It’s Been Real, 2016.

This new year, throw Love and Kindness around like confetti!

Munra Point, Love, PNWWhat an incredible year it’s been for me. If my goal was to travel and see as much of our backyard as possible, 2016 was my year.

I welcomed the year in my birthplace in Mexico, conquered the Kalalau Trail in the Na Pali coast of Kauai, drove from mountain tops to shores in the Pacific Northwest, and made my way to the breathing grounds of Yellowstone. Later in the year, ten magical days on the road took us through Tahoe, Yosemite, Death Valley, Sequoia, the Redwoods, and everything in between. We experienced the most uncomfortable heat in the driest and hottest place in the U.S. and met the biggest and tallest trees that grace our Earth. And later I finally ventured into our neighboring country, Canada, for the very first time.

The universe has been so good to me. My fingers couldn’t possibly keep up with writing on my blog.

But like a truly balanced life, we cannot see stars without darkness. These last two months have been hard on both my body and mind. Misfortunes come in 3s, I suppose.

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It all began when my car took its final breath. I was prepared to make a new purchase, but I was not exactly excited for rentals, tow trucks, and taxes. It all put a dent in my wallet, but I bought a new car and I was back on the road. No big deal, I said. Money comes and goes.

Shortly after, I found myself in the emergency room with the haunting pain of gallstones. After having been diagnosed in 2014/15, my body was finally feeling defeated. Surgery to remove my gallbladder was inevitable. I went to the ER twice that day. And I cried on my way to the ER, and I cried after surgery. I cried not because I was in pain, but because I felt like I had let my body down. If there was ever a chance to heal naturally, I failed miserably.

In between post-op doctor visits, I had to rush my kitty to the vet. In 2014, he, too, was diagnosed with a bladder disease (urinary, to be exact). Why was this feeling like a 2014 repeat? My poor little kitty, we are synchronized more than we know.

We’ve both had a lot of time to recover. Thankfully, my job also allows to work from home, but you can imagine what that means for my mind. I’ve felt confined; I need fresh air. 

It’s also worth mentioning that this year I discovered that lack of exercise drives me mad. If I go too long without it, I begin to feel lethargic, uninspired, short-tempered, and with low self-esteem. So it has taken me a lot of effort and patience to give my body the rest that it deserves in order to properly recover from surgery. A perfect reminder to myself (and You) that our ability and choice to exercise should not be taken for granted. Stay active, and learn to love it.

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I’ve spent too much time indoors and too much time in my head. As the year comes to a close, I’m trying to refocus, find clarity, and find calm amidst the noise. These last two months have reminded me to slow down, and…justbreathe.

The reason I am telling you this is because I want to remind you that life is never perfect, and that’s OK. If on a parallel universe you, too, are feeling the same, know that you are not alone. It is important to feel every negative emotion as much as we do the blissful ones. We can all pretend to have our shit together, but reality is we’re all just figuring it out as we go.

But, we humans — we’re pretty rad! Because just as easy as life knocks us down, we have the ability to pick ourselves back up with ten times the strength. That’s some cosmic shit if you ask me.

So as I try to clear my head before the last setting sun of 2016, I wanted to wish you an incredible new year full of blessings, health, love, joy, success, and magnificent transformation! And whatever else helps lift and build you :)

Here’s to an epic 2017! Remember to throw LOVE and KINDNESS around like confetti!

Love & Light,

Denise

OfWildestHeart, PNW

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12 responses to “It’s Been Real, 2016.

  1. Pingback: Photo Diary: Crushing on Winter (Lake Wenatchee) | Of Wildest Heart·

  2. At first I was like, where did she get that photo? Then I was like OMG THAT’S HER!! Awesome!! As a fellow traveler I know you probably love travel gear as much as I do… so I wanted to stop by and say “happy new year!” As a special “new years wish” I am hosting a giveaway on my blog of some seriously AWESOME travel gear! I hope you will check it out, because it would be great if one of my fellow travel bloggers won it! Here is the link! http://thestudenttraveler.org/nalgene-travel-gear-giveaway/

    • Haha, yup! Once upon a time, on a mountain top… I hauled a balloon up with me :-D
      Thanks so much for the reminder! I had seen you post earlier and had been meaning to check it out. Will absolutely do so! :)
      Happy New Year!!

  3. Welcome to the clean slate of the “New Year” where optimism reigns anew. I hope your ambitious travel adventures in 2016 sets the tone for
    continued “wanderlusts” in health and happiness.,

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