33 While 33

With each birthday, I find myself reflecting on the previous year, usually in awe of how quickly it flew by while somewhat saddened by how old I am getting. Part of the journey of aging is to appreciate truly living. Making these lists of accomplishments - some small, some big, make me feel a bit more at ease as I get whisked into blowing out another candle on the birthday cake. My 30 while 30 list and 32 while 32 list makes me realize that my thirties have truly been the best years of my life.1. Went to my 6th continent: Africa. 2. Met some amazingly talented people on my travels. 3. Released Sketchbook & Ready Set Go with American Crafts. 4. Visited New Zealand for the first time.5. Got a Nike Fuelband & hit my goal (3000) most days. 6. Carried the same amykathryn handbag the whole year, along with the same iPhone 4S. 7. Cuddled a koala.8. Posted lots of Instagrams. 9. Watched & loved Seasons 1 & 2 of Downtown Abbey. And nearly all the seasons of Breaking Bad. Oh SO good. 10. Got press on Target's online magazine, A Bullseye View. 11. Did 6 months of Project Life. 12. Fed a kangaroo & a baby elephant. (Adult elephant pictured below-they eat the banana whole, peel and all!)13. Shot a little segment for national TV - TBS. 14. Played golf for the first time and liked it.15. Did physical therapy for my knee. 16. Had clients take me to Phuket and Kona. (photo from volunteering in a Phuket orphanage)17. Visited 17 Spotlight stores. 18. Went on a safari. (It was unbelievably amazing.)19. Changed back to a middle part for my hair for the first time in over 8 years. 20. Was a guest on 3 episodes on Paperclipping Roundtable. 21. Played a lot of Scramble With Friends. 22. Completed a "catch" on the trapeze. 23. Taught classes internationally in Lima, Puerto Rico (I think this counts as international), Johannesburg and Cape Town. 24. Took JC to his first Nascar race. 25. Took road trips to Palm Desert and Palm Springs. 26. Didn't cry at a wedding. (I think this is a first in my adult life.) 27. Suffered from exhaustion and recovered. 28. Prayed for JC's mom, Ahpo, and others. 29. Got lots of happy mail. 30. Enjoyed the blessings of wonderful family & friends. 31. Continued to feel grateful for all I have and all I don't. 32. Learned to be more patient and trusting. 33. Worked really hard. And finished my first book! And there you have it. Couldn't have summed it up better than my friend, Margie, who said yesterday, "33 was good. 34. Better!" Yes, please! And hello 34!