I celebrated my 27th birthday this weekend and it caused me to reflect on the previous year.

In that year, my business suffered devastating loss and then steady gain.  I learned a lot about bouncing back from heartbreak and how to casually date.  That, in turn, led to a greater understanding of for what I’m looking in a long-term relationship.  I saw my resilience at work, both tested and strengthened.  I taught myself to be my own PR agent, featured in national magazines, on radio, and tv.  I took the leap and invested money in a second business of passion.  I took on a business mentor to challenge and guide me out of my comfort zone.  I learned what it’s like to be a home owner in a recession.  I held my first baby (my niece) and still haven’t changed a diaper.  I got more in tune with my emotions and have opened the door to a life coach to balance all the work I put in professionally with the rest of my life.  I traveled. A lot. I made friends and also lost some.  I learned that I often put more into relationships (friends, romantic, and professional) than others and can get hurt for that, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I wrote out lists and narratives of my goals, and have chased after them.  I’ve been afraid to fail, but yet didn’t let that stop me.  I gave second chances.  I was taken advantage of.  I dove into writing this blog and two others.  I read a lot of biographies and other non-fiction books.  I learned to cook a lot of things outside of a chicken breast and pasta.  I took dance classes again that reminded me of my childhood.  I embraced being the youngest person in most of my professional environments.  I lost a lot of friends to other cities.  I welcomed a stranger as a roommate.  I watched a lot of reality tv.  I learned to outsource to my twin who I called my personal assistant (he’s actually my business partner) and he got both angry as well as continued to assist.  I attended 5 or 6 weddings, 1 or 2 bachelorette parties, at least one baby shower, one first birthday, and countless other celebrations for people’s big moments.  One of my best friends had a baby and 3 others announced their pregnancies.

I learned a lot.  I struggled, too.  I saw marked distinctions in my path versus the lives of my peers.  I felt myself coming into my own and I look forward to doing more of that at 27.


  1. I agree with your father. My favorite yet. Know that a lot of us know how much you put into your relationships and love you for it. I’m so lucky to have you in my life, you constantly amaze and inspire me. To many more firsts in the years to come.

  2. That’s awesome. Andale! Andale! Arriba! Arriba! Yii-hah! The sky is the limit!

  3. Your younger memory must be serving you better than mine, because I have no recollection of that, but I appreciate your support!

  4. Darrah,

    If I remember correctly, 26 was suppose to be the year of Darrah! I’m so happy that you’ve had a good year. Hope 27 is even better.



  5. Looks like someone learned how to publicly respond. Thanks Dad. Now the bar is that much higher.

  6. Darrah

    In my opinion, this was the best posting that I have read on your blog.
    You make your parents very proud.


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