1. Thoughts on Turning 27


    Birthdays…each year they come an go, and each year they feel different from the last. Usually the day of my birthday I don’t do a lot of thinking and just enjoy the moment with the people I love most. The day itself doesn’t feel like a new start, but more of a recognition that I’m still ticking. It’s the days that follow the buzz that get my mind spinning.

    2012 (literally have of my 26th year) pretty much sucked big time with the exception of one huge life event…getting engaged. The year was TOUGH both professional and on a personal level. My day job was really starting to wear on me, our daily life was feeling pretty stale, and worst of all some close friends came and went. The second half of my 26th year was spent restarting…coming back to life…regaining my sanity. It’s been a lot of work, but all the transitions I’ve been able to make have been life-changing.

    I have a feeling my 27th year is going to be all about “letting go”. Letting go of expectations. Letting go of control and certainty. Letting go of how things were and being perfectly ok with how things are shaping up. I’m finding out that letting go is the toughest and most rewarding thing you can do.

    Did any of you have a quarter-life crisis in your mid-late 20′s? Any advice?

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    1. Laura says:

      uh oh, I feel like i’m in the middle of one but i’m only almost 25. thats a bit early. but things might be looking up, maybe I can stave off a full out crisis! :D

      • veda says:

        If it makes you feel any better…When I was in the thick of it, I realized everyone at my age was struggling. Nice to know we were all in the middle of it together.

    2. Emily says:

      Hey Cassie! I resonate with this post on a personal level. I’ll be turning 27 this year also, and definitely had a quarter-life crisis during the years of 25 – 26 (and sort of presently). The way I handled it was quitting my job and having no plan, and just seeing where it took me. Things worked out for the better — it seems the same has been going that way for you! I think “letting go” is a huge component of living a better, and less stressful, life … but it’s so hard to do! I wish you the best of luck, and happy birthday :)

      • veda says:

        Thanks for stopping by Emily and sharing your story with me. It really is nice to know that this quarter-life crisis seems to be quite normal. Hang in there lady and best of luck!

    3. Amy says:

      Word. I was right there with you in feeling overwhelmed at 26…I totally agree that it was the toughest year I’ve had yet, and I did a lot of sorting things out. I had to let go of people who I thought were friends, but in all honesty were just using me — bleeding me dry emotionally and creatively, and sadly not willing to be there for me in return.

      I’ve only been 27 for about a month, but I’m feeling like it’s going to be a better year already. I’m learning to let life unfold as it may, stand up for myself, and am starting to let go of chasing the idea of “perfection”. I couldn’t agree more about how letting go is tough and rewarding all at once. It takes a lot more effort than you’d think! ;)

      Excited to be 27 with you…if you ever wanna talk about where you’re at or what you’re going through currently, I’d love to chat! Hope you had an awesome b-day!

    4. Jen K says:

      Hiya; just came across your blog & I’m quite in love! I can completely relate — I’m in my 27th year & so far it’s been one of a lot of ‘deep thinking’ and new realizations … Have you seen the movie Frances Ha? I can’t recommend it enough — especially since the main character is 27 & trying to find herself, etc … Anyway!

      Thanks again for sharing all these beautiful images & thoughts — I think I will be enjoying your blog often in the future! :)

    5. Lou says:

      Im turning 27 on sunday, and I feel so much has changed since turning 26. I actually cried on my 26th birthday, simply because I didnt want to be getting older. But thats before so much in my life starting turning around. In the last year,Ive gained friends, lost friends (through detatchment and sadly through death), Ive let go of a lot of demons, yet im still struggling with a few too, though I think my 27th year will be the same as you, learning to let go and accept that some things are the way they are. I wanna be happy this year, I have the most amazing feeling that this will be my biggest year to date, the one that everything will finally make sense. I can feel it. I feel so different to when I did at 25.. its amazing isnt it – I didnt think stages really happened in getting older, but I have a feeling im going to like being 27. :) Bring it on, out with the old life, in with the new and exciting prospects that I know are already waiting for me! Believe me, if your reading this and your 22 and your thinking, ‘well, ive got my life pretty sorted already thanks’ trust me, you just wait, shit happens, people change and going into your late twenties, something really does change, i really didnt believe it but its exciting that i didnt see all these changes coming! brace yourself!! :D

      • veda says:

        Thanks for stopping by Lou and thanks for warning our 22 year old out there that change is inevitable in your late 20′s, BIG changes. Love it :)

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