10 From 2018
1) 2018 was our 20th year together! We made it a year of celebrating. Hard.
2) While 2018 was our best year yet (we say that every year), it wasn't quite as stress free as we would have liked such a milestone year to be. What was to blame? Our project load. I know, I know, we've been telling you we've been "slowing it down" since 2014. It was much better; just not where we wanted it to be in 2018.
3) You already know that travel is a big part of our life, right? Well, travel played an especially big part as we plotted out this celebratory year. In the end, we were on the road for about 6-months of 2018. This is noteworthy because in addition to the aforementioned work challenges, some serious drama was swirling around various friends and family, and we wanted to be sure to be available to them.
4) We loved Norway. I don't know what to say other than it delivered more than we expected, and that's a tough bar to pass nowadays. Other highlights included a return to Argentina and a first-visit to Brazil. We also spent a lot of time in Scotland and Greece.
5) Getting outdoors deserves its own bullet every year. We immersed ourselves in nature when ever we could and were always on the lookout for a good hike. Going big in 2018, we made it to Patagonia. It was as amazing as we had hoped. But Patagonia’s awful Internet situation nearly did. us. in. (Did I mention work overload was a bit of a problem in 2018?).
6) We made it to our final 14 of the 50 states (and were in 27 states total in 2018). We have ranked them all. Be sure to ask next time you see us. And don't be mad if we don't like your state.
7) We live in the best slice of the world, so Pacific Northwest shenanigans are always part of our plan. For example, we hiked to the "quietest place in America" here in Washington State, and we visited all of Seattle's parks (18!) in one day.
8) To counter our love of all things caloric, fitness is always a prominent theme. For a work project in 2018, we committed to doing Disney's Two Course (run) Challenge (about 20 miles total!). It was associated with their Food and Wine extravaganza, soooo let's just say multiple arms of our world collided in a wonderful way.
9) We also spent our pre-election-day days at Disney getting out the VOTE message. We walked many miles a day outfitted in vote-themed t-shirts, guilting people into hitting the ballot box. Also, with the gap between rich and poor widening at a rapid pace (especially in places like our home base, Seattle), in 2018 we got much more involved in the fight for equality and opportunity.
10) Daily, we're grateful for our health, happiness, and good fortune. Our favorite things remain the simple pleasures that keep us grounded – a long walk to grab coffee, a deep conversation with a loved one, a delicious home-cooked meal. Although we had bulging discs, knee troubles, and we both had pretty major, long-lasting bronchitis in 2018 (complete with inhalers), nothing could stop us.
10 for 2019
1) We're kind of treating 2019 like an extension of our 20th year together. This year, we've made our work load what we'd hoped it would be in 2018 (see #2, above). So the celebration continues!
2) Our biggest changes come at the 10-year marks. A decade into our union, we redesigned everything in our world and embarked on this No Vacation Required life. That was Kent and Caanan V.2. We're ready to introduce V.3 (which, again, we had hoped would happen last year but see above blah blah blah) sometime in 2019.
3) A big part of our forced work slow down has been about going deeper and deeper into only the types of projects that we most love. As Change Strategists, helping individuals and organizations be on purpose, our clients have spent years asking for more tools. We've been working on it, and this plays a big part in V.3.
4) On that note, we want more people to stop hating Mondays. Period. Life is too short to be miserable at work. Or, really, miserable in any aspect of life. As I write this, we're halfway through a project that will guide people out of that misery.
5) We've become big fans of creating "moments" in order to heighten experiences. It's all about learning, and connecting, and achieving in ways that are meaningful and memorable. Ask us about it.
6) We're reading 52 books in 2019. Who wants to join a book club?
7) We're running a half marathon every month.
8) We're getting ourselves deep in nature at least once a week.
9) We're drinking lots of champagne in 2019. The world is nuts. Find reasons to celebrate.
10) We're anchoring ourselves in gratitude, giving back, and – amidst a life full of "once in a lifetime experiences" – the awesomeness of everyday joys. 2019 has already thrown us some curveballs. Nothing is more fulfilling than being able to ride out life's highs and lows with perspective and complete enjoyment of everyday life.
Wisdom is always welcome
Sunrise over Haleakala
Indianapolis Art Museum
Advocating on May Day
Oklahoma at takeoff
Salt Lake City Pride
Badlands National Park
4th of July in Boston
New York City
Delaware = our last state!
Seattle’s 18 parks in one day
Olympic National PArk
Getting people to vote
747 upper deck
Our own villa in Greece
Advocating at Disney World
Running 20 miles at Disney World
Florida National Parks
Lady Gaga at year’s end