Today I turn 34!
Interestingly, for the past year, I actually thought I already was 34--I really did! I put it on all my forms, and told people I was 34, even on the race I ran last weekend, I have on my bib, "Age on race day: 34." It wasn't until Christmas, that we were at Ian's family's house and we all started talking about how old we were--I confidently replied, "I'm 34," which was met with an incredulous stare from Ian who said, "Umm..no, we're 33" (our birthdays are a week apart, him being one week older than me). As we did all the math and added up years, I realized that, in addition to being a week older than me, he is also a bit wiser--yes, I'm 34 as of 7am-ish this morning and yesterday I was 33.
I love birthdays--maybe that won't always be the case, but I've always enjoyed celebrating them. They are sort of like New Year's in a way and they are a great opportunity to set some goals and see new things. As I've already mentioned, I have some big goals and hopes for this coming year (and now that I'm 34, instead of turning 35 as I thought, I feel I have an extra year even!).
I hope that 34 will be just as wonderful as 33 was, but perhaps a bit less intense. The past year was amazing, but it was also non-stop go and changes. When I think back to the amount of weddings we shot and the all night drives to double headers in different states, I get a little nauseated. This year I am looking forward to really slowing down my business and focusing again on teaching and on just enjoying the off-time.
Last summer I spent almost every beautiful summer day inside the Empire library or the Airstream, editing. I didn't have a chance to really enjoy the Northern Michigan wonderland as much as I would like, so this summer, I will do that. I have been craving summer lately and I truly cannot wait until that first warm day to take off towards Lake Michigan for a long evening walk with the pups.
34--I don't feel that old. I feel like I'm still 25. But then I think about the things I did at 25 or the beliefs I had, and it seems like a lifetime ago. Tonight we're going to celebrate just a bit with maybe some sushi and a great workout. This weekend I said that all I want to do is go to some antique stores, have an early burger at The Winchester, and do some work around the house--to me, that is enough of a celebration! Here's to a fantastic new year and happy birthday to the many, many, many of you who also celebrate in January!
Huge thank you to Kendra Stanley Mills who took these fantastic pictures; she is a true gem.