Another Year Older: My Birthday Reflection

First, I want to thank you ALL for the kind birthday wishes! Y’all are so thoughtful, and your words meant a lot to me.

I am so grateful to have spent my birthday abroad and with some of my family (ie., Joey and Mom). I had a wonderful celebration! Enjoyed great food, great company, and great champagne! Champagne is ALWAYS my drink of choice, whether it’s my birthday or not. I know, I know…. champagne is not meant for every day consumption. BUT, living abroad and living with less has taught me to celebrate EVERY day and EVERY occasion.

As a gal that lived in Atlanta her entire life, moving to the other side of the world has been a HUGE adventure! The first time I lived here I didn’t know a soul. This time, I get to share my travels and memories with my two best friends: Joey and Mom.

Living on the other side of the world has opened my eyes to so many new things. Things you can’t imagine unless you’re here to witness it yourself. I’ve realized how insignificant my life in Atlanta was compared to the rest of the world. There are so many people. So many different types of people; bigger, smaller, stronger, weaker… 

At the end of the day, we are all contributing to life in this world, and not just in Atlanta. It has been a humbling year and I’m looking forward to continuing my journey abroad.

My best,

Jessica xoxo

2 thoughts on “Another Year Older: My Birthday Reflection

  1. I just discovered your blog. Reading your some of you entries and looking at the pictures is so refreshing! Enlightening my eyes to the idea of something ELSE. I do feel a little stagnant here in Atlanta. I’ve been here most of my life. And yet the thought of moving out the country…eek! How brave of you! What gave you the gusto to initially there on your own?

    1. Hi Jennifer! I’m so glad you found interest 🙂

      I feel ya on stagnant… and I don’t know what it is about Atl, but it’s so easy to get into a routine that is less than underwhelming.

      Honestly, it took a breakup with a very crazy guy for me to get the hell out of there! haha. I was so tired of the “keeping up with the Jones” mentality of Buckhead and the superficial people I was surrounded by. And after I left my ex, I was ready to leave the entire country!

      Surprisingly it wasn’t as scary as I thought. I was more excited than anything!

      Are you considering living abroad?! I highly suggest it! And it doesn’t have to be long term or binding… you can always change your mind and not much will have changed back home.

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