So Twenty-Nine years ago today, bright and early in the morning in Orlando, two parent welcomed a baby girl into the world. That girl was me!
Well twenty-nine years later here I am living a pretty nice life in Buffalo. I've got many things to be thankful for and feel like I'm in a pretty good point in my life.
#1- I'm the healthiest I've ever been in my adult life. Shedding seventy pounds was probably the best decision I made in the last two years, it's given me the chance to do so many more things (and do even more shopping!).
#2- On September 25, 2004 on met my now husband when I was least expecting it, (Yes it really does happen when you aren't looking.) And this past year on September 4, 2009 I married him in a beautiful ceremony with an absolutely perfect party to celebrate.
Our first picture:
#3- I have a great family that has always supported me and my choices, and when I married Matt I got an even bigger family. We always have a great time when we get a chance to visit family! I regularly get updates from home and frequent pictures of my newest nephew and niece.
#4- My awesome friends that have been there for me throughout the years! I love how with all my friends we don't have to speak everyday, but we pick up where we left off. And I'm ashamed to say it but sometime it can be over a year between meeting up. Life gets busy, but we're always there for each other.
(Sorry no picture here, but I can't seem to find a good one- guess we need to do more group shots.)
#5- Matt and I purchased our first house three years ago, which has given us a great place to call home and equity in our future. We've taken a diamond in the rough and each year make improvements that will give us a great return on investment when we decide it is time to move on.
#6- My new love is almost finished. Yes, I love my kitchen! Or should I say our kitchen since Matt is the one who designed it and has done all the installation over the last three months! This is certainly the largest investment on our house so far, but personally if I would looking for a house I'd buy this one just for the kitchen! And some of family/friend connections have contributed to this remodel.
#7- Being able to set the goal of completing a half-marathon, and then doing what needed to get done to prepare myself for 13.1 miles of my feet hitting the pavement to cross the finish line! I completed it on May 1, 2010 in 2 hours 47 minutes, which isn't fast but I fulfilled my goal of doing it.
#8- I've been looking forward to my kitchen so I can get back to baking and creating. I've had no access to a stove for three months, therefore no new cake creations or cookies! So those of you that know me personally can be looking forward to some goodies when I visit you in the future.
#9- In December 2009 I decided to start a blog, and by January 2010 I was actually blogging. It started out as a place for me to write about half-marathon training, and has evolved to a way to give the idea of life here in Buffalo. Family and friends seem to enjoy knowing what is going on in our lives, and a few readers appear to enjoy hearing what I have to say or what we're doing. In the future I may also be doing some giveaways- and everyone loves free stuff!
So after completing twenty-nine years of life, I'd say that overall I'm doing very well. I have a great life and I'm sure many opportunities coming in the future. So for this coming year I have a few things I'd like to accomplish before the big birthday. (We all know what number comes after 29!)
So in the next year I plan to:
-Successfully complete the Warrior Dash (details to come)
-Find other exciting events to do with friends
-Purchase of Digital SLR camera and actually learn how to use it
-Do some major baking- trying new recipes and creating my own
-Setting new healthy goals and accomplishing them
-Continuing the house remodel of our two untouched rooms
And adding new things as the year progresses. Happy New Year to Me!