I really thought that 2017 was going to be “my” year, and I can’t say it was a bad one.  I didn’t go on the adventures I was hoping for; that frustrates me.

I had some big plans for my vehicle this year, I planned on saving until next spring to put a big down payment on a new vehicle.  In six months I saved 6k, and I can pat myself on the back for that, but the plan was to save double that or more.

But life doesn’t go according to plan; it was the last week of July when my car died on me.  It took us a few days to figure out that my timing belt broke and my car wasn’t worth anything at all anymore.  Putting in a new engine wasn’t worth the time and cost considering how much money I already spent on the car in the last year.  So I was looking at buying a new vehicle about 8 months earlier than I had expected.  Just peachy, right?

That seemed to be the end of my bad luck thank god, and the rest of my summer was smooth sailing.  We got surprised by the our rental car ending up as a brand new Dodge Charger.  Needless to say, we had a great afternoon car shopping haha!

I moved in with my boyfriend of 2 years this summer and found a little suite to call our own.  We did end up finding buying a 2014 Jeep Cherokee and it’s way more than I could have asked for.

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Earlier in the summer we went down to Penticton for a bike ride that my boyfriend was riding in.  We stayed in a hotel right on the beach and I was able to walk down to the gym in the mornings and grab a juice at the juicery afterwards.  It felt like I was living someone else’s life, I could turn my brain off for once and I really needed that.  Isn’t that what vacations are?  Living someone else’s life?

We went camping for the first time together in September, that brought back a lot of nostalgia from my younger years.  I remembered how much I enjoy laying in bed all day listening to the rain from inside our tent…  I predict we will be doing a lot more of that in the years to come.

October is Walt’s b-day month, and we are headed to the hot springs next weekend in Ainsworth, which I’ve been looking forward to for months now.  I suppose we are making it an annual tradition this being our second year in a row.

I am really counting on a lot of trips and weekend getaways for the next year.  I might just be really disappointed in myself if I don’t.

We’d like to go to Van sometime in the spring, thinking maybe April or May once the weather starts getting a little better.  There’s a few friends we would like to visit, and maybe head over to Vancouver Island for a day or two to see the sights of Victoria.  I’ve got my favourite Uncle and Aunty there that I would love to see.  The Empress hotel looks breathtaking and I would love to stay there for a night.

Next June we have Drumheller planned for a road trip.  The bf has another bike ride he’s doing in the badlands, and of course I need to spend an afternoon in Calgary for my shopping spree of the year.  And maybe we will do some more camping on our way back through the Kootenays.

I’m excited for next year just like I was this year.   There’s always room for improvement and I think every year that goes by there is something I learn.  This time around it was to take more time off for myself to rejuvenate my mind and to experience new things.  I feel like there are so many places to see just within a few hours, or even a few blocks of where I live.  Those quaint B&B’s in the country, and the artsy coffee shop downtown of my own city excite me.  It’s being able to discover something new, and you don’t always have to get on a plane to do that.

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