Editor Chit Chat: On Age & Turning 29

editor, chit chat, on age, self actualization, abraham lincoln, birthday, may 12, accomplishments, success, discover yourself, love yourself, life advice, how to, guide, self help, blogger, lifestyle Goodbye 28-years-old, hello 29! That’s right. I am now officially just one year short of leaving my twenties. And while most friends are dreading it, I just can’t be bothered to stress over it. I never have before. In fact, age has usually been some number to write on an application or a conversational insert when I’m introduced to someone new. It has never been a defining factor for me. To put it simply, I measure my life, not by the number I turn each year, but by the quality of life I have lived.

What is it about birthdays that make us so reflective? I can’t help wonder if it partially stems from the fact that it is the one day of the year where the spotlight is on us, and therefore we find ourselves more aware than ever about where we are in life. And ponder we do as we start to look over our lives, maybe even compare ourselves to friends, family members, old high school friends and even those we see in magazines and on TV. However, I like to think the beauty of the moment comes when we stop seeing each birthday year as something to dread or despise. But rather as this incredible opportunity to find out more about yourself, to discover new likes, to change old habits and to get excited for more adventures.

Now I’m more than happy to admit that I’m not completely immune to those moments where I find myself looking at a mirror and seeing the tail tales of a wrinkle appearing on the corners of my eye, or browsing my facebook feed only to see old acquaintances embarking on these amazing adventures and wishing I could travel in their suitcase. A natural tendency I think, especially if you consider we live in a society that can often be governed by the way we look and what we do. But I’m here to tell you that it really gets easier when we stop punishing ourselves for getting older and try to take each birthday as another chance to improve on the things we want to improve and do, while still celebrating our glorious selves.

If I look back at my 29 years of living on this planet, I can honestly say I have very little regrets. And that is a large statement to say. But so very true. In the years of gracing this earth, I still till this day have a best friend relationship with my parents (honestly, Rory & Lorelei from Gilmore girls has nothing on us), have nurtured strong, long-term friendships, obtained my PH.D and still left my sanity intact, kept my faith strong, traveled to some of the most amazing places in the world, secured a great job and even launched this amazing blogazine I’m proud of. The best part is that I’ve done this all while still going to bed with the absolute assurance that I’m a lucky gal. If that’s not winning the life lottery I don’t know what is.

I hope I haven’t rambled on the joys of accepting our age because I know it can often be hard drink to swallow. But I just think that time is too precious to waste on focusing on the number we turn when we can shift that same energy on this plethora of opportunities and adventures waiting for us to do.

Abraham Lincoln had it right when he said, “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

So as I turn 29 today, I find myself in that amazing position once again to welcome another birthday with open arms. Here is to many more years of being a better me.

  • Rashmi & Chalukya

    You shared a beautiful thought Jennifer, its so true that every year we need look into our past life and make improvements to ourselves than looking at others lives and making unattainable resolutions.

  • Amy Scott

    Well Happy Birthday, firstly! Lovely to see such gratitude and positivity instead of the usual “I’m so old”. I’m so glad you have no regrets and are totally comfortable with who you are. That is the best gift, self love!

  • LallahLand

    Happy Birthday, congrats on another year. Here’s to many more!

  • Joules (Pocketful of Joules)

    Happy Birthday. As I reach each year I do tend to reflect as well and feel blessed that I have the chance to do that!

  • LeighAnn Searle

    Happy Birthday!!! Enjoy your 29th year!! Hope you have many more to come!
    XO,
    LA
    http://www.small-townla.com

  • Purpose to Nourish

    I’m going on 29 this year too. I thought I was “old” now I’m excited. Cheers to you!

  • Alison

    I love this! The quote was perfect and your attitude is great! Happy birthday and hope this year is amazing! http://www.cheerykitchen.com

  • This is an awesome perspective. I think this is a great way to look at any birthday. I love the Lincoln quote.

  • Happy Birthday! I’ll say, 30 so far is way better than my twenties were. You have a lot to look forward to!

  • Happy birthday! Great post. I still have 9 years until I turn 29, but still I feel like 29 is no age! Every age has its charm, right? What a beautiful blog you have BTW! I’m obsessed.

  • Laura Barajas

    I remember being told that the 30’s are the best period in your life because you are still young enough to enjoy everything but old enough to avoid things! Hahah.

  • Ourlipsaremoving

    Happy Birthday!!! I just turned 25 and I am ready for a world of new experiences and adventures.

