It’s my 29th birthday today.
Every year my tradition is to watch the sunset the night before my birthday and think about the lessons I’ve learned.
(Last night’s sunset — she’s beautiful, right?)
Here are the lessons 28 brought me:
– Love feels the best to give — give it freely.
– I am capable of being an amazing wife.
– My parents aren’t just amazing parents — they’re amazing people.
– No one is really concerned with judging me the way I sometimes think.
– Babies make everything better.
– Opening a business is hard.
– Running a business is hard.
– Having a business where you love what you do is freedom.
– People are waiting to love me and accept me for who I am.
– I am capable of more than I can ever imagine.
– Focusing on money instead of value doesn’t serve me.
– Money is just a number — it does not determine mine, or anyone else’s value.
– Quality is more important than quantity in everything (friends, clothes, all things social media).
– Choosing to invest money in myself and my growth will come back ten-fold.
– Focusing on what I don’t have instead of what I do leads to feeling incapable/unworthy/crazed at “what’s next.”
– The secret to feeling peace is to stop for a minute, breathe, and decide to soak in the present moment.
– No one feels the negative emotions I feel except for me.
– Forgiveness is not something I give to other people — it’s something I give to myself.
– I am worthy of the love I receive.
– Relationships are allowed to be whatever I and the other person want them to be.
– There is no “right way” to live life.
– Mornings are better spent writing than scrolling.
– The deepest work lies in allowing people to love all of me — even the parts of myself I’m not yet proud of.
– Spending quality time with myself is the antidote to self-doubt, fear, and anxiety.
– I don’t have to look to everyone else for answers of how to live my life, run my business, be a good partner, be a happy person, etc.
– Trusting myself to make the right decision *for me* is invaluable.
– It’s best to lovingly laugh at myself and take a step back to realign when I get into the space of thinking I can control the people and world around me.
– The relationship I’m in with myself is the most precious relationship to tend to because all else in the world depends on how I’m feeling about myself.
I loved being 28, and I know I’ll love being 29 as well.
Thank you for being a part of my life story. Cheers to 29.