Reflections on my 26th Year

Today I turn 27.  26 was a really good year for me.  Like a really good year.  I feel like I grew into myself this year.  Like I have become the person I was always meant to be.  I know my personality and life will grow and evolve more over my life, and I am sure I will be a much different person in 10 years, but for now it just feels good to say that I really like where I am in my life.

I have always been someone who looked forward to the next step and had a hard time enjoying the present.  In high school, I could not wait to graduate and go to college.  By the end of my senior year in college I could not wait to graduate and get married.  When I was training for my first half marathon, I could not wait to sign up for my first full.  When we lived in an apartment, I could not wait to buy a house.  For the very first time in my life I have the capability of enjoying the present moment.  And what a beautiful moment it is.

So here it is…my 26th year by the numbers.  In the last 365 days I have…

  • Attended 7 weddings.  6 of which I was pregnant for.  From San Diego to Baltimore to Maine to New Hampshire.  This year was full of love

  • Ran 526 miles while training for my 2nd full marathon.  1,002 total miles run in the last year.

  • Stood at mile 25 of the Boston Marathon for the first time with Katie.  Cheering on runners as they braved the heat!

  • Took 10 total pregnancy tests.  1 negative.  9 positive. Just to “be sure”

  • Listened to 150 magical beats per minute at our first ultrasound. 1 overwhelming feeling of instant love and connection to the life growing inside of me happened instantly.

  • Celebrated Stephen’s 5 year class reunion at the one and only college my daughter is allowed to attend.  Ray Bucknell!

  • Attended my 5th Sig Ep Alumni Fund Raiser booze cruise in NYC

  • Watched as the words “Its a girl!” appeared on the screen at my 20 week ultrasound

  • Made countless memories with friends and family.  All of whom I feel incredibly blessed to have in my life

So much has happened this year.  And I sure I missed a majority of it in the pictures above.  Cheers to a wonderful 26th year, and to an even better 27th one!

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