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.