Originally posted on Instagram, June 19, 2023.
This is 28.
With every passing year, I hope (and strive) for a few things:
I hope I can grow a little bit wiser.
A little bit kinder.
A bit gentler with myself and others.
More confident in embracing + simply being my truest self.
Of course, there are many things that I hope for, but in summary: I hope to continue growing into a better version of myself, someone who can boldly love + serve the world around me.
And yet, sometimes it can be difficult to be a witness to our own growth + progress. Sometimes, our own perspective is a little too close and it can be a challenge for us to see how far we’ve come. I swear, with every birthday that I can recall, I don’t feel all too different from the last one. And yet, growth and change is somewhat like a rising tide — the waves flood in and out, seeming to gain traction, and then as quickly as they’ve seemed to have made it suddenly they’re gone… erased. But wait, there they are again. And with time, they make their way to the top of the beach. Slowly. Steadily. Patiently. Purposefully.
Like each of us, with every passing year.
Each of us has our struggles. And we occasionally find success. But then we fail. And we fail some more. And sometimes we wonder how we can continue getting out of bed each morning. But we do. And we come out stronger. We remember to laugh. We try something new. We lean on those closest to us. We learn. And ultimately…
As I turn another year older, I feel grateful as I reflect on all of the interactions, connections, and conversations that came with this past year. It reaffirms my belief in what this life is truly about: being present and there for one another — or, in other words: pursuing an ongoing adventure of discovering ourselves and those around us just a little bit more. :)
So, cheers to another year of living this beautiful thing called life. I am grateful, truly, for all of you.
Thank you for being here!
currently lives in Fargo, North Dakota where she works remotely as a Policy and Communication Manager for the First Lady of North Dakota. Photography and writing are a passion that help her better appreciate the details of the world.