My 28th Year ; The Good & the Bad

In just a few days, May 23rd, I am turning 29 years old. I have mixed feelings about my birthday every year, but I am happy to announce this past year has led to the most growth (especially the past few months).

Reflecting on the past year, I was able to put my experiences into 2 categories: good and bad. I don’t think “good” and “bad” are the best words to describe it, but at this time it’s the best I can think of. I am going to start with the “bad” events and then end on a high note - the good :)


  • In March my brother and best friend passed away

  • In April I got COVID and was debilitated for over 2 weeks

  • This month I cracked my tooth and needed emergency surgery to remove it due to the excruciating pain

(and now for the fun part...)


  • Got massages regularly

  • Took many luxurious baths

  • Saw Lisa Nichols present live

  • Worked with a financial advisor

  • Had a fun professional photoshoot

  • Presented at multiple mental health events

  • Got a tattoo I’ve wanted for the last 10 years

  • Spent 3 digital-free weekends in a beautiful hotel

  • My cousin and I are closer than we’ve ever been before

  • Earning at least $30k more than I did the previous year

  • Was able to take many long walks with no time limit or set destination

  • Featured in San Diego’s Women Magazine as a Women of Distinction

  • Spent a whole month in NJ and got to spend time with my siblings and parents

  • Met MANY people in the mental health field that are like-minded and like-hearted