I love birthdays. Like over-the-top-love. Just ask my husband, his birthday is 5 days before mine and as soon as it is over I move right on to my birthday. I mean everyone should celebrate for a whole week right? Well I’ve been sick all week, like super sick, so we barely celebrated A’s birthday and I actually haven’t thought about mine at all, but tomorrow I turn 29.
I don’t know why I love birthday’s so much, but I do. I think after Christmas it’s my favorite.
I thought I would share 8 things I am grateful for from my 28th year.
Eloise // 28 brought a lot of change for us. We grew our family and it has been incredible and exhausting (but mostly incredible).
Our Home // We purchased our house in July last year, a small 2 bedroom single family home with a small plot of land next to the town we grew up in. Homeowners and a baby in one year was a lot of change for us and a learning curve in the financial department, but its been wonderful having a place to call ours.
Family // My family went through a lot this year. A lot that was hard to process and handle. There were days of fear, sadness and a lot of tears (just ask Aaron) but we manage to get out of the lowest of lows together and have become stronger in turn.
Aaron // He is always trying to do what is best for me and Eloise, sure we argue and don’t see eye to eye sometimes but I know his love for me is unconditional and that means everything. He is loving, thoughtful and works so hard. I couldn’t have made it through this last year of so much change and turbulence without him.
Self-Care // It took me a while to find out how important this one was. I still have to fight for it on a daily basis because I will put everything and everyone before myself, but I am slowly getting better. I took more baths than ever before, fell in love with bath bombs, and found new books I loved. Sometimes a few days pass and I realize I haven’t done anything for myself, I feel exhausted and drained, but I am trying to turn it into a more regular habit and hope to get better at it moving forward.
Arbonne // I fell in love with the products which made me want to start my own business, but I fell in love with the culture even more. The people. The philosophy. The dream. Arbonne has taught me how to be fearless, to not care what other people think and to constantly reach for my dreams.
Girl, Wash Your Face // I have listened to this audiobook THREE times. Three, yes you read that right. This book is LIFE changing you guys. I probably knew a lot of the advice in the book, but how she writes and motivates you is incredible. You are in charge of your life and your dreams, no one cares about them as much as you do. If you are unhappy, it is your choice to make a change.
My Job // I’ll be 100% honest, I don’t like being at work. I hate dropping Eloise off at day care. I want to be the one playing and teaching her throughout the day, and some days it feels like I am paying someone to raise my babe, which sucks. BUT I got a job at a school which has allowed me to be home more with her, have my summer off with her and better hours. I work with some great people and I love my kiddos which makes it a little easier.