I recently had a birthday, and birthday’s are always such a time for reflection for me. It is a chance to stop and take a minute to think about where you are, where you were a year ago, and to look forward to where you hope to be in a year. Age is so much more than a number, and as mine creeps closer and closer to 30, I realize how much more these numbers are really just milestones to document all our life experiences. LIVING, and not worrying about those pesky numbers, is really what gets you from one birthday to the next.
I was going through drawers last night, and found the birthday book my mom made for me when I was little. Each birthday she would write me a poem, a song (she is a songwriter!), a letter – or whatever, to document that year and the experiences that went with it. The last entry was for my 21st birthday. It made me stop, and of course tear up. How super sweet is this?
I love my mom. She has always encouraged us to live meaningful lives, and I am doing just that. Since these 21 wishes that my mom gave to me SEVEN years ago, yes that would make me 28 now, I have experienced way more than I ever thought possible.
So where do I find myself now? How do I define myself as a 28 year old? Well, let’s see,
I graduated college, and learned that finding out what you want to do is not always easy. I got my first “big girl” job, which I am still loving five years later. I got engaged. I got unengaged. I went completely crazy and started this blog ;). I lost my Aunt unexpectedly and felt sadness I didn’t know was possible. I stood by and supported over 20 of my best friends as they got married, and celebrated many of their first (and second!) babies’ birthdays. I have traveled, I have laughed, I have cried and held hands of friends who have had their worlds fall apart. I bought my first car, and am in the process of buying my first house as we speak 😉 but basically I have LIVED. These are all the stories that make up who I am at 28 years YOUNG. We should celebrate our age. With each and every birthday comes a year of experiences, love, laughter, sadness, and rebuilding- and these are the things that make you YOU!
No matter what life has thrown at me, I choose to age with grace. I have talked many times before
about how much I love Olay, and with their 60th anniversary this year, I thought it was only fitting to help celebrate! Olay continues to empower woman to challenge what is possible, and be PROUD of their age. I am so proud of who I am at 28, and I can honestly say I am happier now than I have ever been. Life is NEVER perfect, but learning to love yourself, and learning to live your life, taking the good and the bad, and celebrating your years, is what it is all about.
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Thanks so much for reading, and I can’t wait to see what this NEXT year has in store for me!
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