Some Thoughts on Turning 27

Nearly a month ago, on May 4th, I turned 27 years old. It was a spectacular day filled with wonderful people, delicious food, and way too many drinks. How could ringing in 27 have been any different than that?

I wasn't particularly fond of embracing 27 as it came flying up on me and I'm not entirely sure I know why. Every year I am more than excited to welcome in a new age, but this year, I just wasn't ready for it. I'm not sure if it's because I felt I had more I wanted to accomplish with 26, or if perhaps the number just scared me. Either way, 27 was like an uninvited family member coming to stay...permanently. 

The day arrived and surprisingly, I was okay with it. My husband surprised me with 3 wonderful gifts as soon as I woke up and the rest of the day was spent eating fantastic food and partying with friends. I really couldn't comprehend why I had been so reluctant about this birthday.

Here we are, a few weeks past, and I have welcomed 27 with open arms. (I mean really...do I have a choice in the matter?) I am more than ready to take on this new year and have even set a few (attainable) goals for myself. 

1. Be happy. I know this speaks for itself and seems like a "gimme" goal...but really, why shouldn't it be at the top of my list? The past 3 years have been an absolute roller coaster and I'll be damned if I don't make it my number 1 priority to put my happiness before everything else.

2. Stay active. This also speaks for itself. While I don't enjoy working out, I do enjoy being active and feeling my body move. I love getting out into nature and enjoying the outdoors whether it be a new sport or a fun adventure. I also love a good yoga session and have been getting the itch to try running again, so wish me luck!

3. Focus. I want to focus on the positive aspects of this life I have built. I need to focus time on myself and making myself a priority as well as growing my photography business. 2013 has already brought so many new clients and opportunities that I hope to carry through the rest of this year and beyond. My life deserves focus, and focus I shall.

Do you find yourself setting new goals for yourself every year? Is it something that helps push you to do better and be better for yourself? What are some of your personal goals?