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Hello29Today I turn 29 years old.

The last year of “my 20s” (whatever that’s supposed to mean). So far it feels like a kinda surreal.

When I think about being 29 I can’t help but reflect on the years since I graduated and moved to Chicago.

The years almost seem like a dream. I am definitely not the same woman I was when I moved into that tiny studio apartment. I am healthier. More beautiful. More disciplined. More service-oriented. More intentional.

I say this not to be cocky, but to show we all have the ability to grow and evolve in awesome ways. Our birthdays just happen to be a great time to celebrate our progress.

All of which I have gained through the implementation of slight edge habits and implementing habits 1, 2, 3, (and now) 7 from my favorite book.

With this in mind, I can’t wait to see what this next year has in store… and what I’ll be like 10 years from now.

This decade has shown me the transformational power of the phrase “you are what you read [and do].”

Which means aging is not something to be feared, it is something to be used to the best of our ability.

 

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  1. Happy Birthday, my dear! Here’s to making the last year of this decade the best one! Hope you have a fabulous day!

  2. elizabeth swartz

    to age is a privilege, not a guarantee and it only gets better – happy happy birthday!

  3. Dainty_Mom

    Happy Birthday, Jess!
    Everything gets better with age. I promise. <3 Especially with your mindset, you'll see. Have a blessed day, and enjoy it to the hilt!

    1. : ) Thanks, hun! I hope things are going well for you lately!!!!! How are the workshops going?

  4. Happy Birthday Jess! Sounds like your twenties have been amazing. I’m sure you’ll make the most of your upcoming years as well.

    1. Thanks, hun. It has been a great ride. It didn’t feel too long, but looking back, a lot has happened!

  5. Happy birthday! It’s great that you feel more mature and secure, and I love your take on age: it’s not about the numbers!

    1. Thanks, Yalí! It does feel really good, I agree. I think it is about how we use the time we are given that determines how we feel about our age. : )

  6. Thanks, Lina! I know, that kinda might have sounded a little ego-y, but I really think it was true and worth mentioning. We are able to do so much in our lives if we are committed to doing the work to get there. Those books and the commitment to living intentionally are truly life-changing once used and applied in our lives.

    I wish you the best for your 29th birthday! Be sure to pick up The Slight Edge to help you start the journey. : )

  7. Natalie | Natalie Dressed

    Happy, happy birthday to you, Jess! I hope it’s nothing but wonderful. Thank you for always being so open and honest and for sharing your journey with us all. Sending tons of love and hugs!

  8. Giselle

    Happy Birthday Jess!! I made Birthday yesterday; 28. So I’m behind you and feeling almost the same way. Thank you so much for sharing so much with us all, you truly make a difference to the world. Love, Giselle

    1. Happy birthday! Aw, thank you, Giselle.

      As for 28, enjoy it! Though the things that happened when I was 28 weren’t always easy, I looved being the age 28. When I was little it was always the ‘peak’ of exciting times to me (or so I thought it would be). : )

  9. Sarah van Loon

    Happiest of birthdays to you, Jess! Thank you for your light, your love, your inspiration, and your honesty. You add so much goodness and positivity to this world, and I am so grateful to be able to learn from you!

  10. Change of Art

    Wishing you the happiest birthday yet! And taking this chance to send congratulations on your successful and exciting journey so far. With your attitude and smarts, there’s no telling what you’ll manage to squeeze into this last year of twenties. I can just tell that you are going to have SO much fun!

    And, just wait: Thirties are EVEN better. Betting I’m the oldest one on this post (and then some), and I never would have believed it back in the day… I’m certain I was thinking to myself, “Really, what could be better than this?” But, boy – if you’re lucky enough to be healthy – it really does get better and better.

    Wishing you the VERY BEST!

    1. Thank you so much, Mary Ann! I totally agree. I can’t wait to see how it continues to get better and better. : )

      You are amazing.

    1. Lol. We shall see…. : )

      I am so excited for you and your book. Seriously. Changing lives (like The Livelys).

  11. Thanks! I looove sprinkles (but will be getting Molly’s due to location).

    I agree- it’s nice to start thinking about the habits I want to have for my 30’s now. I am curious to see what comes next . : )

    Hooray for 29!

  12. Becca Divine

    Happy birthday! I hope 29 is the best year yet:)

  13. Kate Robinson

    Happy birthday Jess you inspiring lady!! Hope you have an amazing year being 29 xxx

  14. GREAT perspective-which many people do not have when it comes to getting older (not that 29 is old, hah). I never heard the phrase “you are what you read,” but I love it! Happy birthday 🙂

    1. Lol, you know what? I think I remember that quote from You’ve Got Mail. I have watched that movie 10000000 times and can quote it by heart. I think Meg’s fiancé wrote about it in an article in the movie.

  15. Lisa

    Happy Birthday and here’s to a truly fabulous year! Lisa xo

  16. Natalie

    Happy Birthday! It’s my birthday today too (28)! I just recently discovered your blog, and I’m in love, you’re so inspiring. I’ve also noticed some similarities in our lives (my favorite being that you also have a Westie!) and it all makes sense now with the shared bday. Enjoy!

    1. Happy 28, Natalie! Great minds… have the same birthday (and a Westie, of course).

      Enjoy 28, it can be a great year!

  17. Happy birthday to you Jess! Life truly does get better with age 🙂 You are an inspiration for everything you’ve achieved so far and I’m sure the year ahead will be even more wonderful!

  18. Jacki

    Happy birthday, Jess! Welcome to 29, it’s a good place to be 🙂 Best wishes for your continued success!!

  19. Melissa

    Happy Birthday! Cheers to always growing, learning and always striving to become a better version of yourself!

  20. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESS!!! I knew we were kindred spirits!

    My birthday is today 10/16… only one day off. I turn 28 today, which I hear was a good year for you.

    I’m excited!

    1. Happy birthday, Maureen! We are kindred spirits indeed! I hope your bday was awesome! Enjoy 28. : )

  21. Happy (belated) birthday! You’re such an inspiration to me. Much love and happiness to you, Jess! *hugs*

    1. Aw, thank you, Sage! Bravo again for your post. It really did strike a chord. I have a feeling somehow that is a positive and important turning point for you of some kind…

  22. Georgie

    Happy birthday Jess! I hope you enjoyed it and feel proud when reflecting back on your 20s. I just turned 31 this weekend… and remember, 32 is the new 30. Until I get to 32 of course 😉

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