Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Nobody Likes You When You're 23...

Today has been a great day.

Boyfriend bought me lunch.  And he came and saw me after Men's Chorus even though he thought I needed to sleep but I just wanted him to come over anyways.  He's the bestest.

Jenna gave me a chocolate nut covered caramel apple.  Quite good quite good.

Lotso people texted me Happy Birthday!  And my family called me!

And then tonight my roommates took me out to eat at Wing Nuts and then ColdStone afterwards.

Am I spoiled or what!?  

I feel so blessed to have such wonderful people in my life.

So I would like to take this time to reflect on my 22 List.  What I learned and all that jazz (complete with Jazz Hands).

I didn't finish everything on my list.  I think this has to do with knowing my limitations.  Maybe working to overcome them or find ways to work around them.  Or using them to my advantage.  I really only didn't get to catch a fish or read the whole Bible cover to cover.

It kind of makes me sad, but then I look at my list.  I did at least 20 new things this year.  And they probably all would not have happened if I hadn't put them on a list!  

Making goals works if you write them down!  I know we're always told this our whole lives but this is proof.  And I think there sometimes needs to be some kind of accountability.  I had told y'all I was going to do these things and I didn't want to feel like I couldn't do it and let y'all down.  So I had to do my list and try hard to get it all done.

Another thing you may have noticed that my original list is quite different than what has ended up on the side.  I think this says something about recognizing what is important and being able to change and be flexible.  Some times we have a plan but things just don't work out the way we plan.  We need to be able to keep our chins up and keep looking forward to see how we can do better in the future or adopt a new idea that better suites our needs.  

I think another thing to be learned from not completing my list is that sometimes it is ok to fail.  How do we learn if we always succeed at everything?  I don't know about you but I feel like trial and error is a big part of how I learn.  I need to know what not to do just as much as what I should do.

Now I have been asked if I'm going to make a 23 List.  Maybe I will.  I hadn't really thought about it much, but it was fun to do.  And it's always good for a conversation.  But if I do I'll post it next week.

If you had a list of things to do in one year, what would you put on it? 

I love you all thanks for making my birthday great.  Thanks for reading my blog!

PS While I was writing this I got a text from Adrian to check my door.  And so I did and I found this:

there was a bag of Reese's taped to the door also

What can I say except I have the best boyfriend ever?!  


Renny said...

That picture is tiny and when I zoomed in the words were all blurry so I couldn't read all of them. Rude.

You've had a birthday, shout hooray! We want to sing to you today. One year older (and wiser too!) Happy Birthday to you!

This month is such a special one it's birthday time for you! We'd REALLY like to celebrate this happy day with you! Zippedy ay and hidey-ho there's something we can do! We'll sing a song that we all know: Happy birthday to you!

Happy happy birthday Shushi dear! Happy days will come to you all year! If I had one wish then it would be a happy happy birthday to you from me!

Ruth said...

Happy Birthday Alicia! Have a wonderful new year discovering more to put on your list!

Anonymous said...

I want to read what is on Adrian's heart to you. You may have to read it to me. Happy Birthday! Now I am brainstorming to think of things for a list.
Love, Mom