If it wasn’t clear by the title and the birthday cake image, it’s my 28th birthday today! Mike hasn’t said anything about his plans for the day, so I’m totally in the dark (which is how I like it). My only hope is to relax and enjoy my day, which shouldn’t be too difficult! And to eat cake. I must eat cake on my birthday.
Admittedly, it’s a little bittersweet to say goodbye to 27 – it was such a big year for me! Being engaged, planning a wedding, getting married, moving to a new place, traveling to Europe. It was a bit of a whirlwind and a little crazy at times, but one of the best years of my life, for sure. I’m hopeful that 28 will bring maybe a little less change, but just as much joy and contentment. I can honestly say that I’ve never felt more content in my life, which is an incredible blessing from God. With work, with family, with Mike…all of it. My prayer is that the year of 28 will bring more contentment, as well.
My late twenties have been good to me – for the obvious reasons, like getting married, but also for the less obvious reasons, like self-confidence. I feel like with each year, I grow more and more comfortable with who I am. There are things that I would like to change (as there probably always will be) but, in general, I am more accepting of the things that I don’t necessarily like. My early twenties definitely brought some insecurity, which caused me to weigh the opinions of others (including strangers on the internet) more highly than those who know me personally. That’s taken such a dramatic turn in my late twenties, which is a great thing. I value the opinions of people who know me, like my husband, my family, and my close friends, so much more highly than my own self-doubt or insecurities. I look forward to continuing this shift this year, as well.
I haven’t really thought through any specific goals that I have for this next year, but I do hope to continue to be proud of the work that I do and to continue to connect with you. You, my blog reader, are a large part of the reason that I love my job and have this contentment that I’ve been talking about, so thank you!
In the spirit of celebration and giving, I though it would be fun to give away a little collection of some of my favorite things to one of you! This giveaway is exclusively for my regular blog readers – I’m not sharing it anywhere else because I want it to go to one of you! Simply use the giveaway widget below to enter. Winner will be chosen tomorrow!
Here’s what is up for grabs:
My favorite Elisabeth Ashlie scarf, a festive Kate Spade oven mit, my favorite mug, one of the notepads I use everyday, a set of pencils, an Essie nail polish, my favorite face mask, and a lip treatment.