Today is my 27th birthday – closer to 30 than 20… WTF!!

Now I know what you’re thinking, “This girl over here is still in her 20’s and she thinks she’s old, just wait until she hits 40, 50, 60, etc.” Let me start off by saying that that is in no way my thoughts. It is truly and honestly so surreal to me that I am 27 and to see everything I have accomplished while also looking ahead and seeing the plans my husband and I have for our future and all the things we still have left to accomplish.

As cliché as it may sound, the older I get the more appreciative I have become. In a sense, I guess it also feels crazy to me that I am 27 because I feel older at heart. I’ve always considered myself an old soul and have often been told that I am wise beyond my years. If I had to guess, I’d say this is a combination of growing up with a chronic illness, being raised by one hell of a strong ass woman – my mother – and becoming a nurse.

I’ve learned to be kind, grateful and thankful for what I have because there is always, and I mean ALWAYS someone who has it worse than you. I’ve learned to be mindful of life because it is so incredibly fragile and tomorrow is never guaranteed. I’ve become a firm believer in “everything happens for a reason”, even if that reason is hard to understand and doesn’t make sense at the moment. I’ve learned that a relationship with God is so important and that praying for each blessing in your life is good for the soul – although I have to be honest and say this is something I am still working on.  And if I am being completely transparent with you all, I still have days (many) where I struggle with the things said above. But I am not a perfect person and I don’t believe there is one out there. I am fortunate enough to be living the life I have, have the family and husband that I do and also a job that I find very humbling, grounding and rewarding. This emphasizes the fact to enjoy the simple things in life, which is exactly what I did today!

My birthday went exactly as I had imagined and as I am sitting here getting ready to tell you about my day, there’s a huge smile and a full heart sitting behind your computer screen typing these words. Today, I slept in and cuddled my fur babies, enjoyed a cup of my favorite coffee at 2pm (yes, you read that correctly), and binge watched a TV series. When my husband came home from work, he made one of my favorite meals which is any type of pasta. Backstory: It was my first birthday spent in our new home, 3 years ago, and my husband surprised me with a home cooked dinner, the noodle kind. Talk about a happy girl! It was some sort of version of chicken alfredo and man was it good! I believe the term is food-gasm – HA! But each year since, I’ve asked for essentially a repeat of the year before. A night in, enjoying my favorite meal with my favorite person and our dogs. The funny part is my husband never saves the recipe so each year he has to look up a new one because he can never find the previous one. Is it appropriate to say, “typical man?” All jokes aside, it is always a delicious dinner and good quality time spent together. The rest of the evening was spent relaxing on the couch, cuddling our pups and watching TV. These little things wrapped up into memories made are what make me more and more appreciative each and every day!

What do you remember about your 27th birthday? And if you are someone reading this and have yet to turn 27, soak it up! Enjoy every last minute of every last day because each year just goes by faster and faster.

Much love,