26 in review!

Today is my 27th birthday. As has been tradition on my blog for five whole years now it is time for my yearly review!! Here is 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25!

I have a little disclaimer before I get into the yearly review… To be honest, it has not been the best year. What you’ll see in the review is the happy, good and positive stuff because I’m not one to dwell on the negative and also I don’t feel comfortable airing all of my dirty laundry online. However, this past year, and really the last half of it, have been hard for a number of different reasons.

Overall, my life is great and amazing and I am grateful. It’s really hard to be honest and transparent without getting into the details sometimes, so it’s easier to just glaze over the bad stuff and focus on the good, which is what I’ve been doing. But my life is far from perfect.

To be honest I’m entering the next year of life not feeling in a great place and also a bit confused about what’s next.

All that said, I plan to enter it with an open heart, an open mind and the hope that things will get better and also become more clear.

Now that I’ve depressed you all, let’s review 26 because despite all the complaining above A LOT of great thing happened!


When I was 26…

…My best friend gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl. It’s been such an honour watching her be such a great mom!

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Visited San Francisco for our 4th annual Girls Running Weekend!

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Saw Brad Paisley (one of our all time favourite country artists!) in concert. 

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Watched my beautiful work wife get married!

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Ran a beautiful 20km trail race along the Kettle Valley trail in Penticton

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Watched the Canada vs. USA women’s hockey team play for the gold medal in the Four Nations Cup which was hosted here in Kamloops!


Planned our third annual Christmas Light Run which had eleven people at it this year!! I also completed the #mileaday challenge for the second year in a row.

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Traveled to our hometown of Fort St. John for Christmas with our family up there for the first time since 2011!

Completed the 21 Day Fix.

I started the process of becoming a group fitness instructor at the Y!

Eric and I celebrated our 10-year dating anniversary.

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I ran the Hypothermic Half-Marathon with my friend Sam who was 21 weeks pregnant at the time!

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I taught my first group fitness class at the Y!

Spent six absolutely amazing days in Maui! Best vacation ever!

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My work wife gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby boy!! He is the cutest but I sure do miss her at work while she’s on maternity leave.

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I ran the Blackwell Dairy 15km road race with Eric and many friends. My mom walked the 3km!

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I spent a week in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for a work conference and met Fred Penner while I was there.

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I co-hosted a baby shower for Geralyn and ran another 21km trail race!

Eric and I played slow pitch on a super fun team all spring.

We celebrated three years of marriage and visited the Sunshine Coast where we got married for our anniversary.

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Had lots of family in town throughout the entire summer including both my aunts, cousins, my brother, my dad, Eric’s mom and nephew and my friend Tiffany! Lots of fun family time.

Finally went to Rib Fest!

Went to the drive-in movie theatre with my sister-in-law and our nieces!


Hosted Lisa for an amazing weekend here in Kamloops. My recap is coming soon but in the meantime you can read Lisa’s recap here!

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So the year was full of lots of family and friend time, a few races, an amazing trip to Maui, some awesome milestones like becoming a group fitness instructor and much more. So despite a few not-so-great thing that happened in between all these great things, life is pretty good and I am grateful.

Here’s to the next year! Can’t wait to see what all it has in store. Bring it on, 27.

20 Responses

  1. Kelly says:

    Happy Birthday!!! It looks/sounds like 26 was a bit of a mix year, so I hope 27 brings much more good than bad! I hope it starts with a wonderful birthday 🙂

  2. Lauren says:

    Man, what a busy and exciting year. I hope whatever it is works itself out. You are always on the go and impress me with how hard you work and play. Happy happy birthday,
    Amber! I hope you have fun celebrating.

  3. You packed so much into 26! I always love your birthday recaps as it’s always cool to see how many things you do and the places you visit. I am glad there were a lot of highlights to feature but I am sorry that you’ve got through some difficult times this year and are entering this new year feeling uncertainty about certain aspects of life. Some years are just like that as I’ve been in your shoes. I remember crying on my 32nd birthday as I knew I’d be moving to Charlotte and i was so depressed about the direction my life was heading. 🙁 I know you’ll get through this tough stretch, though, because you are a tough cookie!

    I hope you have a special day, even though you’ll spend the majority of it working! I hate it when I have to work on the evening of my birthday so you should definitely get a full birthday week of celebrating to make up for that!!

