Every year, I write myself a blog for my birthday as an introspective on the last year of my life and my future goals. This evening, I have spent some time reading back on my birthday blogs starting in September of 2006, my 30th birthday.
I want to start back 14 years ago, I went to sleep a young person excited for her 25th birthday and woke up to a terrible tragedy in our country that would take me ten years to come to terms with. 9/11 changed me as a person as it did many in this country. I learned that the world was not about me and I was a tiny piece of the puzzle of the world.
I was 29 years old when I started this blog and so many things in my life have changed. I have grown a lot as a person in ten years. My first birthday blog was on my 30th birthday, 2006 was one of the worst years of my life but I was looking forward to next year already. I have grown so much in 9 yrs, the day I wrote that blog I had no clue the darkness to come was deep and dark.
Now my 30’s are coming to a close, one more year to embrace them and enjoy being 30 something. My biggest change is that my worrying has really subsided. Last summer, I spent the summer in a tizzy of worry and this summer, I just lived and didn’t worry. One of my long term goals has been to worry less, I finally am realizing that things always work out.
This past year has been a year of professional growth, focusing on my work life and career. That is what I came to TN for and things are looking really good. I have learned a lot and am continuing to learn every day.
I am trying to enjoy each day with the kids as I know my time with them is fleeting. This is our last year of homeschooling Conner and only three more years with E.
One of the best parts of this year, I made new friends in TN. My circle of friends has grown and now TN feels like home. I no longer feel like a stranger here and feel like I have a safety net again.
There are always lessons to be learned, I am a person who tries to learn from her mistakes and better herself each day. I fail just like everyone else but celebrate the small achievements when the happen.
Truthfully, I am kind of looking forward to being 40, I hear it is quite the awakening time in a women’s life where she learns to not sweat the small stuff.
This year I am celebrating with my mom, the kids and Marty. Enjoying a week of vacation from work, renewing my mind, spirit and body.
I still have those books to write…….someone yell at me next year if I haven’t got a manuscript.
Here is a look back at the last ten years:
2007 Funny kid stories and the first time I ever shared that Marty had Renal Failure
2008 Peaceful Easy Feeling
2009 I was in the throes of Marty having renal failure
2010 The birthday Marty was removed from the transplant list
2011 The year that John Ritter’s widow helped me overcome
2012 My favorite blog, written for me by my cousin Andy. A MUST READ
2012 The Year of Jules, a great year for me!
2014 Sharing the book that changed my birthday blues
2014 Looking back on why birthday’s are a big deal to me