|I hope I enjoy my birthday as much as Grace when she learned there were fries in this bag.|
But in addition to being a birthday celebration advocate, there's another purpose to this post. As I like to do each year, I wanted to take a look at my past 12 months. Especially as we
In this past year, I have:
- Gone on my honeymoon (it was a few weeks after our wedding, so technically, I was married in my last age year).
|Overlooking Lake Keuka in the Finger Lakes, where we honeymooned.|
- We've gotten three new cars (clarification: we got two new to us cars, one of which was totaled by someone who didn't stop behind me, and subsequently, I got an actual new car because it was actually cheaper with the Hyundai sale than getting a used one).
- I left my part time job of four years, started with a new company, and then transferred sites with that same company. So my job has, essentially, changed twice in the last year.
- Traveled to Greece (Athens, Santorini, Crete)
|My husband and I in Crete.|
- Traveled twice to Spain - once with my cousin to Barcelona, Madrid, Cordoba, and Ronda; once with my parents, and all of us siblings and our families, to Catalonia.
|Hiking in Ronda, Spain|
|From the house we rented in Catalonia|
- Signed up and been accepted to Yoga Teacher Training (I start Sept 28th!).
- Celebrated my first Wedding Anniversary.
|Cappuccino I got on our anniversary.|
- Had to titrate completely off all medications temporarily for private, personal reasons. And you might say "this is something to celebrate?" No, but the fact that I'm still here while being off all meds is. Honestly, other than celebrating my wedding anniversary, of all of my accomplishments this year, this was the biggest. It was by far the most difficult (I mean, traveling through Greece and Spain in luxury was tough, but....).
|Actual photo of me off meds.|
- Completed my fifth Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk for Suicide Prevention.
|Finish of this year's Overnight Walk in Philly, at the Art Museum Steps.|
- Had my advocacy work published on numerous sites, including The Mighty, where I officially became a contributor - a huge goal of mine.
- Was nominated for a WEGO Health Award for this blog.
- Became a Pioneer Member of the Savvy Coop, and was chosen to do an Instagram takeover for them.
- Completed No Stigmas Ally Training, and submitted work to be published there.
- Had the first chapter of my novel (or one day novel) published in Wordgathering Magazine. Putting my novel out there for everyone (or the 10 people obligated by blood relation, whatever) to see was super nerve wracking, as I never show anyone my fiction work.
- Been steadily working on getting over my fear of rejection and failure in submitting work and participating in advocacy projects. But for the Overnight Walk, as I've done that before and it's not a "work to be judged" so to speak, every one of the above took huge amounts of courage to pursue. My goal in the past few months has been "go for it". I've had to tell myself, "The worst thing they do is say no." I've made an increased effort to 'raise my hand' when people ask for submissions, participants, and the like. This is huge for me, and something I am hoping to continue to become better at with time.
There were so many literal ups and downs this year - I have a rapid cycling mood disorder, and had to come off meds, after all. But I made it through, and I accomplished quite a bit. And building on that momentum, I have some pretty big hopes and goals for next year, which I'll be sharing in an upcoming post.
Thanks for all of the memories, 38! Looking forward to seeing what 39 has in store!