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.
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!