On Turning 27

27 isn’t a milestone birthday. It’s not 30, or 50, or even 25. But it is a milestone for me.

27th Birthday Card
This August (my birth month) marks 10 years since I started my senior year of high school. So much has happened in those 10 years. I moved to two different (and far away cities), but ended up being planted in the same area I grew up in. I earned two degrees. I lost my mom, I gained a husband. I got a dog, and bought a house. I’ve been on three cruises. Traveled to Punta Cana on a vacation I won. Traveled literally across the world to Singapore on a business trip. Stopped dancing. Started dancing again. Started teaching dance at two different studios. Had many internships. Got a “real” job. Got promoted at my first “real” job. Started working from home when we moved back to Florida. Started working for a new company, and got promoted 3 times in two years. Supported my husband as he got his first “lawyer job,” and then got his “dream” job. Became a member of a new church. Got involved in various outreach efforts. Lead a small group at our church. Lost touch with old friends. Met new friends.

I never really had a vision of what I’d be doing this age, but I know I have had and will have lots of great opportunities that were planned out for me even before I was born.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.” — Jeremiah 29:11

There have been lots of trials, and lots of times when I let my moods and emotions (self-consciousness, jealousy, self-pity) take my focus away from the truth that I am here for a reason. I’m here to support my husband. I’m here for my grandmother. I’m here to impact certain people who come into my live (or whose lives I come into) — whether they are my direct reports or colleagues at work, my dance students, or anyone else. I’m here to take in the hope and peace that only comes from Jesus, and pass on that overflowing love to others.

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. — Proverbs 31:30.

I’ve learned a lot and grown a lot — professionally, personally and spiritually in my 27 years. I’ve come a long way, but there’s still a long way to go.

Cheers to another birthday, and another day to shine.

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