29The past year has been tough all around, so it feels a bit silly to voice personal struggles because they seem trivial in comparison. If I’m honest though, 28 was quite a challenging one.Looking back, it was filled to the brim with change—with stepping into fear and taking risks and searching for peace in the process. Terrifying stuff. And experiencing the hope and uncertainty and grief that accompany change can be isolating, but each time I take stock of the season, I see I am surrounded by a good God and a tribe of incredible humans.One of the best parts about growing older is how it becomes ever so slightly easier to own who I am—a messy work in progress and all. Maybe it’s because I better understand whose opinions actually matter and how those who love me already love me regardless of how I do or don’t measure up to expectations. Recognizing this has been major, and I get weepy thinking about how I don’t deserve any of the selfless love poured into my life. So if I’m honest, 28 was also quite a beautiful one.I have no idea what 29 has in store. All I know is I want to lead with love and purpose.Here are 29 seconds on my 29th birthday in chronological order. It’s my fourth year making this personal project as a nudge to myself to pay attention and be grateful for another spin around the sun. Thanks from the bottom of my little heart for celebrating with me and coming along for the ride. It means so much.
2828 seconds on my 28th birthday in DC, in chronological order.From coffee shop journaling to hosting friends for lunch to art museum hopping to sk8(ing)into28 to bumping into a neighbor on the way home, I couldn't have imagined a more lovely and low-key day.A zillion thanks for the warm wishes and for being a part of this story!