Today, Friday July 13th, I celebrate another year of life. If I wear superstitious, I would be avoiding creepy cats and ladders today. Well, maybe I will anyway just to be safe. Each of my years have been vastly different from the others, growing a little older, and a little wiser (I hope!). Not all life experiences are fun, but I truly believe they each have a purpose in making me a stronger person. Experience really is the best teacher, and as I turn 27, I look back on all I have learned this past year. Saddle up, we are goin’ for a ride!
I learned that you should never take a strangers word on if a hotel is “nice” or not.
I learned that blogging conferences are so. much. fun.
I learned that running a half marathon tired and undertrained, in the rain, is very hard.
I learned that raising money and racing for charity is an awesome thing to do
I learned that you should listen to your body and be you own advocate
I learned that getting a stress fracture will really try your patience and determination
I learned what the inside of an ER looks like
I learned that being married to my soul mate for 5 years is a wonderful thing.
I learned that 6 girls in one van running 126.2 miles in 24 hours is a lot of fun, but a lot of hard work.
I learned that running in a tutu makes racing SO much more fun.
I learned that race volunteering can be almost as fun as participating
I learned that food poisoning is the ultimate torture method and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone
I learned that encouraging and motivating others to be healthy is truly one of my passions.
It has been quite the year, with a lot of ups and downs. I feel as if some really good things are on the horizon for me and my family, and I can’t quite share with you yet, but hopefully soon (I say that a lot don’t I?) I try and remind myself we were never promised an EASY life, just that God would be with us every step of the way. I am trying to take a new approach on adversity as I turn 27. Instead of groaning about it, I am going to try and figure out what I can learn from it, and how it can make me a better person. It’s definitely not always easy but I know it will be worth it. So as I blow out the candles tonight and make a wish, I will be thinking about experience. Although not happy to be another year older, I am thrilled to be another year wiser. I know I have a long way to go, but I am growing every day, towards number 28.
QOTD: What is your favorite part about birthdays? cake? family? wisdom?