I am a big fan of birthdays. It is an opportunity to celebrate a person and everything they are. We get to look back at the amazing year of life they have lived and think about the year ahead. It’s an opportunity to share a little extra love and kindness to someone and remind them that they matter (granted, we should always make sure people know that they matter!).

Yesterday I said hello to another year. Yes, I am officially 29, welcoming in the last year of my 20’s. I was able to spend the day doing things I love, surrounded by people I love, and feeling lucky to have had such an amazing year. You see, 28 was the year I found myself. I ran three half marathons, completed 17 races, started crossfit, created this blog, pushed myself past my limits, strengthened my relationships with those around me, was awarded staff member of the year at work, received the honor of being client of the month at Experience Momentum (where I spend a good amount of time), was published on Women’s Running’s website, and even signed a contract to be a contributing bloggers for Women’s Running. To say my 28th year was a good year is simply an understatement.

I entered into my 28th year not knowing what to expect. I was told within the first few weeks that 28 tends to be one of the best years of your 20’s, and mine truly was. It’s the year you really fall into your own and I can say that I am proud of the person I am today. The many different trials and challenges throughout my entire life have molded me into who I am today and helped shape the past year I have. And I can’t properly say goodbye to 28 until I recognize it for the many wonderful things it brought to my life.

As I look into the next year of my life, I am overfilled with excitement. The first few weeks alone include running my first marathon and reaching my goal of 30 races by 30! I will be writing twice a month for Women’s Magazine, and continue to pursue my strongest self. Ill finish the last few months of 2017 being fearless in every aspect of my life and I will search for the word the will shape 2018. I know that good things are ahead, not only for this next year but for many years to come. God has blessed me in many different ways and I can’t say thank you enough for this provision. I am also thankful for each and every one of you, for you all have had some sort of influence in my life, wither you realize it or not. So here is to you and another year of living as my best self! Cheers!

-Be Fearless, Go Boldly

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