One Year Older and Wiser Too...

B I R T H D A Y S

That silly little day that comes around once a year that everyone makes such a big deal out of. 

So this year my birthday really snuck up on me. Usually I'll have a countdown running by mid-April, but this time around my birthday didn't seem quite so special. Turning 18 is golden, you're finally an adult. A grown up. One of the "big kids". But 19 feels kind of like a tease, you're almost into your twenties, but you still have a whole year before you get there. As most of you already know, I am heading out to Utah soon (in approximately 3.5 weeks) to start my Summer Term at BYU. I've had all of my focus and attention on this exciting new adventure that I totally spaced the day of my birth! But none the less it was fantastic! I woke up early and was very productive (which is a miracle by itself), then spent a lovely birthday dinner with my family at Brio, and attended a "surprise" birthday party where we sat around a fire, roasting mallows and enjoying each other's company. 
As I've gotten older I can see how different I am from my younger self. Gone are the birthdays where I would make extensive wish-lists and pray for a day of perfection. I've learned that surrounding myself with happy people is what makes me the happiest. Materials things are just an added cushion to this life and not a necessity. I'd like to think that I've lived a relatively easy life which I am immensely grateful for. I have an extremely loving family, and friends that I would do anything for. So cheers to another year full of happiness and realizations. 
this is what 19 looks like.

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