2016: A Year in Review

Another year another re-wind!  This year was full of firsts and most of them travel related.  All in all it was a great year, let’s kick it back all the way to January!

January:  Our first trip to London!!!  It was cold but it was fun.  We saw all the highlights but my favorite was the Harry Potter tour!!!!  Pretty sure I died from happiness here.

February:  I got to travel to Atlanta and take a day trip to Savannah.  I fell in love with Savannah and cant wait to take a run-cation here one day.  Seriously beautiful!  I also ran the Gasparilla Half Marathon with Brittany and got my best half marathon time of 2:13!!!!!

March:  My nephew was born!!!  However, you know the saying “if you didnt photograph it, then it didnt happen”.  Well apparently we didnt do anything in March because its a void of nothing on my amazon drive.  After two months of travels sitting at home and relaxing a bit is much deserved.  My calendar says I was in San Antonio and Dallas for work but those are boring places so that explains a lot!  I would post a picture of my too-cute-nephew but I dont think his mom and dad want him all over the web just yet 😉

April:  Its off to the races with a Kentucky Derby themed Gourmet Night which has to be the most fun we had dressing up in quite a while.  Joe and I also traveled to North Carolina and fell in love with Asheville.  I cannot wait to go back to the Biltmore Estate, the Vineary on property is delightful.  I also decided to sign up for my first marathon!  Yikes!!

May:  Work brought me to Orlando and just in time for the opening of Disney Springs as well as the ending of Flower and Garden festival.  I was all by myself but I got to experience a lot of new things at Walt Disney World which was a ton of fun.

June:  Joe and I spent a day celebrating the 2nd anniversary of a local brewery.  It was a day full of laughs and luckily nice weather.  Work also brought me back to NYC where I got to stay in my favorite hotel Archer New York, spent a few days in Atlantic City and did a 7 mile run over the Brooklyn Bridge.

July:  July started our stair-renovation project which took way longer than it should have but I love so much now.  Sometimes the solution is to rip all the carpet up and throw it out a window #noshame.  This is also the month I completed training and became a vacation specialist with Dream Come True Vacations!!!  #dreamjob.  Later in the month we traveled to Las Vegas for a surprise birthday for my uncle and it was a smashing success!

August:  August started with me doing the Blogilaties for Beginners calendar series and loving every second of it (being sore and all).  I also found myself in LA and exploring that city and its terrible traffic.  I also got to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood and getting my butterbeer fix.

September:  ITS FINALLY HERE!!!  PARIS!!!  This month we took our week long trip to Paris and I ran my first international half marathon.  It was everything I hoped it would be and cannot wait to go back ASAP.

October:  October is always a great month because its my birthday month. This year was a big one celebrating the 3-0.  I didn’t cry or anything!  We took this month pretty easy since last month was crazy with Paris and next months will be crazy with half marathons!!

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November:  Back to back race weekends started this month off right.  First up was Wine and Dine race weekend where I did the 10k and the half marathon both with Brittany.  It was just the race weekend I needed to get back on track.  It was also a weekend filled with fun girl time.  I always miss Brittany and Amy.  The next weekend was Superhero race weekend in Anaheim with Joe.  I ran the 10k and half again this weekend but alone and in cooler weather.  It was a great weekend spending time at the parks and with my uncle.  Thanksgiving was great, we didn’t host this year and it was so nice to sit back and enjoy someone else’ hospitality.

December:  Another quiet month before travels this month is all about Christmas and celebrating the holidays and what that means.  I love Christmas and hate spending time away from home because I feel like I’m missing out on the holiday season.  Ending this year with a bang and a New Year’s Eve party at our house that I cannot wait for.

2016, its been a WONDERFUL year.  2017, you have a lot to live up to!

Don’t forget, I can help you plan your vacation to Disney, Universal, Cruises or ANYWHERE!!!  Here is the link to my facebook page or email me at Rachael@DreamComeTrueVacations.com

CHIME IN!!!  How was your 2016?  What is your favorite memory?  Are you ready for 2017?

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Your 2016 was totally insane! I’m so jealous. You got to do so many things that were on your list- Paris looked amazing!

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    1. Lol, Paris was definitely the highlight it’s so beautiful!!!

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  2. Sounds like you had a fantastic year! I’m super jealous that you got to run the Disney Paris Half. You rocked that photo in front of the castle. Which Disney race has been your favorite? I’ve only done the Tinkerbell one and am looking into doing another one in a few years.

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    1. Thank you! My favorite was wine and dine when it was a night race now that’s it’s a day race I don’t love it as much. Tinker Belle is fun, I like princess more because of the variety of characters on course

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      1. I really wanted to do the wine and dine at night. Hopefully, they revert it back to a night time race. I live in California so the Disneyland races were more feasible. I would love to do the princess one soon.

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      2. Princess was my first! Everyone raves about the Disneyland half in September but I’ve never done it

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      3. I might do the WDW one in 2018 for the dopey challenge. I’ll see if I can do the Disneyland half and I’ll let you know how it goes!

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  3. Brittany says:

    Girrrrl you had a great year, cheers to 2017 being full of good runs, adventure, and food!

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