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A Look Back – My One Year Blogging Anniversary

in january of 2015 i decided to launch a blog. i did so with a brief post, and some photos of the destination that inspired me to finally go live – Lake Tahoe. in the past year my blog has molded into a healthy living blog that encourages others to be active, to be outside, and to be themselves. in celebrating the one year anniversary of thefirst2hours, i thought i would share some of my favorite posts from 2015.

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Healthy Holiday Traditions – Tree Hunting

during the holiday season we are surrounded by unhealthy choices: egg nog, Christmas cookies, lazy days, alcohol, football watching marathons, overeating, and more. it is difficult to make healthy decisions during the holidays, but it is doable. one of the best ways to ensure that we are able to indulge during this special time of the year (which i personally believe one SHOULD do in moderation), but still have a balance and stay healthy, is to develop healthy traditions. one such tradition that is a personal favorite of mine, is cutting down our family Christmas tree.

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The Benefit of Hiking with Dogs

there are few companions in this world i enjoy taking to the mountains more than my pups. everyone knows that dogs are (wo)man’s best friend; but did you know that dogs are (wo)man’s best hiking companion? let me give you a few reasons why.Read More »

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Life, Simplified

living a simple life is easier said than done in our modern day world. so easily we get caught up in our work, our social calendars, our “todo” list, money, responsibilities, etc.. every obligation creates a greater sense of urgency and stress.

and then once in awhile, we find ourselves in a place like this,

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Get Lost in Green

portland. where it is cool to…

keep it weird,

have purple hair,

wear your granddad’s clothes,

and get lost in green.

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Live on Bloglovin

great news, thefirst2hours has finally linked up with bloglovin! You can follow my blog with Bloglovin by clicking here. and to celebrate this new community, i thought i would share a visual history of some of the goodies that have been featured on thefirst2hours in days past.

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The Bar Method

in the last few years, barre classes have swiftly gained in popularity.  studios have popped up throughout the nation.  i have heard mumbles of enthusiasm over the workouts; and yet i still had not managed to try it out for myself.  it was about time that changed.  so in thefirst2hours of my visit to my former zip code,  i called up my “barrebabe” friend tracy for some inspiration, and a class schedule.  tracy has been a class instructor at the bar method in hermosa beach for over 5 years, and she rocks the barre bun like it’s going out of style!

i’m convinced that barre classes must be packed full of awesome women … because tracy is awesome, and because this work-out was the brain child of this fancy, german dancing lady:

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Honeymooning Through Alaska’s Kenai Fjords

generally when you hear of a destination wedding, you hear about sandy beaches and bathing suits. joe and i chose a different route. our wedding destination of choice was Alaska, and i traded in my bathing suit for my Patagonia Piolet Jacket. we had two weeks to adventure through this outdoors(wo)man’s dream state, and one of the highlights was a full day kayaking trip through the Kenai Fjords.

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Surround Yourself with Positivity

who we choose to surround ourselves with, greatly influences our lives. parents push children to hang out in the right crowds. those in the religious community continually preach fellowship. in our professional lives, we seek mentors that show us how we can reach higher.  in nearly ever facet of life, we are told to surround ourselves with positive people who encourage us to be better; yet for some reason, we rarely talk about surrounding our selves with an environment that encourages positivity.  i would argue that is it more than the who in our surroundings that influences us, but also the what.

this past weekend my surroundings undoubtedly made me a better person as i adventured through Vashon Island with some of the best people i know – my parents and a dear friend who’s spirit is infectious. Read More »

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When Life Gives you Lemons… Wake up at 4am and Meet at the Trail Head

every year i spend time in Colorado for work.  often times my work trips are spent in cities, but on this particular occasion, i knew i had meetings in Estes Park, Colorado.  the thought had me squirming with enthusiasm.  it was a work trip, and a busy one at that, but when life gives you lemons, you wake up at 4am, drive 45 minutes to meet Mr J and his pup at the trailhead, and squeeze in a 10 mile hike before the work day begins.

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