2016 Reflections + 2017 Goals

Wow…2016 is over! Just like that. I keep seeing people online saying 2016 was the worst, and 2016 needs to be over, etc. etc., but for me, 2016 was an amazing year, and I can only hope that 2017 is just as good.

This will be a longer post and is also working as a semi-scrapbook for me to write down some memories :) I do want to finish my travel videos and my goal was to do it before 2017 but doesn’t look like that’s happening lol.

Here are a few things I’m reflecting on:

Year Of Travel

I kicked off 2016 with a trip to Mont Tremblant (Canada) with one of my best friends, and then a few other amazing trips. This is the most I’ve ever traveled in a year, and I’m thankful that I have the flexibility to work from wherever I want.



 It was my first time dog-sledding! Ever since this trip, I’ve been planning my trip back. Hopefully Dan, myself and our 2 friends will be able to go on a little getaway this Februaray!

After that, Dan and I planned a TOTALLY spontaneous trip to Arizona. Literally booked a flight on a Thursday night that left Friday at 8 AM lol. Probably the most spontaneous thing we’ve ever done, but so worth it.

We flew into Phoenix for a long weekend. We went to a Devils game at Gila River Arena which was pretty cool, and of course saw the Grand Canyon. One of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring sights I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately we weren’t able to do much hiking becuase trails were snowy/icy. Another place I need to go back and explore more.

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I would love to do Rim 2 Rim one day, but first need to actually find someone to do it with me lol.

In May, my mom, sister and I went to Paris for a girls trip. I’ve been dreaming about Paris since I was in middle school. And I absolutely fell in love with it. I think I have a problem where I fall in love with every city I go too and can’t wait to go back :-P

We spent a few days in Paris, then flew to Nice for a Coldplay concert, and then flew back to Paris for a few days. We did all of the touristy things and according to my steps app on my phone, we were walking anywhere from 6-8 miles per day. I remember saying we needed to run while on our trip, but that didn’t happen. We were walking all day every day, and way too tired at the end of the day to go out for a run.

My favorite parts of this trip were walking around Montmartre and eating in little cafes, and seeing the incredible blue Mediterranean. I loved our cozy airbnbs that we stayed in. It really added to the experience. Our studio apartment in Montmartre was perfect. Tiny but fit all 3 of us and gave us a truly Parisienne experience. In Nice, our airbnb apartment was only 6 blocks from the beach!



What I loved about this trip is the fact that my mom was with us. My mom has never traveled outside of our usual trips to Paraguay or Brazil. She never in a million years thought she would see the Eiffel Tower. She grew up in Paraguay, and when you hear some of her life stories, you can’t even believe it compared to what our life is now. I’m so glad we were able to make this dream a reality for her – and I think the wanderlust bug bit her a bit after this trip ;)

At the end of June, Dan and I took our yearly trip to Myrtle Beach, though I doubt we will be going this year due to wedding planning and our bachelor/bachelorette trips being this summer (woooo!!!).

We love Myrtle Beach and spend close to 2 weeks there. This year we stayed at an ocean side resort which was great. It was right in the beginning of marathon training, and I loved exploring the side streets and houses in the area (while Dan sat and drank beer on the beach lol). 



When I got back from that trip, about 2 weeks later we headed to Rio for the Olympics, which was probably the coolest experience of my life so far. Well, first we went to Paraguay to visit my family for a week, and then Rio.

I spent my birthday at the Olympic Stadium watching track and field. I mean it doesn’t get much cooler than that!! My brother and I were able to get on the track after the races were over which was even cooler. 





We saw beach volleyball, track and field, and the women’s marathon. Definitely an experience I’ll never forget.

I Ran My 4th Marathon With My Mom

We ran the NYC Marathon in Nov. 6, which was our 4th marathon and 3rd NYC Marathon. While we didn’t run the times we wanted, it will always be a great experience to run a marathon with my mom. I can’t imagine running 26.2 miles without her…nor training for 18-20 weeks for a marathon alone! I don’t think I could do it.

This marathon was the BEST I’ve ever felt (read my full NYC Marathon race recap here). I think NYC Marathon will always be my favorite marathon. The spectators are amazing and the course is challenging but scenic in that you’re running through all five boroughs.

Although I didn’t get to cross the finish line with my mom this time, there is nothing like that feeling of crossing the finish and getting your medal. It makes all those months of training worth it.

I won’t be running a marathon in 2017, but hope to improve my half marathon and 5K times.



