Hi everyone! Sorry for the long break in posts, but life has been so crazy this past week as I traveled from Philly to Alaska, tried to get back to normal life, and ended up ultimately getting super sick. I must have taken a million pictures while I was home, so I wanted to do a quick photo dump before moving on to 2016! Here’s what I was up to at home:
I had an awesome trip to Longwood Gardens to see the Christmas lights with my family! I must have taken a million pictures, but I don’t want to bore you with endless Christmas tree pics so here are just a few.
I went to Pittsburgh to ring in the new year with all of my old friends from Pitt!
Standing in front of the Cathedral of Learning – the building where we had most of our classes
Where I used to do all my studying AKA fake Hogwarts 🙂
Pitt Panther for life!
I went on some really warm runs through the rolling countryside and past more covered bridges!
Running in Reading
Running on Forbidden Drive in Philly while visiting my in laws!
I also did tons of shopping at the outlets and at TJ Maxx (I got some crazy deals on workout stuff!), ate at Chipotle 3 glorious times, played and cuddled nonstop with my dog, hung out with my parents and sister, got coffee with a few old friends who were in town for the holidays, babysat my nieces, and ate lots and lots of Wawa.
Butterscotch Krimpets are my everything ❤
The trip was awesome, but I’m not going to lie – leaving home was so hard. I probably cried 20 times between Friday night and when my flight left on Tuesday afternoon because I was so sad about saying goodbye. I just didn’t want to leave my family, dog, and friends again for an undetermined amount of time. I think the trip was great, but going back there brings back so many memories and feelings that I’ve moved away from, and it’s hard to be back in that. I can’t really explain my mixed emotions about the trip – you probably can’t imagine what it was like unless you’ve moved away from home and gone back for a visit. Just know that if you spent an hour sobbing in the TSA line at an airport last week, you weren’t the only one.
And that last paragraph is probably the reason why I just haven’t had the energy necessary to write this post until now. I am so incredibly happy here in Anchorage and I feel like my trip home shook me up too much for my comfort. And it was really hard to get excited about goals for 2016 and things I want to accomplish this year when I was in a place where I felt like I was back in the past. I was so grateful that after being sick for an entire week, I woke up on Saturday feeling well enough for my first run back in Alaska. It was 30 degrees and sunny, which made for an epic outdoor run with my friend! It was exactly what I needed to feel back to normal, and I spent the rest of the weekend feeling motivated and ready for 2016. I’ve got my official 2016 goals post coming up this week and I’m so excited to share it with you all! This is going to be an amazing year 🙂
How do you deal with tough goodbyes? Do you ever feel strange spending time in your hometown? And for my east coast peeps – what’s your favorite kind of TastyKake? 🙂