January is basically over and life has been so hectic, it's taken me until now to get back to blogging. 2017 was an incredible year but at the same time incredibly busy. I feel like I haven't stopped for five minutes since returning from riding the Elliptigo across Australia.
Reflection is really important to me. Looking back over things that went well and things that could have gone better helps to move forward. Thinking about what makes you feel satisfied and what gives you a sense of purpose is a great indicator of what direction your life should go in. The easy option is not alway the one you should go with!
For me, I love to be outdoors having an adventure but something that I've added to that over recent years is sharing my journeys with the world. I really enjoyed sharing my video diaries as I crossed Australia (Sorry, only on my Facebook page). Putting the footage together at the end of a long day on the road was possibly harder than the ride itself but most definitely worth it to share my story and inspire others.
What came from this was a sense of purpose for me. Everyday people were anticipating the next instalment of the journey. I received messages from people saying that they wanted to have their own adventures and that following mine was the kick up the bum they needed. This sense of purpose gave me the drive to push through the hard days.
But anyway, this isn't a blog about ElliptigOz (that will hopefully come later). This is a blog about how awesome 2017 was. I had some opportunities to do things and go places that were completely unexpected.
In chronological order, my year looked a little like this:
Check out the slideshow below for my fave pics of the year!
As always a massive THANK YOU has to go to all the people who helped me and supported me through all of this. To my old friends, and new friends I've met along the way, your encouragement is superb. I'm sending you all a huge virtual hug right now. Hope it's not too sweaty for you as it's boiling hot over here in New Zealand!!