This year has been a year full of adventures, travels, growth, love, and friendship. I have had a great year! I try to always learn something even when life is determined to be frustrating. It has all been worth it!
Here are some of the things I learned in my 36th year.
- Even “mild” winters in the Northeast are rough for a Texas girl.
- Five hour flights, seated between teenage boys who do not belong to you, are tortuous.
- The sun is an important ingredient for sanity.
- Adventures with my son trump any other adventure. He will always be my favorite travel buddy.
- It does not matter where you meet someone if you have a real connection.
- I underestimate my abilities frequently.
- The peace I feel staring at large bodies of water is a spiritual experience.
- Loyalty does not mean I can never move on.
- The same goes for appreciation.
- My family will always support my dreams.
- Just because he is dreamy and hot… does not mean he is not riddled with douchebaggery.
- Too many first dates in one week leaves me drained and ceases to be fun.
- Bruce Springsteen is the most amazing performer ever. Which can set you up to be blindsided by his other fanatic fans. Just enjoy the show. That’s all you need for a magical evening.
- A good waiter makes a fantastic meal even better.
- Sometimes it is okay to splurge on the ridiculously expensive purse. Well, only if you really love it.
- Meeting new people requires a willingness to engage in conversation.
- Binging on Netflix documentaries can make me a little crazy. (Keep in mind the filmmakers have their own agenda.)
- Red lipstick makes me feel like a million bucks. (Although, it’s important to keep in mind the fact it transfers when you are kissing someone. Oops.) It’s okay- it was totally his color.
- It’s okay that I completely changed my entire belief system. It’s also okay that I am still learning about what I believe.
- I still idolize newsmen. Spotlight was a phenomenal movie and I geeked out seeing journalists as heroes.
- 20 minutes is plenty of time to spend looking at one of the wonders of the world. As long as you get a selfie.
- Good natural light beats a filter any day.
- Sometimes you see a picture of a dog and you know they belong in your family no matter the price or distance.
- Honesty and open communication allow for amazingly intimate relationships.
- The people who love you are not trying to fix you. They love you for who you are at that moment.
- Good friends keep life interesting and keep the loneliness at bay.
- Yoga hurts. Yoga speaks to me. Yoga haunts me. I have mixed feelings about yoga. Obviously. Sigh.
- The miasmic hospital air cannot ruin your life if you find interests outside your career. This sentence is every bit as pretentious as I want it to be.
- I will never be lost if I know where my home is. It’s with my family and the other people I love.
- I have a lot of different definitions of love. I don’t owe anyone an explanation. I get to do it just like Sinatra taught me. “My Way.”
- It’s perfectly acceptable for my career to be about having a job. It does not need to define me.
- My mother is still the first person I want to call with any big or little news.
- I can’t stop buying and reading books. It’s an addiction for me. One I won’t give up.
- Rental cars pretty much suck. Oh, and 100 on signs in Montreal does not mean mph.
- Writing is still my favorite thing. I am still finding my voice and learning how to be authentic.
- You can’t tell the ones you love how much you love them often enough. Don’t save it for drunken ramblings… That diminishes the power of the statement.
- And one to grow on: The comma still frustrates me immeasurably. Damn punctuation.
All in all- it’s been a great year! I am pretty sure this year is going to be just as exciting!
*I really like black and white shirts. It may be time to branch out more color wise.
2 thoughts on “36 Things on my 36th Birthday”
Happy Birthday!!!!! Great pictures! You look so lovely!
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Thank you so much! It’s already been a great day.