I created the tradition of publishing a yearly Birthday Post – you can see the past years here:
Today, I am turning 29. I didn’t start to take my blogging more serious until this past year (re-launched in May). Balanced Life Aloha was first created in 2015, but I was not a full-time blogger as it was more so just a creative outlet while I was navigating a specific season in life.
However, the journey has now brought me to current behind-the-scenes business model planning, brand-extension brainstorming and lots more. Some days though, I can’t help but feel a little bit behind in terms of the blogging world. I actually was sitting on that feeling for a little while until I had an epiphany and thought, “WHAT AM I QUESTIONING?!” If I look from the outside-in, I am *just* 29! I have SO much life under my belt already… and the soul-freeing truth is that we all succeed, grow, and transform at our own unique times. Comparison is just a thief of enjoyment for our own journey. Plus, no one else’s timeline, calling, or gift is ever the same as ours. That should really drive us to embrace who we were created to become, and stop the comparing or feeling down if we think that we haven’t accomplished enough “yet”.
I am celebrating 29 years of life. I have been married for over 7 years and in just those 7 years, I’ve had 3 pregnancies, 1 miscarriage, 2 babies with traumatic life-threatening births/deliveries, multiple family members diagnosed with cancer, moved 9 times, bought a house, bought new cars more times than we should have (ah-hem, Santi *eyeroll*), sold an apartment, went back to college a second time while I was a first time mother + graduated with high honors earning my second college degree. I left a successful legal career in the past. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition and spent a lot of time on trips to the hospital and more specialists and doctor appointments than I can even count… I’ve been a wife, a 24-7/365 mother, I’ve exclusively breastfed. I work out, I read, I work hard. I recently paid off all of my student loans, I take care of our home and schedules. I planned and had a wedding, a 30-day honeymoon. OH MY GOSH! The last 7 years have been absolutely insanely packed full of life! I should allow myself to feel nothing but pride for being where I am today; and possessing the inspiration and drive to continue on stretching my future endeavors!
With all of that being said, we are currently living out of suitcases (its been over 30 days now) and are flying out today (on my actual birthday) to permanently move back to Texas–where our hearts call home. We are thankful that this is our very last military PCS, ever. A huge new chapter begins now!
For this year’s birthday post, I’m going to be sharing 29 cherished photos of times throughout my 29 years of life:
Cheers …and next year’s birthday post will be celebrating the big 3-0!