Tuesday, March 29, 2011

37 wishes for the upcoming year? Nope, just a few.

Last year, I felt like I was at a crossroads in my life. I decided to do Mondo Beyondo to see where it took me. That course gave me the confidence to experience some pretty amazing things in my 36th trip around the sun. Last year on my birthday, I shared 36 things from my Mondo list. Here is what I did from that list since then:

  • Learned to walk in heels
  • Skipped stones with Nate and Alex
  • Spent an hour outside (almost) every day
  • Filled my home with beautiful objects. Bonus: moved to dream house
  • Lived in a beach house
  • No skin cancer. Or other cancer. Or major illnesses.
  • Spent as much time barefoot as possible
  • Continued to work on my tribe of women
  • Had boudoir photos taken
  • Killed Warrior Dash twice
  • Read 52 books
  • Got lots of quality beach time
  • Wore makeup regularly
  • Had time and ability to see my loved ones more frequently by going part time
  • Woke up every day with my best friend
  • Wrote a book (this blog)
  • Saw where my camera took me, emotionally and physically. It was FAR.
  • Got in front of the camera more

Jon& Laura

(Thanks Nate for the picture.)

18 of 36 wishes. Pretty freaking sweet.

When I wrote that post last year on my birthday, I had grand plans of getting it all accomplished and coming up with 37 new items this birthday. As you all know, I did a lot of awesome crazy stuff last year. It was a full year but I was tired. And overstretched. It was too much.

Today, on my 37th birthday, I'm narrowing down my Mondo list to a few items:
  • Continue to make a commitment to daily exercise
  • Continue to make a commitment to developing and maintaining relationships
  • Continue to be present in the moments with Nate and Alex
  • Continue to have no cancer or other major illnesses
  • Continue to spend that time barefoot, that time at the beach, that time outside, that time living life
  • Launch my photography business. Oh yes, this is happening in 2011.


This year, it's about the quality of dreams rather than the quantity. And let me tell you, it's going to be one HUGE FREAKING YEAR.

Happy 37th birthday to me!


Marcia (123 blog) said...

I'm first?

Happy happy birthday to one of the most inspiring women I know.

You inspired me with Mondo and to Live Big!

Have a fantastic day with your family, and lots of love and laughter!

Maria said...

Happy Birthday my friend! Congratulations on the big launch, I cannot wait to be a customer! Many wishes for all things successful and fantastic in the coming year!

Flesworthy said...

Happy birthday! Hope your 37th year is as successful as your 36th.

Cacey said...

Awesome! I hope you have a great birthday!

Carrie77 said...

I am so excited for you! Its so nice to hear when people fulfill their dreams. You go! :)

Shannon said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you're dreams continue to come true! Your blog is an inspiration!

shokufeh said...

Happy Birthday! And what a wonderful start to this year - such fancy checks. I don't usually comment here, but I do want you to know that you inspire me.

Lindsay said...

Gorgeous pic of you and Jon! Happy Birthday!

Joanna said...

Happy Birthday!

(Hmm...I should have thought of that sooner, shouldn't I?)

I think 37 is going to be your best year yet!

Kara said...

HaPpY bIrThDaY!!! Yay, for starting your own business!

Karen said...

Happy Birthday! And congrats on making your dreams come true. This is going to be a great year for you!!

Janna said...


Love you Laura and so excited about your photography business!

Cheers, Janna

Amy L said...

SO EXCITING! Can't wait to watch your business take off!

erinlaughs said...

Happy Birthday!

I'm so excited for you this year! I love how deliberate you are about things, it's very inspiring.

cathy said...

Laura! I am super freakin' excited for you! Happy birthday to one wonderful woman!

JenFen said...

Wow, that picture of you guys is gorgeous. Looks like you already have someone to pass the family business on down to.

I think this is the year of go big or go home. Completely agree with quality over quantity.

HeatherV said...

Bustin' out the awesome for this post. Yay to a Mondo check in.

Seriously how Mondo is it to pass a love of photography to your preschooler AS WELL as moving in the direction of going public.

Happy Birthday to the coolest person I know at 37 and likely 87.

Lesley Barr Photography said...

Happiest of Birthday's to you!!! So excited for all of your upcoming goals, especially your photo bus!!! I hope you have an awesome day. You continue to inspire me, thank you.

Ginger said...

Happy Birthday!

I wished we lived closer because I would totally be a customer! Plus....you know how hard it is to photograph twin boys! :)

I hope your day is wonderful and your year is AWESOME!

Sari said...

Happy Happy Birthday to YOU!!

Dawn Johnson Warren said...

Happiest Birthday wishes to you, Laura! You're an inspiring woman and I hope the year ahead brings you continued blessings.

Wendee said...

Happy Birthday to you, indeed! Best wishes for a great year!

Goddess in Progress said...

Happy, happy, happy birthday. May this year ROCK as much as last year did, even if it rocks in different ways. I am SO FREAKING EXCITED for TLC Photography!

Erin S said...

Happy birthday to you! So freaking excited for your photography business. I am hoping that one day I will be able to call myself one of your clients!

t + j said...

happy birthday dear friend! here's to 37 and making more of your dreams come true. YOU ROCK!!!

Shari said...

Congrats! Starting your business is a huge step. I'm happy for you.

edie & ella said...

Nice job with fulfilling your dreams this past year! Happy birthday

Jill said...

Again, sending you many great birthday wishes!
I'm so glad I found you online, even though I can't remember how.
Congratulations on starting your business. So. Awesome.

I thought about you all day and wondered if I could ship you a half baked. I checked out Zachary's and they say:

Do you ship your pizzas for mail order customers?

To insure the best possible quality, we do not ship our pizzas. We have experienced problems trying to do so in the past.

Too bad they don't know the difference between ensure and insure. Hope to throw back some deep dish and brews when you make it to the Bay.

Julie said...

LOVE everything about this post! Happy Birthday indeed!

Megan said...

I missed it! I was in DC! Happy, happy birthday! I am always amazed by what you can accomplish and what you want to accomplish! So inspirational, Laura. All the best to you in the years to come!

Natalie Mikolajczak said...

You are a rock star and you inspire me.

Tanika Davis said...

I've been out of the loop for a little bit, but I just wanted to stop in and give you a HUGE congratulations for starting your photography business!!!
That's good news I needed to hear!
Can't wait for you to come to Baltimore and take pictures of Cary and Dean.
P.S. (This is Tanika, on my husband's account...)