I turn 28 years old today and I’ll be honest, it feels reaaaaaally weird. Usually I’m ALLLLL about birthdays! I’m that girl that wants to celebrate all week, sometimes all month long, but not this year. 28 feels really strange to me and I’m still trying to figure out why.
Maybe it’s because 30 is too close for comfort now or maybe because I thought my life would look very different by the time I turned 28. I really don’t know what it is but nonetheless, the funky feeling is there.
Although, I remember last year on my birthday I did my very first podcast interview and it was with Lara Casey. There’s a lot more to say about why that was such a big deal for me but just know, it was huge. I remember thinking to myself, “if this is how 27 is starting, it’s going to be a really good year.” And sure enough, it was. And because the Lord is the coolest, I did an interview with Jessica Honegger yesterday, on my last day as a 27 year old (which was a really cool full circle moment that I’ll share more on her podcast episode) and she & I talked about practicing gratitude. So instead of wallowing in the weird feelings of 28 I want to celebrate all that 27 held for me, for better or for worse, and practice some gratitude today. Feels like the best way to welcome in 28, right?!
27 THINGS THAT MATTERED TO ME DURING MY 27TH YEAR (in no particular order):
My 27th birthday dinner at Carson’s & Breakout Games with all my favorite people made me feel crazy loved and celebrated. Good way to kick things off!
We joined Amber Housley’s mastermind group where I met some of my most cherished friends and the trajectory of our businesses changed in the best ways imaginable.
Leela got engaged!
Got involved with Humanity & Hope United
Traveled to Nashville for one of the best retreats of my life with Amber Housley & friends.
We launched Twirl Talk Podcast and it’s been one of my favorite things I’ve ever done!
Eleanor Travis Rouse came into the world and I haven’t been the same since!!
Cassie got pregnant!!
Went wedding dress shopping for Leela at Twirl & it was the sweetest.
Got involved with Natalie’s Sisters
Got to teach another webinar with Carrie Grace
Donielle got engaged & married!! And I got to shoot her wedding!
Went to Seaside for my first mastermind retreat & had the most amazing time.
Ashley had Joshua!
Went to Palm Springs for Leela’s bachelorette & am now obsessed with PS!
Saw Hamilton, twice!
Traveled to Chicago and was reminded how much I LOVE that city!
Read Where The Crawdads Sing and it revived my love for fiction.
Leela got married!!
Launched Refined Retail Consulting & am LOVING working with Christina, our first client.
Celebrated 5 years at Twirl!
27 was a sweet year! It had it’s fair share of highs and lows but overall, I can look back and be incredibly grateful for all that it held and how the Lord used it to shape me.
28, I feel real funky about ya but ready or not, here we go!! You’ve got some things in store that I cannot WAIT for so already you’re looking up — Baby Dilly coming into the world, seeing the Backstreet Boys in concert, an incredible trip to London, and fingers crossed… completing & submitting my book proposal!! Those things alone could be all that you hold for me and for that I would be so insanely grateful.
Let’s do this 28! I get to choose how I feel about you and today I choose to be thankful. Another year for God to show off his love — CHEERS. TO. THAT. Let’s do this!