Year In Review

2018: Year In Review

2018 was a dramatic year for me. It had very high highs and had some new experiences I had not been a part before. I’ve always enjoyed recapping years though I may have missed some in the past so without further adieu, my 2018 year in review:

  • Traveled to the PNW
  • Proposed to Megan on Cannon Beach, a place where we both had loved and been, but never together. Toasted each other after at the Screw and Brew – a hardware store with a bar
  • Took surprise engagement photos in the Columbia River Gorge
  • Traveled to Olympic National Park
  • Shocked myself, literally
  • Partied with friends, showered by family
  • Married the love of my life in front of our friends in family with tacos, bicycles, live music and cocktails (The wedding was planned by Megan in 3(!!) months). The after party may be one of my favorite memories with all of our friends partying in our hotel room into the morning
  • Traveled to DC after so Megan could work and I could play
  • Ran my first half marathon – I’ll never run a full again
  • Experienced death for the first time when Grandmama died in May with me getting the chance to show her the picture of us at the wedding, one in which she had to leave early because of this very illness
  • Traveled back to the Pacific Northwest for our honeymoon where we spent a week traveling, hiking and camping the Oregon Coast from Astoria to Brookings. I was able to show Megan many of the locations I saw on my bike trip, and saw so many new spots too with the time we had to ourselves
  • Had a fantastic photo shoot with Maggie from Honeysuckle Photography where we were treated to really great views with a Pacific City Wedding Shoot</li?
  • Resigned from my full time job
  • After taking night classes for 2 years, I started at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center as a full time student after being accepted into the Accelerated BSN Nursing Program
  • Adjusted to being a student
  • Introduced the gold chain
  • Traveled to Cleveland, OH (We’re not Detroit!)
  • Completed my first semester of 2nd college
  • Attempted to travel to Maine. Storms delayed us. Storms cancelled us. We canceled the trip and flew to Seattle instead for our 3rd time in the PNW this year
  • Continued to adjust to being a student and a student nurse
  • Saw many more concerts than the anticipated zero
  • Completely redid our bathroom thanks to a leak down below in the crawlspace. Living in a zero-bath house was interesting for three weeks
  • Cheered on the Oklahoma State Football Cowboys after they finally wore the 88 jerseys
  • Traveled to Cave Creek, AZ, a place we had never visited before.
  • Saw the Grand Canyon for the first time
  • Made the Sigma Tau Theta Nursing Honor Society, something I’m really proud of
  • Experienced death once again as Granddaddy needed to go see Grandmama
  • Traveled to Charlotte, NC and Washington, DC for a back-to-back road game with the Thunder
  • Turned 34
  • Started new family traditions for the holidays
  • Studied, studied, studied and fought harder than I have before for the grades that I wanted ultimately making really great friends in the process and completing my 2nd semester in 2nd college marking the halfway point in my nursing program
  • Traveled to the PNW for the 4th time staying in the same AirBnB that we stayed in 2 years ago. This was a first going back to the exact same place. We didn’t do a thing and loved it
  • Spent Christmas with our new families beginning new traditions and fun
  • Will be ringing in the New Year with friends!

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Looking back at 2018, I can see now what an incredible, life-changing year it has been. Fun was had, emotions ran high, places were seen and experiences were cherished. I think what has been the most fun however, is doing all this with the person I enjoy the most. Here we come, 2019.

Happy New Year!

2014: Year In Review

As I have done in previous years, I wanted to look back at 2014.

In 2014, I:

  • traveled by plane, train and automobile in the Pacific Northwest
  • competed and competed well in The Fittest Games
  • grew my hair out
  • became better friends
  • challenged myself everyday
  • became a psuedo-hipster, again (see 2012: Year In Review)
  • was too much of a morning person
  • moved out
  • became a cyclist, again
  • planned a trip of a lifetime, knowing nothing
  • moved in, kind of
  • connected with people on a daily basis
  • rode a bicycle a little bit
  • watched friends challenge themselves everyday
  • vacationed with special people
  • cut my hair
  • took a job
  • moved out, again
  • created, imagined and executed some very fun designs
  • started a new routine

2014 was great. Some big changes and ones that I will have a hard time adjusting to. I was able to experience quite a bit throughout the year and most of them I couldn’t even imagine at the start of the year. 2014, thank you.

