cheers to 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 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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