A golden birthday is defined as when you turn the same age as your birthdate. I turned 29 on April 29th and I cannot express how long I've been waiting for my golden birthday. I was probably 7 or 8, when I discovered what this was and I knew that 29 seemed SO far away. Now that this birthday is here, I couldn't be more thrilled. I've been waiting for you, 29.
Sometimes I trip out on the fact that this will be the last year of my twenties. I'm not freaking out or anything, it's just that I am saying goodbye to an entire decade of my life. Surviving my twenties has been a huge accomplishment for me. The earlier part of the decade was miserable, while the latter I've been in limbo. Who am I? What am I doing with my life? Where am I supposed to be? During this span of life, I have been making mistakes and learning and growing and simply trying to evolve into the best version of myself. At 20, I had such a different vision for where I would be at 29. I like to say that I've been taking the scenic route of life. So maybe I haven't been sitting behind a desk all these years and I don't have a 401k, but I am am happy and comfortable with myself and who I've become. As much as I'd like to slap my 23 year old self and say, GIRL...put down the drink, go to class, and stop fighting with your boyfriend; I needed those experiences to learn from. The experiences that knock you on your ass. Don't get me wrong, I'm not above skipping class and I still fight with my husband. Over the past year, I have been sorting out my issues with alcohol and I am in a really good place. The point is that, I am not the person that I was when I was 20, 23, 25, or even 28. The key to my personal development is to be aware of my weaknesses, manage them with grace, and continue to move forward on my path with positivity.
To celebrate my birthday, James gifted me a new bike. I set a goal to ride 29 miles, in honor of my Golden Birthday. We went to the Yorktown Battlefields to ride around and get our history on as well. We hit exactly 29.1 miles, with the help of a few rotations of Sandstorm. It was a beautiful, sunny day; the ride was peaceful and serene. If you are ever in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, I highly suggest checking out the trails. I burned about 1400 calories and we were starving, so we hit Pierce's Pitt on the way back home.
I didn't feel like doing the birthday dinner thing this year. I invited my friends to Ellwood Thompson's, RVA's local health food grocery store. They have a fantastic hot bar (it was Indian night) as well as other prepared foods. I just wanted to take over the community table with my friends and everyone could eat what they wanted and we wouldn't be a pain in anyone's ass.
Welllllll, we may have been a pain in the ass for the juice bar. We decided to get wild and take wheatgrass shots with strawberry backs before we went to Chip's to play Catopoly.
29 is so glam.
First bike, April 1993
I tried to match this Bite Beauty Lingonberry with my bike.
BBQ & a festive Polar watch
Taurus inspired Key Lime Cake made by Andrea. SHE GETS ME.
I couldn't have survived all of these years without my amazing support system of Judys, you all know who you are. My friends are my family and I am so lucky to have such a quirky, ridiculous bunch of people who constantly have my back. They love me (I think) when I am happy, moody, icy, ugly, crying, too cool, etc. I could not evolve without y'all, you give me life. I love you all, thank you for taking another trip around the Sun with me.