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2015bestnine

I fell off the blogging bandwagon pretty hard last year. Thankfully I love taking pictures and was able to capture a lot of this year through photos and journaling offline.

Near the end of the year I saw everyone creating their “2015 Best Nine” on Instagram and decided to give in and see what mine would be.

I don’t think I could have asked for a better collage of photos for my best nine. Each one representing a major part of my life this last year. I looked at this collage and thought, “If a picture is worth a 1000 words then this one would be worth so many more…”

In short, what does each picture represent? Here’s the breakdown (left to right)

Top Row

  1. A Thank You Card from Scott
    I remember this card like it was yesterday. When Scott, Tracy and the kids were in Houston for his treatments I would go out every other week to help out and visit with them. One week I was returning to go back to San Antonio and upon getting in the car to drive back I looked down and there was an envelope that said “John” on it. I opened it when I got back to San Antonio and saw this sweet message from Scott. I’m so glad I saved it…
  2. My Relay Outfit for the Toledo Marathon
    Running has become part of my life (even though I slacked for most of 2015). This relay was something that was planned long before I moved to Texas and I’m so happy that I was able to logistically make this happen even after moving to Texas. My running friends have been (and still are) like family to me!
  3. The last picture I took in Ohio
    I guess I should say, “Last picture I took in Ohio as a resident of the state” since I’ve been back a couple of times. I took this on 3/6/15 – the day that I officially moved away from Ohio to begin my life Texas. My entire life packed in that Chevy Tahoe with my two bikes on the back. Crazy to think that this was almost a year ago now!

Middle Row

  1. Scott Participating in the 2015 CrossFit Open
    Scott never failed to amaze or inspire me. Here he was,  currently during the week receiving radiation and chemo and on the weekends was in the gym participating in the 2015 CrossFit Open workout. He never let his diagnosis be an excuse and participated until he was physically not able to.
  2. My First Christmas Tree in Texas
    I never have had a real Christmas tree and so I decided to start a tradition of getting a real Christmas tree the year! It was a challenge for my OCD to decorate a tree that’s not “perfect” but I made it through and was so happy with the outcome. Looking forward to many more trees in Texas.
  3. Cycling in Texas
    Cycling is a big part of my life and thankfully it continues to be a part of my life in Texas. This is one of the many trails here in the San Antonio area and with the amazing weather we have I get to enjoy cycling a whole lot more.

Bottom Row

  1. Football Hall of Fame 5k in Canton, Ohio
    This race was more of a “fun run” for my relay group. We ran together in matching costumes and had a blast doing it! Everyone loved our outfits and we’ve been featured on the website, email newsletter and Facebook page of the race! Such a good time.
  2. Boerne Lake
    I discovered this lake on one of my rides around the little town I live in. I had heard there was a lake but wasn’t sure were (come to find out it’s a few miles north of my apartment). I ride out here often and just relax. It’s a beautiful place to hang out!
  3. Texas Hill Country Sunset
    The sunsets (and sunrises for that fact) are so stunning here. Each one different and amazing. They often capture my attention and my photos do not do them justice. One of my favorite things is to sit on my balcony in my rocking chair and watch the sunset. So peaceful and relaxing.

I’m very curious to see what 2016 has in store and what my nine photos will be like at the end of 2016. I can tell you that on January 1, 2015 I never thought that in 365 days my life would have changed as much as it did.

Here’s to an exciting 2016!
John