this is 27

This is 27

long beach aqualink

After a whirlwind trip to California (I feel as if it was all a dream it went by so fast), this week of work surprisingly flew by. Normally, after trips back home to see family and friends I come back to work and the week moves as slow as molasses. I’m taking this as a good sign that I’m at a job that I’m truly enjoying.

I didn’t have much planned for my actual birthday this year and to be honest, I was in kind of a funk as I got closer to the day. I knew I would be going home just a few days later but I still couldn’t shake this strange vibe following me around. I hadn’t mentioned to anyone at work it was my birthday because I had just started and felt it would be an out of place conversation. I ended up making a small comment about it the day of and what followed was so nice.

It was as if a birthday fairy appeared and the fun kept coming. A friend of the Boyfriend and mine surprised me at work with beautiful flowers. She said he had asked her to bring some by my work as a gift from him as he was still out of town. I was so surprised. After chatting for a few, I made my way towards the kitchen to put the flowers in water where I saw my coworkers had gotten a dozen delicious dough donuts from across the street (seriously, the best donuts ever) and set up some drinks to cheers with.

dough donuts nyc

Everyone sang happy birthday, we cheersed, and tasted a new dominican rum we have in the shop. It made me feel so welcomed and grateful to be working there.

The next night I grabbed dinner and drinks at Burger and Lobster with some friends. It ended up being a great start to 27.

Friday night I was off to California for less than 48 hours. Bridesmaid dress shopping (a success!) and seeing my friends and family, even for such a short time, was well worth the 2 redeye flights and playing catchup on sleep this week.

I feel like I should be sharing some insightful words or how I’ve been reflecting on the past year. For now, I’m going to keep it simple –  I’m happy and grateful. Happy to have wonderful people in my life, to be getting to celebrate so much love in the next year+ with friends getting married, and to be able to experience and make my way in this city for a little while longer with my person.

Also happy to not be hungover anymore after a night out with friends. Seriously, why do hangovers have to last forever now that we’re out of college??! ? ??



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