31: A Decade’s-Worth of Living in One Year!

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My 32nd birthday is this month, and I hardly know what to think about it. You see, this last year has been so full of serious living, I can hardly believe it. I have to trust that 32 will be a little more peaceful. After I turned 31, this is what happened:

1. We put our house on the market.
2. We sold and gave away all of our things.
3. We moved to Germany.
4. Jeff started a new job.
5. I went back to school full time, after an 8 year “break.”
6. Amelia started her full-time student career in German kindergarten.
7. We all learned German (some of us better than others.)
8. I started this blog.
9. Our family went on an anti-inflammatory diet.
10. I lost 20 pounds.
11. Our house in Portland went through foreclosure.
12. Jeff lost his job.
13. We packed up and left Germany.
14. We took our first real family vacation, and visited France and Italy.
15. We came back to the States.
16. I was hospitalized for the first time in my life.
17. We moved to Bend, to set up our “new” life in the USA.
18. I attended a bodywork course.
19. Jeff got offered a new job, in England.
20. We declared bankruptcy (due complications from our foreclosure.)
21. Right before the end of the month, we will be (a) moving our of this house, to (b) a month of nomadic living until we (c) go back to Europe.

So, I think I’ll actually be turning 42.

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9 Responses to 31: A Decade’s-Worth of Living in One Year!

  1. ShackelMom June 2, 2011 at 1:44 am #

    I remember when I turned 40 thinking, ‘I ought to be at least 40, for all that has happened in my life.’ What a year you’ve had, with so many blessings and trials that is is hard to know which is which! Here’s to a less ‘exciting’ 32nd year!

    Love those blossoms!

  2. Traveling Mama June 2, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    Hopefully you got loads of the icky stuff out of the way and 32 is going to TOTALLY rock!

  3. tech.samaritan June 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

    You can’t beat the efficiency of packing a decade of experience into a single year. How great to be a decade wiser without looking a decade older?!

  4. Ariana June 3, 2011 at 12:25 am #

    That’s right, Dan!

  5. Beth June 3, 2011 at 2:45 am #

    Happy birthday. What a year!

  6. Dennis Family June 3, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    I would have to say that 32 was my best year so far. 30 and 31 I wouldn’t want to do over, the best is yet to come…..

  7. Ariana June 3, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

    Beth and Traveling Mama– thank you, and thanks for stopping by!

    Joy– I do believe the best is yet to come. And, honestly, this year hasn’t been BAD, it’s just been intense.

  8. Erin Barnes June 5, 2011 at 2:28 am #

    Wow, that is quite the run-down for one year! I do hope that you’ll have a much more peaceful year this time around! (Happy B-day a little early, too!)

  9. marketingtomilk June 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    Gosh that really is a year lived.
    I too hope this year is a little more peaceful for you.


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