  4. Britt says:

    Happy birthday lovely! Middle twenties is a hard time of growth, transition and change. I’m sure you’ll figure out what needs to be sorted. Sending you big hugs and love! Wish you lived closer so we could run and chat! xoxox

  5. Kara says:

    Happy Birthday!! It looks like you had an amazingly eventful past year, with the ups outnumbering the downs! (Also, I thought for sure that you were only a year younger than me, not two! Ugh, I’m olllld!)

    You’re one of my favourite people to live vicariously through, so I hope 27 brings you many amazing adventures!

  6. cheryl says:

    Happy birthday Amber!

  7. Caz says:

    Happy Birthday Amber!
    I’m sorry 26 was kinda shit. But I’m glad you can see so much positive in it. 26 wasn’t a great year for me either, although it brought a lot of life changes. I think that’s what my later 20’s has taught me, is to see the good and fun highlights among a life that is stable (far less changes than in early 20’s) or tough at times.
    I’m sure 27 will bring wonderful things and I hope you have a great time.

  8. Bronwyn says:

    Happy Birthday Amber! Sorry to hear it was such a tough year, but good for you for focusing on the positive! And heres to 27 being a great year or at least one that gets better and better. 🙂

  9. Emilie says:

    I hear you on the negative things. This year has been really tough for me too. Sometimes I feel unauthentic when ignoring the bad things on my blog so I have hard a hard time posting anything lately. I keep telling myself life comes in waves and this is just one of the lower points – it won’t last forever. I’m glad you’re able to focus a lot on the positives as I am sure it helps you get through the harder times. I hope things start to pick up for you soon and that 27 is a wonderful year for you. I hope you find some clarity on whatever has you feeling uncertain – it’s such a crummy feeling to deal with, especially as you embark on a new year of life. Happy 27, friend!

  10. Stephany says:

    I’m sorry 26 wasn’t wonderful for you, even though a lot of good things happened! I guess that’s just the way life goes sometimes. Ups and downs, ebbs and flows. The 20s can be a turbulent time; nobody knows that better than me. I hope you have a wonderful birthday and that 27 treats you a lot better than 26 did. <3

  11. Those are some pretty amazing highlights! What a fantastic year.

    And don’t worry, a lot of the uncertainties that you are probably dealing with right now will go away in your 30’s. i’m kind of amazed at how that happened for me.

  12. Jenny says:

    Happy birthday! Your highlight reel looks amazing, so many good times! I’m so sorry it’s been under a cloud and I really hope that it lifts for you in the coming year.

  13. Nora says:

    Oh, friend. I’m sorry for not being more present in your life; I know we had lots of chats and helped each other through things all those years ok when we were planning our weddings and shortly thereafter. All this to say, if you need anything, I’m always here.

    With that, I’m wishing you so much love and hope for peace and clarity. I can relate to things being a mess, leaving you listless and a bit lost at times. Completely understand why it’s easier to not share them online (I do the same).

    What a beautiful year you have had, overall. I hope this year is just as beautiful, if not more so.

    <3 <3 <3

  14. Holly says:

    Happy belated birthday! I’m sorry you’ve had a “meh” year … at least with posts like this, you can look back at all of the good things that happened! I’m wishing you all the best for 27!

  15. Leigh says:

    Hope you had a wonderful birthday! I’m glad that I got to be part of your year 🙂

  16. I hope that your 27th year brings happiness, clarity and love to you!

  17. Travel Spot says:

    Happy belated Birthday! Phew: you did a lot this last year! I am glad that even though there were some downs, there were plenty of ups to contradict them! When I was 26, I had just graduated college, moved to Europe with a boy, spent all my savings, broken up with that boy and moved back home wondering what the heck I was doing with my life…. So! The paths that lead us to where we are now are filled with twists and turns! I never thought I would end up where I am now, and I am sure in 10 more years, I will say the same thing all over again! I hope your 27th year is filled with many more positives than negatives!

  18. I hope your birthday was wonderful! Sorry to hear that 26 wasn’t a great year for you, but I’m glad a lot of good things happened in between the not-so-good. I hope 27 is your best year yet!

  19. NZ Muse says:

    Oh lord, I hear you. 26 was so, so hard. I don’t feel very optimistic about the future and I think the month ahead may bring some drastic changes. A huge happy birthday to you, and sending good vibes.

  20. Caroline says:

    I know I’m late but happy birthday! Hope it was a good day. I’m sorry 26 was hard. I can definitely relate to not wanting to share everything on your blog but then feeling kind of like a phony when you only talk about the good parts of your life. That being said, it looks like there were some amazing parts of 26 and I hope with 27 things start to look up!

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