Monday, November 17, 2008

What A Year!

One year ago, I was listening to podcasts and living a normal life. I had finally become addicted to the gym and had slimmed down and toned up, and was pretty happy with how things were going. I was an early AATM listener, and had emailed Bryan and Jonathan a few times, and I had started to read a few blogs, especially those from other Mouseketeers.

And then a few weeks later, an unexpected work trip to Tampa got me close enough to WDW at the right time, and I was able to experience my first MouseFest. And then my life changed!

To start with, I was amazed that I could walk up to a group of strangers and almost instantly fit in. Secondly, I was amazed at how quickly long-distance friendships could be developed.

But the most important thing that happened at MouseFest was that Rae and Kate and Jonathan (and probably a few others) talked me into training for the 2008 Half Marathon!

And now, here I am a year later. I have 10-12 new Disney Internet friends whom I love to bits! And I have turned into a quasi-runner, and reached 13 miles once so far! And as I mentioned last time, have finally moved off a weight plateau.

But more importantly than the running and weight, I've learned that I can actually stick to something longer than a week, and I can reach a goal -- especially when I have friends to support me like Team Voice has this year!

So thank you all for a wonderful year!! You've made this birthday one of my best ever!!!

6 comments:

Matt said...

Awww! We love you too!!! The best thing about this entire experience is the new friends and community I've made!

Chris said...

It's amazing, isn't it? I feel almost the same way! I say almost as I haven't met any of the AATM or TM folks in person yet. I think that's why January will be special for me :-) Kinda like putting the finishing touches on the whole year of listening, training, and bloging.

Can't wait to meet cha, Deb.

MikeF. said...

I'm blushing and I am only reading my computer screen. All I can say Deb is Amen sister. Amen. Since you are from Michigan. I was wondering if you guys are Michigan or Michigan St. fans? I am a HUGH Michigan fan.

Rae! said...

Deb,
You said it so well. I can't wait to see you again and see the weight loss. And I am super excited to see all of those who I have not met yet.
I can't wait and it is getting so close. :)

Jeff said...

Looking forward to seeing you again soon. I agree that making these new friends has been wonderful. I am thankful for all of them.

January is coming Deb. Woo Hoo!!!

bigbrian-nc.com said...

WOOO HOOO! only a few more days!