I’m 20 years old now…
Where did the time go?
Here’s a recap of my birthday activities and 4th of July festivities 😀
My birthday falls on July 2nd. My mom was kind enough to take me out to lunch at a new sushi place called Sushi Choo Choo (the reason I say it like this is because she doesn’t like sushi but don’t worry she ordered something cooked! 😉 ). It was so cool!!! There is this conveyer belt that goes around the entire restaurant carrying plates of sushi! 😀
I have to say my favorite was the Smoked Salmon (bottom left picture)<3. I’m still dreaming of it to this day!
After lunch, my mom and I went to get mani pedis 🙂 I hadn’t had a manicure or pedicure in a while so it was quite the treat 😀
Later my parents took me to dinner at my favorite restaurant in Houston, Adair Kitchen 😀 Think farm fresh ingredients made into classic and Southern inspired dishes with a modern twist and you have Adair Kitchen 🙂 We ordered ceviche and tostada chips for an appetizer and then I ordered a House Vegetable Plate for my entrée. It was delicious, as always 😉 When we got home, we sliced up the strawberry filled angel food cake that I made. I’ve been making it every year for my birthday since I turned 18, so its become a favorite of mine 😀
The next day (July 3rd), I prepped some food that I wanted to take to the 4th of July picnic in my grandma’s neighborhood. I made Greek Yogurt Potato Salad and Strawberry Angel Food Cupcakes 🙂
On the 4th, my parents and I headed up to the Big D to go to the picnic. My grandma’s neighborhood has been having this picnic since my dad and his siblings were kids. It’s pretty much become a family tradition for everyone to come up to Dallas on the 4th of July! In this picture is me (back row center) and a few of my cousins (just to give you an idea…my dad is one of five kids soooooo I have A LOT of cousins! :D) with my grandma 🙂
Because I was so busy with my family, I forgot to take more pictures of the food and festivities of the picnic 😦 But rest assured, there was LOTS of food consumption (this holiday is almost like a second Thanksgiving for me 😉 ), family story telling, and firework watching 🙂 Going to this picnic and seeing my family is always one of the highlights of my summer! 🙂
So while I was at the picnic, one of my cousins whose birthday was earlier in June, also turned 20. She asked me if on my birthday, I experienced a “20 year old mid life crisis” like she did the day she turned 20. I told her I didn’t but when I thought about it, I understood what she meant. Like I said at the beginning of this post, where did the time go? It seems like not that long ago that I was still a kid and now all of the sudden I’m 20? Craziness. Absolute craziness. But to be honest, when I woke up on my birthday, I didn’t feel any different. I didn’t feel any older or some how more mature. I just felt like….me.
However, if I look back at my life so far, I can see how much I’ve grown not just physically but also mentally. In my short 20 years so far, I’ve overcome a lot. I’ve overcome a long battle with my mind. And while not everyday is perfect, I’m learning to love myself as I am.
I’ve learned that I am stronger than I think I am. I am learning to take more risks and to face my fears head on and learn from my experiences.
I’ve learned that instead of feeling ashamed about my experiences with an eating disorder and trying to hide it, I want to share my experiences with others. That’s part of the reason I started this blog. I want to inspire people to love themselves just as I am learning to love myself. I want them to know that it is possible to be healthy and happy.
Most of all, I feel free to be me. I used to be so self conscious about what other people thought of me. I didn’t want to appear out of place or become an outcast. But the truth is, by doing that I was only pushing myself away from people. I’ve finally realized that its okay to be myself. Do what I love, speak my mind, express my feelings….show everyone me.
Here’s to 20 years and may there be many more 😀
Have a fantastic week everyone 🙂