29Tomorrow is my birthday.  I am turning 29 years old.  There are specific milestones in life that help you track what’s going on, and birthdays are one of them.  Last year I wrote about my 28th birthday, and it really focused on how crappy the year before had been.  My 27th year was full of rock bottoms.  Weight, relationship and overall happiness.

This year, things are much different.  I think about the last year and what I’ve accomplished, and there is so much I’m happy about.  I’ve reconnected with a bunch of friends.  I have a new and exciting job.  I moved into an apartment I love like crazy.  It’s not perfect, but it was a great year.

29 is a weird number.  I remember when my ex turned 29.  He started to panic.  This 30 looms over us like some sort of death mark.  Are we going to be where we thought we’d be?  Will we have achieved success?  Will we even be adults yet?  I’m not afraid of 30, so 29 doesn’t feel like any kind of terrible event.  In fact, I’m glad I’m 29 because it helps me look back at my life and realize that I’m in a good place.  I would much rather be 30 and happy, then 25 and the complete wreck that I was.

My sister and I talked about birthday gifts the other day.  I’m lucky enough to live in a family that doesn’t believe money should be spend just because.  I would rather get a gift I love that cost you nothing, then an expensive gift that I really don’t need.  For christmas every year, my family gets together and gives each other pickled onions, pyjamas and christmas music.  Little gifts that cost nothing, but always make us laugh.  I love christmas with my family.  The same goes for birthdays.  We don’t usually exchange any big things.  This year my mom and sister got together and bought me a magic bullet.  For those who don’t know, it’s this little blender device that quickly and easily allows you to make single smoothies, chop veggies, make soup or hummus in seconds.  You should throw things in, turn in upside down, and bam! food.  I’ve wanted one forever, and I’ve always talked myself out of needing it, but I was super excited.  I’ve had it three days and I’ve made ten smoothies and enough hummus to last me the rest of the month.

29 is going to be my healthy year.  I’ve been doing super well the last year, but there is another step to take.  28 I yo-yo’d a bit.  I was getting over a bad breakup and I fluctuated with my eating, weight and exercise.  This year is going to be different. I feel great most of the time, and it’s only getting better.

I’d like to say a great big Happy Birthday to me!  I deserve to have a great year, and I can feel that great things are going to happen!


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