I compiled a list of 10 Memorable things I've done before I hit 35. I'll be turning 36 this summer, time waits for nobody.
1 - Met that one person I know I'd want to spend the rest of my life raising a family with. I grew up with divorced parents, it's not something I like to talk about and it's not something I wanted to mirror as an adult. We are a great team. We compromise and delegate. We have our ups and downs but who doesn't, especially raising kids. I know I wouldn't have those ups and downs with anybody else.
2 - Became a mother, three times. After three, we can say we are officially off the baby making market. I love our children, they make a great trio. We still have a lot of raising to do!
3 - Became best friends with my own Mom. Life hasn't always been easy and there were many times when I was growing up that my mother and I did not see eye to eye. Maybe it was because I was immature in areas she was wise or maybe it was because we are so much alike, maybe a mix of both. Either way I'm grateful for our adult mother daughter relationship.
4 - Found something I am passionate about. Writing. Even if it's "just on the blog", I'm writing. I have always had that spark but it took a while to light the flame.
5 - Learned to make peace with people and things that I cannot change. There have been bad experiences and bad people in my life over the years. Situations I could not control but situations I could decide if I wanted to continue on with or not. I took those as lessons learned. I still have a lot to learn.
6 - Travelled to overseas. Before children, my family (mom, brother etc) went on a trip to Holland. Sure, there is much more of Europe to see and I would love to go back one day but I'm proud I was able to have the opportunity to go when we did.
7 - Travelled alone. Even if it was just to Toronto and back or staying downtown for a conference, I did it and I did it solo. I came out of my shell without anybody having to hold my hand and it felt great.
8 - Purchased a vehicle. Although due to my hip disability I do not drive but hubby does. We bought our first family vehicle in 2015. It may not be a huge luxury to some but it beats the city bus or walking.
9 - Met a celebrity. I've met several celebrities, grateful for each experience. Gail Vaz Oxlade, Jordan Knight, Katy Perry, Craig and Marc Kielburger (WE Day), and a few others. The ones I named would probably be my most memorable ones.
10 - Grew in more ways than one. I have been through many ups and downs, all experiences which model who I am today. Not just as a mom but as a woman in general.
These are nothing "over the top" and my accomplishments may not seem like much to others but they are something I am very proud of. I'm looking forward to see what 2017 promises.