My 40th year started with a blizzard and a botched birthday celebration where almost no one was able to make it through the snow-covered streets to my party. I lost my beloved dog of 16 years, I moved, with my husband, across the United States, and I made a career change that proved to be challenging in ways that I never imagined. I also moved into a beachside home, welcomed a new and perfect, fluffy pup into my life, witnessed my marriage strengthen despite the upheaval of our comfort zone, and grew as a professional and a person more than I have in many years. I also had three of my best friends and some wonderful family members visit me in my new home. I have had struggles, I have missed my family, I have led groups of trusting colleagues around the world on tours to 8 foreign countries, and I have semi-fearlessly navigated four countries to which I had never been. I have become an expert with FaceTime and have watched my niece grow up from afar.
|Bella and the hubs|
|40th birthday in a blizzard|
|FaceTime with the niece on her 2nd Birthday|
|Adrienne Visits the HB|
|Family in the HB|
|KDibs in the HB|
|Shae visits us|
|In front of St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow|
|Me and my team in Vietnam|
All of these things are not small and I marvel at the resiliency we possess as human beings to come through challenges with relative ease and how we usually become better people (definitely more interesting people) because of them. I will not say that 40 has been my best year, this would not be true. But I will say that 40 has been a year that I have learned more about myself, my strength, and my worth than any year before. Maybe this is how it always is once you reach a certain age. I am hopeful that my learning continues, that my heart remains open to new adventures, and that my life blossoms in different and exciting ways here on out.
Here's to 41 and all of the surprises in store!