MD’s Top 7 Memorable Moments of 2013

MP900309664As the days count down towards 2014, I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to reflect on the memories and events of 2013.  While there were many, I’ll keep the list simple and mention the top 7 that have had the greater affect on me.

1.  39th Birthday

Ask most teenagers about the age 40 and they will tell you that’s old.  And I must admit that back then I thought that too.  It’s amazing how the perspective changes as we grow older.  Now 40 seems young with a lot of life ahead.

To commemorate the close of my 30s, I didn’t want a big party or anything lavish.  Instead I wanted relaxation.  Just doing something that made me feel good.  The big day was celebrated with a wonderful spa massage, an excellent Mexican meal, and concluded with watching back-to-back movies. 

The next day I went to a nearby park to write.  The scenery was so beautiful.  A blue sky so warm and crisp that it looked like a postcard.  The grass even had the most magnificent color of green with hints of yellow dandelions here and there.  It was so moving that it made me feel that God decided to give me an extra birthday gift. All in all, I’m ready for 40 and plan to celebrate for 365 days. 🙂
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Dreams Do Come True

Piggybacking on the reflection post, I thought I’d take a moment to count my blessings.  There are some things that I dreamed about and thought would never happen, but did. And some that were never a consideration, but turned out to be wonderful experiences.

MP900341752First up is Hawaii.  As a child, I saw visions of a tropical paradise on shows like Fantasy Island, Magnum P.I., The Jeffersons, and even Sanford & Son.  Through the screen, I could feel the warmth of the sun, see the beauty of the blue skies and colorful flowers, and feel the sand between my toes.  And although I was too young, I wanted to try those umbrella drinks in the coconuts. Yum!!!

For a country bumpkin like me, these shows provided a dream that I really didn’t think would happen.  Then in 2008, God opened a door.  One of the organizations, for which I was a member, decided to have its annual conference in Honolulu.   The organization negotiated discounts with hotels and transportation agencies, and after calculating the cost, this was a deal of a lifetime for me.  I didn’t hesitate to get the time off from work and register for the conference.   <<Cue happy dance music while I do cartwheels in my head>> Continue reading “Dreams Do Come True”