In the last 12 days, I celebrated my 36th birthday and my 11th wedding anniversary. Needless to say, I took stock of my life. As I said adios to my 35 year old self, I took the chance to reflect. Then, during one of the dinners we had to celebrate my big 3-6, my husband asked my college friend and I if we would rather be our 20 year old selves (that’s when we met) or us now/today. Neither of us hesitated to say, “Present day us!”
It’s so true. It has taken many years, much blood, sweat and tears, but the life that I am living now is fulfilled. I like and love my husband with whom I share an incredible family and home. I get to work doing what I love. Plus, my schedule is flexible and allows me to have most mornings and afternoons with my girls. Ah, my girls. Love them…
Luckily, our families are comprised of amazing people. We have a really solid and remarkable group of friends with whom we enjoy spending time. We do interesting things. We eat a lot of great food.
35 was quite a year…A lot happened, both wonderful and trying. I accomplished a lot, but let some things go by the wayside (or, more truthfully, by the waist-side, as that is the part of me that has grown the most this year!). I’m setting out some resolutions for myself this year. I prefer to do these on my birthday instead of New Year’s Day. I don’t know why…maybe because it’s so darn cold in January that I’m not motivated to do anything!!!
Anyway, here are three simple actions I’d like to follow through on this year:
1) Find ever more passion. I’m a pretty passionate person to begin with (I have an opinion on EVERYTHING), and I truly believe that you need a fire that drives you and motivates you and compels you to action. This year, I will live passionately, surround myself with passionate people (since passion is totally contagious), inspire and be inspired and provoke action in others.
2) More lightheartedness. Things have been busy and hectic and exhausting. My fuse has been shorter and my tolerance lower. This year, I will work on deep breaths, taking everything with 5 grains of salt and just a lighter approach in general. I will react less and flow more. I think I just need to deal with everything in a more playful manner.
3) I need to exercise. It doesn’t matter what I do, but I need to get my body moving. I know my level of exhaustion has risen BECAUSE I am not exercising. I don’t enjoy going to the gym, but I need to figure out a way to oxygenate my blood properly – coffee is NOT the answer! And now I sound like every person on New Year’s Day, resolving to go to the gym…But I will! OK, I’m going now.
Ugh, do I have to?