31 in 31

Since today is my birthday is thought I’d recap a few things I’m proud of. These are things I’m proud of or that I’ve went through, they are in no order really. I think a little reflection is in place before 2016 & what a better way to start than be thankful for the time I’ve had, spent, & hopefully still get.


01. I love TV shows like Snapped, Homicide Hunter, & Swamp Murders (anything on the ID Network).
02. I always eat dessert first.
03. I love to laugh, I think it cleanses the body.
04. My favorite cake is yellow butter cake with milk chocolate frosting.
05. I dream of opening my own bakery when I’m 50 & retire.
06. I’m an introvert that likes hanging out in nature.
07. I competed and finished my first race ever in September. It was a half marathon (13.1 miles) I didn’t train for and finished at 3 hours & 4 minutes.
08. I’m a worrier, I worry about everything (all the time).
09. I have a handful of friends. I know they would always be there for me (even if I decided to blow up a bank) & I love them.
10. I have a twin brother who is 1 minute and 30 seconds older than me.
11. I make horrible decision. Yeah, it doesn’t really matter what it is. I should just start doing the opposite of what I was thinking about doing.
12. I have really high anxiety. Some days is hard to be comfortable in my own skin.
13. I still love cartoons & animations. You’ll catch me watching a cartoon or Disney movie at any time.
14. The TV is always on the ID Network channel (when I’m not watching cartoons).
15. Fall & winter are my favorite seasons. It was the total opposite when I was younger.
16. I really love my job. Given you’ll have a few bad days but I like everyone I work with and we all have fun.
17. I’d consider my mom one of my best friends. She gets me, which wasn’t always the case.
18. I’m in love with sugar skulls. I think they are so pretty & each is unique!
19. On Sunday’s I like to volunteer at a local soup kitchen that’s headed by an old co-worker. It’s an all day job but seeing the smiling faces that come in & are thankful for what we spent all day preparing is worth taking a day over.
20. I have perfect the caramel vanilla latte!
21. I’ve seen the beauty in Richmond Virgina, Charleston South Carolina, & Ashville North Carolina.
22. I actually fell in love with a healthy cookie, there is such a thing & it’s amazing!
23. My mom, brother, & I survived a tornado when my brother & I were only 3.
24. I not only learned how to coupon but I also taught my brother!
25. My dad has been sick for years but he was getting worse & a liver transplant was being tossed around. I got all the test done & I was going to give him some of mine, as I’m a compatible donor. (He’s actually well thanks to surgery & reconstructive surgery.)
26. I decided to try my hand at direct selling & became a Thirty One consultant. I love everything in the line & that’s usually how my commission checks get spend. No shame!
27. I’ve found through my years I’ve come to really love a few things – the inner workings of the human body, forensics, & baking. It’s a rather odd combination, I know.
28. I’ve discovered yoga is an amazing way to get your body in tune. It’s so relaxing and I’m so glad I found it.
29. Through my years I’ve learned the best medicine is laughter. I don’t know about you but I’d rather be laughing than crying any day.
30. I’ve learned the fun and beauty that comes out of restoring & building things. Rather it be old floors, a piece of furniture, or just something made on a whim.
31. After a long search I finally feel like I know who I am. Some days I fight with it because it’s hard to stay focused on the good and not think everything is a huge train wreck.

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About Leslie

Daughter. Sister. Christian. Latte addict. Humble. Goofball. Creative. Crafty. Thankful. Loved. Confused. Loud. Sarcastic. Yoga participant. Football & Basketball lover. Cartoon Watcher.


25 Responses to 31 in 31

  1. Kelsie says:

    Happy Birthday! I love posts like this. Thanks for sharing with us!
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  2. I’ve come to love yoga too! It is one of my 2016 goals to practice more 🙂 Also, way to go on a half marathon. That is so cool!
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    • Leslie says:

      Thanks, I don’t know that ill do another half marathon, hah. It almost took me out. I’m hoping to do more yoga next year too, like everyday. It’s so relaxing.

  3. Happy Birthday. So wonderful you know yourself and are learning to be comfortable in your skin. You so rock girl.

  4. Happy Birthday! I really enjoyed your list. I too and am a chronic worrier and still love cartoons but not just Disney I think something about the way animation looks on a screen just relaxes me. I also deal with anxiety. I talk to my mom almost every day. I often call her to ask the most ridiculous question or to get her advice on the smallest things, “Should I buy these shoes.”
    I hope you have a great birthday weekend.

  5. Shann Eva says:

    Happy Birthday! To you and your twin brother. I also am high anxiety and worry about everything. Thank you for sharing so many interesting facts about yourself.
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  6. Cassie says:

    Happy birthday! This is a fun list and a great way to celebrate your birthday. 🙂
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  7. Thank you for sharing such a personal message. A way of self cleansing too. We all worry about stuff at some point some of us more than others. I used to be a worrier until I met Meditation and Reflection. Now I worry others lololol
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  8. Happy (slightly belated) birthday!

  9. jonathan says:

    Wow that’s amazing you guys survived a tornado! Yes, couponing is an art that is great to share or pass on to others. It’s great when you love what you do and the people you work with.
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    • Leslie says:

      Yeah, then it’s not so hard to get up and go to work when you like everyone. Hah. I love coupon ingredients because it saves so much money, it’s crazy.

  10. Christy F says:

    Happy Birthday!!! I also discovered yoga and I love it! I also am a worry wart too! Yoga definitely seems to slow my mind down! This was a fun way to get to know you! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Teanna says:

    Great post. I loved all 31 things!

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  12. Liz Mays says:

    I totally love sugar skulls too! They are the neatest thing! I always WANT to eat dessert first, but don’t. Guess I should just go for it!
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  13. Vanessa says:

    What a great Idea.

    The thirties are by far my fave. Sure, I’ve only been in my thirties for 4 years, but they have been pretty awesome!

  14. Farrah says:

    Happy belated birthday! :]! That’s awesome that you volunteer at a soup kitchen, and yay for Asheville! I visited for the first time this year and I loved it there! :]
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  15. Tamara says:

    Happy Birthday to you! I love this list. I eat dessert first too!
    I’m a worrier with high anxiety too!
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  16. It must be nice to have a twin brother, someone you can be really truly close to.
    I love what you say about your mum being your best friend. Lovely blog!

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