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dress: ASOS // purse: c/o Pink Haley Handbags // shoes: Loft (very similar) // earrings: Gudbling


Oh hey, I turned 27 yesterday! And this is what I wore! When I spotted this dress on ASOS, I knew it would make a great birthday dress because it's equally festive -- I mean, just look at those ruffles -- and easy to wear again. Plus, it was perfect for my day of fun and low-key activities: pizza eating, craft fair shopping, margarita drinking, and ice cream enjoying. What, you don't spend your birthday eating all your favorite foods? One of us is doing birthdays wrong, and I don't think it's me!

Because this birthday girl loves goals, I'm celebrating with a look back on the 27 goals I set for my 26th year.

27 before 27 - recap

12/27 doesn't sound very impressive, but I did so many cool things this year! The big ones are definitely leaving the state, the speaking opportunities, and, of course, the workbook! I'm also so glad I decided to set out to paint something once a month, to sell clothes on Poshmark (upcoming post on this!), and to get quarterly massages. I plan on keeping up with the massages for sure! Who knew my perfect white button down would have a cat collar or that our guest room would become our podcast studio?

As for the things I didn't do...there are a few overarching reasons why:

A. I started and didn't finish. This applies to the enamel pin (designed but never produced), visiting three beaches (only one), watching the Best Picture nominees (saw five out of nine), and cooking five new recipes (stopped counting, but I think I only did three or four).

B. My circumstances changed: I meant to bring baked goods to work but then we started working from home; I thought my car was almost paid off but I had another year.

C. I was focusing on other things or forgot about it entirely: pretty much everything else.

Overall, I'm really proud of what I did accomplish. I advanced myself personally and professionally in exciting new ways during my 26th year. Even with the setbacks -- and there were some major ones (Dago's injury, both of our mothers' health issues, the passing of my grandmother) -- I'll look back on 26 as a good year.

Here's to hoping 27 is even better, more fruitful, and more fun! Stay tuned because I'll be sharing my goals for this year tomorrow!

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