The head image is something one of my friends put together for my birthday. What a nice gesture! That aside, I turn 29 today! My last year of my twenties. Then I am officially a thirty-something and an ADULT. My friends call 29 the year everyone assumes you're lying about your age. So there's that to look forward to...
How was the year of 28? As I've mentioned, there was a lot of travel. Outside of that, it was time for shit to hit the road. I started working with three different mentors at work to figure out what the hell I want out of a career, out of life. I found out I would be moving to Germany for a year and started to think about what I want out of that. While I've always enjoyed my job, this was the first time I really felt in control of it, a fully contributing member to the team. The vestiges of being an intern I've kept with me for the past three years finally went away. Which is good, because next year in Germany I need to be productive and proactive.
Outside of work, a great experience has been watching my goddaughter grow up. She's 27 years younger than me, our birthdays off by just a few weeks. While I'm looking forward to year 29, she's got year 2! Much more exciting!
The other personal stuff really comes back to the mentors, reflecting on what my values are, what I need to be satisfied, on a daily basis and more long term. Which is part of where this blog comes in! Trying to get more out of my day than just taking quizzes on Buzzfeed and finding some new TV show to binge. At least this way, I can share the Buzzfeed quiz on a weekly roundup and write about the TV show!
So that's 28. I think I've been more active and grown more than I did in 27. Twenty-seven was very blah - I wasn't thrilled with the work stuff that was going on, not much happened personally. Twenty-eight was much more forward thinking.
But oh 29!
The biggest part of twenty-nine is how I want to turn thirty... For awhile, my goal was to go on a Go Eco trip. Unfortunately, since I came up with this idea, the trip I wanted to go on (two weeks taking care of lions and tigers in Africa!) is no longer available. Which is really okay because I've moved on! New turning thirty goal - New York! See Hamilton or some other Broadway show, obviously. But I also really want to go to MoMA, primarily for Starry Night. Problem - I have no idea what continent I will be on for my birthday next year. I have to be out of Germany by December 31st for visa reasons. Other than that, who the hell knows!
So 29 will be exciting because I don't know where it's going. So let's just enjoy the ride!
I have a year in Europe. I want to make the most at work, build my reputation and network but also contribute to projects and demonstrate the methodology we've built at my home site.
Travel-wise, the goals are - Barcelona, London, Venice, the Black Forest. And revisit Paris and Berlin, obviously.
Mostly though, I'm excited for the opportunity to settle in a new place. A year is enough time to develop a routine, make new friends (hello, Facebook ex-pat groups!). The three months I was there last year were crazy and hectic. This will be more of real life. Sure, it's just a year, but it's a chance to test out living someplace new. Living downtown instead of the suburbs! It's a chance to get out of the rut of the same apartment, same job that I've had for the past four and a half years. A chance to really try something new. And discover what my values are, what I need at work and at home to be satisfied. And then figure out what the hell to do when I come back next December!
And hey, one last chance to make twentysomething mistakes.