20 in 20: My Heart Map – The White Mountains

AAAAHHH!!!  I can’t believe that in 20 days from now mom and I hit the dusty trail on our Wild Wild West adventure where I will embark on my new book of life.  20 days.  2-0.  I mean, a couple of months ago it was like, “Oh yeah, you know, I’m moving to Colorado…” and now it’s like, “I can’t believe I’m moving to Colorado!” filled with pure excitement and thrill of starting over and self-discovery.

I’m sure you’ve all felt those feelings when you know something big is coming along – a marriage, a trip to another country, a move to another state, starting a new job – and you count down the months, weeks, days, and eventually hours.

But in that time you also do a lot of self-reflection.  I’ve delved into parts of my past and of my life that I want to keep sacred, and remember certain people and places not as a reason to hold on, but a reason to save New England in the inner circle of my heart map.  For those who are unfamiliar, a “heart map” is an emotional map of only the most special people, places and things in your life that make your heart sing and dance – those that keep your heart beating.  And I am blessed with so many wonderful people, places and things here that have kept me feeling truly alive while living here.

The White Mountains are a place that will always feel like “home” to me.  I have so many cherished memories of family get-away weekends, hiking excursions, camping adventures, snow explorations, laughter, and most of all, love.

Franconia Ridge - the Crown Jewels of the Whites!

Franconia Ridge – the Crown Jewels of the Whites!

Waterfalls on the way up to Little Haystack

Waterfalls on the way up to Little Haystack

7 hours round trip on the Ridge for this happy hiker!

7 hours round trip on the Ridge for this happy hiker!

A real hidden gem in the Whites

A real hidden gem in the Whites

Mt. Cube in beautiful autumn

Mt. Cube in beautiful autumn

The views from this 4,000 footer were to die for!

The views from this 4,000 footer were to die for!

To die for... didn't I tell you?

To die for… didn’t I tell you?

Breathtaking (still Osceola)

Breathtaking (still Osceola)

A little family-friendly hike

A little family-friendly hike

Cannon Mountain in the distance

Cannon Mountain in the distance

#Dugganfamilyweekend Winter get-away

#Dugganfamilyweekend
Winter get-away

Snowshoeing love!

Snowshoeing love!

Bear love from Zeb's!

Bear love from Zeb’s!

Gettin' cozy with the Zeb's bear

Gettin’ cozy with the Zeb’s bear

Best buds

Best buds

My furry friend

My furry friend

View from our balcony

View from our balcony

Best coffee with the cousin!

Best coffee with the cousin!

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Our best bud!

Our best bud! In person!

The Cupcakery is no joke!  Maple bacon cupcake?  Yes please!

The Cupcakery is no joke! Maple bacon cupcake? Yes please!

Only the finest barrel pickles for us!  Thank you Zeb's!

Only the finest barrel pickles for us! Thank you Zeb’s!

From the Whites to the Rockies...

From the Whites to the Rockies…

Peaceful

Peaceful

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