This is 29

This was taken in Rio on Matt's balcony as we were heading out to dinner for my birthday <3 The dress has been in my closet for awhile, so I can't link to it! But it's from Revolve. 

This was taken in Rio on Matt's balcony as we were heading out to dinner for my birthday <3 The dress has been in my closet for awhile, so I can't link to it! But it's from Revolve. 

When I was a little girl, I always used to wonder what my life would be like in my twenties. To me, that decade always seemed so glamorous and I looked forward to it. What would I do for a living? Who would I marry? What would I look like?

And now, as I begin the last year of my twenties, a lot of those questions that I had as a little girl have been answered. And I’m now embarking on a part of my life that I’ve never really thought through before. It’s scary and thrilling at the same time.

Scary because life is tough, and the world is unfair and cruel. That was always the case, but I’m much more attuned to it now than I was before. Thrilling because I sense the potential opportunity that lies within each passing day and year. I know that I won’t always have “my whole life” ahead of me forever and that is strikingly true to me as I close this decade of my 20s.

I don’t consider myself to be a sentimental person, but maybe I am a bit more than I think. The morning of my birthday, I was thinking about all of the above and ended up jotting down a few things that I’ve learned in my 20s that I am proud of. I’m sharing these with you and hope that they serve as a form of encouragement or give you inspiration. This is the most personal post that I’ve written on this blog thus far, so I hope that you find some benefit from this little piece of me and I thank you all for reading. <3

Self-Reflections on The Decade of My Twenties:

  • I flew to Rio this weekend to be with my dearest love for the holidays. I have found love again and I didn’t think that I ever would.
  • I started this blog that is growing a little bit more every day. I love that I am able to share this creative side of me.
  • I have learned how to better manage my finances and have saved more this year than I ever have before. I’m finally starting to feel that financial security is within my reach.
  • I know myself more and I’m embracing what I’ve discovered about myself. I’ve also embraced the fact that saying “no” is as healthy at times as saying “yes.”  
  • I have a close circle of friends and a wonderful social network in Arlington, which I have called my home for the past 8 years.
  • I’ve learned that your job doesn’t have to be your entire life and you can have goals that aren’t directly tied to your current profession or career. A person can follow more than one interest or passion.
  • I have discovered that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to as long as I’m willing to commit the time, resources and effort.
  • I’ve learned to not be intimidated by the competition. I am focused on my own game and the unique value that I bring.
  • I have fully recovered from my breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, and have begun living my life again being truly thankful for every single day.  I also realized that while this was something that affected me, it doesn’t have to define me.