2015: The Highlights

Staring up at a full sky of stars as the last minutes of 2015 slipped by, I felt nowhere near ready for the new year to arrive. The last year has been challenging and unpredictable, and brought me to the most spectacular places. But, it’s landed me in the new year with hundreds of unedited pictures, two yet-to-be-unpacked suitcases, and a lot to figure out.

In the last twelve months, I worked my first full time job, ate street-side pad thai in Bangkok in the middle of the night, and watched the early morning light illuminate snow-capped Himalayan peaks from my sleeping bag. I stood on top of my first fourteener (one of Colorado’s 14,000+ foot peaks). I wore through two pairs of hiking boots, endured over six feet of snow in a historic New England winter, and hiked through one of the largest single cave passages in the world in Malaysian Borneo.

Now that 2016 is underway, its hard not to spend my time guessing at what the year ahead will bring. With graduation on the horizon, I no longer know what my life will look like by this time next year. It’s like I’ve been following a path laid out for me for the last three years, and now I’m staring off a cliff. The biggest decisions I’ll have to make this year are no longer whether I feel like taking that one class, or where I should go for spring break. There are no guidelines for the decisions I have to make this year, and no advisor to tell me what I should be doing. It’s as exciting as it is terrifying.

But if this year is anything like the last, it will surprise me more times than I can count. With any luck, 2016 will bring us all more time for sleeping under the stars, more passion, and lots more wine. Happy new year!

San Juan Mountains, ColoradoSunrise, Blue Lakes PassBlue Lakes Pass, San Juans, ColoradoSunrise on the Sneffels RangeMulu National Park, Malaysian BorneoMulu National Park, BhutanCave wall, Mulu National Park Canopy walk, Malaysian BorneoBhutanBhutan Prayer FlagsSunset over Tang Valley, Bhutan Sun rises over the Himalayas, Bhutan

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
― Søren Kierkegaard


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