Today I turn 28. I had dinner with my parents last weekend and my dad said “You are old now.” Thanks, dad. I think that was his way of saying you are a grown and mature woman with many accomplishments to be proud of and this year will hold many new milestones for you :) Good thing I know how to read minds.
Turning 28 does feel very different from the other birthdays. This is the most I’ve ever thought about the future, about entering into major life experiences I’ve looked forward to for so long that now feel closer to reality than ever before, things like getting engaged, getting married, figuring out our “forever home”, starting a family, all fast approaching in this tail end decade of my 20’s.
With that in mind, the biggest thing I’ve come away with from year 27 is that the relationships I have with people are what matters most. Life’s best moments are always remembered and defined by the people that made it amazing. Reuniting recently with old friends and seeing how time hasn’t changed the strength of our support system, how mom and dad still are my lifeline and help me navigate life’s plot twists, my boyfriend who holds me up when it can feel so hard just to stand, even my coworkers who threw me a birthday party a day in advance because I’d be taking the day off work today, it’s clear more than ever- family is everything. The people I can add to the list that I call family is the greatest sense of success I can think of.
Some of my friends came in from out of town last night, and I’ll be spending the weekend with them celebrating my birthday and catching up. I’m excited, grateful, and just happy to be around people who matter so much to me. It’s going to be a good one for sure.
Thank you x a million for sticking around and being a HUGE part of making 27 so special. Cannot say that enough- thank you. Wishing you all a very happy weekend and time spent with the people who matter most to you. <3
21 comments on “On Turning 28”
Happy birthday lovely lady! Wishing you a fantastic celebratory weekend and a year (and many more!) filled with loving family and memorable experiences! Many happy returns!
P.S. 28 is not old. You are a spring chicken.
Happy Bday Amy, you are inspiring and your blog is energizing. Way to go. Stay blessed now and always.
Classic Asian dad response :) Happy birthday lovely Amy!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMY! LOVE YOU!
Happy birthday boo thang! So grateful for our times together :D
Happy happy birthday!! Enjoy your weekend!
Happy Birthday friend! Even if your dad didn’t say it, I’m sure it will be a great year for you… I loved 28! =)
Happy Birthday Amy!!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend and this is totally your year!<3
Happy birthday Amy!! Enjoy your weekend with your friends! xo
Happy belated birthday Amy!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend with your loved ones (and cake! that’s always important). Big hugs from Germany & all the best for this new year! xx
Happy birthday, Amy! I’m a lot older than you and 28 was a long time ago, but I enjoy your blog and many things you write about inspire me. Please keep doing what you’re doing!
Happy belated pretty lady! Hope you had a wonderful day! xo
Happy birthday lovely lady! Hope you’re having a wonderful time celebrating with your family xx
Yay, Happy Birthday Amy! Here’s hoping you’re having a lovely weekend. Treat yo self :)
Happy Birthday, lovely lady! I have about three years on you and I feel like just in the past couple of years I’ve been reconnecting with the people I had a real connection to. Like friends from high school, etc. You are totally right. Relationships matter and friends become family. My kids call my closest friends Auntie and Uncle.
Happy Birthday!!! Hope you’re enjoying your birthday weekend with loved ones!!!
Happy birthday, my birthday twin! Friday too was my birthday, but one year behind you in age! Hope you had a fabulous celebration with friends!
As my sister always says, one year older = one year better. Happy birthday!
Happy (belated) birthday lovely! I hope you had the best time. I think in life you get out what you put in. I’m absolutely sure you have such a wonderful, loving support system in your family, boyfriend, friends and coworkers because you put such love and effort into lifting them up and supporting them too. I know I’m lucky enough to be on the receiving end of your generosity and kindness. You totally deserve all the love you get!
Happy birthday lady! You are going to make so many fun memories. There’s lots to love at that age.
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