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Monday, September 23, 2013

My 27th Year

This past Thursday I celebrated my 27th birthday... holy cow 27!  Hard to believe I am another year older!  My 27th birthday was celebrated to the extreme -I am talking a full week of celebrating!  A birthday dinner with my parents the week prior, a birthday brunch, a relaxing day of pampering, a romantic dinner with Derek and an extra long weekend spent in the Wisconsin Dells with Derek's Family! 

27 has started off with a bang and I am sure it will only get better!

On my birthday I like to look back at the things I have accomplished, the lessons I have learned and the things I am most proud of from the past year.  Funny how getting a year older always makes you reflect on where you have been, what you have been doing and where you are about to head!  I love that turning a year older always seems like a new adventure is about to begin and that you have no idea what the year has in store for you!  

So with that here are a 10 things that stuck out to me from my 26th year!  Lots of great things from accomplishments, to lessons and  so many things to be thankful for!

1-      I am proud to say that moving home to Minnesota and living on my own was one of the best decisions I have ever made.  I can say that in full confidence now. 
2-      I am proud that  I am going after my dreams and not letting anything hold me back.  It is amazing how a little hard work will get you a long way.
3-      I am proud to say that I have finally run 13.1 miles.  Running my first marathon with Derek by my side was both a huge accomplishment and a goal of mine and in my 26th year I did it! Am I crazy enough to train for another?  Maybe!  Just wait and see!
4-      I am so thankful to have a wonderful supporting family, great friends and a loving boyfriend!  All of these people have made my 26th year amazing and I couldn’t have gotten through it without you all!
5-      I am grateful for wonderful health and the ability to go out and do the things I love. 
6-      A big lesson I have learned is that I cannot control everything.  I am slowly learning to go with the flow.  Let what happens happen!   They always say that everything happens for a reason!
7-      I have learned that a little “you” time is not a bad thing. 
8- Still learning that comparing yourself to anyone will not get you anywhere!  I am hoping this will be a big lesson learned during 27! 
9- I have learned over the past year to not take time for granted - time moves to quickly!  I mean look how quick this past year went! 
10- And finally I am so thankful that I can look back on 26 and know that I lived it well!  I am looking forward to making 27 a year just as good as 26 if not better!  

Happy Monday! 

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