It's My 29th Birthday.

I've officially begun my last year in the 20's. Hello 29.

As I sit in my birthday suit and look back on the past 28 years I can't help but feel incredibly grateful, emotional, and blessed.

At moments it's felt like I've had everything working against me, but I've never let that stop me from pushing harder and harder to make my dreams come true. This trip to Australia is the first time I've really traveled alone, and to be honest I was a little stressed about being "by myself." I say "by myself" because as I've traveled from city to city, I've made friends, seen old friends, and had my own company to finally enjoy.

Everyone half joked I'd come here and fall in love because that is just who I am. Funny enough, everyone was right.

I have fallen deeply in love. I've fallen deeply in love with a country that I've dreamt of seeing my entire life, and more importantly I've fallen in love with myself. I say this not in an obnoxious way, but in a way that's necessary.

For a long long long time I didn't like Barrett. I didn't like the way I looked, the way I sounded, the way others treated me, and I didn't like my own company. As I write this I'm overwhelmed at how far I've come from that person.

This trip has been a journey not just through Australia, but through my own soul, and I can honestly say I've found part of myself here. Im waking up saying hello to 29 feeling loved not just by others, but by myself, and damn does it feel good.

In honor of my birthday if anyone would like to donate to my blog today and tomorrow (as I'm ahead by a day for many of you), I will be redonating that money to Save The Children, an organization that helps children around the world. Thank you everyone for being a part of my journey, for sharing your stories, and for making 29 already an amazing year.

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If 29 is anything like 28, I already know it's going to be a magnificent year!

Posted on March 14, 2017 .