What a difference a year makes

I’ve been wanting to a do a year in review post, or a NYE resolutions post, but I have not been able to find it within myself not to just copy or be lame in some other fashion.

Don’t get me wrong…I had a GREAT year. A year full up ups and downs, accomplishments and defeats, ordinary and spectacular. If you’ve been reading like good little boys and girls you all know this already. In 2010 I went from a moody, depressed, not-really-a-runner chick in school with a job and few close friends, to this woman who acknowledges and owns her reactions, takes joy in experiences for better or for worse, loves with all my heart even when I know it won’t end well, ULTRA RUNNER (hiker) who is leaving her crappy job and starting her DREAM internship for her DREAM career. Did we ever think a year would pass?

First: Allow me to show you in pictures how I changed. Below is a shot from Dec 2009, I was dressed up for a date…my first date in almost 2 years (remember the guy who lied about being a doctor?) Next, a shot from Jan 2010. Only a few weeks later and I look SO different! I was starting to take pride in my inside and my outside. The final shot is Dec 2010 a week or two ago. WHERE did all that hair come from? Here’s a not secret…it’s going away on Thursday. Yes, I’ll post a picture. Based on the two Dec shots, I think I can finally say I’m starting to mature in my face…something I’ve been waiting a long time to think!

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Second: I received WONDERFUL news today! I went to the ortho and my teeth have moved FASTER than they were expected! In fact I go next week for a consult. My back bite is “good” and if my dentist likes it the way it is, I get to cut out part of my treatment! That’s right…in a very short time I will get to “freeze” my tops (they’re done!!) which could mean no more braces on the tops!! And we set up what to do about pulling the bottoms and getting my implants…and when that heals I get the crowns and I am DONE! (If the dentist likes the back bite) I am so excited and happy I could pee my pants. Could it be? Will I be taking graduation pictures without top braces? Oh happy happy days!

Here is a picture I took right before getting the braces (eeew look at the bottoms!) And a picture I took tonight…you can’t tell TOO much because of the metal, but you can certainly see a difference the (almost) year has made.

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It’s been a crazy journey on many accounts, thanks for being there with me through it all. I can’t wait to see what 2011 has in store!

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