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Gratitude Friday: I’ve Survived the First Decade of Adulthood Edition

GratitudeFriday My Timehop app recently displayed an awesome picture of me at the ripe age of 17 (about to turn 18) after my last spring ice show before I graduated high school (remember how I used to be a figure skater?!). I skated my solo to Material Girl by Madonna in a show featuring the top music from the last 30 years. Ice-Skating-Madonna This was one of the first pictures I posted to Facebook… ever. I was shocked to see on Timehop that the photo was taken 10 years ago because that day doesn’t feel like so long ago, but then I think about how much I’ve grown and changed over the years and can’t believe merely a decade has passed. On Sunday, I will turn 28. In my mind, I’ve been 28 for months now, but I suppose I shall enjoy the tail end of being 27 🙂 Turning 28 on Sunday means that I have been an adult since 2006. Four years of that time was spent in college, then in a job I wasn’t fond of, then three years in graduate school, and now over a year of working full-time in my dream career path (mental health counseling). That, in a nutshell, is my first decade of being a “grown up.” A lot of this time was spent figuring out who I am and how I want to spend my life. A lot of this time was spent cultivating a life I want with the people I want to spend it with. I’ve worked hard and am forever grateful that I was born with a serious work ethic. paint-nite

I have my own little office with a painting that I created in it. Pretty cool, right?

I’m grateful for 27. As a 27-year-old, I learned what it’s like to be a therapist on a full-time basis. This part of my career journey has been incredibly anxiety-provoking, but I finally feel like I’m getting the hang of it and I believe I am REALLY helping people <3 I moved in with my boyfriend, Andy. I traveled to Minnesota and Boston. I ran my second marathon. At 27, my life was in a full-on transition mode, but the dust has been settling and I’ve been taking great care of myself these last few months. This year was hard, but it was worth it. IMG_3111.JPG

Andy and I in Minnesota

I’m grateful that my first decade went the way it did. Life is a one-way street and I believe this part of mine was spent the way it needed to be spent. I had the wrong relationships, the wrong career, the wrong college major, the wrong diets, etc. These were all a part of the lessons I needed to learn in order to make it to where I am today. I know who I am a lot more at this point than I did at ages 18, 19, 20, or even 26 and I think that’s awesome 🙂

Sometimes I still don’t make the best drink choices. This one gave me a serious stomach ache even though it was delicious:

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I know that I’m not 30 yet, which is when people tend to celebrate a milestone decade. However, I know for a fact that 28 important. It means I’ve been (sort of?) responsible for myself for TEN YEARS. It also means that I’ve still got a long way to go in life. As I’ve learned while studying psychology in undergrad and grad school, we are constantly developing and changing – even into our eighties. Who knows where the next decade of life will take me? I’m excited to find out.

As always, I’m grateful for another year!

What are you grateful for today?

When is your birthday? – Mine is May 29th!