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Reflecting On My Best Year So Far

I celebrated my birthday last week, and it was the best one I’ve had so far. My husband, who is officially on board with celebrating my “birthday week,” knows that my primary love languages are gifts and quality time, and he did a great job providing both.

I got a love letter and a bath bomb every day. (Have I ever mentioned that bath bombs are the key to my heart?) I also had sushi with two close friends, had a lovely, surprise tea party with my colleagues, and a dinner with friends Saturday evening.

The weekend was busy because I led worship on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but it was filled with fun, cake, and french macarons. Can we please take a moment to admire this cake from Sucre that’s topped with French Macarons???

Things aren’t slowing down this week either because we’re traveling to Colorado to visit family. I plan to hike with Michael and my sister, drink lattes, and watch “The Sound of Music” with my nieces, in addition to other fun things. I also plan to take advantage of the opportunity to wear a hoodie in July. What’s the weather like where you are? It’s HOT here in the Big Easy! 

Celebrating my birthday always motivates me to reflect on the past year, and this year has been the best so far. I made a list of some things that made this year unforgettable:

  • I adjusted to married life. We adjusted to being around each other all the time, got on the same page with our finances, and figured out how to grow together while continuing to grow individually.
  • We both got new jobs, and we love them. I started working at Tulane University in January, and I adore my job. It’s so cool to look forward to going to work on a regular basis.
  • We established relationships and grew tremendously at Church of the King. We lead small groups, serve on the Dream Team regularly, and feel equipped to help others grow too.
  • I upgraded my healthcare (thanks to my awesome job that comes with awesome benefits.)
  • I started buying clothes at “regular” stores like Macy’s, which wasn’t possible as recently as 2016.
  • We moved into a much bigger home close to my office. It takes me less time to get to work now than it used to take me to exit my parking garage. Sometimes I miss living downtown, then I go there and remember how aggravating the traffic and parking situation was. I live in the suburbs now, and I like it.

The list could go on, but I have a long list of other things to accomplish before I leave town. I’m thankful for everything that happened in 2018, and I’m looking forward to what’s to come in the next year.

Do you think reflect on your life around your birthday? If so, what are you happy about? What would you change?






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    July 10, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Hi Kenlie! I am so happy you are blogging and I am so happy that you are happy! Congrats and Happy birthday!

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    July 15, 2018 at 7:04 am

    I do reflect on my year/life during my birthday month…which is in December so it is a double whammy reflection!

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    July 16, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Hey, Kenlie! Happy late birthday! So happy that you have made some wonderful, positive, amazing changes in your life…you are just glowing!

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