to the OSU Cowboy's opening game at AT&T Stadium and sat in the front row on the 50 yard line. I placed a bid at the Ace High auction. I got ENGAGED to the love of my life. I went paleo, again. I bought a bike. I competed in my second crossfit competition and got 4th. I toured historic houses in my favorite OKC neighborhoods. I convinced Cole to dress up as Don & Betty Draper for Halloween. We registered for gifts and got engagement pictures taken. We also got in a wreck. I learned how to do kipping pull ups and handstand push ups. Chloe learned how to walk up stairs. I went to my first ugly sweater party...finally! I flew to Kentucky for my last "Bradley Family Christmas" before I become a Martin. I said yes to the dress. I marked a few distilleries off my Kentucky Bourbon Trail checklist. I ended the year with some of my favorite people. We kissed our loved ones as the clock struck 12 and said cheers to what 2015 holds. I know it will the best year yet.




I don't have any resolutions this year, just dreams. Dreams to better myself and goals to meet. Dreams of what the year holds. Dreams of what I want to accomplish.

  • It's wedding season: time to eat as healthy as possible and get in the best shape of my life.
    • January 21 Day Superhero Challenge. Don't cheat. 
    • Fittest in OK Crossfit Competition.
    • Do a handstand....without the wall.
    • PR that dang clean. 158, I'm coming for ya. 
    • Join the 200 back squat club.
    • Become a DU pro.
    • Floss regularly (ha! yeah right) and whiten my teeth. 
  • Plan my dream wedding.....without becoming bridezilla.
  • Enjoy the short time period of being engaged instead of rushing through it.
  • Soak in every second of our wedding day. 
  • Honeymoon. Blue water, beach and bottomless beverages. I can't wait. 
  • Make it to the Pink Pistol and treat myself to a Root Beer Float. Who's with me?
  • Sign the wall at the Copper Penny in Stillwater, Okla.
  • Get on the kiss cam. It's due time. 

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