Turning 26

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It’s funny because turning 26 felt significantly different than turning 25 last year. After turning 21, there aren’t that many milestones afterwards except for those years where you just know you’re getting much older… 30. 40. 50… When I turned 25, I still felt like I was at a very fun age. I was right in the middle – I could be more responsible if I wanted, sure, but I could still do things that I felt were really carefree and spontaneous. At 26 though, I’m like – I need to just have everything together.

It wasn’t a quarter-life crisis, but I had a lot of questions for myself. Am I happy with where I’m at in my career right now? Am I happy with my friendships and my relationships? Do I feel like I should be doing things differently – with myself, my career, or my relationships? All in all, am I happy with my current situation? I’ve thought about these answers for a couple of days now so it’s pretty interesting to reflect on these things. 2016 has already been a really great year for me and I hope we can just continue on that path. At 26, I know I have a lot of life ahead of me, but I also know that if there are things I know I want now – that I probably shouldn’t wait any longer to have them or to go after them.

Anyways, all reflection aside – my birthday was exactly what I wanted it to be. Some people would rather take the day off work on their birthdays, but I love going into the office because everyone is just so nice. Also, no one can be a jerk to you! (not just in the office, but anyone) My team bought me the prettiest bouquet of tulips from Bloom That and later on in the evening, I met up with Mandi, Eric, and Ryan for dinner at Delarosa. We had the cutest family style dinner of salad, pastas, pizzas, and desserts! It was very special to have dinner with these three because they were the first three friends I had when I moved here and we’re all still friends today. We’ve also all just gone through a lot – Mandi and Eric got engaged last year and Ryan moved to New York for like a minute, but now he’s back!

Every year, my birthday reminds me of all the people that I miss and that I no longer get to see as often anymore, but it always means the world to me to hear from them on this day. Thanks everyone for making it so special!

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