Today I blog as a 34-year-old for the first time!  I had the best best best birthday weekend, with everything I could have hoped for – time with family, delicious food (thanks Pushstart Kitchen and Rawle Fraser!), time outdoors, adventures and an abundance of love.  Throw in a little Valentine’s Day celebration and you have the perfect weekend.  Thanks to everyone who wished me a happy birthday!

Birthdays are the start of a new year in a lot of ways, so I thought I would spend a little time updating you all on my 2013 goals.  My writing is going very well… I’m not writing an hour every day as I hoped I would, but I’ve made more progress than ever before since the beginning of the year.  Not only that, I’ve taken on a new short story goal for the next week or two.  My plan is to write three short stories (one of them already done), then possibly choose one to make a short film out of over the course of the next 3-4 months.  I feel like waiting until I have a finished novel is just too long before tackling another film project.  After talking with Rebecca about the success of Crush (which is showing no signs of stopping), we both feel that independently we should be keeping the momentum up.  This weekend at the Oxford Film Festival we plan to do a creative brainstorming session to see which individual directions make the most sense.  We will also have Vero & James with us on the trip, so that will double the creative energy.

James and I are still doing really well with our weight-loss.  I am down about 13 pounds, and he’s lost 18!  I know I’ve said this about 20 times already, but it is so helpful to have him on this journey with me.  Mostly because we both get “hangry” at about the same times (a fierce combination of anger and hunger), and we also hold each other accountable.  Usually I am a loner with it comes to physical initiatives, but without a doubt we are better as a team.

I have found a significant key to life happiness – and that is doing.  Talking and dreaming have their rightful and rewarding place, but actually taking the steps to achieve is where the joy lies.  In some ways it’s even better than the final product of your actions.  I love being in an active state of doing at all times.  There is a thrill in problem solving, a mystery in the unknown and a fulfillment in the tiniest steps along the way.  As long as I’m doing, I’m happy.

anna banana turned 3 this weekend!

anna banana turned 3 this weekend!

me with a lucy bug

me with a lucy bug

covered bridge in roswell, ga

covered bridge in roswell, ga

working off my breakfast

working off my breakfast

kayaking in midland, ga with james at christy's house!

kayaking in midland, ga with james at christy’s house!

a little birthday kayaking

a little birthday kayaking

Amazing birthday dinner prepared by Rawle Fraser

amazing birthday dinner prepared by Rawle Fraser