Happy New Year & Happy Birthday to Me!! 2014

Happy New Year and Happy Birthday to ME!! Another year older and yes another year closer to Willard Scott’s Smucker’s Birthdays on The Today Show. keep-calm-i-ts-my-31st-birthday-2

It is beyond hard to believe that another year has gone by so quickly. Today I am the BIG 3-1!! I am a year older, perhaps wiser, definitely stronger, without a doubt, and absolutely a little less glass half empty kind of girl.

Working on a Dream

This past year has been filled with life lessons both good and bad, moments of joy, celebrations, bonding with old and new friends, heartache, and love. I will fondly look back at 2013 as a reflection of who I am as a person, the type of person that I want to be, and the person that I am trying to become. I learned the importance of home and where I truly belong.


Through resilience, strength, and determination I have learned the importance of learning how to juggle listening to my heart, my gut, and my head. It is very tricky business juggling the three and learning when to jump and when to stand still and take it all in.  One of my proudest moments was continuing my goal of promoting mental and physical health. Accepting who you are flaws and all. Encouraging not only myself, but others as well to stand up and advocate for yourself in regards to your health. Despite a few health obstacles, this past year I completed a goal that I set in 2012; running my first marathon during the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge weekend 2013. Crossing the finish line in Walt Disney World was life altering.

Marathon QuoteA year from now, I don’t want to have any regrets or heartache. Life is all about the little bumps and bruises and the hidden curves along the way. I am embarking on a new outlook towards life. I intend to be bold and follow my dreams, not settling. Listening to my inner voice. Taking chances. Understanding that yes, sometimes taking a chance gives us a second chance.  My wish for next year is to be easier on myself, focus more on the good and less on the bad, and honestly just give myself a break. As many of you may or may not know my middle name is Joy and I’ve decided that 2014 is the “Year of Joy & Making it Count!” and I hope that you will adopt this as your theme too. Whatever happens professionally, financially or personally it will not rob us of the joy that is this life. Go forth, get happy, be joyful, and make it count!

Happy New Year

QOTD: How are you going to make it count in 2014?

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