I think the best part of birthdays is that they call for a fresh start for a new year.  They also call for reflection on the events of the year that’s passed.  As we get older, we’re supposed to get wiser, so I guess this is one way to do that.  It’s easy to celebrate and let the day pass, but upon looking back, it’s great to take the time and pat yourself on the back for successes and accomplishments, as well as grow and learn from mistakes and failures.

Now at the tender age of 28 (and 4 days), I reflect back on 27 as filled with many ups-and-downs, appreciating each for the impact it’s made on me, big and small.  27 included stifling blows to my business, as well as record growth and rejuvenation.   I changed my first diaper (still only one though) and babysat alone for the first time.  Tried new forms of physical activity including Krav Maga and learned a new level of physical pain.   Surpassed my goal to travel monthly, which was assisted by a light wedding season (nice change of pace).  Debated cremation versus burial and completed my will.  I committed to several themes for the year, including ‘calm’ which I exercised with more ease than ever in the past.  Read more books on business, personal development, and Harry Potter than I care to count.  Was featured in the AJC.  Dated.  Hiked the highest peak of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia in the middle of the night.   Started a new business/networking venture that’s exploded.   Paid my first visit (and likely last) to Mardi Gras.  Was named the ‘Ambassador of the Year’ for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.  Learned how to slow down and ‘stop and smell the roses’.  Started yoga.  Had my hair accidentally died red and remembered how tied we can be to our self-image.  With a heavy heart, said goodbye to my daily dose of Oprah.   Leaped out of my comfort zone to speak to my first several hundred person audience and launch a national partnership.   Learned that adults can still be bullies.  Worked on communication skills in my most challenged relationships.  Paid off my car (early).  Marked 4 years of home-ownership.  Welcomed my second niece.   My absolute disdain for AT&T grew exponentially.   I planned and celebrated my 5 year college reunion and then welcomed a best friend to his new home in Atlanta.  Said goodbye to a terrible roommate and welcomed a wonderful new one.  Finally left the world of Blackberry and got an iphone.

Lots to celebrate and mourn in 27.  Good decisions and bad, but all a part of the experience and the memories.  Farewell 27, hello 28.  New memories to make and experiences to have.