birthday celebration

32 Experiences, Facts & Thoughts That Make Me Who I am

Yesterday I turned 32!! Yay!! I absolutely love birthdays.  So, to celebrate my birthday with all of you, I thought I would write down 32 experiences, facts &/ thoughts that have shaped me into the person I have become.  I am hoping this will give you all a little insight into my life and experiences that have led me to who I am today.  So, read on to learn more about me.  Share something about yourself in the comments so I can get to know you as well!!

  1. Born and raised in southern California.
  2. I have my doctorate in physical therapy (DPT, class of 2011)
  3. I have completed a residency in orthopaedics (OCS) & a sports fellowship (SCS).
  4. I am a NASM certified personal trainer (CPT).
  5. Virgo
  6. I am taller than my entire immediate family. Occasionally, people accuse me of being adopted. But, I swear I am not.

    Family picture
    My Beautiful Family. They made me take my heels off for this…
  7. Things I love… my family, bikinis & coffee.
  8. Things I hate… bananas, tomatoes and horror movies.
  9. My boyfriend is my absolute best teammate and friend. I could not ask for a better person to take on life with.

    vacation in jamaica
    Vacationing in Jamaica
  10. First car/truck: 72 GMC Sierra Grande
  11. I played division 1 college softball at UC Riverside
  12. I started playing softball at age 8, started pitching at age 9 and played competitively until I was 23.
  13. Played 1 year on my high school baseball team. My dad told me when I was trying to decide if I should join the team that “it would be one of the best things I ever did.” Turns out, he was right. (Yes, with the boys)
  14. My favorite number is 14. I started wearing the number at age 10 and wore it all through college.
  15. I used to drink Starbucks before every softball game because it was good luck. It was even better luck if it spilled on me. I still believe in this to this day.
  16. I met the love of my life at a Jason Aldean concert. He literally picked me out of a crowd to talk to me. Because of this moment, I truly believe love finds you when you least expect it.
  17. We have a 9-month-old little boy that means the world to us.

    Our beautiful baby boy
    Our Beautiful Baby Boy
  18. No, we are not married. Yes, we are happy.
  19. I gained 27 lbs with my pregnancy, lost the weight by 4 months but I still don’t quite feel like myself. But, that’s OK. I am trying to enjoy and learn from it.
  20. I start every morning off with a cup of coffee.
  21. The hardest thing for me to give up while pregnant was coffee.
  22. My favorite place in the world is boating on the Colorado river with my family.
  23. I grew up boating with my family and we plan to do the same with our little boy.
  24. I got my first ticket at age 12 while riding my jet ski underage (I know… I am a real rebel lol)
  25. Food that is my absolute weakness… anything with cheese or peanut butter.
  26. Exercise is my biggest stress reliever. When I do not exercise, I do not feel like myself.
  27. Favorite color: to wear black, accessories pink, in general bright blue.
  28. I have broken both of my arms. My right at age 7 while roller blading the left at age 30 while snow boarding.

A few things I have learned in my 32 years:

  1. The human body is truly capable of amazing things. I did not learn this while being pregnant. I learned this through many mornings of running sprints during conditioning in college. So many times I remember thinking “my legs are going to collapse”. To my surprise, they didn’t. I finished the work out and went on to become a stronger and better athlete with a new appreciation for the human body.
  2. Sports can be such a positive thing girls to participate in if they have interest. They have taken me places I never imagined I would go. Sports paid for my education, which in turn led me to grad school, to my career and to finding my passion of helping others understand the human body.
  3. If you truly work hard at something you can achieve it. I am not saying it will be easy, but if you put in the work and give it time, you can achieve all realistic goals you set for yourself.
  4. “Let yourself be great”. This was something my dad said to me a long time ago that has really stuck with me. He probably does not even remember telling me this. But, it changed how I approach everything in life. Sometimes you have to get out of your own way so you can achieve more than you ever thought possible.

 

So, in a nut shell that is who I am. I am hoping to share some of my experiences and knowledge with other women. Tell me a little bit about yourself in the comments below. Looking forward to meeting you!!

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XOXO – Sara & Baby W

 

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