That was… Amazing.

Happy New Year!! 2016; what an era! Symbolically speaking, I think Mariah Carey’s pre-ball drop performance was really a cathartic and hilarious way to wrap up the year. On a global scale, this year I’ve found myself thinking “that’s not good” a bit too often (elections, migrant crises and floods come to mind), but I’d be remiss to glaze over the lighter moments from the year that were truly joyful.

To recap my own top experiences, I compiled one or two of my favorite photos from each month. A year in visuals, shall we say, inspired by Pete Souza’s White House 2016 Year in Photographs. Here we go!

January 1, 2016. First visit to the re-invented Renwick Gallery.

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February 14, 2016. Valentine’s Day trip to the US Botanic Garden.

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March 23, 2016. Neighborhood flowers – a great reminder that DC blooms in early spring.

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April 4, 2016. Post Cherry Blossom 10 Miler – a great reminder that DC can be absolutely freezing in spring, and high winds don’t prevent PRs.

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May 10, 2016. A trip to the White House!

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May 14, 2016. Drew and Ana’s Wisconsin wedding – with the Hooley family!

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June 3, 2016. Bridal party bar hopping in Mystic, Connecticut – and the day of discovering lobster hush puppies and Fisher Island Lemonades.

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July 2, 2016. On a runner’s high during the Bristol Independence Half Marathon.

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August 14, 2016. Puerto Rico vacation group selfie – a groupie?

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September 10, 2016. Smiling in a field of Virginia flowers.

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September 17, 2016. Family at a family wedding.

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October 16, 2016. Tibbet Knob, Virginia hike.

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October 18, 2016. Sunrise jog.

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November 24, 2016. Thanksgiving at the National Gallery of Art.

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December 26, 2016. Hanging with Papa Joe!

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For the year ahead, and like previous years, I haven’t set out any specific resolutions, but rather focus areas in which to hunker down, or continue pursuing! Here they are for 2017:

  1. Keep blogging!
  2. Keep cooking. In 2016 I found my stride in whipping up sautéed creations and fast-casual style dinner bowls. One new ingredient I’m ready to try in 2017: turmeric! I keep reading about all it’s health benefits, and it seems like this ancient Indian spice is the new kale.
  3. Keep running! There’s nothing like it.
  4. Remember to chillax; life’s still not bad after a missed workout or square root problem.

Cheers!

-EmPan

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