To (some people) in the world, 2016 was meh. For me, 2016 was a great year! I fulfilled my dream of blogging. When I started this blog, I really just wanted to be more creative and have a reason to write. I Heart Regina became so much more than that. Although I started blogging near the middle of the year, I feel like I jammed a ton into that 6 months! And a lot of the time, my family got to come along for the ride. It really is so much more fun to do things with your family and friends.
Here are some of the highlights of 2016 for the I heart regina blog:
I traveled near and far(ish)
I did posts on road tripping to Kimberley, BC, where we hiked, white water rafted, ate, and gazed in wonder at what surely must be one of the most beautiful and unspoiled places on earth. I bounced out of the raft into the freezing cold water. We ate some fantastic food. Plus we saw lakes that were the kind of crystal blue that you only hear about. All in all, it was a fantastic trip. I also went to Toronto to see the amazing Adele (seriously, a spiritual experience) and Niagara Falls. I didn’t blog about it, but I had a fantastic time!
We also did a day trip to the town where many of my relatives are from, Wolseley and Ellisboro, where we meandered across their swinging bridge and visited some old churches. We also saw some creepy old abandoned houses. So creepy, yet so interesting! Ellisboro is in the beautiful Qu’Appelle Valley, which, in my opinion, is one of the prettiest places in southern Saskatchewan. Speaking of the Qu’Appelle Valley, I also climbed the hill at Lebret to the old church that sits on the side of the hill. No longer used, it’s a lovely vision, watching over Pasqua Lake.
I also headed to Moose Jaw with Zach. He’s living there now, a student of Saskatchewan Polytechnic. He says it’s a sleepy little city, but it is full of charm. And he likes some of the pubs 😉
I met some new people – and reconnected with old friends
I hung out with so many people this year! I talked with my friend and personal trainer, Ryan Barker about his gym, Strength Effect. I started working out once a week, which is all that is required under his resistance training program. I’m still going weekly and having some great results. Mainly, I am so much stronger than I was this time last year. The transformation in my strength is actually quite startling. I have some even bigger fitness goals for this upcoming year, and I will talk about then on my next post.
I also talked with my massage therapist, Todd Rintoul, who is ah-mazing. I go once a month, whether I need to or not (usually I do because working at a computer is hell for my neck and shoulders). It’s not always relaxing, but it is always beneficial.
I also talked with an up and coming barrel racer, Mackenzie, who was competing in the high school competition at Agribition, plus a few other people, like Juanita at Bath Goddess and Lyndsay at Coco Nail Lounge. It was a fun year and I can’t wait to meet some more new people!
I was also fortunate enough to meet some new writers and bloggers. The writing community in Regina has been extremely welcoming. Kenton de Jong who blogs about travel on his website, Kenton de Jong Travel, allowed me to write about a trip we took to Helsinki last year. He also gave me a ton of tips and has been a great inspiration! I also met Jenn Smith Nelson, who is a fantastic Regina travel writer. I had no idea that Regina was home to so many talented writers.
I ate and drank a ton!
I am not sure what I was expecting when I started a blog, but I had no idea that I would be forced (ha!) to eat and drink so much! I won’t blog about anything that I don’t really have first hand knowledge about, so I consumed a ton! I talk about my favorite places to eat cinnamon buns, anything pumpkin, and London fogs. I also tell you my favorite happy hours and about how I learned how to cook fresh rolls.
I took a ton of photos
I think I took close to 5000 pictures this year. Of course, some of them are duds, but there were some pretty decent ones. I enjoyed dusting off my camera and playing around with capturing the beauty that is Regina and Saskatchewan. I did photos of the Legislative Building, Cathedral Village Graffiti, Regina sculptures and the Regina Cemetery. Here are some of my favorite photos from 2016:
Challenges and Successes
2016 was not without its challenges, like typos, design problems, and disappearing apps, but for every challenge, there were multiple successes. I learned WordPress, SEO, Photoshop, and Lightroom. I met interesting people. I ate great food. I saw amazing things.
I had the best time in 2016! I am looking forward to writing and photographing more of what makes Regina so special. If you have any ideas to share with me, either comment below or send me an email at email@example.com. I am always looking for things to do, events to attend, and people to talk to.
Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you next year!