By: Amy Walter

As I sit here the day after Christmas, I can’t help but think of my year, the experiences I’ve had, the friends I’ve made, and all the joy it’s brought me. As you get older and start to lose those around you it makes you realize how short life can be and I don’t want to look back on my life and think about all the things I could have done with it. Thankfully that realization has caused me to get out of my comfort zone and do more things in my life and my community. I’m trying to live by the motto you can always make money, but you can’t always make memories, so today I’m reflecting on how much I’ve enjoyed 2019.

A big highlight of my year was the amount of Brewer games I was able to make, it’s not the shortest drive so I was thankful to get to a few. If you don’t know me, I’m a big Brewer fan and a diehard Christian Yelich fan, not just because of his talent, although he’s of course amazing! But what I like about him is that he doesn’t act like he’s good, I’m sure he definitely knows it but you would never be able to tell, he’s humble and he seems like a genuinely good guy and does so much for other people. So naturally one of my trips to Milwaukee was on his bobblehead day, I wouldn’t have missed it.

I was also able to get in a few weekend getaways with my family, it was sure nice to just get away and relax with loved ones. I also gained the sweetest nephew ever; I now have two nephews and I absolutely love getting to be an aunt. I love that I can spoil them with gifts and then send them home if they’ve had too much sugar which my sister always appreciates.

ATVingOne of my favorite new experiences was my UTV ride with Don from Hayward Power Sports. Growing up we never had an ATV, so riding wasn’t something I had gotten into and I was honestly always nervous to crash one. Thankfully Don drove us through the well-kept trails at a nice slow pace. I loved that I could slow down and appreciate nature and see the Northwoods in a deeper, purer way. If you haven’t experienced our trails you definitely need to take a ride on them.

Another thing I’m grateful for is the opportunity to have worked with everyone at the Hayward Information Center. I don’t think I’ve ever met so many genuinely nice people in one workplace, it was a great part time position to have filled my uneventful days off from my full-time job. Going into the position I thought I knew quite a bit about our area, it turns out I was mistaken. I have learned so much about the community and the people in it that I am extremely grateful for.

This may have been one of my favorite years yet! I can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store. I know there’s no shortage of things for me to try in our area for the upcoming year. Let me know if you have any suggestions!

If you’re still looking for something to do in 2019 don’t forget about Skate with Santa and the alumni hockey games at the Sports Center this Saturday, the 28th starting at 4pm. Wishing you all a safe and Happy New Year!