Birthday Recap #29 (& Trev’s too)

So this is quite delayed! Oops… 

As I mentioned earlier, we celebrated my birthday with some friends. We went to Escape the Room in Houston where you have to solve puzzles, quizzes, riddles, etc to escape the room. You have 60 minutes to escape. We had a group of 7, but some rooms hold up to 14. This was my 2nd time here (different room) but the rest of my friends visited for the first time. We had a great time in the Rec Room which was 80’s themed. We were SO CLOSE to escaping on time but we fell just a little short. Womp womp 

This year was more low-key than last year, but I’m totally ok with that since I spent it with friends. But my husband still managed to make me feel incredibly special. 


I did get a very special birthday gift this year… And here she is – in all of her glory! 

 Trevor’s birthday is just a few weeks after mine and although it was low-key as well, I wanted to treat him to something different and bring back childhood memories. I ordered him an ice cream cake and had candles lit when he walked in the house from work. Silly, but I wanted to show him I listen and make it completely about him (although I’ll never turn away ice cream of any kind). 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!! Here’s to another year full of blessings and growing old together! 

30by30

On Friday, I celebrated my 29th birthday and what a fun time we had (I’ll talk more about that later). As I’ve gotten older, I care more about experiences than things, so for the next year I will be working on my  ’30by30′ list. Listed below are the things I want to do over the next year before I turn 30. Some of these are true bucket list items, and some are things I’ve been wanting to do locally and I just haven’t. The idea came from a friend who has a blog and documented her ’30under30′ list. 

So here it is (in no particular order): 

  1. Skydive 
  2. Swim with dolphins
  3. Go to the Houston Ballet 
  4. Take a cooking class 
  5. Send a message in a bottle
  6. Sing karaoke by myself in public 
  7. Have a meal with 30 different girlfriends at different times 
  8. Send a military care package 
  9. Watch 5 classic films I haven’t seen (any suggestions) 
  10. Parasail 
  11. Go to Hawaii 
  12. Paintball 
  13. Milk a cow 
  14. Attend a painting class 
  15. Go skiing 
  16. Get my LTC 
  17. Run at Memorial Park
  18. Take a dance class (Latin or ballroom) 
  19. Host a cookie exchange 
  20. Wine tour 
  21. 5k fun run
  22. Buy a house 
  23. Texas road trip to Hamilton Pool 
  24. Hike at Enchanted Rock 
  25. Volunteer at an animal shelter 
  26. Zipline 
  27. Perform 30 random acts of kindness 
  28. Read 30 books 
  29. Watch the sunrise and sunset on the beach 
  30. Ice skate at the Galleria 

So there you have it folks! I’m posting this for two reasons: one to look back on in the future and a place to document it all and two for accountability. A few of these things are true bucket list items and some are local things I’ve wanted to do but haven’t. All of these are things I’ve never done (except I have read more than 30 books in a year, but not in a while). 

What are some things you want to do but haven’t? Anything you would add to my list? 

Positive thinking 

  
After sleeping in until 9, I had a great start to my morning with a healthy breakfast, a shot of Kyani Sunrise, NO COFFEE (what, who am I?) and a quick walk outside with My dog, Jax. I got a few chores around the house done before I jumped in the shower and got ready for the day. Now it’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon and I’m mentally going through my to-do list while walking my Jax and listening to a podcast when I get a text from a friend asking for positive affirmations “from the most positive person I have in my life.” This is now the second time this week I’ve been reached out to like this (totally separate situations and people). I couldn’t be more honored to be a positive influence to others but it makes me stop and think about my own journey with positivity. 
Earlier this week, I came across this and thought, ‘wow, that’s something I would write or say.’   

 
This is why it’s hard for me to share my struggles. Because they’re really not struggles most of the time or they could be worse. Over the past 12-18 months I’ve have gotten so much better about sharing my struggles no matter how big or small simply because I am human. Not all days are sunshine and rainbows. And I’m sorry to anyone I’ve led to believe that, but I do believe in the power of positive thinking and having a faith in something that is much bigger than myself. 
I’m not 100% sure why I felt compelled to share this but certainly there are people who could benefit from reading the quote, and also knowing that just because people are positive and happy, doesn’t mean they are or they think they’re perfect. But I can promise that being positive and happy is so much better than the opposite. 

