I turned 35 today.
35 is one of those anti-climatic birthdays that you really just say to yourself, “Oh, yeah, it’s been another year, hasn’t it?” 35 wasn’t something I was looking forward to, and now I’m officially on the downslide to 40.
I wouldn’t say I have aged gracefully. I’ve gained some weight since my younger days as a swimmer.
I’ve gained some wrinkles…thanks to the swimming and constantly being in the sun.
But overall, it’s been a good 35. I’ve done what I’ve wanted, when I’ve wanted, and had a great time doing it. I have been lucky…and that’s an understatement. I’ve met some great people along the way…some that broke my heart (to pieces), some that made me believe I was good enough, and some that made me laugh. They all are a part of me.
I have this gorgeous husband who helps me a long. I have an even more gorgeous son who tells me he loves me. How much more could a girl ask for?
So, what did I do on my birthday, you ask? I spent my day teaching kids. About genetics and photosynthesis. And I had a blast doing it. They are hilarious at times.
Then, I went to the community college and taught more kids. I got them thinking. I got them sharing. And I think I just may have gotten them to believe in themselves…at least for a moment. It was great. I am now officially a college instructor! How did that happen? This experience was truly inspiring.
Look at this gorgeous classroom. Beautiful.
And tomorrow I get to pick my mom up from the airport. Which means I get to spend the day with my family…it really is what it’s all about. Right?
About other thoughts and ideas…I’ve also decided to go gluten and dairy free with my diet. I have had some health issues that no one seems to be able to identify…mostly skin related. So, I overheard someone saying that they were speaking with a nutritionist and they said that once they get a “sick” person on a gluten and dairy free diet, they almost always get better. So, I’m trying it. What do I have to lose…except maybe a few lbs?
So here’s my shopping list:
Brown Rice Pasta
Brown Rice Flour
Mary’s Gone Crackers brand gluten-free crackers
San-J Sesame Brown Rice Crackers
Low Sodium Tamari Sauce
Beans/Legumes: pinto beans, white beans, kidney beans, black-eyed peas, split peas, lentils, chickpeas/garbanzo beans
Soy Milk or Rice Milk
Nuts: almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts
Clif Bar Nectar snack bars
Larabar Raw Fruit & Nut Snack Bars )
Any suggestions here would be greatly appreciated!
Gray hair hasn’t plagued me, yet…but I know it’s coming soon, but for now, I’m still rocking my blondish brown hair (thanks so my semi-annual highlights).
Cheers to you!