• #32

    June 19, 2012

    It’s my birthday! I’m 32 years old young today!

    I’ve always loved cake.

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    I have to admit, 31 wasn’t my favorite year, especially compared to the year before. Thirty was a big year for me: I ran a marathon, bought a house, and wrote a book, so it’s not surprising that 31 had a tough time living up to it. Plus, a bunch of not-so-great things happened last year. But, what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger, and I learned a lot of important life lessons from those experiences:

    Every moment of life is precious.

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    Nothing is more important than your health.

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    Life is not always fair, so you need to accept and adjust.

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    Stop working so damn much and spend time with those who you love.

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    The little things in life are the big things.

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    Real life is always better than anything you find on the Internet.

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    Even though I didn’t love 31, the majority of the year was awesome and tons of wonderful things happened:

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    Here’s to 32 being the best year of my life!

    Question of the Day

    What has been the best age/year of your life?

    P.S. Happy birthday to my June 19th birthday twins, Hillary and Brie!

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    Alyssa (pb and oatmeal) June 19, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Happy birthday!! I hope you have/had a great day!

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    Samantha N. June 19, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Happy Birthday! I hope you have a great rest of the day!

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    Kelly @ My Love Affair With Running June 19, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Happy birthday Tina and cheers to this year being the best year of your life! My birthday is next week, and upon reflection I think that this year, being 23 has been the happiest, most self-fulfilling year of my life.

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    B @ Crags and Veggies June 19, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!! I love the fabulous pictures. Enjoy celebrating with friends and family!

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    Ashleigh June 19, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Happy Birthday Tina! I hop you have a better year and I know I am happy that I discovered carrotsncake this year!!

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    April June 19, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Happy Birthday! I love that you can still look back on the past year and be positive. I think 31 wasn’t as great as 30 either but there was a lot to live up to as well. I love, love reading your blog! Have a wonderful day!

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    Penny June 19, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Happy Birthday Tina! Your blog is so incredibly motivating and empowering. It is an absolute treat to read. Wishing you the best in health and happiness in the year ahead.

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    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More June 19, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Happy Birthday Tina! I hope you have a fabulous year! :)

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    Julia H. @ Going Gulia June 19, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! 31 may not have been the best year, but it’s the rougher years that make the other ones even better :) I have a tendency to think that childhood is the best time (easy homework! no drama! coloring books!), but I have a feeling that this coming year (last year of college) might be my best one yet!

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    Brynn June 19, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Happy Birthday, Tina! I hope you’re having a great day to start off a great year! You deserve it.

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    Jovan B. June 19, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Happy Birthday! My best year was probably when I was 4 years old haha! Still waiting for the best ‘adult’ year. :)

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    Pam June 19, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Happy Birthday Tina!!
    Wishing you all the best :)
    Pam

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    Tina June 19, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Thank you! :)

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    Holly P. June 19, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Happy Birthday! I love your blog! It has taught me so much about a life of moderation and has helped me lose 15 pounds!!

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    Tina June 19, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    That’s awesome! :)

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    Nicole June 19, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Happy Birthday! Cheers to a great year ahead.

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    michelle kim June 19, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Woo! Happy birthday! I hope your 32nd year is full of many blessings!

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    luv what you do June 19, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!

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    SkinnyRunner June 19, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    happy birthday lady!

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    Brittany June 19, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Happy Birthday Tina!! Hope your day and year are wonderful:)

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    Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings June 19, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Happy Birthday! I love to see all the things you accomplished in the last year, so awesome! I hope 32 is full of even more adventures :)

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    Pure2raw twins June 19, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Happy Birthday Tina!!

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    Tina June 19, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Thanks!! :)

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    eileen ann June 19, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    happy birthday Tina, what kind of cake did you have, i may have to get cupcake in a jar for mine

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    Abby White@Eat, Drink and Be Aware June 19, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Happy Birthday Tina! Loved your post. Have a great rest of your day!

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    Kristen @ The Red Velvet Life June 19, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Happy Birthday, Tina! My wedding song (in 2008) was “The best is yet to come” because I love living with that attitude!

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    Cait's Plate June 19, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Happy birthday!!!

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    Sara @ sarasmiles June 19, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Happy birthday Tina! Yours was the first blog I discovered a few years ago and I finally got the courage to start one of my own recently. I still read it everyday!

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    Deb @ wiseupslimdown June 19, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Happy birthday Tina! Its so true about your health. I may have torn my rotator cuff helping someone carry a bookshelf last nite and its definitely times like these that make you realize nothing is more important than how you feel

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    Andie June 19, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Happy Birthday kid! I’d like to add another complishment to your 31st year: you’ve changed lives-including mine!. You don’t know how much I have learned from following your blog. Thanks! Keep up the great work & here’s to another great year!

    Blessings,
    Andie

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    Tina H. June 19, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Happy Birthday, Tina!!!

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    Erin June 19, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Happy Birthday Tina!! :)

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    Mac June 19, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Happy birthday! I can’t believe it was 2 years ago that I started reading your bflog!

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    Katy June 20, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Happy Birthday! So far my favorite age has been 21 for obvious reasons, but also because I graduated college and started living in the real world that year.

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    Amanda @ Might as well Dance June 20, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Happy Birthday! Hope you got treated like a queen :)

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    Candice June 20, 2012 at 1:13 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! We are almost birthday twins;) mines on the 22nd! Hope you had a good day and 32 will be an amazing year for you. I just know it!

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    Tina June 20, 2012 at 5:45 am

    The 22nd is my father-in-law’s birthday too! :)

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    Erika & Derek June 20, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Happy Birthday Tina, we wish you a year full of love, happiness and amazing memories.

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    Brandi @ Faith Fitness and Laughter June 20, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Happy birthday! Hope you had a great day! :)

    I turned 37 this past January and I would definitely say that it’s been the best year so far!

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    Libby June 20, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Happy Birthday Tina!! :)

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    Vega June 20, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Happy Birthday! I hope you have a great year!

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    Kelly@ChowDaily June 20, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Up to this point (I’m 22 now, turning 23 in March) I definitely think that 20 was my best year yet. I went through a tough break up when I was 19, and my year of 20 included finding happiness all on my own, making a bunch of new friends (especially awesome girl friends) and spending a semester in Barcelona, Spain which was the absolute best thing I’ve ever done! While over there I lived with one of my best friends from home, and her 3 roommates from Umass. We took trips to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, Paris, Madrid, Maastricht/Amsterdam, The Netherlands, as well as Venice/Florence/Rome, Italy. It really was the trip of a lifetime and for that, made my year of 20 the best ever! [until I got home and still had to wait 3 1/2 months to legally drink in the states :) ]

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    Becky @ Fit Chick on the FLy June 20, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Happy Birthday looks like it was a great one! :)

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    sherri June 20, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Hope it was great & that 32 is a SUPER year for you!!!

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    Parita @ myinnershakti June 20, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Happy birthday! Hope this year is one of your best yet. :)

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    Cecilia @ My Life Sans Gluten June 20, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Happy {belated} birthday!

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    Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See June 23, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Cake = definitely the best part of birthdays :) Well, and frosting , that is!

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    MB June 23, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday Tina! My best year was probably the year I spent on unemployment and lost 101 pounds. It was such a blessing to have the time to spend on myself and get in shape. Unfortunately since going back to work I’ve regained some but I love exercising now (especially kickboxing) so I’m working on getting back to my fighting weight. Cheers!

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    Evan Thomas June 24, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Happy belated birthday, Tina!

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