  • Happy 29th and your right; age is just a number , you are as old as you choose to be and noone can tell you any different.

  • Absolutely amazing post! I am at the point that it feels like I have stepped back in my life , but at a deeper insight I am doing more things than ever. I am 27 and I am terrified that I am getting older. But I start realizing that age is just a number and it is better to focus on what is happening right now.

  • Happy birthday!!! I’m with you in that age is really just a number — I turned 30 this year, and I expected it be feel so much bigger/scarier/older, but it really wasn’t bad at all 🙂 Great post about reflections!

    – Nicole @ http://www.WorkWearWander.com

  • Happy Birthday and I am so glad you have such a positive outlook on things. Best of luck and hope you enjoy all the many many years to come.. You are indeed lucky to have “best friend relationship with my parents”..

  • Such an awesome attitude. Happy Birthday! I have birthdays where the age bothers me, and others where it doesn’t. I’m coming up to a pretty big birthday, and it doesn’t bother me right now. I think because I’m in a good place and feeling good.

  • Honest Abe’s quote was right… it’s a great way to think about things. I’m 26 now and am trying to make each day and year count to make sure that the life I lead is fun, good, and happy.

  • Love the way your welcome your new year. It’s like being thankful for what you have lived and for all the great things that are ahead! Congrats!

  • Happy Birthday! Its great that you are starting it with a positive attitude

  • Rebecca Greene

    Happy Birthday. I remember my 29th birthday was a celebration of making it out of the high risk zone for cervical cancer, but that is about all, lol.

  • Ana Ojha

    Happy Birthday! I believe that aging is a beautiful thing. It gives you wisdom and makes you a better human being because of the experience which you have gained. However 30’s is new 20’s..lol

  • Maya

    First HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! At 25, I’m regretting turning 26, because I know it brings me one step closer to 29, then 30! But after reading your post, I’m realizing its something to celebrate — it’s another year of life!!!

  • Carrie Chady Rundhaug

    Happy Birthday!! Life is short and now I don’t worry so much about how old I am because it really doesn’t matter! I just want to focus on my family and enjoy life to the fullest.

  • Happy birthday!!!! Also, this was such a wonderful post. I feel the same way and I absolutely love that quote from Lincoln, couldn’t have said it better myself. Age is definitely just a number 🙂

  • It’s great that you have such a positive attitude instead of dreading it, I’m sure I’ll be one of the people that freaks out massively! Happy Birthday, hope you have a great year 🙂

  • Christine Martinez

    What a great post! I love your approach to this. I’ll be 30 this year but I honestly feel better and look better than when I was in my early 20’s 🙂 Happy birthday girl! It just keeps getting better <3

  • Janella Panchamsingh

    firstly happy birthday! Turning 29 was my second favourite age to turn. I think the age of 29 opens so many new doors and end’s the journey of the 20’s to follow new ones so enjoy it!

  • Mimi Rose

    Great post, and happy birthday!! I’m turning 26 in a few weeks and can definitely relate to the feeling of getting older but not so much letting it get to me or “freak me out”. It sounds like you’ve already had an amazing life and you’re still so young, positive mentality for the win!

  • tp keane

    I can honestly say that my twenties and thirties disparaged very little from each other. Not looking forward to my forties though. eep.

  • Tia @ financiallyfitandfab

    Happy Birthday! I am 29 now and turning 30 in a few weeks. I am so excited for what 30+ will bring!

  • Brandie Bloggins

    Happy Birthday! I refuse to age beyond 28 😉 Great outlook!

  • The Practical Saver

    Happy not-so 28 years old. lol. But really, it’s so good to know that you have very few regrets in your life. I do have few regrets in my life. If I have to go back and re-do my life, I wouldn’t change anything to it. – Allan Liwanag

  • Tamara Goyette

    Happy birthday. I’ll be where you are in a few months.

  • H.Evans

    When you hit 40 you reflect on things.Enjoy every year you do not get a do over.29 , 30 , 35 , and even 40 bring a new view of the world.

  • It seems like a good idea to be excited about every birthday. I am only 18 and still at the point where I am eager to be a bit older!

  • Tania Potter

    Oh my word, I remember leaving my twenties behind but that was far too long ago!

  • Alison Rost

    I’ve never feared getting older and so far my forties have been my best decade yet. I remember reading once Maya Angelou talking about aging. She said her 70s and 80s were the happiest and most productive she’d ever had. Happy belated birthday!

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