Yesterday was my 29th birthday. One year away from the big 3-0. Yikes, I’m old. The day was pretty great, but passed without much thought. I had to work and buy a new hairdryer because mine started smoking on Monday and then I went to the gym with a friend. A fairly normal day, although it ended with pizza and champagne, so that was nice!
We are celebrating for real in two weeks in Champagne, France with one of my best friends from high school and her husband. I am so looking forward to it! That’s when the real celebration with happen.
As with every birthday, I’m taking this time to reflect on this past year and thinking about the year ahead. I don’t feel any older and I honestly think of myself being 23 or 24, especially when I get carded at bars (in America) or the grocery store in Germany. Yes, I have been carded in a grocery store here in Germany where the legal drinking age is 18.
This year is going to be a big year for me, I can just feel it. I’m feeling settled into life in Germany and have somewhat of a routine. Vinn and I are traveling all around Europe and are building memories that we are going to look back on when we’re 80 in our Adirondack chairs in our backyard with fondness.
This year, my 29th year, is my year to throw myself into my passion and to keep crossing things off my bucket list. Now is the time because I have no real responsibilities and it won’t be long until we have a mortgage and kids running around asking for snacks all day. I want to throw myself into what I love.
This year, I want to focus on the people that make me happy and building deeper, stronger relationships. I’ve always believed that when it comes to friendship that it’s quality over quantity hands down. Building relationships in Germany has been hard, but I have made some great friends here and I hope these relationships continue to grow. It’s also difficult to continue friendships from 7 hours away and I want to make an even bigger effort to stay in touch. I am very lucky because I text with my best friend every day, FaceTime about once a month with another friend and email back and forth with even more. I also talk to my mom and sister daily. Thank Goodness for technology.
Of course, my relationship with Vinn is my number one priority and I am excited to see where this year will take us. Physically, this year is taking us to some amazing places and I can’t wait to share these moments with each other.
This is a random thing, but this year I want to figure out a skincare routine. I’ve gotten a handle on my breakouts, knock on wood, and now I want to research products that will keep my skin looking fresh and youthful. Now, I pretty much just use a moisturizer with SPF in it since staying protected from the sun is the number one thing for your skin. I want to find some kind of eye cream and serum that will keep me looking 29 for a very long time! I’d love to hear your recommendations, if you have some.
Overall, I think year 29 is going to be filled with more passport stamps, lots of wine drinking, great conversations and amazing memories to last a lifetime.