44 THINGS I'M GRATEFUL FOR ON MY 44TH BIRTHDAY

Numbered but not ranked!
  1. 1.
    My daughter's laugh
  2. 2.
    My dog's devotion
  3. 3.
    My husband's hugs
  4. 4.
    My girlfriends
  5. 5.
    Pride and Prejudice - Colin Firth version
  6. 6.
    Austin's friendliness
  7. 7.
    Chicago's skyline
  8. 8.
    Coffee
  9. 9.
    The spectacular sunrises in the fall as I'm driving to work
  10. 10.
    Letting go of the insecurities I held onto for far too long
  11. 11.
    Good books
  12. 12.
    I met and married someone who saw my worth when oftentimes I could not
  13. 13.
    I was given the chance to be a mom
  14. 14.
    The opportunities I've had to further my education
    HA! I just noticed the typo in "education" I had to fix it!
  15. 15.
    My sense of humor, it used to be my armor and now it helps to connect with others
  16. 16.
    Financial independence, a roof over my head, and food security
  17. 17.
    My extended family, including my family by choice
  18. 18.
    The ability to hear good live music any time I want, even if I am usually in bed by 9 during the week and 10 on weekends
  19. 19.
    Direct flights from Austin to Chicago
  20. 20.
    The Chagall Windows at the Art Institute of Chicago
  21. 21.
    The ability to help others in need
  22. 22.
    Growing up with deaf parents in a racially and economically mixed area to begin my perspective on life
  23. 23.
    The intelligence to be able to argue my position well...
  24. 24.
    ...and the wisdom to know whether it's worth doing so at any particular time
  25. 25.
    Learning that things in this world and people do not exist as absolutes. People and situations can be complex, nuanced, and more than a sound bite. ...
  26. 26.
    ... And while I can understand there may be more than one way of looking at something, I can also have my position that may be strong and absolute
  27. 27.
    Inside jokes with friends that have lasted 20+ years
  28. 28.
    A birthday hike with my family in perfect sunny weather.
  29. 29.
    Trips home to Chicago where I'm guaranteed either a pizza from Lou's, an Italian beef from Portillo's, or both!
  30. 30.
    Super Grover
  31. 31.
    Music that expresses the emotions I feel or the words I struggle to say
  32. 32.
    Justice Thurgood Marshall and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, two social justice lawyers who made it to the U.S. Supreme Court and helped shape the world I want to live in
  33. 33.
    The perfect ice cold extra dirty vodka martini
  34. 34.
    The Daily Show
  35. 35.
    Breakfast tacos
  36. 36.
    President Obama and being on the right side of history
  37. 37.
    Letting go of people and things that are not good for me
  38. 38.
    The Princess Bride
  39. 39.
    Mint chocolate chip ice cream
  40. 40.
    Strong female role models
  41. 41.
    My 3 BFFs who have been with me for 30, 26, and 22 years
  42. 42.
    The woman who was once my annoying baby sister and is now a person I love and admire
  43. 43.
    Fresh figs each summer from the trees in my backyard
  44. 44.
    Another birthday