My birthday was perfect. I spent the day with my family and enjoyed shopping at Green Hills (funny how my shopping decisions revolve around work clothes now) and eating at The Cheesecake Factory. Then I spent that night with my friends, and they all made it a great celebration.
I spent New Year's Eve with my friends from school at a small get together at Rachel's boyfriend's house, and it was just the fun and low key thing I'd prefer to do on NYE.
Toward the end of break, a huge event happened...my best friend in the entire world who has been my best friend since second grade, Kelsey, got engaged! She and Bo have been dating for nine years and are absolutely perfect for each other. Bo had planned the most elaborate proposal, which would take me all day to write about. Basically, he created a scavenger hunt taking Kelsey to different places that were important to them and ended at the Pedestrian Bridge in Nashville with a chandelier hanging over him as he got down on one knee and presented her with the most gorgeous, sparkly 2.5 carat engagement ring. I am so thrilled for them and am already loving hearing the wedding plans! I was ecstatic I was the first person Kelsey called and the fact I got to join their families that night to celebrate. Kelsey is not sappy at all and said she didn't cry once, but I had tears running down my face as she told me the story. I'm just so over the moon for my best friend. The next night, we gathered at Kelsey's house with two of our other friends (and fellow bridesmaids) and Bo to hear the story in full detail and watch the sweet videos Bo had made Kelsey to watch while she rode to the different locations that night.
I know I'm about to sound like a huge cheeseball, but I was just thinking this the other day and explaining it to my roommate, Lauren, the other night. Sometimes I literally wake up and think, "How did I get so lucky?" My life is not perfect by any means. In fact, last semester was the most stressful one I've had. I was doing a lot, which I love to be busy, but I was definitely burnt out, not soaking up life like I should and I know there were times I was in a funk and wasn't the nicest person ever to those around me (sorry to my fab roomies who put up with me :)). 2013 overall was a year of lots of change (in fact, it's really weird to think about how different things became between January and December), and there were definitely some hard moments that I'm very glad I made it through. However, sometimes I am literally in awe by the things I am blessed with, which far outweigh the bad things. I have friends in several different groups who have shown me true friendship (which is not easy to come by), loved me and taken care of me. No matter the time or distance, I know they'll always be by my side and be the ones I can count on. I have a family who loves me, supports me and sacrifices so I can be happy. My heart is so filled with so many things that not everybody has. I've been through hard times, and I (like many people) have met people who didn't have my best interest at heart. Right now, these are times and people that bring me peace and joy, and I refuse to take that for granted for even a day. I know it's just begun, but I feel great about 2014. I know it's going to bring a whole lot of change, and there will be some hard times, but I know I'm going to grow, learn and continue to love these blessings in my life.