A new year! SO much to be thankful for. I’ll keep this short and sweet.

First of all, thank you for making my birthday so great. I got to spend about 85% of my day at one of my favorite places. Thanks CrossFit Open. I was able to coach people through a pretty tough, long, mentally draining (ha) workout. I also got to complete said workout, and let me tell you, I am thankful for my fitness because I actually had a lot of fun doing that workout. I had all the sweet treats people brought me. People said incredibly nice things. I spent the entire weekend with people I love. My friend, Josh (who just so happens to be officially launching a brewery in Anderson SOON) made me my very own blue raspberry spiked seltzer (with only 2 grams of carbs per 8 oz serving, I’ll add). Speaking of sugar, my friend Alli T (commander red cupcakes) made me some peanut butter cookies and cream cupcakes because she remembered me saying one time that she should make those to sell! I got to play some nutmeg with some people who mean a lot to me. I had a beautiful Sunday with my man, Dan in Greenville, eating salads and drinking coffee TURN UP.

People are just so thoughtful and said really nice things about me that I don’t deserve. Thank you for that.

I don’t do the best job taking time to reflect. But gaining a new year of age is always a good reason to do that.

When I was younger – like a kid, and then into my 20’s – I looked forward to my birthday because there was always something I “needed” or wanted. And ya know, a birthday is always a good time to get things. And growing up, my parents always made a way to buy me nice things I “needed” or wanted for my birthday. I am thankful for that, for sure.

But the older I get, the more the “having a birthday” meaning just shifts. I love looking back on the past year and being thankful for all of the people who came (and hopefully stayed) in my life and the cool experiences I was able to have.

And then I realize how rich I really am.

And when I say “rich,” don’t get too crazy…I mean rich with incredible people, tasty food, once in a lifetime opportunities, and a day to day life that I wouldn’t trade for anything.

This past year, I had the opportunity to travel to some cool places – from Austin,TX, to Miami, FL, to Boston MA, to ICELAND, and last, but not least, a fun little trip to Jamaica – and then some other little road trips in between (with some fine people, I’ll add).

I was bold enough (I’m a procrastinator and I put things off) to take some scary steps for me. I launched a new website, thanks to my friend Jerry for being patient with me. I started doing this little remote coaching thing. I don’t have it all figured out, but the little success I’ve had with it has been really cool.

I’ve taken coaching a little more seriously, and seriously poured so much into it. I don’t know a lot. I get thrown off a lot. But I care. And I’m having a lot of fun with it.

I’ve tried to expand what little I know about nutrition and food and coaching/accountability with that, and let me tell you… did you know you could be passionate about helping someone love to eat vegetables? I didn’t think that would pump me up as much as it has.

I’ve learned that I need to work on just being myself and knowing that people love me for me – the good, the bad, the really weird, the ugly, and everything in between.

I’ve tried to be a better support system to Daniel, and show how thankful I am for all he does for us. Lots of examples I could give here, but anyway, you get it.

It’s been a great year! Not everything went according to plan. I try to be real, yet not blast anything too negative on here. BUT the cool thing is that there is a time for *everything* When I can focus on what we do have, I feel like we have a pretty perfect life.

I am hoping for even greater things for year 33. Thanks, as always, for reading.