This is 27

by Kelli H. on June 9, 2014

Sunday at Doran Beach

I’ve been thinking about turning 27 for about the last week and reflecting on what a wonderful year 26 was. Literally my bridal shower was thrown on my 26th birthday, so that was a pretty awesome way to start out the year. Then a month later was our wedding and a week long honeymoon in Hawaii. I went on multiple trips to Truckee with friends and family. I also spent a ton of weekends filled with dinner get togethers with some of my favorite couples. Work was productive, and I was happy to be bringing home a paycheck. David graduated college which was something we’d been looking forward to for such a long time, and of course, as you know, I ran my first 10k.

There were definitely some ups and downs in the year, but overall 26 was a great year for me. It makes me wonder how 27 could ever compete. I’m looking forward to a year of working hard and working towards mine and David’s goal of moving to a bigger home in the next year to year and a half. That’s definitely my biggest goal. I know it’s not likely that we’ll be able to hit that goal in exactly one year from today, but I’m determined that it’ll happen shortly after.

Right now life for me is all about balance. I definitely believe that you have to work hard to get what you want. I also don’t believe in having work consume your life. I’m always thankful for the weekends to recharge, take some time to do the things I want to do, as well as spend time with friends and family. It’s so important to have balance, and I think I’m at a place where I feel really balanced. Even with my diet. I try to eat as healthy as possible during the week, and on the weekends if I have a slice of pie for dessert I’m definitely not going to fret about it. Working out balances out that slice of pie as well as eating healthy for the most part.

Last Saturday evening David and I took Ryder for a swim at Sonoma Regional Park. It’d been a warm day and Ryder and I hadn’t done much. Just some chores here and there, but Ryder really hadn’t gotten out of the house. David and I were feeling pretty guilty so we quickly packed up the truck with some towels, his leash, and his favorite water toy. We walked out to our normal spot, which is incredibly low right now due to the drought (sad face), and let Ryder retrieve his favorite toy for a good 35 minutes. After his swim we continued on with our walk with Ryder off leash. There was hardly anyone out there and Ryder is trained pretty darn well. He was so happy and David and I couldn’t help but talk about how much Ryder makes us happy. His silly little waddle and happy face radiates happiness and we’re happy to absorb it. Walking the paths with my husband (still so weird calling him that) and Ryder on a warm spring night in a beautiful park makes me the happiest girl.

I know some day I’ll look back and have the best memories of those nights that David and I were able to just drive out to the lake, walk our dog in peace, and come home and eat a simple salad and barbecued chicken skewers at 8:45.

If 27 is anything like 26, and I’m pretty sure it will be, then I’m looking forward to another year of learning and growing into the person I know I’m supposed to be.

Happy Birthday, to Me!

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Made in Sonoma June 9, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Happy Birthday, babe! I definitely think every year has unique things that make them special, but like a fine wine they will just keep getting better. Looking forward to an awesome 2-7 with you! 🙂

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Made in Sonoma June 9, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Happy Birthday!

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Made in Sonoma June 9, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Happy Birthday!!!

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Made in Sonoma June 9, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Eeeeek, happy birthday sweet girl! I’m so glad you are having a fun time celebrating. Cheers to a new and exciting year!

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Made in Sonoma June 10, 2014 at 3:41 am

Happy birthday Kelli!! You and I are just about 2 months apart in age — I turn 27 in August. I couldn’t agree with you more about balance, about working hard, and about enjoying the “simple” kind of days with your hubby and dog so much. Wishing you a wonderful 27th year of life! 🙂

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Made in Sonoma June 10, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Glad you share the same thoughts as I do! 🙂 Thanks for the birthday wishes!

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Made in Sonoma June 10, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Thanks, Jenna!

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Made in Sonoma June 10, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Thank you, Sonia! Hope you’re doing well!

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Made in Sonoma June 10, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Thanks!

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Made in Sonoma June 10, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Thanks, Love.

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Made in Sonoma June 11, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Happy Birthday Kelli! I’m glad to hear that twenty-six was a great year for you (all in all.) I turn twenty-six next month and think it could be one of my favorite years yet. Twenty-five was okay but there are so many changes coming with twenty-six and I’m excited to see how I change as well.

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Made in Sonoma June 11, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Twenty-six is going to be awesome for you! So excited for your baby to come!

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Made in Sonoma June 15, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Happy Belated Birthday! 27 will be great!!!

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