July 1 marked the midpoint of the year, and it also happened to be the same week as my birthday. My birthday inevitably makes me feel a mix of gratitude and panic. It also serves as a time for reflection, a time to appreciate what I’ve accomplished, a time to remember what’s left to do and a reminder of my own mortality.

Most importantly though, because it’s almost smack dab in the middle of the year, it’s a great time to take stock of my goals and see how close (or not-so-close) I’ve come to following my New Year’s resolution. Admittedly, I still haven’t lost those 20 pounds, but they may just be permanent residents now and I’m OK with that. Who doesn’t like a good block of Tillamook Cheese and nice bottle of Oregon wine? Clearly, I do!

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