As I approach the end of another year around the sun, I want to focus on the beginning of something new. As cliché as it sounds birthdays, New Years and anniversaries have a way of making you reminisce on the past. On what you have and haven’t accomplished. And that’s not always a good thing depending on how you look at things.
For example, I have a birthday coming up on September 30th. And as I reflected about turning a year older #34, my thoughts automatically went to the lack of accomplishments in my life. It sounds silly, but it really bummed me out. Because in my mind I’m not where I thought I would be according to my younger self, I guess. But in the process, of feeling bad about myself because of all the things I hadn’t accomplished, I realized I was negating all the dreams I had fulfilled this past year.
So, I pulled out my journal (as I often do) and started writing out my thoughts and feelings surrounding my upcoming birthday. And I quickly realized how unfair I was being to myself. And at that moment something shifted. I went from feeling down about my lack of accomplishments to being grateful for all the things in my life.
And then it hit me, “oh my gosh” I did some pretty amazing things at 33! For starters, I married Drew the love of my life who I can’t imagine living without. Our wedding was a complete dream come true. Not to mention, we were able to bring our families together for the very first time. And I was able to introduce California to my family. Big life goal check!
Another big moment for me this year was getting rid of all of my debt! Seriously I had been working towards a debt-free life for the past four and a half years. And it finally happened at 33, and I couldn’t be happier. No more student loans, car payments or credit card debt. I mean if that’s not #adulting I don’t know what is.
And in the midst of getting married and paying off debt. Drew and I were still able to travel and check off a couple other things from our bucket list. Our first year of marriage has been great so far. We have continued to deepen our connection and build upon our foundation. And I can’t ask for anything else really.
Looking back has been a great eye-opener for me. And I know if I keep focusing all the positives in my life and I keep investing in myself I know that things will continue to grow in the right direction. And next year when I look back at year 34, I will once again be grateful for all the achievements thus far in my journey through life.
Thank you TEA Birds for sticking with me this past year. I promise I have a lot more content coming soon. In the meantime, let me know what’s your favorite birthday tradition.
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