Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Twenty-Nine With Four Years Experience

So, my birthday was last month. Usually, this day brings a lot of trepidation and even disappointment. Not this year. (Finally.) I've had some big years (21 baby!), and even a year my husband forgot (oh yeah, you will never live that down, Papi!).

With my feet set firmly in my 30s now, I've become that woman I wondered about 3yrs ago. That woman that knows who she is, and what she wants. I'm feeling a lightness about myself, and it's not just from the weight loss.

So with that in mind, I thought I might take a hand from previous posts and list 10 things I love about MYSELF. In no particular order:

Ten Things I Love About Me
(and things that just make me happy, too)

1.)  My feelings are genuine. If I like your post on Facebook, or leave a comment, know that it comes from the heart. I'm not fake, I don't have time for it nor do I want to explain something like that to my girls. It may seem weird or impossible to some people, but it's true.

2.)  I have a supportive family. Starting with my mom and ending with my husband, I have love and I know love.

3.)  Two words: My Girls. I love watching them grow into little ladies. I struggle daily with setting a good example for them, but it helps me to constantly improve upon myself. I love being able to see their personalities and personal styles form.

4.)  The me I used to be. I have done "some things" in my day. You know what? They made me who I am. I can draw on my past experiences and say, "Ooh, maybe we don't want to go there again." Or, "That was a pretty wicked time!" I've got memories to turn to as my girls grow up, and they may be in some of the same predicaments I was in. Memories are lessons learned--some good, some bad, all mine.

5.)  My thirst for knowledge. If I don't know something, I will look it up. If a subject interests me, I'll do research on it. Smart is cool, people. Smart is cool. 

6.) My best feature is my hair. I still remember the kids in junior high telling me I had Jhirmack (ha! talk about dating myself!) hair. I had boys try to tie it in knots. It was a daily test to see if my hair could be messed up. Nope. I have awesome hair. A few flips of the head, run my fingers through it, and "voila!" it looks the same way it started. Be jealous. (Except for that home perm. That was not my best idea.)

7.) I'm growing into my own personal style. I've always known what I've liked. I've always been "preppy." Only recently did I discover my style leans more towards Southern. Too bad my family settled a little north of the Mason-Dixon line. That's okay, I still have my subscription to Southern Living, lol!

8.)  I'm loving my body right now. I know I'm still transitioning. I know I'm still working. But, I'm loving the way my body is changing. I'm excited about all the things that I'm learning about how I fuel my body (there's that thirst for knowledge!), and how the exercises are reshaping me. I am motivated. I am excited. Aagh!

9.)  I love music. My husband complains, but I don't care. I love music. I love singing. Music is just so emotional. I can go from dancing around the living room, to crying just with the change of a beat/song. I can rock karaoke like nobody's business!

10.)  I have the best best friends. My ladies have seen me through some trying times. Apparently, I picked some awesome friends. They keep me sane when my rock (the Hubbs) starts rolling. They have, and always will hold, sacred places in my heart.

So there you have it. I have had quite the life so far. I might not have known it at the time, but I can look back now and love it all. Here's to thirty-three years and thirty-three more (and thirty-three more after that!). CHEERS!

Much Love,

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