I found out yesterday (from the most random person) that I am in Woman’s World this month!  I knew it was going to happen, but I hadn’t been keeping an eye out.  I tried to find it yesterday at a handful of places with no luck…so I probably need to go to a newsstand to pick it up.  After I heard that it was out, things started to click in my brain.  My blog had gotten a lot of comments in the “bikini” section in past few days, so I checked my stats just to see if my traffic was any different…and it’s been 3 x’s the regular amount since Saturday or Sunday.  If anyone can actually get a photo of what the article looks like and send it to me, that would be amazing!  This shoot in particular was especially goofy, as they made me do a double thumbs up for a few shots… so you can imagine I’m a little scared of what the final image turned out to be. 😉

For everyone new visiting my blog, you can read about my journey in the “Timeline” section above.  I had disabled that page about a month back for no real reason, but since I have new people who would like to read about my weight-loss I turned it back on.  Basically, if you go back to the very beginning of my blog (day 1) the first six months are purely about how & why I decided to lose weight.  The Timeline also offers links to big milestone posts for those of you who would just like the highlights.  Thanks for visiting and I hope you come back often!

There are many things to be excited about these days.  I feel that I am in a good place right now, with lots of opportunities on the fire.  When I leave my house in the morning I find myself thinking that today is going to be a good day.  Flowers are already starting to bloom outside there is a sparkle of green in the trees.  Even if some of my big ideas and goals don’t come to fruition, I still feel lucky to just be me… right here, right now.  I was talking to a friend yesterday who was down, and I told them the same thing I told myself a few weeks back when I felt like I was in the same boat.  You just have to keep trying, keep putting yourself out there, keep moving forward, and it will get better.  And, it always does. Also realizing that you already have so much puts things into perspective too.  Last night while hanging out with my family eating healthy baked potatoes, I felt extremely lucky.  Lucky that I actually like hanging out with my family, and lucky that I will always have a place where I am accepted.  That in itself is a lot to be thankful for.