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2016 It’s A Wrap

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So 2016 was a year of accomplishing new goals and finding myself. Going into 2016 this time last year I was depressed, and unhappy with myself. The person I used to be seemed to be lost. I quickly overcame that by doing things I love such as, rock climbing, hiking running in 5k’s and so on. I began to eat better and I lost almost 20 pounds. I had a spiritual connection with nature in my own back yard and even backpacked the White Mountains. Within the first few months of 2016 I was feeling like myself again and for the first time in a year I was finally happy. I made new friends that became positive influences in my life and helped me accomplish goals. I did things I never thought I would be able to do and I did all on my own. Rock climbing became a big part of my life. It was something that I was actually good at and enjoyed. I came a long way with the sport, I became an influence to others, and was even able to get a sponsorship. All I ever wanted was to influence others. I just want people to know that anything can be accomplished with the right mind set and that is something I was able to do just by sharing my journey with others over the internet. By the end of the year I was able to quit my one night a week bar tending job and get a full time graphic design job that has made it possible for me to drive home a new 2017 Hyundai Elantra. Being in a full time office job is hard since I am used to being so active but with the proper willpower I have been able to manage my active time around my job.

My life has changed a lot in 2016 and it all hasn’t been that great. I gained a lot but I also lost a lot. At the beginning of the year I had to say goodbye to my Aunt and my Grandfather. That was hard and had a big impact on my family life. My mother was hurt more because she lost her sister so I have tried to be there for her as much as  can be. However, that kind of hurt is a hurt that only time can heal. Just a few weeks ago I had to make another hard decision. I had to put down my childhood dog Reilly. Reilly was a boxer and boxers are very prone to tumors which ultimately did him in. Reilly would have turned 11 years old this month and towards his final days he was showing his age. He still had a lot of personality and wanted to jump around but he was getting skinny. He hardly wanted to eat and when he did he couldn’t keep it down. Just seeing him become skin and bones was the hardest thing to see. My family took him to the vet where we found out his stomach was covered in tumors causing him to not be able to digest his food. The vet said he only had days to a week to live. That was the hardest thing I ever had to do. He was my best friend and seeing that last look in his eyes killed me inside. After that I don’t think I ever want a dog again.

Hopefully 2017 will be a little easier. I plan to continue climbing and to kick my ass even more in shape. I would like to apply for a few more sponsorships in the fall but we’ll cross that bridge later. I do have a list of climbs planned and some winter sport activities planed so hopefully I’ll be able to accomplish a lot. My main goal is to save up enough money to plan a climbing trip out to Yosemite so lets do it!

 

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May he be happy in doggy heaven 

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A Better Week

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As many of you may know that the last two weeks for me I have been going through a lot and I really want to thank all of my friends who have been there for me trying to keep me staying happy and my followers who have been there for me along the way. This week was definitely a good one. I spent the beginning of the week doing an athletic photoshoot (you can see the final image on my about page) and a few days were spent at the gym and a lot of time was spent enjoying the out doors. I actually ended up going to a glow party at the Peacedale rock gym on Saturday. IMG_1966They were throwing a three year anniversary party in the dark with black lights and a live DJ. I took the opportunity to go and enjoy myself. My friend Mike and I went together and had a great time.

I did a lot of climbing and bouldering. I climbed a few 5.11’s and 5.12’s but I found it a little more difficult to climb in the dark. Some of the holds glowed under the neon light and some didn’t making some holds very hard to see. I sometimes wasn’t sure if I was on the right hold at all. It didn’t matter anyways because it was a party not a regular gym day. It was more about enjoying yourself and having fun then climbing seriously.

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Here I am bouldering under neon lights

 

 

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Did I mention that there was beer there too?! On the top floor in the gym they had a small “beer tasting” set up. It was pretty cool. Of course you had to be 21 plus to get up there so sorry to all of you under agers but it was a good time. I forgot what kind of beer they were serving but it was some sort of local IPA. I actually really enjoyed it. When I found out there was beer it was juts the icing on the cake. What a good time it ended up being and I will definitely go back if they ever throw another one.

I also ended up getting baby chicks the other day. View my Instagram on the sidebar to see photos! My brothers birthday was a few days ago and he’s been asking for chickens for a while so my parents decided to get him everything he would need to raise them and keep them outside. We ended up with four bantam silkies which are a type of show chicken. They’re not meant for eating and are okay egg layers. We also ended up with nine red rangers which are meat type and egg layer chickens. They’re still little chicks now and I know that all of them won’t make it but I’m so curious to find out what they look like when they get older. I guess I’ll find out in a few weeks! I’ll keep posting more photos!

It ended up being a better week than expected and I know that I will have more to come. I plan on going to the gym either later tonight or tomorrow. I came down with a really bad cold Monday night and it’s still kicking my ass so I’ll see how I feel once I get moving.