2012: Year In Review

2012: The Year of the ?uestion Mark.

In a nutshell, I:

  • road tripped the California coast following the Thunder on a West Coast swing.
  • sold the first house I owned.
  • moved in with my sister and niece.
  • drank coffee on the beach daily.
  • swam with seals and dolphins in La Jolla.
  • held Kinsey for an entire night when she was sick.
  • commuted in LA.
  • found my way to Austin.
  • watched friends get married.
  • worked 3 days a week.
  • trained 7.
  • hitchhiked.
  • became a psuedo-hipster.
  • had an awful awesome mustache.
  • fell in love… with food trucks.
  • discovered how a city “runs.”
  • finished 140.6 miles in under 12 hours.
  • recorded the fastest time ever to sell everything in a room and move cities: just shy of 32 hours.
  • grew my hair out.
  • drove across the United States… CA-OK, OK-SC.
  • spent, regrettably, too little time on my Halloween costume.
  • watched Blake Bell ruin Oklahoma State in person.
  • had a total of 6 roommates, 5 of them being women.
  • celebrated my 28th birthday with pumpkin pie.
  • met new friends.
  • became a Crossfit Endurance coach.
  • determined karma may be a real thing.

The only thing that was for certain in 2012 was uncertainty. Looking back, I had an incredible year of adventures, journeys and enough time road tripping for hours and hours of self-reflection. Thank you to everyone who made 2012 quite an amazing year. See you around the bend, 2013.

2011: Year In Review

2011 was an amazing year for Ryan Doonkeen.

I rolled my ankle. I skied in Wolf Creek, CO. I dated. I celebrated Mardi Gras in St. Louis. I went with a friend across the pond to London. I was in Dallas at the only victory for the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals. I did my first triathlon. I got to hang out at Lake Tenkiller on Memorial Weekend.


I vacationed to Turks and Caicos for an amazing wedding where I met some really awesome people.


I was able to spend time in Stillwater, OK. I was in California for the birth of my niece, Kinsey. I visited friends in Milwaukee where I had some really good beer. I saw a Brewers game up close. I saw one of the ritziest places in the state of Wisconsin, Lake Geneva. I learned to surf in California when


I visited for what I thought was the last time in August. I saw a walk off home run at a Dodgers game.


I went to my first Razorback football game. I rode the EL and ran a marathon in Chicago in 3 hours and 27 minutes. I saw a walk off grand slam at Rangers Stadium in Texas. I was in Kurtis and Becca‘s wedding. I burned bridges. I went as Mega Man for Halloween where those friends from Wisconsin were able to experience Oklahoma.


I went to OSU’s homecoming. I was heart broken in Fayetteville, Arkansas as my Cowboys lost to Iowa State. I turned 27. I made friends.


I won money and ran another marathon in Las Vegas in 3 hours and 19 minutes. In between all my travels, I spent what seemed like every other weekend running with the proverbial bulls alongside Cole and Bo. 2011 was an incredible year. 2012, you better bring your A-game.

I believe I either have or will complete all my goals that I set for the year 2011… well, maybe not all of them completely.

  1. Run 1000 miles – I have 19 more miles in this challenge. I will finish this week.
  2. WHYNOT – I won this one without question. Look at the only paragraph… #WHYNOT
  3. OperationLOBP – This was my mission to get in shape in time for the wedding in Turks & Caicos.
  4. stop drinking coke – I did and then I went right back to it. Snap.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who was involved in making 2011 so great for me!