today is my birthday.
28 years old.
last year, i celebrated finding love
i got married
with two ceremonies in Italy
then we celebrated stateside six weeks later
so it really felt like we were getting married all year.
this year, i celebrated finding myself.
i matched into an Emergency Medicine residency
and am now fulfilling a 12-year dream of becoming a doctor
i work in place where i am challenged daily,
praised for my performance,
and encouraged to be even better.
i have a husband that i am deeply in love with
who isn't threatened by my success
but instead thrives on it
and spurs me on towards excellence
and is there for me, understanding, at the end of a long day
we support each other
and cherish the little time we get to spend together.
it's a beautiful and rare time that i know i'll always look back on and be thankful for.
i have a family that loves me,
knows where i've come from,
and has given me freedom to pursue my dream
even though it means they have to miss me a lot of the time.
i have friends all over the country
who love me from a distance
and give me excuses to travel all over to visit them
and who are constantly telling me they believe in me
i am part of a community of bloggers
who are incredibly supportive
of me pouring forth my stream of consciousness onto the internet
and echo many of my hopes and fears
making the world feel smaller and more cozy.
i love that.
27 was a phenomenal year of coming into my own
in so many ways.
i have more confidence than i've ever had
and a peace that comes with knowing that i'm exactly where i'm supposed to be
doing what i was created to do
loving who i was intended to love.
you have some big shoes to fill
here's to you.
make me proud.