The day before my 29th birthday

Posted April 2017

Tomorrow is my birthday.

Today is my last day at 28 years old.

I look back on the year I had, and I can’t help but think how much has happened and how lucky I have been. I challenged myself a lot personally and professionally. I’d always lived in the moment, but this year I had to learn how to do it even more, and enjoy it. It became a big part of my life, never knowing where I was going, how long I was going to stay or with whom and at the same time trying to enjoy the place I was being sent to. My quest grew stronger, I wanted to discover the local places, and bring back a unique memory of all the places I discovered, and write about it. Share it with the world.

I also challenged myself physically, learning how to stay active and healthy on the road. I struggled when I realized I had plateaued and even regressed in a certain discipline but my friends kept progressing. I had to keep reminding myself that I had improved in other areas, such as yoga. I started meditation, which I’m still learning how to do.

I enjoyed some precious time with my immediate and extended family and cherish every second of it. I also became a grandmother to this gorgeous little girl whom I love so much.

This year I also realized I inspired people (without knowing it). Multiple times throughout the year, friends approached me and told me how I keep them motivated, how my drive impresses them and how they look to me for strength and determination. I even received a bracelet that says ‘Inspire’. I keep all of this in mind everywhere I go. I am so proud to be who I am, and happy that the world sees me the way I do.

I was never scared of growing old. If one thing, I remember speaking about my retirement plans even before I finished university. I always looked up to older, more mature people, and I was very close to my grandmother. Every year, I become a little more of who I was meant to be: I’m taking risks, trying new avenues and learning about myself every step of the way. I look forward to seeing what this new year will bring.