Reflections: Beaches + Birthdays

Can’t believe it’s been a year already. It seems like only last week I was posting about turning 26 and yet here I am at 27. This year has seriously flown by. When you’re caught up in the day to day it’s easy to lose sight of the progress, the journey. But when I really think about it…I’ve accomplished so much during my 26th year of life. It feels good and a little surreal that I’m really in my late twenties. For real this time, like I can’t even pretend anymore.

Beaches and Birthdays

I know you’re wondering where I’ve been the last week or so. I’ve been missing but for good reason! We took a MUCH needed vacation for a week and I promised myself that I would unplug. I’m always swamped with work, the blog, freelance and new projects. I needed to get away. This past week has been soooo refreshing. Last year, we celebrated my birthday with a few friends and a few drinks. Anytime I get alone with the husband is a nice time so I was simply happy to be out with my love. This year, we celebrated 27 with a walk on the beach at midnight. The next morning we woke up and headed to the beach with the family. It was literally right across the street from the beach house we were staying at. Which is gorgeous! Surfside Beach, South Carolina is an interesting place but I absolutely loved it there. The rest of the day was spent chilling and relaxing, bbq’ing, drinking, and enjoying life.

So what is 27? For me, 27 is finally really understanding my passion in life. I remember so many years after high school trying to figure out this passion thing. I couldn’t understand the people who seemingly all had it figured out while I was just…lost. At 27 I still may not have it “all” figured out but I am definitely certain about some things involving what I want to do in life and my career. That’s so major for me. 27 is stepping outside of my comfort zone in order to make it. I know what I want to do, now it’s time to do it. No matter how scary that is. 27 is taking responsibility. I feel like at this age, there really is no one to congratulate, to blame, to praise, or to fault for anything that happens to me, but ME. I don’t get it right all the time. Far from it. There are still many things I need to improve on. Likewise, there are many things I’m doing well, and many times I do get it right. For better or worse, it all comes down to me. 27 I’m m feeling more conscious and aware of myself. I don’t know if this is always a good thing but it’s definitely something I’ve noticed. Especially with throwing myself in various situations, blogging events, networking things, business meetings…I’m well aware of who I am and what I stand for. It’s interesting. 27 I’m feeling more like a real adult and less like a kid acting like an adult. Note, I said more, not totally because many days I still feel like a kid. Yup, even though I have kids of my own. It’s weird lol. 27 is realizing like for real for real that I’m not invincible. Yes, I know that I knew this before but I didn’t really know. In the past week leading up to this birthday I’ve made more appointments to take care of me than I’ve done since technically becoming an adult. From doctor’s appointments to eye exams it’s like I woke up and realized that, I’m getting older and need to take care of myself. Genuinely take care of myself. 27 is growth. In my marriage, in motherhood, in life. My babies are growing at an insane rate and my marriage is blessed by the best. It’s love.

As I enter this last phase of my twenties, I’m not quite ready to reflect back on them, I have a way to go. But I can acknowledge all that has been done and smile. I’ve come a longggg way since 20 years old, no children, barely in college. I’m happy with where I am. And I’m excited for where I’ll go. Thank God for waking me up every single day. With breath in my lungs, beat in my heart, surrounded by love. I couldn’t ever ask for more. 27 you look divine.

Odd numbers have always been my favorite ;). Let’s go.

Stay blessed beautiful!




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