Turning 28: Why This Year Feels Different

I don’t truly care that much about birthdays, except for the fact I can annoy my friends and family by saying “It’s my birthday” or use it as an excuse to buy a new pair of shoes.

This birthday (it was on Saturday!) felt different. One of the biggest reasons is naturally because we’re still in the thick of a pandemic (although it seems like MANY people have forgotten about that). Another reason is because of what is going on in America. I’ve actually always been ok with turning another year older. The thought of “getting old” doesn’t bother me. So while I don’t really feel like “celebrating”, I’m taking it as an opportunity to continue to grow and learn.

I’d say that A LOT has happened since July 25, 2019. Here are some things I wished for last year:

  • Do something with this platform of mine. I think I’ve been switching up my content to be completely what I want it to be. I’m proud of myself for doing this for EIGHT years. I’m connecting and building relationships with people more than ever. I re-branded to something that is TOTALLY me. I’m turning my words into actions and standing up for what I believe in. This platform is exactly what I want it to be…and can only go up from here.
  • Spend as much quality time with my family as possible. My family is so important to me. SO SO SO IMPORTANT. I love being with my family, and although a pandemic stopped me from seeing my family for months, I do try to spend as much time with them as I can with them.
  • Go on vacation to somewhere new (I guess I’m kind of cheating because I’m going to Croatia in just 3 weeks). So yes, I was cheating because I ended up going on a trip that quite literally changed my life. And after that I think the only other new place I went to was Canada. Now that traveling is pretty much out of the questions – I can only dream of the days we can travel again.
  • Pay off my credit cards FOR GOOD and then continue to SAVE SAVE SAVE. Welllllllll, this didn’t totally happen, BUT I did increase my credit score A TON. So I’m gonna call it a success. Is this what being an adult is???
So now, I’m officially 28.

I’m honestly really happy with where I’m at in life. I don’t want that to come off like I’m braging, but it’s the honest truth. Do I want more in life? Yes, absolutely I do. But I know I’m on a path to somewhere, and I really like that path right now. I mentioned this in my Instagram post on Saturday, but I have no real complaints. Everyone I love is healthy. I have so much support from my family, friends, and boyfriend. But my life also isn’t perfect — and a friendly reminder, NO ONE’S LIFE IS PERFECT.

I’m using this year of being 28 to continue to grow and learn. Grow my relationships, grow my business, grow in my career. Learn more about the necessary steps it takes to continue to work towards allyship. Learn more tools that will, in return, grow my business. Learn more about the community of people who follow me.

If 28 is anything like 27, it ain’t gonna be so bad.

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  1. 7.27.20
    Laura Leigh Elliott said:

    You rocked 27 and I know you’ll do the same with 28! I cannot wait to see all the goodness you create and all the goodness that comes your way! You deserve it all gal!

    xo Laura Leigh

    • 7.27.20

      LOVE YOU! Thank you so much my girl. I appreciate you SO MUCH.

  2. 7.27.20
    Rachel said:

    Happy belated birthday, Dana!!! It’s been a crazy year but I’m so happy that you’re so happy and in such a great place. So excited to see what 28 has in store for you!


  3. 7.28.20
    Lisa Autumn said:

    Happy belated birthday lovely!

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  4. 7.30.20
    Morgan said:

    First off, LOVE the pattern mixing going on here! And seems like despite the pandemic, this year is going great for you! You’ll kill it for year 28 too I’m sure! 🙂

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