My 24th Birthday

It's my birthday today.

I'm not planning a wedding. I'm not having children. I don't have my Master's degree. In my mind, 24 has always been this magical number for me. The year when I would really grow up, accomplish all these great things. But sometimes you get to a certain spot and you realize nothing went the way you planned. You haven't done all the things you thought you would have by now. And yet, you wouldn't have it any other way.

The fact is, that maybe 24 isn't a year that's any more magical than the rest. Maybe it's not about my age at all. Maybe it's about making magic every single day, for the rest of my years.

Because even though I'm not doing any of the things I thought I would be doing this year, I am blessed beyond measure with what I am doing and who I am with. I'm dating my best friend, somebody I always adored but never thought I'd get to date. A good man, who treats me so very well. I have a gorgeous new home filled with adorable fur babies who love me. I only have an associates degree and I'm constantly changing my mind about what I want to do for a living because I have two self-started, small, creative businesses that I pour my money and passion into. I'm finding hope and purpose despite my infertility. And last but certainly not least, I'm surrounded by amazing people who love me. Families who have taken me in and loved me like their own. Friends who encourage and support me no matter what I do. And every single day I am reminded of just how lucky I am.

I don't have any plans for today. Just staying home from work (at the insistence of my oh so handsome and loving boyfriend.) I'm planning on doing some crafting. Maybe dinner and a movie with the guy. It will be my most relaxing birthday in years.

Here's to making 24 magical by acknowledging each of these blessings each and every day!