Have a great day friends and thanks for following along with my sporadic and completely random postings. 

January has come and gone 

What a whirlwind of a month. For those who don’t know me well, I have a career in sales. January happens to be the busiest time of year for my company. What a blessing of a month it was. This is the time of year that I REALLY focus on nothing but my career. This year I was able to balance time for myself, family, and my career much better than I had imagined while still having a successful month. 

  
Many blessings flooded our lives outside of my career, this month. Trevor has also found success and love for his new location he’s working at. My friend and I reconnected, which goes to show that God works in mysterious ways. I thought he was closing a door, but he was opening up my eyes to some changes I needed in my life and he gave me a timeframe for it to work out perfectly. A couple of things I have prayed about for some time, came to fruition this month but in such a humble way. 

On the last day of our working month, I unfortunately was rear-ended. Although, I don’t want to dwell on it and go into much detail – it certainly wasn’t how I wanted to end January. But the power of positive thinking and always looking to the bright side of things, allowed me to simply smile through the incident, not completely lose my cool, and continue to celebrate my victory that same night. I love the peace that God has placed on my heart and in my soul over this past year. And that’s a BIG win! 

  
What I really had wanted to share during the month of January was some of my goals for the new year. Well, 32 days into the new year and I still read these every night so I thought what a perfect time to share them with you anyways. 

– say “yes” only to the things I actually want to do or be apart of. 

– live in the moment and really be present. 

– spend more time in nature. 

– allow myself to let others in and share my emotions. 

– drink more water. consume less sugar. 

– grow in my yoga practice. 

– career goals (their own page). 

– become a morning person again and get into a better daily routine. 

– continue to love and take care of myself. 

 

Reflecting on 2015

Well here I am… starting my first blog post on the last day of 2015. I have a million things in my head I want to write about. Really I don’t know if I want to put it all out there for everyone to read about and criticize me for. But I’m doing it simply because one thing I learned this year is, that you just gotta go for it. So here I am sharing with you (or myself) my biggest struggle this past year. 

As I spent the past couple of nights reflecting on 2015 and thinking about what I want out of 2016, I have to be thankful for all of the good that happened because there was A LOT of it. Here are a few highlights:

• much needed family time,

• rekindling relationships with old friends,

• making new friends,

• adventures,

• falling more in love with my husband,

• reconnecting with old hobbies and finding new ones,

• learning and growing in my new career to take me to the next level,

• and making memories that weren’t documented by a picture or video, but will be in my heart forever.

In the midst of all those fun things, I almost forgot about the negative stuff to be honest. If you know me well, you know that I am always looking at the positive and I just push the negative out of my mind because I don’t like dealing with it. This year was all about REdiscovering myself and learning to love the me I have become. The truth is, I love myself and I always have. I’ve been both hated and loved for loving myself too much – seriously. But sometime in 2014, I lost myself a bit. It wasn’t until 2015 I realized it and started finding myself again. This year was so different for me than any other time in my life. Feelings and emotions I’ve never really experienced came up. For the first time in my life that I can ever remember, I had body image issues. Often. You wouldn’t know it if you followed me on social media because typically it would last for 5-10 minutes at a time and not show up again for a couple of days and I was fine. These issues weren’t only weight related either. I had that come up sometimes, but I would criticize myself for having too white of teeth at the beginning of the year to my teeth weren’t white enough. My eyes weren’t the same color blue I was used to having. I didn’t like my dirty blonde hair on occasion. I experienced adult acne most recently that is beyond irritating, along with dark spots I’ve never had. My feet didn’t look good with red or pink polish anymore. My style wasn’t my style anymore either. Then, I had a friend walk out of my life and everything changed. I was happy again about everything. My eyes sparkle. My smile is bright and flashy. My laugh is loud and full. My skin is still crazy, but it doesn’t bother me much. I’m happy in my skin and my full sized hips and thighs. I’m just HAPPY. I was feeding off any type of negativity which is SO OUT OF CHARACTER, until I found myself again. I stopped being who others needed me to be and started being who I needed me to be. I miss my friend often, but I wasn’t the best version of me and I needed time to myself to realize that.

 So my biggest takeaway is that I am exactly where I am meant to be – loving myself again and looking forward to the new year.  

 XO, Savannah