23 Years Later..

Posted By: MarissaHoward
Posted On: March 1st, 2019



I recently turned 23 on Feb 28th!  This past year of 2018-2019 of my life has been crazy!  I have changed and grown so much as a person and I am honestly so proud of myself!  As a 22 year old woman I finished my senior year of college basketball and graduated college with my BA in Psychology! I also became a god mother of a beautiful baby boy! I was chosen to be a Victory Scholar which is a huge deal. I have been living in Ireland for 6 months which is the hardest but most rewarding thing I have ever done in my life! And lastly I was able to bring out the parts of myself that I value the most! 22 was amazing but I am ready to see what 23 has in store for me!Image may contain: 12 people, including Royce Raymond Paris, Zack Yonda, Michael Riopel, Jamie Sherburne, Daniel Noe, Marisa Howard, John McCarthy, Mark Kilpatrick and Tom Rivard, people smiling, people standing and outdoorImage may contain: 2 people, including Marisa Howard, people smiling, closeup

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My birthday is something I have always taken pretty serious.  I love to celebrate my life and all the accomplishments I have made each year!  This year I was not really sure what I was going to be able to do!  We had a game the day before and a game the day after so I could not really plan to travel any where!  So I kind of just accepted that this birthday I would just stay in and FaceTime with friends and family!  It sounded pretty amazing for me!  I did not expect anyone to try to go out of their way for me! But after my game on the 27th my teammates insisted that we go out and celebrate and it honestly was one of the best nights I have had since I got here. On my actual birthday I did stay in and just ordered in some of my favorite food, and talked to all my family and friends!  On the 1st of March we had a game in Tullamore and we lost pretty bad which was a bummer! But as I was taking off my shoes I heard the voices of my teammates and coaches singing happy birthday to me and they brought a cake out!  Which was so special!  My 23rd birthday will truly be a time I will always remember!  Throughout college my best friend Tanner made sure that my birthday was always some sort of big ordeal!  So this year not having her around was sad not because I did not have a good time but because I loved spending that special day with her and she would always make me feel special!  But I loved every second of my birthday this year it was a new experience and has got me in the mind set that things change and it is time to grow!

23 years later and I am still so happy and proud of the person I am!  I know that this year is going to be a big year for my life!  When I go home in the summer I have to decided what I want to do with my life.  Do I want to go back to school? Do I want to start a Career? Do I want to Coach? Do I want to move? SOO many questions and by this time next year I will be 24 and all those questions will be answered and I will have a whole new set of questions! So 23 year old Marisa it is time to really get your life started and I am rooting for you girl!