A lot has happened over the past 365 days. This time last year, I had just started my new dream job as the Community Manager for Zomato, I was well known in the Boston Blogger scene and I was full of unwavering confidence. Since then, Zomato laid off the entire country leaving me unemployed, I knew I was moving to LA but hadn’t made it public yet so the blog severely slowed down, and my confidence plummeted. Trust me, there was a lot more in there that made the year so much more enjoyable, complicated, difficult, and wonderful all at the same time. But you know what? (Excuse my language and sorry mom but…) I’m fucking proud of myself. Because even though I endured some of the more challenging moments of my life, I experienced a lot and am a better, more insightful person for it. I moved across the country away from my best friends and support network. I realized that I need positive reinforcement more than I care to admit. I learned that life is never perfect, even when it’s all going right, and that there are some things that you just have to live with because no one else can fix your mistakes or change how other people act.
Today I woke up to so many heartfelt, thoughtful messages from friends of varying degrees of closeness, wishing me a Happy Birthday. I’ve never felt more loved or happy. I genuinely value every single person that I’ve met in my life and to know that these people care enough to send me even a quick “Happy Birthday!” is enough to bring me to tears. I love people, I love my friends, and I’m so overwhelmed with emotion that I can barely contain myself. I’ve literally been doing a happy dance all morning and don’t plan on stopping for a long while. It’s this feeling that propels me forward in life, gives me purpose and helps me when I need reassurance that everything’s going to be okay. THANK YOU to each and every person in my life, I love you. Here’s to 26 being the most cheesy, dancey, love filled year yet!
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