first of all, you look great. that new moisturizer is definitely working.
but back to my letter (squirrel!).
for someone who is seemingly never silenced, i find myself at a loss for words when attempting to express just how much your 365 days have completely changed my life for the better. i mean, you kicked-off with a trip to australia and will finish with the most perfect new year’s eve celebration spent toasting almond champagne and kissing my love (<– you deserve a medal for dropping that one into my life about halfway through) at midnight.
2015 has some BIG shoes to fill, let’s just say that.
so to give proper credit where credit is due, i want to thank you for everything that has transpired between your bookends. for every last triumph or trial, laugh or tear. for the busy seasons and for the seasons of rest (those seemed to be few and far between). for the challenges and for the sense of “i got this” that ultimately came to proceed it. for surrounding me with the most amazing batch of humans i could have ever asked for -shared DNA or not. thank you for new opportunities and for pushing me out of my comfort zone and for hair that is well past my rib cage. thank you for countless cute outfits and delicious meals and for fulfilling a life-long dream of wearing a britney mic. thank you for the lessons learned and the heartaches mended and the “i told you so” moments when i finally realized that everything really does happen when it’s supposed to and that the best things in life come unexpectedly and are worth the wait.
but mostly, thank you for reminding me of how good i have it. i am blessed beyond measure and i pray i never lose sight of that, even when the tenure of your reign has ended. so as a tribute to you, the highlight reel of your past 12 months:
in january i:
went to australia.
and recapped every last adventure.
in february i:
read some books -including one that has now become one of my absolute favorites.
in march i:
became a centurion at studio barre
had a mini-reunion with my cousins
and got busy in the kitchen:
spaghetti squash crusted pizza
shaved brussels sprouts & kale salad
vegan chocolate chip cookie “blizzard”
in april i:
celebrated easter with my family
talked about how maybe the best hadn’t happened yet (turns out i was a prophet)
and had a solid month of daily outfits
in may i:
got evacuated from my home due to firestorm 2014
went to a padres game with some new friends
and bought a funny card at trader joe’s
in june i:
redesigned my blog (rather, had this gal do it for me)
wrote an article that was featured on darling online
celebrated father’s day with both of my dads
in july i:
met the love of my life (you now know him as S)
and we started the first of what would become many an S & S original
became a studio barre instructor
celebrated my nephew’s first birthday
and celebrated 7 years at ljcc
(hey that rhymes!)
in august i:
did a lot of traveling –
spent a day with the ponies at del mar
and celebrated my barre besties’ 300th class
in september i:
became the proud new owner of a handmade desk (compliments of S)
realized that i can do anything but not everything
and challenged S to a little friendly (tennis) competition
in october i:
remembered that sometimes life gets messy
got a healthy dose of autumn in nashville
shared a little more about my teammate
received a special delivery at work
and celebrated my grandma & (late) grandpa’s birthdays
in november i:
celebrated thanksgiving with S and his family
and watched my cousin become a mrs.
and finally, in december i:
explored dallas with my partner-in-crime and
celebrated a dear friend’s wedding
was approached by Casper to participate in their beauty sleep style challenge
made S’s grandma’s famous lemon sugar cookies
and celebrated four christmases with S in a matter of 24 hours
2014, you’ve been one helluva year. and i seriously can’t thank you enough for all of the fun we’ve shared over the past 365 days. enjoy your much needed break. it’s 2015’s time to step up to the plate.
clear eyes, full hearts, and love always,