Happy February 12th! And happy birthday to me.
It’s hard to believe I am really 33.
I know I say this all the time, but I really feel like I was just turning 21 yesterday. How does time go by so fast?! I guess every year is just a good reminder to slow down a little and enjoy life before it completely passes you by.
Even though it’s my birthday, I thought I’d give you a little gift. I was looking for photos of me at different ages to add in here, but almost all of my pictures are packed away for our upcoming move. I did, however, find this little gem on my computer.
Yup, that’s me! I think that was taken in 1983 or 1984.
I will say this- I am proud to be in my thirties, and so far, this decade rocks. I definitely feel more stable, secure and confident with who I am than I did back in my twenties (and I’m sure that will continue as I age).
32 was a pretty big year- and it definitely was filled with very high and low points (mostly high). In that year, I met a lot of wonderful new friends, quit my job of over seven years and completely changed my career. It was a year of rebuilding for sure, and had a lot of moments of self-discovery. And that’s definitely not over. As I head into this new year, I will continue to figure out exactly where I am headed professionally and I’m really excited to continue that journey. I will also be going through quite possibly the biggest change of my life- moving across the country.
I am really excited about all of these big changes that will continue to take place, and can’t wait to look back another year from now and see how much I’ve grown. And, I plan to make another list of goals just like this one. And I’ll probably add these goals that I never quite accomplished while I was 32:
• Teach my dogs to not freak out when the doorbell rings
• Bake my own bread (in my own kitchen)
• Buy a new bike
• Lose 15 lbs. (or at least fit back into my “hot” clothes)
• Take a class or workshop (non-work related)
• Do something about my cd collection (which is currently just sitting in Rubbermaid bins)- organize it, get rid of some, burn MP3s, etc.
• Print out wedding photographs and make an album
• Get a facial (I’ve never had one!)
Since I posted about this list last week, I was able to check off one item. I downloaded The Happiness Project on my iPad and started reading it. And, I did print out wedding photographs a while ago… I just haven’t put them in an album yet. The other items on the list are a work in progress, and are all still things that I would like to accomplish.
Rather than just focus on what I didn’t do, let’s look back at some the goals that I did manage to check off the list. Here’s a few of my favorites:
#2: Get my personal training certification Obviously I’m really proud of this one. It was not easy to do, and something that I had been talking about for years. I’m so glad that I finally got my butt in gear and got it done!
#12: Hike a 14er in Colorado For our one year anniversary, Greg and I hiked not one, but two 14ers. It was one of my favorite days ever, and the beautiful views from the top of Gray’s and Torrey’s are forever burned in my mind. I still get emotional reading through that post.
#24: Do something that scares me This was most definitely the biggest change of the year. I had been unhappy in my teaching job for so long, but fear held me back from doing anything about it. I finally got the courage and support to quit and move towards a career that I am truly passionate about.
(My last school ID ever!)
I’ll be thinking about all of my additional goals for the year of 33 over the next few days and hopefully have them posted by next week. Last year I created my 32 while 32 list with the thought that I probably wouldn’t accomplish every single goal- and that would be okay.
And it is.
Last year I brewed beer on my birthday. This year will be a little bit different. I’ll be celebrating today by teaching my favorite classes of the week: Spinning and Core Strength, followed by a handful of clients (one of which shares my birthday!), a deep-tissue massage and dinner at Great Sage (YES!) with Greg and my parents. I plan on capping it all off with the best gift of all: a good night’s sleep and not waking up to an alarm in the morning.
What do you like to do on your birthday?