Get It Right Or I’ll Cut You

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So with less than one month until my “double triple” birthday, I’ve decided it’s time to take a stand.

 

This is on behalf of ALL December babies: “Happy Birthday/ Merry Christmas” presents are NOT acceptable. Unless it involves jewelry or a puppy.

 

I’m not asking for presents or anything, that’s not what’s important to me. I just feel so passed over when someone lumps their Happy Birthday greeting in with Merry Christmas.

 

Honestly, when it’s Thanksgiving, do I show up at YOUR house, hand you a can of cranberry sauce and say ” Happy Birthdaysgiving!”? Or maybe at a 4th of July  cookout, hand you a hot dog and sparkler and shout, “Here ya go, Happy Fourth of Birthday!”

 

Seriously though, every year when my birthday comes around, I take that time to reflect on my past year. After all, my birthday IS the end of my year. It’s like my own mini New Year!

Reflecting upon reflecting… is that what I’m doing in this blog?? LOL

 

Amazing Things That Have Happened in my 32nd year:

  1. settling into the amazing new promotion with a job I LOVE
  2. creating deeper friendships with some pretty cool people (Lisa R, Ky, the Webbies and others)
  3. continuing my already amazing relationships with other people (Christian, Messy Jessy & the Atlanta Crew)
  4. re-kindling old friendships (C-Russell Ho)
  5. Taking my first cruise – on the largest cruise ship in the world, no less
  6. Falling off of a carousel horse while drunk on my first cruise – on the largest cruise ship in the world, no less
  7. Spending an afternoon sitting on an amazing Caribbean beach, staring at the endless blue ocean
  8. Learning how to play golf
  9. Getting selecting for the Get Fit With Nick program and starting my weight lost journey
  10. STARTING THIS BLOG
  11. Meeting and falling in love with an absolutely amazing person
  12. Re-claiming my sense of self-worth instead of letting others devalue me and thus, devalue myself.
  13. Becoming a mentor to a kid that really appreciates me.
  14. Maintaining a meaningful and loving relationship with someone that loves me back
  15. Finding a person that I think I could grow old with.
  16. Receiving my first bouquet of flowers from a guy, along with a card that says “Thank You for Your Love”
  17. Realizing that I have parents that will put my happiness first and foremost and not judge decisions I make that they might not agree with… and will support me in whatever I do.
  18. Having enough gumption to step back and count my blessings.

 

 

Crappy Things That Have Happened in my 32nd year:

1. Going on the WORST DATE ever with a guy whose credit card got declined – and I had to pay

2. Dating in a dead end relationship – which thankfully ended (should I put this in the other category?)

3. Ending what I thought were meaningful friendships… I really never though friendships could end.

4. Not going to church as much as I should… mostly because I’m too lazy to get out of bed

5. Getting athlete’s foot (ew)

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When you really step back and take stock of your life, and the people and things that make it up, so often you find many more blessings than you think you have. I have written in other blogs about how I want to make my mark in the world… what I didn’t take into account is how much others have left their mark on me. It makes me thankful for the good and the bad. Every bit of it makes up who I am. And I like me 🙂

 

It reminds me of that Carrie Underwood song, “Lessons Learned” … everything that happens to you is an opportunity to learn something that will help you, or help someone else in return. I’m thankful that, for some kooky reason, something about who I am forces me to reflect each birthday on where I’ve come from and where I’m headed. Without it, I’d be running around in big fat circles.

 

“Lessons Learned”

There’s some things that I regret,
Some words I wish had gone unsaid,
Some starts,
That had some bitter endings,
Been some bad times I’ve been through,
Damage I cannot undo,
Some things,
I wish I could do all all over again,
But it don’t really matter,
Life gets that much harder,
It makes you that much stronger,
Oh, some pages turned,
Some bridges burned,
But there were,
Lessons learned.

[Chorus:]
And every tear that had to fall from my eyes,
Everyday I wondered how I’d get through the night,
Every change, life has thrown me,
I’m thankful, for every break in my heart,
I’m grateful, for every scar,
Some pages turned,
Some bridges burned,
But there were lessons learned.

There’s mistakes that I have made,
Some chances I just threw away,
Some roads,
I never should’ve taken,
Been some signs I didn’t see,
Hearts that I hurt needlessly,
Some wounds,
That I wish I could have one more chance to mend,
But it don’t make no difference,
The past can’t be rewritten,
You get the life you’re given,
Oh, some pages turned,
Some bridges burned,
But there were,
Lessons learned.

[Chorus:]
And every tear that had to fall from my eyes,
Everyday I wondered how I’d get through the night,
Every change, life has thrown me,
I’m thankful, for every break in my heart,
I’m grateful, for every scar,
Some pages turned,
Some bridges burned,
But there were lessons learned.

And all the things that break you,
Are all the things that make you strong,
You can’t change the past,
Cause it’s gone,
And you just gotta move on,
Because it’s all,
Lessons learned.

[Chorus:]
And every tear that had to fall from my eyes,
Everyday I wondered how I’d get through the night,
Every change, life has thrown me,
I’m thankful, for every break in my heart,
I’m grateful, for every scar,
Some pages turned,
Some bridges burned,
But there were lessons learned,
Oh, some pages turned,
Some bridges burned,
But there were lessons learned,
Lessons learned.

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