So today is my 23rd birthday - and how time flies! I feel like it was yesterday that I was getting married (at 21) and like last summer was only a few weeks ago. And yet, here we are, August 2, 2011. As a reflection on the last year I figured I'd come up with 22 memorable things or noteworthy things from the 22nd year of my life....
1) I learned that living in La Crosse, WI isn't all bad (As AJ made it out to be). I have some great memories of our 6 months there. (June-Nov 2010)
2) I learned what it was like to be on the campaign trail - 24/7. I learned that there are parades to celebrate anything, especially in a small town.
3) I learned that you make friends fast (and in some cases for life) when you're throw together on the campaign trail everyday (and living together too!)
4) I learned that roommates (even when you're married) aren't all that bad and can bring some excitment into your life (Love you Ryan!)
5) We moved to Madison. Being closer to family has had it's perks, but I have missed my dear Minnesota friends and living in Badger land will get real interesting come football season!
7) I learned that dispite how much willpower you have (and how good your 4WD car is) you can't drive through a blizzard from Minneapolis to Madison and expect to make it in one day. I also learned that 24 hour grocery stores are still open, even in a Blizzard, and that Beer, cookies and cold medicine is really all you need.
8) I learned that relying on the Lord's timing takes a lot of prayer and a lot of patience. Something he continues to teach me as I learn to walk with him daily
9) I learned that my 4 years of college paid off and that I wasn't meant for a career as a designer - but in the design industry.
10) I started my first REAL adult job.
11) I learned that daily routinues that are consistent are a great thing, but there is something to be said for the carefree days of college living.
12) I learned that using your natural born talents in combination with what you studied in school is the best way to succeed and be happy in your job - and I know that I'm lucky for figuring that out so young. I have God to thank for that!
13) I learned that it is impossible to make a Siberian Husky cold - you can get close, but not to the point where they actually want to come inside and out of the snow.
14) I learned that throwing a surprise party for your husband is a lot of fun - and hard to keep a secret when you're used to telling him everything. It's even better when you get his mom to fly in from Florida as an added surprise.
15) I learned that weekends are more of a prized possession once those are truly the only days you have off
16) I learned that training and owning a dog is a rewarding and amazing priveldge.
17) I realized that I don't want to have kids for a few years (like 3 or 5). Mostly because I'm more interested in traveling and living life a bit before then.
18) I learned that the start of summer is somewhat less exciting when you're no longer in school (summer events and plans always make it exciting, but you still gotta work 5 days a week). On the flip side, the end of summer is also less saddening.
19) I learned that the first year of marriage goes by really fast. That it probably won't be the hardest and that it also won't be the best. I also learned that working to make your marriage the best it can be is a challenging and rewarding experience.
20) I learned that money is tight when you're young, but being on the right career path is worth the lack of funds. I also learned that budgeting and planning your finanices is a hassle, but also the best thing you can do if you want to stay on track and start to build wealth. (Thanks Dave Ramsey!)
21) I learned that it is possible to run 13.1 miles (in a row) when you train for it. And that my body is capable of things I never thought possible a few years ago.
22) I am constantly learning that when you put your mind to it you can truly be the most beautiful person you always dream of being - both inside and out.
I'm sure I learned much more than 22 things in the past year, and I sm so thankful for all that I learn and how I grow every year. I know the Lord has plans in store for me (and for us), but only time will tell what they will be. So here's to 22 years of life and many many more. :-)