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Going to sleepover camp.

Giving up Diet Coke.

Spending a year in Israel the year after I graduated high school.

Going back to my natural hair color.

Having my first baby when I was young and stupid.

Having two more babies.

Becoming a Mac person. (iSad. Truly. The world has lost an amazing person.RIP Steve Jobs.)

Buying our teeny tiny condo when we couldn’t afford it.

Writing Cheaper Than Therapy.

Writing anything.

Buying my first DSLR camera.

Having Ms.. Baker in 10th grade English.

Becoming the yearbook editor my senior year in high school.

Getting help for my emetophobia.

Realizing that I will never be a runner.

Trying sushi for the first time.

Buying my confidence glasses.

Some are more sliding-door than others. If I hadn’t gone to sleepover camp, I never would have found my husband. If I hadn’t spent a year in Israel, I never would have found myself.

Some are more practical; they involve home-ownership and career paths.

Some are more passion-finding; they involve the things I love.

Some are health-related.

And sometimes it’s simply the decision to stop being a fake blond.

(This was inspired by this post by one of the loveliest people on the planet.)

Now. Go on. Tell me yours. 

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  1. I love you so much more in your natural hair color. And I never realize it until I see that photo of you and Charna on your mom’s fridge. :)

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    ali replied on

    What picture is on her fridge? I can’t remember!

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    Kristabella replied on

    It’s you and Charna (and your hair is REALLY blonde) standing in NYC in front of a bridge or something.

    It’s a printout from the computer, of course, but is like the only one in color! Ha! :)

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    ali replied on

    That reminds me…I think Bubbie will be getting a photo printer for her birthday…

    Comment by Kristabella on October 6, 2011
  2. I love this! I will have to do one myself.

    The serendipity of life…. does that even make sense?

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    Comment by Heather on October 6, 2011
  3. Love this list. Love you, friend.

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    Comment by Kerri Anne on October 6, 2011
  4. I love reading your list posts so much. I’m so doing this one tonight.

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    Comment by Jen on October 6, 2011
  5. How I wish I will have my DSLR someday. I need that for my photo blog but as for now I have to settle with my digicam. I like your web page it is so feminine.

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    Comment by agathix on October 7, 2011
  6. I love reading other people’s lists! Mine: becoming a teacher, living alone, committing to my boyfriend, getting my cat, going to therapy.

    P.S. How did you get help for your emetophobia? I have the worst fear of vomit and I’ve heard people say that they’ve successfully been exposed, but I’m petrified.

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    ali replied on

    So, I definitely am not cured, and I still suffer. A LOT.
    And I tried to go see a therapist. But I was referred to an eating disorder specialist, even though I don’t believe emetophobia is an eating disorder…it’s an anxiety disorder.

    When they wanted me to do exposure therapy, I quit that.

    What i DID do, though, is get some anti-anxiety medication—XANAX—and I take it with NO SHAME whatsoever. It helps with my panic, especially when my kids are sick or I’m in public places etc.

    I also TALK about it. and that really helps. I lived in fear of telling anyone for years lest they think I was a crazy person. and I have found that talking about it really helps me.

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    Comment by Amy --- Just A Titch on October 7, 2011
  7. As promised, here is my own. http://www.jenbshaw.com/2011/10/06/the-good-ones/

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    Comment by Jen on October 7, 2011
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