Hi guys! It's my birthday! Not a national holiday yet but oh...someday it will be. Just you wait.
I'm thirty-one today. 31! What a funny sounding number. Everyone puts so much emphasis on 30, the big three-oh, that anything beyond that sounds like, fake. And kind old too. No longer am I 30 I'm "in my 30's"...yiiiiiiiiiikes.
Whatever. Beyonce is 34 and she still slays it on a daily basis and Helen Mirren is SEVENTY and looks better in a bikini than I did when I ever have or will so there's hope for us all. Age is but a number, right?
On past birthdays I've laid out some big goals for the year to come. At 29 I listed 30 Things to do Before 30...and achieved 6.5. Nailed it. And 30, I vowed, would be the year I stopped being so hard on myself. That's, um, a work in progress. As my current mindset is all about slowing down, being present and relishing the moment, I've decided to forgo making any goals or proclamations about the future and instead express gratitude and thankfulness for just a few things that make Liz-at-31 a pretty great place to be.
THIRTY ONE THINGS I'M GRATEFUL FOR, TODAY, 9/14/15
The Bri-Guy (Did you really expect anything else to come in at numero uno?!)
My Schmoops and my siblings and my whole big, crazy family
THE GOOSE!! So cute, she gets her own bullet.
My friends. Near and far. Old and new. (And I’ll know who my true friends are by who comments on this post!) (I kid, I kid.) (Or do I?!)
My overall health. If I’ve learned one thing in my 30th year, it is that good health is never to be taken for granted.
My legs, for being strong enough to be my main source of transportation and, with some hard work, for being able to run far and fast. (And for the kind genetics which allow these stems to look damn good in shorts.)
A career that (generally!) inspires me, challenges me, excites me...and gives me access to free books, and generous management who not only allow but encourage us to travel, create and build an identity outside of the workplace
Eggs. The perfect food!
Access to clean drinking water
Public transportation (most of the time!)
Brian’s right buttcheek. Brian’s left buttcheek. (To be read in the voice of Hugh Grant from Love Actually.)
Social media, for allowing me to stalk so, so, SO MANY people
Trader Joe and his delightful food emporium
Maintenance workers and line cooks and subway conductors and janitors and all of the people working harder than I’ll ever work, oft unacknowledged, to allow me to live this nice life I live.
Condiments and sauces of all varieties
- This little corner of the internet where I write my silly thoughts and all of the beautiful people who take the time to check in and hopefully laugh and keep my ego afloat. Aka: YOU. Thank you for being here, you’re the best!
xo Liz Hott