On Turning 28 – A Birthday Story

August 25, 2016

Here we are, another year older, wiser, stronger, better. Happy Birthday to me!

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I think I spent the better part of writing this post scouring Susan Miller’s website for the statement that would define my 28th year, which led me to Brene Brown, then Pinspiration and then an Instagram feed on fancy cocktails – likely story! Shall we pour the rosé?  

Like years prior I went back and read my 26 and 27 birthday posts to see if life had been living up to previous expectations. Here’s to crossing #1 and #4 off the list in a big way! But, before we dive into the prophetic state of 28, I want to raise a glass to 27.

27, you brought me back to find my groove.

27 was like being set-up on the best first date and finding that relationship groove after being screwed over by so many before it. 25 – all the changes, 26 a rebuilding year, and 27 was:

An Investment  – In my professional career and its growth, one that I am beyond proud of no matter what the outcome.

Adventurous – 5 countries and 15 cities. An expansion of the mind that made the most consuming of problems seem small and seeing the world a priority.

Accomplished – It may have only been a half-marathon but what people don’t tell you is the mental strength needed will push your boundaries farther than you ever thought possible.

Appreciative – Of my family, friends, s/o’s, co-workers, roommates – and those that had an impact on shaping this last year.

Now while my name may not be Stella, what’s great about this “groove” is I can wholeheartedly say I have poured myself quite a foundation in which to build the last stretch of my 20’s. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to a decade that’s been so unbelievable – thankfully, I don’t have to, just yet!

So let’s ring in 28! I’m ready for a year of celebration, pushing boundaries and building on all that’s been created. So in what’s become a birthday tradition – here’s a few PRB Originals to lay the path to good ol’ 28:

Lean into the discomfort – challenge your peers, challenge your bosses, challenge yourself.

Vulnerability is a birthplace for joy, success, love and creativity – go there!

Push yourself to be the best version of you you can be – even when the comforts of who you are now feel like 800 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets.

Tell the inner critic to sit down shut up and grab a glass because it’s going to be one hell of a party!

Here’s to today and to fellow birthday buddies – Sean Connery (86), Claudia Schiffer (46), Blake Lively (29) and Regis Philbin (85), who I’m convinced will all have voice overs in my autobiographical audiobook someday!

To my family – words can’t even describe how thankful I am for you. To the #girltribe, here’s to our groove that just keeps getting better.

Cheers to 28! Pop. Fizz. Clink!