Tomorrow I'll turn 29. It feels like it was just yesterday we were cutting into my cake from La Patasserie Choquette at Urban Chestnut last August. But I'm not apprehensive about turning another year older. With the tragedies I cover on a regular basis, sometimes I feel like mortality would be something I think about more often. But for me, all it makes me realize is that life is short and you've got to live it up as best you can. As cliche as that sounds, it's just the way I see things. And these last 12 months have been no different. Getting older hasn't yet seemed scary because each year continues to be better than the last. Here's 28 things that made this year so special.
1. Moving in with my boyfriend. It was one of those moments that I could have easily talked myself out of. It was pretty soon into our relationship (9 months), but the cards fell in the right place at the right time and we took the chance. It was the best decision ever.
2. The most incredible trip to Italy. Go now, start planning, just put the Amalfi Coast on your list.
3. Learning to meditate. Its something I am by no means great at. But I've found taking the moment to count to 10 to calm me down, or breath deeply when my anger wants to take over have made a big difference.
4. Reading more. I've fallen behind a bit, but I've already surpassed last year's book count. I blame my slacking on getting Hulu...those OC reruns have been keeping me up late...
5. New friends. There's nothing like finding girls that get you. And you're never too old to make new friends. I have to credit my favorite app, Instagram, for connecting me with some pretty incredible St. Louis girls.
6. Seeing my sisters more. Both my sisters live away from me but this year we made an extra effort to squeeze in more trips back and forth to each other.
7. On that note, New Year's Eve with my sisters! We threw a party together and it was so special.
8.. Snow mobiling in Tahoe. Hands down one of the most fun things I've ever done.
9. The Women's March. I covered it from a social media perspective for work, but politics aside, it was pretty incredible to see thousands of women (and men) marching together in support of women's rights.
10. Handmaid's Tale on Hulu. Easily the best thing I watched on TV all year.
11. But also Stranger Things. Can't wait for that to come back.
12. Covering the Presidential Debate. I always love covering politics and covering one of the biggest events of the election that happened right here in St. Louis was pretty neat.
13. Getting involved. I joined the CWE Association Board and Young Ambassadors of YWCA and I am so glad to finally be getting back into more regular volunteer work. It makes my heart happy.
14. Sardella, Vicia and Vista Ramen. These restaurants have made my year and my LIFE better.
15. Harry Potter at the St. Louis Symphony. It was straight up magical and I can't wait to see Chamber of Secrets this fall.
16. Miami with Matt. It was our first trip together (besides traveling with his family) and it was so much fun to see his old life there. And tacos, duh.
17. Katie and David's wedding. There is nothing like watching to people you've known forever finally tie the knot. It was a special night surrounded by some of my oldest friends.
18. Buying a new car. My FIRST car. I've always had hand-me down cars which was always 100% fine by me. But it was pretty exciting signing papers and pulling away from that lot with one I bought myself.
19. The Emmy's. I didn't walk away with a gold statue but it really was an incredible honor to be nominated for a story that was very special. There's always next year...
20. Riding a bike again. I never realized that impulse buy at Maplewood Bike's would make such a difference. I have loved riding again and I love that I can basically give up my car on the weekends.
21. More good news stories. I love covering breaking news, but I'm so excited I've had the chance to contribute more to our Imagine a Better St. Louis series. From Arch Apparel to Anew Nature to a fun story about the CWE farm coming soon, these stories sparky my passion for St. Louis.
22. Christmas. This was my first Christmas off in four years and getting to share it not only with my family but Matt's was incredible special. Even if it did mean four different stops...
23. Weekend trips. I am the queen of long weekend trips. It's one of the ways I travel so much. From New York to Lake Tahoe to a long weekend in Rioja, this was a good year for quick vacations.
24. Cooking more! I have stepped up my game and really have started to learn more in the kitchen.
25. Head and the Heart Concert. It was incredible.
26. Learning how to crossword. Its become my favorite part of Sundays. I can't yet do one on my own, but Matt's teaching me the tips and tricks.
27. Live on HLN. Capturing a crazy interview with the widow of the KKK leader landed me my first spot on network television. Perhaps it won't be the last...
28. But the biggest lesson of the last year is realizing there's more than one path to happiness. It's a lesson I struggle with, but more and more I am accepting that there's not just one path, not just one passion, not just one love. There are several and you can't choose wrong. There are probably an infinite number of choices that could lead to happiness, and sometimes giving up one dream means it opens the way for another. Or maybe it's not giving it up, maybe it's taking a longer route to get there, or realizing you don't want to go that way anymore. But here's to another year of figuring it all out.
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