Today is my 29th birthday — 29 holy moly – – last year in my 20s, where did time go? It really does fly by…

My memories of each birthday are very vivid, it’s my favourite time of year! Halloween, crisp nights, candles burning, fields burning, big sweaters, boots, mitts, candy and the smell of the end of fall! I can remember turning 16, 18, 21 and even 24 thinking 29 was so old … “by then I’ll be married with a few kids for sure”. And now I have to chuckle a little, life definitely is not what I ever dreamed it would be – – it’s so much more!

Growing up I would say I was a very calculated person, if I set a goal I made it happen and if I made plans I made them happen as well. My motivation, determination and willingness to take risks have not changed but my frame of mind has. Along the way I’ve hit some serious road blocks, I can still feel the exact emotions of each moment my life took a major turn and twisted in a direction I did not plan for. I was pushed down a new path many times and finally, at 29 I can say from the bottom of my heart that sometimes not getting what you want, is the greatest gift of all.

My 29 years haven’t always been easy but, they have been full of so much life! My hardest lesson was learning that some things will not work out as I planned, learning that I cannot control certain things and accepting that it’s okay that my journey is different than others in my life. My 29 years have blessed me with one of the greatest gifts (that most people never get). I’ve worked very hard and have been given amazing career opportunities, met many people from all walks of life, moved to one of the prettiest places in Canada, been on countless adventures, made friends with some of the most amazing people out there, but most importantly – – I found myself. I am not the same girl I was for any of those birthdays, my way of thinking is so much bigger and I appreciate each day so much more – – I am so grateful that I’ve been given the opportunity to live such a rich life already!

Today, I welcome 29 with open arms and a big smile because I am so proud of who I am and how far I’ve come.  And for all of you whose journey is not at all what you thought it’d be, embrace it and be thankful! Everyone is different, enjoy the ride!

I need to say a big THANK YOU to all of you who read my blog, to everyone who saw the real me and loved me for me, for everyone who took a chance on me and for all the ups and downs, I wouldn’t change a thing! I cannot wait to see what’s next! Bring it on 29!!