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.