My birthday always falls on Labor Day weekend.  Sometimes, like this year, it even falls on Labor Day itself. Although we always celebrate it somehow, I don’t have any birthday traditions. However, I do like to use the day, and days surrounding it, to reflect on my life – what I’ve done, what I’d like to do and what I am thankful for. I believe that reflection on your journey can help you see your path in a different light and help you understand how each event led you to where you are today.

I’m a believer in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote, “life is a journey, not a destination”.  Life isn’t all about where you came from, where you’ve been and where you are now, it’s about where you’re going, what you’re going to do, and who you’re affecting.

Living is all about ups and downs, twists and turns. It’s not something to compare to others or compare to where you’d thought you’d be and when. There is no set timeline for what you’re doing. If you’re not happy with something, change it. See your opportunities. If you love something, relish in it. Life is always changing and it’s important to enjoy the great parts of today. When tomorrow comes, another piece may be great, but the other pieces may not be the same.

This year I am thankful for my amazing husband who supports me in all of my new life adventures. I’m thankful for my fur-kids as well, because they bring me joy and laughter everyday, even if they do throw in a curve ball and some stress here and there – life wouldn’t be the same without them! My parents are always my cheerleaders and there for me day and night, 24/7, 365.  And the rest of my family and friends who encourage me, keep me laughing, and just make life more fun.

Twenty seven doesn’t seem that old, but sometimes it’s shocking because it feels like I was 10 just yesterday, too. So, here’s to still being a kid, enjoying the moments, and chasing dreams. I hope 27 is good to me.

The best photo of my mom and I, when I was little.



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