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    I turn 29 this week, and I'm not completely sure what to make of it. 28 has been a fine year - nothing mind-blowingly monumental has happened - and, really, most of my 20's have been pretty good. over the course of the past several years, I've enjoyed time with my family, married the love of my life, added to my collection of lifelong friendships, experienced the city life and (now) the country life, and started this business, among other things. things haven't always been good - but that's life, and all in all, I'd say it's been a pretty successful decade. one of which I'm a little apprehensive about entering the last year.
    but, as I've been thinking more and more about what it 'means' to turn 29, I've realized that I really shouldn't be worried about ending this decade and beginning the next. I look back at my early-20's and, in many ways, I see a completely different person. not that that's bad - not at all - but I've grown a lot in the past few years, and I'm happy with the development - both personal and professional - that I've experienced.


    development comes with learning, and I've learned a lot between my 20th birthday and today. l've learned that little things matter less than I thought they did. I'm more likely to stick up for myself and for my values. I'm (very slightly) less opinionated and, much more importantly, I've learned to keep my mouth shut if my opinion isn't needed. I value the people in my life more and am concerned with quality over quantity of friendships. my faith has grown - tremendously. I feel more settled in life in many ways, and if this is what 'getting older' means, well, bring it on!
    I've got big dreams and plans for my 29th year (see: here), and I'm looking forward to ending the decade on a high note. here's to 29!

    also, if you're interested in this topic, I've pulled together a few good articles - both poignant and humerous - below. while trying to process my own thoughts about '29', I turned to my trusty friend google for answers and came across these. enjoy!
    "the power of 20: an ode to being almost 30"
    "what I know now at 29..."
    "29 reasons 29 is the weirdest age ever"
    "29 awesome things about being 29"