Thursday, October 17, 2013


I cannot even begin to thank all of you for the wonderful birthday wishes. I had such a fantastic time celebrating with wine tasting and by launching my new blog design. I didn't expect such an outpouring of love from all of you and I can't thank you enough.

Last night, Josh had such a sweet birthday dinner planned for me. He had an indoor picnic all set up with presents, my favorite Thai food, a bottle of wine, flowers, and his homemade inspirational cupcakes. I was in sweatpants, with my favorite man, eating my favorite food and I couldn't have been happier!

My birthday is always a time that I am both excited and contemplative. On the one hand, it's a giant party and I hear from friends and family that I love dearly (amazing!). I am so very blessed to have such a wonderful support system and as I drove home from my work conference last night, I was overcome with the amount of love and well-wishes that were bestowed upon me. I can't believe the beautiful life that God has given me and I am so thankful.

As I revel in birthday wishes, I also always end up thinking about where I am in life. Each birthday is a milestone, marking the end of a year of accomplishments but also the beginning of a new year of possibility. I am grateful for the wonderful year I had as a 27-year-old, but I am so excited to be 28 and greet all of the new challenges and opportunities that are waiting for me around the corner. I feel so alive and there is this humming inside me that makes me believe there is so much good coming.

I am a list person, and those who know me well can remember my color-coded agenda books from 7th grade through grad school. Now I have two color-coded google calendars and a color-coded work calendar, so I like to think I'm more mature now. Regardless of how I track things, I track them. I love knowing what I've accomplished and on what I am working.

This year for my birthday, instead of making a list of goals, I am writing myself a future letter. A letter to myself on October 16, 2014 - my 29th birthday. While I usually write, I will do X task, I will weigh X amount, I will have X job title, this letter is different. This letter talks about how I am when I'm 29 as if I'm already there. I am happy, I am fulfilled, I am.... a million things.

I'm keeping my future letter private until next year's birthday. Then I'll be able to dust it off, read it, and see where I am in my life and how that shapes up against what I've predicted. Of course I will share it with you too! It's fun knowing that some will be true, but that some of where I will be next year I can't have even dreamed up yet. What an amazing life I get to live; I cannot wait to see how the next year unfolds. If it's as blessed as 27 was, I'll be a lucky little duck.

1 comment

  1. Happy belated birthday! I'm also 28 and live outside D.C. (Southern Maryland for me!), and birthdays always find me very contemplative, too. My 28th birthday was in July, and I couldn't help but think about my impending move out of my parents' job, my career, my upcoming marriage. The late-twenties are ripe with change, it seems! But I hope you accomplish everything you'd like to by your 29th. :) The best is yet to come!


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