I first want to apologize for not posting earlier. Things have gotten crazy busy. I have been on my engagement for TWO AND A HALF WEEKS now. I have learned so much in so little time.

(note: I originally wrote this on February 4th. And I said that^. So now I double apologize.)

I turned 21 last week (yay) and also hit the one year mark with my boyfriend, Rudy. It’s a great feeling looking back on all we’ve been through and where we are now and how much we have grown, as a couple and individually. I am almost speechless at how thankful I am to have been given this period of growth in my life.

I felt really loved on my birthday this year, even from people I hardly knew. They were so excited the youngest person in the office was having their 21st birthday, I think mainly so they could celebrate vicariously through me. I had a great day! I had lunch with my intern friends, cupcakes with my team, dinner with my family, and a couple drinks with my best friend from high school, Karlie.

I also celebrated the day, which is shared with Rudy and I’s anniversary, last weekend at Del Frisco’s Steakhouse. It was such a great time. Rudy got me the perfect gift for my birthday. An UP band by Jawbone. I wear it 24-7–it tracks my steps, my sleep, serves as my alarm, reminder, etc. It is awesome and I am loving it. I enjoy being more conscious of my physical activity throughout the day and how late I stay up. I love how Rudy loves to support my passions (healthy living) with his passions (new technology).

Update on the progression (we’re being positive, here) in my New Year’s Resolutions:

  1. I have gotten to the point where I don’t even need to count the ounces of water I drink each day because I know it is well over 64! It is mostly all I drink (besides hot tea or coffee). It makes me feel better throughout the day not being so dehydrated.
  2. I force myself to sit on the stability ball for at least half of my work day. I think it really makes a difference! I also try to do a core workout every time I go to the gym, which I think is resulting in better posture.
  3. I’ve been listening to audiobooks at work (instead of reading each day). I listened to The Happiness Project by Gretchin Rubin, and it really has given me a way to become happier! I really enjoyed hearing her story.
  4. I’ve been doing a pretty good job not eating meat. Not perfect, but I definitely think I will get there. I had filet minion celebrating my birthday and anniversary, and it was the most delicious steak I’ve ever had. That will be hard to give up, but more common (fast food especially) meals where I would order meat by instinct has been easy to cut out. I don’t feel as crappy after meals anymore. It’s really nice.

Professionally, though, I feel on fire for an intern. We got our first reviews back from our seniors, and I was pleasantly informed that most everyone on the team had positive things to say about me: I’m easy to work with, and they like my positive attitude and accurate, timely work. It was so nice to get some positive feedback! I am feeling more and more confident in my ability to work and be successful in the professional world, which is seeping into my social world, and being more confident in myself inherently. Life has been a whirlwind of learning these past few weeks. I’m looking forward to continue getting to know the team and more about the job.


My concluding thoughts: It’s sooo great to feel proud of yourself.