I turned 27 yesterday, and it was low-key, fun, and I honestly think it was one of my best birthdays ever. I thought it’d be fun to kind of blend my usual weekly snapshot format in with a little birthday recap, so here goes!

5 things I learned while 26:
1. Unexpectedly losing my job was simultaneously terrifying and thrilling. Sometimes a shock like that can turn out to be incredible.
2. Having someone by your side when life throws you unexpected curve balls is one of the best feelings ever. When things get hard, marriage can be even more beautiful than it is when things are easy.
3. If you’re able to laugh about something every day, you’re doing something right.
4. Netflix is seriously the best invention of all time.
5. Singing along to the radio in the car is one of life’s simplest pleasures.

4 trips we took when I was 26:
1. Local RV trip in March as a weekend getaway
2. Chicago, IL in April to celebrate our 2nd anniversary
3. Rochester, NY in May to visit TJ’s family and friends
4. Charlotte, NC in September to go to the Steelers/Panthers game

3 things I ate on my 27th birthday:
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1. A top notch vanilla cake with vanilla bean frosting that my mom made from scratch (SO GOOD!)
2. My first ever frozen hot chocolate
3. A strawberry crepe for breakfast

2 things I really wanted for my birthday:
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1. To spend time with the people that mean the most to me.
2. To watch the Steelers beat the Texans.
(Check and check!)

1 thing I want to remember about being 26:
I worried a lot about death and losing those close to me this past year, which is morbid and honestly draining. While 27, I’m going to try to focus more on enjoying all the time that I get with my friends and family and try to dwell less on the fact that life isn’t permanent.

Here’s to 27!

  • Amberly
    October 21, 2014

    LOVE this!!! You learned some great things last year and your birthday sounds like it was great!! 🙂

    • ashleynevis
      October 26, 2014

      Thanks, Amberly! It was a year with lots of surprises, but still a great year!

  • Annie - The Ranting Latina
    October 21, 2014

    Sounds like you had a blast, Ashley! Felíz cumpleaños! Here’s to MANY, MANY more!! : D (And don’t think about death too much anymore, dear.)

    • ashleynevis
      October 26, 2014

      Thanks so much, Annie! I’m really trying to cut back on thinking morbid thoughts – here’s to focusing on the happy times! 🙂

  • Mia @ The Chronicles of Chaos
    October 23, 2014

    Happy belated birthday! 🙂 Glad you got the 2 things you wanted!

    • ashleynevis
      October 26, 2014

      Thanks, Mia! I couldn’t ask for much more! 🙂

  • Tihana
    October 26, 2014

    Happy belated birthday, and cheers to a fellow Libra! 🙂
    (not that I believe in that stuff… I just get a little excited when someone is a Libra as well:))
    Sounds like you had a nice birthday. And I like how you shared what you learned in the previous year. In my birthday post I focused mostly on what I want to achieve… but let’s see what 26 have for me 🙂

    Wandering Polka Dot

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