2017 is upon us and it has me thinking back over the years about all we've done, all we've been through and how we've all grown, not just in 2016 but as adults in general.

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. 

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  1. Love this post, Alyssa! You have accomplished some great things at a young age! I wonder what you will do before 45?!

  2. I agree with Sandy - what a wonderful post. Spouse, family, teamwork, travel. So much happiness there. And I'd be excited about Jordan Knight too :). I also have a great adult relationship with my mom. It's such a blessing.

    1. So many things to be thankful for. Hope 2017 and beyond brings just as many great things! 👍🏻

  3. We have many chapters written in our books, some we have taken a second glance at, some we have yet to read and act on...Happy New Year 2017. A new chapter for all of us to unfurl.

  4. Yes! A new chapter so lets make it the best one yet! Thanks for stopping by!


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