I turned 28 years old on Sunday. And I celebrated it by having adult acne. Seriously - what is up with that pimple? I also spent it at Disneyland, because that’s what 28 year olds do. In fact, I didn’t even celebrate it by getting drunk like I would have, I don't know - every other year for the past seven years. I just went to the beach, cooked a chicken, watched a movie and then woke up the next day and went to do Disney, and you know what? It was delightful. I was also still pretty sick, so it was just what I needed.
I like turning a new age, because reflecting is something I thoroughly enjoy and do pretty well. I LOVE over-thinking and being emotional and nostalgic – ugh, I could do it every day! So that’s why I DO!!!
27 was a pretty good year. In terms of age, it’s pretty insignificant, right? It’s not quite mid-twenties and it’s not quite almost-30. It’s just an age that you say and people go, “Oh, ok.” It’s an OK age, but not one that I was ever excited about being, it was just an age where I sat for a year while waiting to be 28, when I could just be two years away from 30.
But at the very least it was a monumental year. It was the year that I moved to California! Did I mention that I did that this year? It was the year that I really jumped into a serious relationship. It was the year that I made decisions about my future and moving forward with my life. It was a hard, sad and exciting year – actually. There were a lot of trying times and decisions that weren't easy to make. It was the year I said goodbye to my beloved Boston and you know what’s the weirdest thing? I miss Boston more than most things (aka people). I miss walking up and down Hanover Street. I miss going to the bars that I knew bartenders at. I miss sitting on the waterfront on warm nights and listening to the boats and sometimes accidentally catching people having sex. I miss sitting on the porch or going shopping in Faneuil Hall during my lunch breaks. I miss everything being in close proximity. Los Angeles is just so damn huge!
But I also learned a lot of valuable lessons (I think)… and I’m going to share them!
- Get your credit in order. Just do it.
- Don’t drink all the white wine just because it’s an open bar or someone is buying you a ton of white wine. You will throw up. In your sleep. On your nice, new show dress.
- In fact, don’t eat zero food and then drink a lot in general – you WILL throw up. In your sleep!!
- If something is bothering you about your professional life, address it. Don’t just sit around and complain. Oddly enough, productive things can happen if you just say something.
- Shop the Trader Joe’s freezer aisle. They have really good chicken dishes.
- Cooking dinner at home is relaxing, fun and WAY LESS EXPENSIVE.
- Moving isn’t just moving – it’s building a home from scratch. Factor that in when you’re moving across country. I didn’t plan for that, for whatever reason. I only thought about furniture and didn’t think about things like pots, pans, utensils, Brita pitchers, etc.
- Working from home saves gas and time – think about that next time you feel bad about it.
- Don’t settle for a shitty job. There will be something better out there. Even if you have to take said shitty job until you find it.
- Take a boat ride once a year. They’re the most fun and relaxing.
- You only live once. (Y'know... YOLO.) Spend time doing things that make you happy and stop giving a shit what people think. That I'm still learning, of course, but just figured I'd throw it on there.