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26 Thoughts on Turning 26

April 27, 2016

Another year older, it's that time again. Today I am 26. As you get older and bypass milestones (16, 18, 21...) the years kind of mush together. Although I'm still considerably young, I do feel old. I've never written a birthday reflection post before, but I thought it would be appropriate for In Search of Sheila. So here are my 26 thoughts on turning 26.

1. I'm accomplished so much in these past 26 years.
2. I've learned to not compare myself to others.
3. I still have bad days, but not as much as I used to.
4. It's okay to change.
5. I've become less materialistic.
6. I've grown up.
7. I'm wiser.
8. I'm the happiest I've ever been.
9. I don't get angry as much as I used to.
10. Grad school was cool.
11. I drink more water now than I ever have.
12. I'm becoming more of an adult.
13. I've accepted and embraced the fact that I have more responsibilities.
14. Student loans will always be a reality.
15. My body is getting older.
16. I'm still young.
17. My family is always there for me.
18. I am so much more confident than I was 5 years ago...1 year ago...a few months ago...last week.
19. I surround myself with only beautiful people inside and out.
20. I've learned that life is all about learning.
21. I have a super amazing boyfriend that would do anything for me.
22. I have finally become a morning person.
23. I got over a lot of my insecurities.
24. I still have insecurities.
25. I've made mistakes in the past, but that's how I've learned to become a better person.
26. Without pushing myself through the hard times, I wouldn't be where I am today.

As I sit here reflecting on my life so far, I can only anticipate what the future holds. This sounds so cliche, ha! But honestly, things are cliche for a reason...because they are usually true. Here's to turning 26 with many more years to come.


  1. These are great and so true sure do get wiser the older you get and change is good.

    Beauty Candy Loves

  2. Love that dress!
    25 and 26 are so true, it's mistakes and pushing through tough times is what makes you develop and grow as a person.

  3. Happy belated birthday! Love posts like this, hope you had a wonderful day.

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

  4. You don't look 26, you look so much younger! Love your reflection over the years and happy belated birthday x

    Myra, myramyla.com

  5. Happy birthday!
    These are so nice to hear. I'm 19, and some of the things you wrote down make me a feel a bit better about some of the things I'm experiencing now :) x Alona



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