34

Today I turned 34. Thank you for so many of the loving birthday wishes.

Days like these, whether they are birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc. are times that we celebrate, times that we remember, and times that we get a new start. I had an opportunity to do each of these today.

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Today I was celebrated, through song, through food, through gifts, and through time spent with my family.

Today I remember that I have been blessed with 34 years in this life. I remember that even though everything hasn’t been perfect, God has been beside me every step of the way. God reminds me of how much I am blessed through celebration, and the abundant love my family has shown to me throughout the years, no matter what.

Today, though, I am excited that it is an opportunity for a new beginning. Every year between 25 and 30 I always said that would be the year I would lose the weight and trim down. Unfortunately, most of those years showed a net gain, rather than loss. Thankfully, starting with my 30th Birthday I began losing weight. Over the past four years, I have lost somewhere between 130 and 150 pounds. Birthdays showed an opportunity, a jumping off point for me to get my life in order and pursue a change for the better.

Today, I want to make my life better, my walk with God closer, my family more complete, my world a better place. May I work toward new beginnings. I want to dedicate myself to making me a better me in this 34th year.

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