So, today is my half-birthday! I realize I may be alone in the celebration of this. It's not like Hallmark has half-birthday cards. But they totally should.
When I was young, my grandma and my mom would make a cake and serve half of it with half a candle. It is one of my favorite memories and needs to become a tradition because it means we have survived six more months, and sometimes that is a miracle in itself.
Feel free to join my half-birthday pity party.
However, this day also makes me think of all the things I did not do the first half of this year. It is a mile marker of sorts, helping me gauge my productivity, or lack thereof. But it is also a wonderful motivator and confidence-builder because you realize you actually contribute to society sometimes.
First off, here are a few of the items I have either accomplished, experienced or navigated. Stand back.
1. I started my own business. I have two cooking classes this week so let's pray for safety for all involved.
2. I survived the month of June at work. I am now taking naps under my desk.
3. I have yet to break a bone or sprain a muscle. Amen and amen.
4. I have begun taking the extra fluff out of my life, namely the news and blow drying my hair. Those two things really save so much time.
However, I still have a few things I would like to do in the next six months:
1. Visit a new country. This is a goal every year. Anyone up for Greece? Norway? Peru?
2. See more of my cousins. I miss each one of them, all 46,720.
3. Find a new hobby. I am thinking fly fishing or ballroom dancing. Or both. Or not at all. I really don't know.
4. Fall in love. People do it all the time, or so I hear. And I am really great at it.
5. Rediscover joy. I seem to have lost some of mine and I would like it back. It's a tricky thing, that joy.
6. Run a 5K. Oh, did I just type that? That must have been a mistake. I am so funny.
7. Take a cooking class in something I have never tried before, like French pastry or sushi.
8. Be more kind, generous and patient. It should just happen.
9. Be unbelievably brave and courageous. It is hard to plan for this one but I want to be if the situation arises.
10. Save up now for Christmas presents instead of paying it off in January. You would think I would have this down by now but somehow December 25 always sneaks up on me!
And a bonus goal...
11. Eat more watermelon. It is freaking delicious.
So, I have my work cut out for me. I have learned that I need goals in my life otherwise I wither into a pile of nothing who only watches Hulu and eats yogurt. It's not pretty, trust me. These will hopefully keep me on track to actually living life instead of watching it. Sometimes I need these little reminders, these little motivators to get me out of a rut and into a groove.
Bring it on, second half!