Today is my birthday! For the first time in years I am really into celebrating it. And despite the fact that my best laid plans this weekend keep going going awry, I will have fun, damn it. LOL. But seriously, a look at the previous year...
I have been broke, as usual. That's probably not a highlight, but it is a fact. Somehow with creativity and Lori's eternal patience I haven't let it stop me from having fun.
I was able to spend another formative year with Caelen, hence why I was broke. But I would never trade a single moment of that time for any amount of money.
My family has been blessed with each other and miracles. My mother is even, from all reports, recovering amazingly from ovarian cancer. So blessed. Casey and Annette were married. My step-sister Cori married Jonah. And Caelen is healthy, happy and now 4 - his birthday was Thursday.
This picture is of Caelen and me at his birthday party Thursday night. He is proudly displaying the light saber I got him, he has wanted one that made noise since he was about two. (By the way, this is the first picture of myself I have allowed for public consumption, well, for as long as I can remember.)
My work is more fun and fulfilling than ever. I have wonderful co-workers and bosses, it's kind of scary. I am four and a half years into working for DMRG and I am happier than ever here. While I still yearn to write the great American novel, I know the time to sit down and write will come soon.
I have great friends. They are kind, smart and supportive. I am also finding more interesting and intelligent people who have potential to be great friends as well. It's an unexpected gift.
My health is better than ever. After a scare two weeks ago (I'll explain in another post) I am back up and going full speed. In fact, I started the day at the Farmer's Market, helped Lori take the produce to the car and then took my run as the way to get to my dad's house. I had to pick-up my still ailing car. But I am not ailing, I am 103 pounds lighter than I was nearly 14 months ago and have more energy than I could have imagined. I feel fitter, more confident and more open to the whole world. I smile more and I like myself more. Losing weight has lifted me from existing to enlivening any situation I get into. It's fantastic!
So, as I said in the title of this post, it's been a good year. And I am looking forward to an even better one as I step into this next year of my life.
Best always, Ms_H
Weight - 157 pounds (Yes, I have lost 103 pounds now.)