by Mary on April 21, 2011

I’ve been pretty busy the last couple days and blogging hasn’t been my top priority, sadly.

But today is my birthday and I wanted to drop in and say hi.


I wanted to say hi because you all are the best.

I’m not going to list 25 lessons I’ve learned, because despite having done that before I really don’t have everything figured out.


Since I’ve been blogging I’ve turned 23 and 24 and now 25. Wow. I’ve shared so much of my life on this blog, from my battles with depression to my love story and move across the world (and to Vermont and to Oregon). I’ve shared the amazing changes and the boring everyday things. Some of you have been reading and commenting for so long that I think of you as friends and think of you outside the blog.


24 was a really good year for me. Highlights for me were getting engaged to my bestest friend ever and finishing a triathlon. Those two things made me the happiest I had ever been and contributed to my 24th year being an amazing one.

Contact TriWoman Series Point Chevalier Triathlon

I’ll be honest though and tell you that last night I had a five minute moment pity and sadness because “I’m still fat at 25.” It got me down to think that at 18 when I started this journey I thought I’d have everything figured out and completed by this age. But then I remembered that negative trains of thought get me nowhere. So I thought about how I’ve made huge personal strides, how I’m actually not as big as I was and have maintained a 40 lb loss, I have muscles that can lift weights, I can bike for hours, I’ve completed a triathlon, and I’m still working on the other stuff. It’s so easy to get down because of one thing, but I refuse to let that happen. I especially refuse to let that happen on my birthday.

Señor Kitty Snugglepuss

Like I said, I don’t have everything figured out. Clearly. I’m just trying to do the best I can in life with what I’ve been given. I’ve been really blessed lately with the start of my wonderful new family, a new job, a place to live, loving friends, and so much more. Life is really good. I’m so grateful that I can share it with y’all and a few of you actually care about it.

I’ll be back later with tales of my birthday exploits. I just wanted to drop by and say thank you for being part of my life. It’s the best birthday present I could have. :)

Contact TriWoman Series Point Chevalier Triathlon

I’m really looking forward to seeing what 25 means for me. I’m thinking more awesomeness.


1 Lisa @ I'm an Okie April 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Happy birthday!!

2 Nikki April 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Happy Birthday Mary!
Hope you have a wonderful day x

3 Skinny Sushi April 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Oh honey, we never have it all figured out. The older we get, the easier it is to see how much we don’t know. I’m 31 and still don’t know that much, and my mom is in her fifties and says she doesn’t have it all figured out either. The beautiful thing about getting older is gaining the confidence to stop caring so much about having a plan.

4 Mary April 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Thanks. I’m figuring that out slowly. ;)

5 Christie {Nourishing Circle} April 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Happy Birthday, Mary.

6 Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman April 21, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Happy Birthday!! Wishing you a box or two of awesomeness. :)

7 Nicole C April 21, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Happy Birthday Mary! Congrats to all of your accomplishments, there are only more memories to make and things to conquer as we get older so cherish everything you have done. Have a wonderful birthday!

8 Tj April 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Happy Birthday Mary! :)

9 Emma April 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Happy birthday Mary and well done on all your achievements! I hope you have a lovely day and enjoy the exciting year ahead.

10 Cammy@TippyToeDiet April 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Happy Birthday, Mary! Don’t worry, I’m twice your age and I don’t have it all figured out either. I don’t think we’re supposed to, and I wish I had known that sooner. :)

11 Karen April 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Happy birthday! I’m feeling old now:)

12 KCLAnderson (Karen) April 21, 2011 at 6:09 pm

The good news is that, the older we get? The older “old” gets. I am going to be 50 next year so basically I am twice as old as you are and I have to agree with Skinny Sushi…we never have it ALL figured out. We figure some things out…and it’s all good…but as we peel back the layers we realize that there’s so much MORE to figure out. Our joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are…and I think you’ve got that part figured out.

Happy birthday dear Mary!

13 Lori April 21, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Happy Birthday!

14 kelsey @ kelseytoney April 21, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Hot DAMN, you’re a pretty girl, Mary!!! It’s been awesome to be on this adventure with you!! :D

15 Mary April 21, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Hehe, thank you. ;)

16 Jody - Fit at 53 April 21, 2011 at 7:37 pm

HAPPY HAPPY young one! I am with Cammy – I have never figured it out & maybe that is the key to keeping it exciting OR.. driving us crazy! :-) LOVE the pics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is kitty steal in NZ?

17 Lily Fluffbottom April 21, 2011 at 7:52 pm

I’ve found that 25 is way better than 24. But 24 was pretty amazing. Happy Birthday, girlie!

18 Sarah @ Long Legs Healthy Life April 21, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Happy Birthday Mary!!! I hope you have the amazing wonderful fantabulous 25th year you deserve!!

19 Julie @ Shining From Within April 21, 2011 at 8:51 pm

happy birthday!! :) let it be the best & best wishes to a great 25th.

20 Angie (Losing It and Loving It) April 21, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Wishing you the best birthday ever! You have accomplished amazing things and have so much ahead of you. Hope your day is great!

21 Gretchen @ Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! April 21, 2011 at 10:09 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! April birthdays are the besssssst! I hope it’s your best one yet. :)

22 Hanlie April 21, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Happy birthday, my friend!

The big lesson is that we’re never finished, figured out, done. The journey is the fun part, not the destination.

23 Miz April 22, 2011 at 5:45 am


indeed I AM shouting.


24 Andrea@WellnessNotes April 22, 2011 at 5:53 am

Happy Belated Birthday!!!

I think you have A LOT figured out!!! And as someone said earlier, we have it never all figured out… It’s all a journey with so much to learn and discover every day…

Here is to a great year!!!

25 Emily April 22, 2011 at 7:41 am

Happy birthday! xo

26 The Mrs April 22, 2011 at 8:41 am

Happy Happy Birthday Mary! I have no doubt this year will trump last year in awesomeness!

27 Jen, a priorfatgirl April 22, 2011 at 12:35 pm

what an amazing year you had, indeed! Thank you for sharing it with us, Mary — can’t wait to see what is in store for you during your 25th year!

28 janetha @ meals & moves April 22, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Happy birthday! YOu are beautiful and I love you!

29 Skinny Sushi April 22, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Stopping by to wish you a happy birthday!

30 Angelika April 22, 2011 at 3:32 pm

A. Happy Birthday!

B. You are a HOTTIE! Look at you all sassy in that first picture. I love it!

C. How is it that your kitty is getting CUTER? How is that possible?

31 merri April 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Wow you look really pretty in your photo! Love the necklace and that dress(shirt?)!!! Ooh but that kitten photo! Aww. Hes just like the cat from shrek with that face! Im sure you’ll have a lot more awesomeness this year. Lots more for me to comment on. Happy birthday!! Oh and happy earth day and good Friday too.

32 Blaine @ 101marathoners April 23, 2011 at 9:43 am

Happy Birthday and Happy Easter!
I aways say that a happy and healthy life style is more important than numbers on a scale or in the bank! Have a GREAT DAY !!!

33 Tatianna April 24, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I love your kitten :) so cute!!!

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