9/10/2012

How Life Has Come Full Circle {or}

My 29th birthday to be exact. And even though my life is completely turned upside down right now with our transition back to the states, it's also worth noting how many things have come full circle.

I'm living back in Southern California in the same area I lived in when I first moved here. I'm working at the same university where I went to school, driving the same car, and still have many of the same friends.

If you had told me at 19 what was in store for me over the next 10 years, I probably wouldn't have believed it. But I know that I would have hoped that the people who mattered in my life then would still be around, and most of them still are.

In many ways it feels like the beginning again. I just started my second career and with only one income it definitely feels like we are living on a college student's budget. I'm having to re-learn the streets and freeways and figure out where things are.

This time around though I am older and {a little} wiser. And I have a partner and built in best friend to help me navigate {the husband}.

It might sound like not much has changed, until you factor in all that has happened since I was last here: getting married, buying a house, teaching school, moving to Dominica, living in a developing country, earning my masters degree, starting Priceless Design.

If you can't tell, I'm rather proud of what I've accomplished in the last 10 years. And at 29, I have a lot to still look forward to!

24 comments :

Unpublished Life said...

Happy birthday Katie! Wow, you have accomplished a lot in the past 10 years and you should be very very proud! Just think about all the things you will accomplish in the next 10 with the amazing grounding you have! Best of luck and I hope you have a magnificent day!!

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DJ said...

happy happy birthday! are you excited to spend it in the first world?

Empirically Erin said...

Happy birthday, Katie!!! I hope you have a wonderful day and that this year brings you lots of happiness. I know exactly what you mean about coming full circle. I never would have thought I would end up back in Maine, but it just makes so much sense. Sometimes it's so nice to come back to a place that is so familiar and simple.

Sweet Green Tangerine said...

Happy Birthday!! Hope you have a wonderful day!

Ruthie Hart said...

Happy birthday friend!! Cheers to a year full of changes (moving back to the US first of all!) and lots of fun!

Brooke Houston said...

Happy Birthday girl! Have fun with the new year that's ahead of you!

Kate said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KATIE! Hope your day is spectacular, you deserve it!

Oh hello, Love said...

Happy Birthday Katie!!! You should be proud of everything you've done in the past ten years!! I'm so glad that you're at such a good point in your life!

Behold the Metatron said...

We're the same age! Happy Birthday!

kristen
www.beholdthemetatron.com

Paul and Jessie said...

happy happy birthday!! you know you share a birthday with lullaby! so fun! i think it must be a good day to be born!

Sadie Dear said...

Happy birthday! It is amazing, isn't it, how things change... yet don't? ;)

Emily said...

Happy birthday Katie! Enjoy this special last year of your twenties.

Lauren | Seventeenth and Irving said...

Happy Happy Birthday Katie! A virtual champagne toast to a fellow 29 year old. I hope this year is amazing for you!

Kristin W said...

Happy Birthday! You definitely have so much to look forward to!

Joy Uyeno said...

Happiest of birthdays, Katie! It really is amazing how much can happen in those 10 years, and it sounds like yours have been full of good things. I'm so glad to have the opportunity to get to know you better in this, our 29th years! :) xo

Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire said...

I'm a day late, but happy birthday, Katie! You really have accomplished so much in the last 10 years, and you SHOULD be proud! You are amazing! I hope you enjoyed your birthday in California. :-)

Kristin B said...

Aw, this was lovely! There's so much in the world to be thankful for, and I find it's these little things like friendships that get overlooked. I love that you so clearly have an appreciate and love for life. :)
Happy belated birthday, Katie - I hope it was awesome!
x K

prettyanddelectable said...

Happy belated birthday, Katie! You do have so much to be proud of! Hope the next 10 years are just as or even better than the last!

Jessah @ Dreaming of Dimples said...

Wow! That is quite a decade. Just stumbled upon your blog and look forward to seeing what the next ten years have in store. ;)

emanthei said...

Happy birthday!! And glad to know that you're back. We should catch up sometime soon! :)

Natasha Ting said...

it's amazing how we take ourselves to a flashback to our lives before. And how wonderful, and coincident that you are actually living it all over again! This time with a little more color, girl! Good luck to you!

Natasha
by the way, {give me some words back?} ..heh!

Unpublished Life said...

Hi Katie!

I'm back to say I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award on my blog:)

Happy Monday!

viviroriente said...
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viviroriente said...

Dear Katie, I hope you had a special Birthday back to your homeland! I wish you all the best which is always yet to come. Hugs form Cambodia! Sabina