Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Cheers to Twenty-Three!





 If you couldn't already tell or didn't already know, today is my twenty-third birthday!

Birthdays have always been a favorite of mine, whether it's my birthday, a friends, or someone I loves. I think that it is such a special day that should be spent celebrating another year of life, especially since there are many less fortunate who do not always get that opportunity. Of course cake, balloons, and presents are always an added bonus, but the blessing of another year on this beautiful earth is a gift in and of itself. What better reason could anyone have to celebrate!

I think birthdays are also a time to reflect back on the year gone by and to look ahead at the year to come. It is a great opportunity to see just how much you've grown, what you have learned, and to ask yourself what is it you want out of the year to come. In the past couple weeks leading up to my twenty-third birthday, I have definitely been looking back at and reflecting on this past year - what a year it has been! They always say your twenties, and your early twenties in particular, are a time of exploration and growth, and I can say with certainty that twenty-two fits that to a tee. In one short year, I feel like I have learned so much about myself and this world we live in. Looking back, twenty-two had many highs, but it also had it's lows. It was a year that had challenging moments for me, but I feel grateful for those challenges as they have enabled me to learn a lot about myself and to grow. As humans we need those difficulties and challenges to help shape us into the people we are meant to be.

So to that I say THANK YOU twenty-two. Thank you for letting me experience all of the uncertainty that accompanies your early twenties. It was in those moments that I learned to trust the universe and to believe in the future. It might be uncomfortable to feel unsure and uncertain of what you're doing or where you're headed, but you always end up right where you are meant to be. Thank you twenty-two for teaching me to never give up and to persevere through the rocky moments - it builds strength and character. Thank you twenty-two for showing me how to be brave and the sweet rewards that follow. I am even thankful for the lessons that heartbreak has taught me - the importance of being independent, of being strong, and of letting go of those not meant for you.

I cannot forget to say thank you for all the good, very sweet moments that accompanied twenty-two! Thank you for the complete and utter joy that resulted from the accomplishment of a nursing degree. Thank you twenty-two for the countless friendships you brought into my life and for a million new memories. Twenty-two was the year I decided to start this blog and to travel through Europe for a month - both are decisions I will forever be grateful for.

With all of that being said, twenty-three I am so looking forward to what you have in store for me! I cannot wait to see where the next year takes me and what changes are headed my way. Twenty-three will continue to be a year of a lot of growth but also a lot of excitement! I cannot wait to see where the beginning of my nursing career takes me, what city I end up in, how Faith & Fancy continues to grow, and what adventures are in store for me next. Stay tuned here, I'll be sure to keep you all updated!

I am truly so blessed to have another year and I cannot wait to make the most of it. Cheers to you twenty-three and cheers to the best year yet!


xo. G

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