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.
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.
this morning, the alarm startled me awake at 5:30am. i proceeded to have this conversation with myself: what time is it? is that my alarm? is that joe’s alarm? where am i? am i at home?
recently, i was asked about the meaning of my blog name, and i thought i would reiterate that answer here, as it is relevant to this post:
“thefirst2hours, are the favorite two hours of my days. i love stepping outside before the sun rises, and being surrounded by silence. those moments of solitude are the most beautiful moments i know, and they are precious to my being.
thefirst2hours are also the most important two hours of my days. life in this day and age is busy, and it has become far too easy to compromise our health for all of our obligations. but ultimately, it is our decision to make. it is within those first2hours, that i vow i will wake up early, get outside, raise my heart rate, see the world, and not waste those precious moments. i choose to make myself a priority.”