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Twenty-Six

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If you're reading this, it's my birthday. Today, I turned 26. While this past year has been a whirlwind, it's also been one of my favorite years yet. As I say goodbye to twenty-five, here are five things I'm thankful for from this past year: 

1. My job. If you read my last post, you know that I recently celebrated my two-year workiversary at Shazam. I almost didn't apply for my current role out of fear of failure and now I couldn't imagine myself anywhere else. I've learned and accomplished so much in the last year and I couldn't have asked for better co-workers to make magic alongside. 

 2. My apartment. Not only am I blessed to be able to live in San Francisco but also live alone in the smallest (235 sq. ft. to be exact) but the cutest studio. I'm a true introvert at heart, so being able to have my own my space to recharge in has been a blessing. I've recently transferred to a new unit, so be on the lookout for an apartment tour soon! In the meantime, check-out my current apartment featured on the EveryGirl here

3. My church. This past year I celebrated my one-year anniversary at Experience Church. My faith and my church family have become a huge and important part of my life. I've lengthened, stretched, and matured emotionally and mentally as a result of my spiritual journey and it's allowed me to be open to and to receive so many opportunities. If you're in the Bay Area, I'd love to have you join me for a Sunday service, community group, and/or a worship night. 

4. My passport. I've been privileged to be able to travel a lot this past year for both work and pleasure. My favorite experience was traveling solo for the first time from London to Lisbon and everywhere in between. If you've never traveled alone, do it. I can't recommend it enough. You learn so much about yourself and it pushes you out of our comfort zone, the place where growth truly occurs. 

5. My blog. If you're reading this, thank you. This blog is two months old today and I've already gotten more out of it than I could have expected. I've shot with and have met so many amazing people and have been able to flex and grow technically and creatively. Most importantly, however, I've gained so much confidence and have begun to look at myself and my body in a more positive way. 

Thanks for joining me on my journey!

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