Happy Leap Year everyone! Here's some food for thought, where were you 4 years ago on today? Where will you be four years from now?
If you were to ask me to predict my life, as it stands now, it would have been unfathomable! The past four years have been a bit of a blurred whirl wind of change...luckily for me, for the better. I have had no way of predicting that I would be the happiest I have been in my entire life. I never thought I would be living in NY again, or lucky and blessed enough to meet the love ...of my life Jay McBain (aka the other half of my cutest couple hehe). That I would have lost over 35 pounds, or had a new career at Cisco. Or that I would have almost met half my goal of exploring 100 countries and stepping foot on 7 continents. So much can change, so much, so quickly. Sometimes it all feels like a surreal dream.
For those interested, here is the "Story of Us", I made for our one year Anniversary :)
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The past four years have brought me so many wonderful new friends, family, and opportunities. I can NOT forget the two amazing young ladies I am so blessed to have in my life... Danica and Mila! Jay's beautiful, intelligent, funny, sweet and wonderful daughters.All of our memories over the past year and a half, mean the world to me. Going shopping with Danica for her 8th grade grad dress, she looked so beautiful! Watching Mila play soccer and make Ref - you are a rockstar! Visits with lovely Momma G, and Pampa & Audrey.All of the laughter, inside jokes, wonderful memories. I adore you all , and am so lucky to all the wonderful McBains in my life. I cannot imagine my life without you!
|My mom and I|
After I cleaned the coffee I spit out of my mouth, and picked my jaw up off of the floor-- I called my mom, could it be true? Could I really have a sister? My mom confirmed, and said if I wanted to talk to them, they were my siblings and she would support me, as she does in all aspects of my life. I know this sound like made for TV movie, and is an extremely strange situation, but it is very different when you are the one IN the situation . This was not an easy decision for me. I am almost 30 years old, and have lived my life without even the knowledge of them. I knew this could be like opening Pandora's Box- even the slightest
|My sister and I loving up our brother :)|
After much contemplation, curiosity out-weighted my fear or hesitation. After all, it was not their fault our father was a bad man, or made bad decisions. It was an amazing experience reconnecting with a long lost sibling- squared. Well not only did I have a sister, but a brother too! I already have such an AMAZING family, but to boot I have since been reunited and introduced to a WHOLE new family ( two new amazing aunts who are a big part of my life and an array of incredible cousins- (as if I didn't have enough in the first place)! You know what they say, the more the merrier! And now, my baby sister is about to be a mommy! She is due on my birthday, ironically enough! Maybe that is a sign? Deep down I believe everything in life happens for a reason.
|My grandma and me|
I could have written this on a piece of loose-leaf paper, put it in a metal chest, dug a whole and buried it within the earth and resurrected it four years from now...but, I am not so good with a shovel. So I have decided to cathartically share my tale with you all. A digital scrap book if you will. Four years from now, thanks to the power of the cloud, I will pull this back up and see how my life has changed. This is my last few months in this decade, before I enter my thirties. So far, it has been an exciting ride. I have been surrounded by love, laughter, bitter sweet times, but above all wonderful memories. I will look back on all of these experiences strange, exciting, or hum drum (not as many by comparison for some strange reason)- with fondness and a smile, because all of these experience, all of you, have helped shaped who I am today. I don't know what the future holds, but I can only pray the trajectory keeps rising to endless positive possibilities (both for us, and all of you!). See you in four years 2-29! I can't wait to see what you have in store for me.