It’s tatoo time!! On turning 40…


I turned 40! I got a tattoo! I crossed an item off my bucket list that I always wanted to do and made my 40th birthday one I will ALWAYS remember. I have no regrets and I love what I chose.

My tattoo was one I have wanted since my 20’s. I am so happy I waited to get it done though, because by the time I finally did get it, I really knew what I wanted and I really knew where I was going with it. The cross symbolizes my faith, the heartbeat (or in the medical world the QRS complex) represents the career I chose and the people I have helped along the way. I remember the patients I have sat with when they had their last heartbeat and the ones I have brought back and restarted their heartbeat. I am so proud of what I do. Last, but certainly not least, the three hearts represent my 3 children. These are my reason to live fully and love fully. I am so proud of the individuals they have become.

I have been asked- is turning 40 a tough one? And you know what? It isn’t! I think because I was in a much worse position in my life at 30 than I am now. Without going into detail. I was not where I wanted to be, lost in where I was headed and not comfortable with where I was. It makes 40 seem so awesome. I am happy. I am blessed. I have a wonderful husband, kids, support system, family, faith, job, and friends. I could go on and on and on. I am one word… CONTENT. Why would 40 be difficult? What do I have to complain about?

I think I have learned as I go into the next phase of my life to quit looking at the past, worrying about the future. I focus on the NOW. I have so much to be thankful for. I am without a doubt, in one of the most stress free periods of my life. I am settled… and that is so GOOD.

 I have a bucket list I chip away at. I add to it and change it as I go. I have things I can look back at in my 30’s and say I did. I parasailed, zip lined, got a tattoo, travelled overseas, had children, got married, established myself in my career. Yes, there are things I still want to do, and yes I will get there. But for now I am happy with how my 30’s were spent. No regrets!

 So here is to turning 40!! May it be the best decade of my life. Cheers! 🍷


My bucket list for 2016 (and beyond)….

Soo… I think having a “bucket list” is so important. I also believe that it can be modified at any time. Things can be added and taken away. Things can be changed, molded, expanded upon and minimized. That is the beauty of a bucket list. So today … this day… this is MY list. Some I have achieved and some I have not. I reserve the right to change, modify and add or delete at any time. 🙂

I also want to add that posting this today… on the last few days of me being in my 30’s… is NOT a coincidence. I have so many life experiences I can look back on in the past 39 year that are huge victories for me. I also have some failures. But today I am doing one thing on my list I have wanted to do for the past 5 year. I am FINALLY getting the tatoo I have always wanted to get… but have been afraid to get, or have not made time to get. So today, by the end of the night I can say my appointment is done and I have checked yet another item off my list. So wish me luck! I am making the most of EVERY last minute of my 30’s!

My list of things to accomplish: (in 2016 and beyond)

*Highlighted items have been accomplished

Go to a musical with Addie

Get the tattoo I have always wanted

Take a girls weekend with my mom, sister, daughter and niece

Hold another lake weekend

Further my education

Take another road trip with my family

Go on a cruise

Take a helicopter tour

See Hawaii

Travel to the USS Iowa in honor of my grandfather, Leo

Get strong enough to slalom ski again

Take Addie to the Blue Bunny headquarters she has wanted to go see

Complete a 5K… running, not walking

Learn how to cook a beef brisket

See my sisters new house

Attend a wine tasting

Visit the east coast (Maine, Niagara Falls etc)

Give up pop for a month

Take my kids horseback riding at Jester Park

Eat at 5 new restaurants, HuHot, Runza, Cowboy Jacks,

Print off pictures of Nate for graduation

Clean out store room (yikes)

Make a new kind of cookie

Take more pictures with my DSLR

Use Instagram more

Write 20 blog posts this year (2016)

Pay it forward somehow- pay for someones meal? Donate?

Take Tyler alone to play basketball with me again

Take the kids to an ISU basketball game

Take the boys to see Cowboys stadium (a dream for them!)

Travel to New York

Read at least 3 books this year, The Wedding Dress, Miller’s Valley

Take the kids (one or all) fishing

Take the kids on a hike

Go have lunch with Lynn and Michelle- WC friends from way back

Go on a Segway tour

Make sure Addie gets to Washington DC like her brothers

See the Longaberger factory with mom (accomplished in 2015 but was on the list)

Go parasailing (accomplished in 2015 but was on the list)

Have a spa day

Have at least 3 date nights with Clint in 2016 (no kids!)

Get new flooring throughout upstairs of our house ($$$)

See the American Gothic house in Iowa

Take Nate on a college visit- 2 done, 3 more scheduled!

Zipline (accomplished in 2013)

Take Clint back to SD where he went with his dad (accomplished in 2013)

See at least 2 new Iowa sights this summer we have not been to before (not including Blue Bunny)

Complete sponsor couple training

Updated with highlights 2/26/2016

Updated 6/16/2016