Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Over the Hill

Happy birthday to me! Today is my 40th birthday and I have to admit that I feel better than when I was 20. I am thankful for my second chance. For those struggling with making changes in their life, never give up. It is worth every ounce of energy you put into it.

I had a really nice compliment from a 9 year old yesterday.  I went to my son Zach’s Idaho history field trip last Friday and volunteered to chaperone. On Monday the teacher had all the kids write a thank you note to the adult that was with them. Several we cute and simple like, ‘Thanks for being there so I wouldn’t get lost!’  The last one was nearly a page long (which for a 4th grader is an epic essay!)  He said he loved that I let them run and play and was amazed that I could run as far as I do. The kids were curious about my running because I was wearing one of my race shirts so I told them all about it.

The best part of the letter was when he said that, Zach brags about how wonderful I am at school so it was nice to finally meet me.  Being brag worthy in my son's eyes means more to me than I can put into words. When I started getting in shape my overwhelming goal was to take care of myself so I will be here a long time for my family and to be a good example to those around me.  

I am fortunate that I had brag worthy parents when I was a kid (and still to this day).  My mom would be the school volunteer, the field trip, the one who made something special for holidays.  I would brag to my friends how wonderful it was to have MY MOM come.  When I was a kid I also wanted to be an Eagle Scout just like my dad, which I did.  I wanted to be just like him and I am thankful for his guidance and example.

Every day is a gift.  Make today a great day.


  1. Happy Birthday to you, "Ryan in Boise" (which is what I call you at my house.) You have been a big inspiration to me to un-become (from today's post 5/26/14) the things that are not me, so that I can be the person I was meant to be. Brag worthy, indeed - not only by your kiddos, but by this 50-year-old lady in Vancouver WA. Love your blog site! :)

    1. Thanks! Do I know you? I may but don't recognize the blogger name. I am glad you find some inspiration in what I share. It's funny that I have been at my goal weight for over 4 years now and I often find myself uncomfortable in my own skin. It is definitely a process and just because the scale says you made it I have found that there is still a lot of work to be done. :D

    2. We have never met . . . but I feel like I know you, just from following your blog. Thanks again for the inspiration!
      Sandy Phillips

    3. Nice to meet you Sandy!


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