Peace Out 23...

Holy toledo, I'm 24! Time for a birthday checklist:

Last night I was laying in bed going over a different kind of checklist. A year in review, if you will. If anything, this has been the year of the unexpected.

  • I almost lost my dad to a severe Myocardial Infarction. Luckily, he was working at the time (coincidentally he is an emergency room physician) and was saved by a fast response team.
  • Sufficiently spooked by such a close call, my family has become very serious about cleaning up the way we eat. We exercise more, sweat the small stuff a little less and bond over oatmeal.
  • I said a very difficult goodbye. And I'm finally okay with it.
  • My granddad was diagnosed with colon cancer. He has since had surgery to remove the tumor and is recovering nicely.
  • I launched this blog. Looks like JSA has a birthday in March too ;)
  • I accepted a new position at work (more on this later!)
  • I started running regularly. Well, let's be honest. By run, I mean jog. And by jog, I mean pathetically struggle along.
  • I went abroad again - this time to Ireland (Check it out: I, II, III, IV).
  • I visited 3 more of the 50 states: Maine, Pennsylvania, and Georgia.

Reviewing 23 made me excited for 24...and when I'm excited, I add things to the bucket list. Here are my additions!

  • Start recording some of the meaningful conversations I have with complete strangers. After the fact, of course. It would be really strange, otherwise.
  • Memorize how to say "cheers" in 10 different languages.
  • Go to a really wacky festival.

We will see what this year brings, but it's already off to a good start. Off to hang out with family and friends for the weekend :)