My mom thinks that every seven years we go through a major life change. Perhaps you are on the cusp of yours? There has never been any pattern to mine, like at seven I started having a better year than at eight, or fourteen, but I think it takes us so long sometimes to see what we are doing, that might be how long it takes us to re-evaluate our path. Every 7th year (for me) I try to look at where I am, what I'm doing, and make a conscious decision to work towards a goal, pay a bill, complete a project, whatever. I know that at fourteen I was the happiest I had ever been, the thinnest I had felt, I was starting in a city where no one knew me, it was a whole new me. At twenty, I went through a bit of depression, and decided at 21 that it was time to revamp myself. It wasn't until I was almost 28 that my mom told me about this seven-year thing. I decided I look forward to my every-seven-year re-vamp! When things start getting crappy I think, "hmmm, what will next 'season's' Heidi be?" I am always the same, but always changing. That's the greatest part about being human!!! There is always a part of us that stays the same, but we have the power to make ourselves "different" just by thinking it!!!
So here is a rundown of my seasons!
Episode 0 (first year - 1976): I hear I walked at nine months old.
Episode 1 - 1977:
Episode 2 - 1978:
Episode 3 - 1979: This is the year a neighbor's visiting family's dog grabbed me by the head in my neighbor's backyard and tried to shake me to death. Ten stitches in my head. I still remember my mom's knees giving out when I ran home and she saw all the blood. And I remember the awesome 70's striped t-shirt I was wearing.
Episode 4 - 1980: Brother, Brad was born.
Episode 5 - 1981:
Episode 6 - 1982: Sister, Kati was born.
Episode 7 - 1983:
Episode 8 - 1984: Got baptized into the Mormon church.
Episode 9 - 1985: Brother, Mark was born.
Episode 10 - 1986:
Episode 11 - 1987:
Episode 12 - 1988: My parents split. Somewhere between this year and next, I went snow skiing with my aunt and uncle, fell and broke my collarbone. My family said when the first aid people told me my shoulderblade might be shattered, I turned white.
Episode 13 - 1989: I got my period in 7th grade...somewhere between age 12 and 13. During a school play. At least I was wearing brown pants -- my grandpa's which I had borrowed for the play. Not sure why I remember this. But clearly it is noteworthy since I do remember it this many years later.
Episode 14 - 1990: I have an awesome photo from this year. My clothes...ugh. Who let me leave the house like that? I loved New Kids on the Block and got to see them in concert a few times.
Episode 15 - 1991: Stopped going to church. Moved in with my Dad and to Discovery Bay.
Episode 16 - 1992: Got my license. Met my first long-term boyfriend, Mark.
Episode 17 - 1993: Little sister, Lindsey was born.
Episode 18 - 1994: Little brother, Eric was born. Graduated high school.
Episode 19 - 1995: Started working as a file clerk in the legal field.
Episode 20 - 1996: Got my AA in Liberal Arts from LMC in Pittsburg.
Episode 21 - 1997: Took phen fen and lost a lot of weight. Moved out on my own -- to a townhouse in Pittsburg with Mark.
Episode 22 - 1998: Got my paralegal certificate from Cal State Hayward.
Episode 23 - 1999: Mark and I split (after six years). I stayed at the Pittsburg townhouse with roommates.
Episode 24 - 2000: Met the band, Sunburn, and began my love affair with live music.
Episode 25 - 2001: Met the band, Koi, and continued the late nights and fun. Started working at a law firm in Alameda.
Episode 26 - 2002: Moved to Pleasant Hill. Moved to San Ramon.
Episode 27 - 2003: Moved to Walnut Creek. Started working at a law firm in Walnut Creek.
Episode 28 - 2004: Had gastric bypass surgery. Met Russ. Bought my condo and moved to Concord.
Episode 29 - 2005: Left larger firm to work for my boss at his own firm.
Episode 30 - 2006: Had plastic surgeries.
Episode 31 - 2007: Decided it was time to get back into shape. Joined group training at Bally and met awesome people like AJ and John.
Episode 32 - 2008: Office went virtual -- got to work from home for a year. Russ and I split (after 4-1/2 years).
Episode 33 - 2009: Met Rob. Moved to Clayton. Started commuting to Alameda four days a week for work.
Episode 34 - 2010: Rob and I moved in together -- in Walnut Creek.
Episode 35 - 2011: (I turn 35 on August 31, 2011.)
So what will my next season hold? Not sure but I'm ready for it!