Birthday Recap!

I celebrated my 27th birthday last week.

Looking back on my memories on my timeline, some years I had given a little summary of accomplishments that I’d checked off my list during that year of life. Here is an example from my 26th birthday:

“Year 25 will go down as the year I survived a global pandemic, the year I became an ICU nurse, the year I fell in love with biking, the year I learned to love myself, the year I launched my Etsy shop, the year I healed my relationship with food, and the year I realized some bigger dreams of mine.”

I look back on the past 10 years and I’ve been checking boxes:

  • Year 18 I moved out and earned my LPN
  • Year 19 I earned my RN, got engaged
  • Year 20 I got married and bought a house
  • Year 21 I became a mom
  • Year 22 I started teaching nursing clinicals (oof, this was a hard year)
  • Year 23 I had another baby and completely transformed my finances
  • Year 24 I lost my Dad and changed jobs, so did Craig
  • Year 25, well see the above paragraph, it was a big year.

Well, looking back on year 26, I stopped caring so much about checking boxes. I stopped hanging my worth on achievements.

I found happiness in the mundane day to day life. I found contentment in progress and small wins. My marriage is the strongest it’s ever been. I love being a mom more than ever. The highlight of my day is when Carver snuggles with me after school. I’m proud of myself, in fact I love myself more than I ever have. I’m so thankful for a healthy pregnancy. I’m working towards some long term goals of mine. I’m in competition with no one. I’ve got enough. I am enough. I know my worth.

Honestly, that’s my greatest accomplishment of all.

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6 Comments

  1. Karen H
    May 19, 2022 / 12:43 pm

    27 looks good on you! Happy Birthday!

  2. Elle
    May 19, 2022 / 2:59 pm

    Happy belated birthday!!!!! I’m so happy for you that you learned these lessons so young and the recent year has been all about you and your family. Cheers to a great pregnancy and a fun family summer. I know Craig’s farmwork will pick up any moment and ya’ll will be on the farm with him here and there making memories 🙂

    Happy Thursday!

  3. Jean
    May 20, 2022 / 12:54 am

    Well, just look at you go, girl!!❤️Congratulations and Happy🎉Birthday!

  4. Kim from TN
    May 21, 2022 / 12:03 pm

    Happy Birthday and many more to come. This post is filled with positive energy and moving forward with loving and liking oneself. There is much to celebrate as you turn 27! My wish for you is a Happy pregnancy and Happy life.

  5. Sally
    May 22, 2022 / 12:44 am

    Happy Birthday! i have to say though the greatest gift you can give yourself and your family are all the things you said about yourself above. You should be very proud because 26 is young to be that insightful. Enjoy your life!

  6. Judith M Fairchild
    May 24, 2022 / 12:50 am

    So glad you are coming to see the value in the normal things of life. Congratulations to you and your family on the new little one.
    Lovecthe pictures of your older boys. Take care of yourself.

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