Mar 07

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What a difference a year makes

Tonight I went to a high school basketball game.  To give you some perspective on what a big deal that is, I don’t think I ever went to a basketball game when I was in high school.  (I went to a couple of basketball practices when I was in college because the Boston Celtics practiced on our campus, but I’m pretty sure I never went to a game.)

So, if you’re keeping score, that means the last time I went to a basketball game was in junior high school when I was (oh the horrors of admitting this publicly!) the least coordinated cheerleader alive. That’s about 25 years.

Picture from a previous game of the phenomenal Isabell Meinhart

But tonight, I went back to my high school gym and watched the Hilltopper girls win the first round of their playoffs.

I’ve been hired by my alma mater to do some freelance writing for the website and alumni magazine (the first two articles went live the other day!) Tonight I went to do a story about the excitement surrounding the big game.

Here’s the crazy part – I HAD FUN!!!!  I never expected that!  The game went into overtime and I stayed and enjoyed watching it!!

Which got me thinking about all of the many different things I’ve done for the first time (or the first time in a really long time) since I started this journal.  Here’s a quick list:

*  I started working for the newspaper
*  I went from being a full-time website designer to a full-time writer.
*  I made a 10-hour drive (each way) solo
*  I was interviewed (twice!) on Hay House Radio
*  I fell head over heels in loveI got my heart broken
*  I took a trip on a motorcycle
*  I went on a moonlight paddle
*  I went tree climbing and llama walking
*  I went on an adventure zip line course
*  I went skiing for the first time in 15+ years
*  I was published in my university’s alumni magazine
*  I went wedding gown shopping
*  I conceived, wrote, and produced five insert sections for the newspaper
*  I started writing a weekly newspaper column
*  I created a budget and a planto pay off debt

And those are just the things I can think of off the top of my head.  Wow.

It’s been a big year.  And I think it’s due in large part to writing here on the Journal about the good that’s been happening each day.  Not every day has been pretty or happy or easy, but there’s been something that I could take away from each day and be glad that I lived it.

Thanks for being part of the journey.

What has the past year brought you that you didn’t expect?

About the author

Leah Carey

Leah Carey is the Chief Miracle Officer of The Miracle Journal, where she writes about the large and small miracles that happen in her life every day. She is a life coach, speaker, journalist, freelance writer, and lover of life. In all of those pursuits, she works with people to identify what’s already right in your life so you can build an even more joyful and fulfilling daily experience from that foundation. You can find her on Facebook, , Twitter, and YouTube.

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  1. Camille

    Great list, Leah!
    So many wonderful, amazing accomplishments! What a blessed life you lead =)
    Camille recently posted at their blog…Easy Way to Unclog Drain

    1. Leah Carey

      Thanks so much, Camille! I just went and checked out the drain unclogging gizmo you wrote about and it looks awesome! That definitely would have come in handy when I had long hair. 🙂 By the way, I wanted to leave a comment on your blog, but could only sign in a handful of ways, none of which I was signed up with. Would you consider adding the option to post with Name & URL? Thanks!

      1. Camille

        Leah – can you comment now?! :Crosses fingers I did it right:
        HUGS 🙂 Thanks for bringing that to my attention!!
        Camille recently posted at their blog…Popeye Says So

        1. Leah Carey

          I believe I can – I just submitted a comment to your spinach post. 🙂

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