I Got Engaged!!!

And the biggest news for 2016 is that Dan and I got engaged! He proposed on Sept. 4 (Labor Day Weekend) and we will be getting married on Sept. 2, 2017. It was perfect and still feels surreal to me. I still stare at my ring all the time when I’m wearing it LOL.


The weekend turned out perfectly. A hurricane was supposed to hit, and he had planned this beach trip for us (under the guise of us going out for LDW with friends). I remember being like, why the hell are we going to the beach if a hurricane is coming??? He was like it will be fine. Afterwards he said he would have taken me to the beach and location where he proposed even if it was raining out haha. But it turned out to be a beautiful day, with the perfect sunset for our post-proposal photos. His friends were hiding and taking pictures when it happened.


I haven’t done much in terms of wedding planning. We have our DJ and videographer but still need a photographer and to reserve hotel blocks…and a bunch of other little things. So all wedding planning tips are appreciated ;)

My 2017 Goals

Not sure how 2017 can top 2016 but I know it will…especially if we are getting married! I’ve started thinking about my goals for 2017, both for personal and business. Here are a few:

  • Get a 5K and half marathon PR
  • Continue growing my social media marketing business – specifically gain 3 new clients within the first 6 months and my first 1-on-1 coaching clients. 
  • Shoot more fitness videos for my YouTube channel.
  • Learn a new skill. This was one of my goals last year which didn’t happen lol. Perhaps playing tennis? Or skiiing?
  • Post on this blog and my marketing blog (pattyrivas.com) at least once a week
  • Try to do Facebook live videos on my business page and FB group once a week. (Want to stay up to date on social media trends and learn about social media marketing? Join my free Facebook group!)

So that’s that. 2016 is over. I’m so grateful for these opportunities and always count my lucky stars. I certainly do not intend for this post to come off as braggy. In writing this post and recap for myself, I am reminded of how lucky I am, especially to have such amazing friends and family, and now a fiance :)

I hope your 2016 was great and that 2017 is even better!!

What is your favorite 2016 memory?


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  1. you sure packed a lot into this year! Next year is going to rock. Happy new year
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…New (Old) Songs To Spice Up your Workout MixMy Profile

  2. I will do Rim to Rim with you ;-) I read about that in Runner’s World a couple years ago, and it had my interest immediately!
    Kimberly Hatting recently posted…Runfessions…the Truth Comes OutMy Profile

  3. What a great year for you! I love all the traveling you got to do – it’s always so much fun to see new places and see new sights. I can’t wait to see where we get to go in 2017!

    I am a pretty positive person, in general, so I choose to focus on the great things about this year. There were some bad times, but they just serve to show how awesome the good things were. :)

    Go get the new year!
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  4. Talk about a year. Congratulations! I am sure you will reach your 2017 goals no problem.

  5. Congrats on an amazing year! Sounds like 2017 is going to be pretty epic for you as well.
    MCM Mama Runs recently posted…Final post of 2016: Year in PicturesMy Profile

  6. I’m so glad you had a great year! Judging from your pics, it sure looks like it!

    I’d love to do Rim2Rim. It’s still on my to-do list!
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Runfessions: December EditionMy Profile

  7. Wow, what a great year! I vote for skiing!
    Coco recently posted…Runfessions And ResolutionsMy Profile

  8. Woah, what a year of traveling AND getting engaged! 2016 was a great year for you, all the best in 2017!
    Anna @ Pipers Run recently posted…Rounding off 2016 – A Year in ReviewMy Profile

  9. We’re totally twining! We. It’s went to Paris and Nice, we both ran our 4th marathon in NYC, and we both got engaged in September :). Woot! Here’s to making 2017 even better! Xoxo
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  10. Dang, what an exciting year!! My husband and I are currently planning a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, our kids have never been to the ocean and that needs to change ASAP!
    Happy New Year, wishing you nothing but the best in 2017!
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  11. What a great year, and I have the feeling that 2017 will be even more memorable for you! How cool that your wedding will be almost exactly one year after you and your soon to be hubby got engaged!
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  12. Congratulations on your engagement! And wow all of the places you visited! My daughter would love to go to Paris one day! My favorite moment of 2016 so far has been watching my two daughters play soccer and dance. My 7th grader has been playing with the high school varsity soccer team. It amazes me how much talent she has at such a young age. My favorite race was Disney Princess Weekend. Happy New Year!

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