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Well, I’m 27. It’s kind of weird to say that. We decided it might be fun if I sat down and wrote a little bit about what I’ve learned in the past year — and what I’m hoping for in this next year. So here we go.

If we’re being honest, I didn’t think I would feel any different at this age. But I kind of do?? I feel more mature. Not in that annoying, “Oh I’m older than you blah blah” way but more so in how I view the world. But let’s go back to the past year. A TON has happened in our lives. We traveled, worked (a lot), laughed, cried, the list goes on and on. When I look back on what 26 brought me, I can only think of one word — joy. I feel so blessed to have experienced life the way I did and with the most important person, Mike. *insert sappy love song blah blah*. But seriously, I can’t touch on the last year without mentioning Mike. He has taught me so much and made me a better me. I love him for that.

Now onto this next year in my life. I feel like I’m starting to view life through a different lens — one with greater intention and purpose. I want everything I do to have a purpose and mean something. I want to be more present with the ones that mean the most to me. I want to learn as much as I can about the world. I want to use my voice for good. Unfortunately, life is short. That means I have to make the most of every single day. I’m also trying to be more mindful of all that I have. No, I’m not referring to material things. I’m talking about the things I know I take for granted every single day. My health, my ability to see, walk, breathe, the list goes on and on. Truly, these are things we should not take lightly. I’m so fortunate and I don’t ever want to take that for granted.

I hope this next year brings me more joy and happiness. I want to spend as much time with friends and family. I want to travel a ton and see how other people live. I want more couch cuddles with Mike, Toby, and Aspyn. I plan on living this next year to the absolute fullest. Before I stop rambling, I can’t forget to mention you. Without you reading this, I would be talking to myself. I’m so incredibly thankful for you. You show us so much love and support and we truly can’t thank you enough. So here’s to 27!

Until next time…

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