A few disclaimers before you read this post: To my few male followers, this is a hormone-full, women-empowering post. I'll be back to my normal self next week, I promise. To all my married blogger friends, in no way am I dissing you. In fact, I'm super happy y'all found your soul mate, but you can still relate to this post in some ways, b/c hey, you were all single at some point, right?
Here goes: I like being single. I really do. It doesn't bother me. When I can't find friends to hang out with I have no problem going to restaurants, movies, concerts, etc by myself. I've always been a pretty independent person. However, even the most independent people get lonely once in a blue moon. Had one of those nights recently (too many stupid lifetime movies) and when I started to get upset I had to stop myself. "Why the eff are you crying, Sam?!" It only lasted a minute before I was reminding myself that I love my life just the way it is. I'm not sure why, but I started writing down a bunch of things that I was proud of. I absolutely recommend this, not just for single people, but married people too. It's important to reflect on ourselves and our own accomplishments as individuals, as well as plan for the future - and putting it on paper (or your blog) makes it so much more real.
So here are 12 things that have happened (without a man) in the past 12 months :)
1) I turned 22 and threw myself an awesome cook-out/party.
2) I got a raise.
3) I moved into my own apartment.
4) I opened a Roth IRA.
5) I traveled to Africa by myself to hang out with some wonderful friends in Ethiopia.
6) I donated 10 inches of my hair to a cancer patient.
7) I went hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains.
8) I video-taped my beautiful cousin Dani's wedding. (read her wedding dress story here)
9) I tutored an 11 year old girl every week in reading.
10) I snowboarded a blue run in Vail. (second time snowboarding ever!!)
11) I started a blog.
12) I ran 3 5k's, 1 10 miler, 4 half marathons, and my first full marathon.
I'm so grateful to have running and all my running friends in my life. I know that without running I would be way more lonely. Endorphins rock. Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox also rock.
What is one thing you've done in the past year that you are proud of?