Saturday, December 24, 2011

30 sure was a good one

On the eve of my birthday last year I got quite emotional.  I was no where near where I thought I would be when I hit my landmark birthday.  I felt like a failure.  I had no degree, no children, no career...it was tough.  Especially watching friends from high school each turning 30 and being surrounded by children or working at fabulous jobs...it seemed to make me all the more melancholy.   I lamented on Facebook and my friend Jamie told me that turning 30 was awesome for her.  Turns out, turning 30 was pretty awesome for me too.  This year was amazing.  No, more than amazing...perfect.  Sure I got sick, and we had that whole Georgia mess...but we also got Miles, were able to spend almost TWO MONTHS with family, found out we're moving to Italy, Nathan got promoted...and that's just the big stuff. 

Now I sit here on the eve of my 31st birthday and I am so grateful for the year I've had.  I've also learned a few things...can I share them with you? 

Never try and plan your life out -
you'll just stress yourself out and
miss the little things along the way. 
 
Even in the depths of sorrow
there are still beautiful things in life
...they are just harder to find.  
Keep looking. 
 
Hold on to hope.
When things get tough just remember
it is always darkest before the dawn.

A random act of kindness is the 
best mood booster out there.
I guarantee it.   
 
The size of your jeans should not
determine how you feel about yourself.
You are beautiful.

Thank you to all my family, friends, blog buddies and online adoption peeps who have helped make this year so perfect for us.  Here's hoping this year is just as great!

3 comments:

Que and Brittany's Adoption Journal said...

30 was "the year" for us, too. (Que and I are the same age.) I'll always think of it as my best birthday and my best year. :)

Me, Myself and I said...

Half way into twenty-nine and I can't wait to turn thirty! I need some better luck or something, 'cuz the last two months alone have been rough. This post gives be hope for 30!

Max and Joy Chen said...

This blog made my night. I really am so happy for you. You are the success story I've been sharing with friends here. There are so many people waiting for their miracle. You are truly an inspiration.