Thursday, May 17, 2012

28

I'm sorry I've been MIA this week.. I had anticipated May to be crazy with little time to blog and sure enough, it is. I've also had a nasty cold that has been kicking my ass all week and finally caved and made a doctor's appointment for this morning.

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pretty birthday flowers from my MIL


Today is my 28th birthday. My mother in law recently emailed me a link to this post I wrote 3 years ago before my 25th birthday. Of course, I lived through it and have memories of what I felt at that age, but it's so interesting to go back and really see what my hopes and dreams were for myself.

Lately I've been thinking a lot about my life and the choices I've made and a lot of it has to do with the fact that both my brothers are graduating this weekend. One of them is graduating from med school and is now officially a doctor. My youngest brother is graduating and going on to get his PhD in Engineering. I've mentioned this before, but I come from a family of doctors and engineers and mathematicians and I'm sure you can tell I'm the polar opposite. A flighty creative mind in a family of geniuses. From an outsider's perspective, I'm sure it appears that I am the "unsuccessful" one of the group and I don't think a lot of people really understand what I do for a living. And looking back, I now realize it was a really bold move to leave a respectable career for such a big dream (starting a business with hardly any experience??)

But here's the God honest truth - I am so thankful and blessed that I did what I did... today I turned 28 and can honestly say I LOVE what I do and I love my life (and I do believe those two go hand in hand). I wake up every day and I get to do what I am passionate about for a living, and I truly believe that is what makes someone successful. And I still have so far to go and I cannot wait for the future!

So, 28 - Bring it on!

(and now I just need to get my act together and have my recent work photographed so you guys can actually see what I've been working on!!! I'm working on this, I promise!) 

39 comments:

  1. Awww, Happy Birthday!  Thanks for the insight.  You should be proud that you had the guts to do what you really wanted to do.  Despite all the challenges.  Very inspiring.

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  2. Ilovett DesgnstilesMay 17, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Happy Birthday! So many May babies. Mine was on the 12th. The Big 3-0! You are indeed successful. Looking forward to seeing this project you speak of. :)

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  3. Happy Birthday to one lovely lady & blogger.

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  4. happy birthday! I honestly am a bit blown away that you're only 28! Not that you look older, you just seem to be too pulled together and accomplished to be 28. I turned 30 this year and have so much to learn still that you seem to have grasped. Celebrate! xoxox

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  5. Happy birthday, Bryn!!  To say you LOVE your life at 28 is a huge success, so congrats to you!!! 

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  6. Happy Birthday!  Hope you enjoy your day!  I started following your blog when you still lived in CA.  How great it was when I read you were moving to Charlotte.  I am from NC and miss it terribly.  I live in Charleston, SC.  While everyone thinks this is the best place to live, it is not for me.  I miss the big city and the mentality that goes along with that.  While I am envious of the places you get to shop, I will just bide my time, when I can get back there.  Keep doing the great job you are fulfilling and never lose your dream!

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  7. Happy birthday!! I think you are so brave for switching careers like that. What's that quote about big risk and big reward??.. Can't think of it right now, but so glad your big step worked out! :) hope you have a great day!

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  8. Oh my gosh, I feel like your 25th birthday post is mirroring my life right now to a tee. Except swap your 25 for my 35. ha! I too work in advertising and love writing but have always felt interior design is my calling. I can't afford to go back to school, so I was wondering how you got started. I am sure you've written a post on it, so if you could point me in that direction, I would really appreciate it. Thanks so much! Happy Birthday and congrats on fulfilling your dream! 

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  9. Happy Birthday, Bryn! I'm so happy you're happy! : ) 

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  10. Happy Happy Birthday! And congratulations on all your success and may it continue to grow and bring you exponential amounts of happiness!
    xo

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  11. Happy birthday and congratulations on always being yourself!  Feel better soon.

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  12. Happy birthday! I turned 28 yesterday :) 

    Your blog's daily reader.

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  13. Happy Birthday! I adore your blog. Keep up the success!

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  14. good for you for following your heart. proud of you!

    hb, too.

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  15. It takes guts to go after your passion! Happy birthday, Bryn.

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  16. megan leandersonMay 17, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Happy Birthday! Such a blessing to have passion for what you do; thanks for sharing!

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  17. Sarah, flourish design + styleMay 17, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Happy, happy birthday.. you should be so incredibly proud of yourself!! xoxo

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  18. Happy Birthday Bryn! I enjoy your blog every day and I'd say you are a very big success! I'm sure your family of geniuses is very proud of you and your bold choice to follow your dreams. And you should be very proud of your many accomplishments (at a very young age I might add!). God bless!

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  19. Happy Birthday Bryn!!! Love reading your blog

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  20. Happy birthday to you!  I think it's incredible that you are doing what you feel passionate about.  Way to go!
    Camille

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  21. Happy birthday! Mine was on the 7th, holy cow I'm 10 years older than you! May is a busy birthday month, my oldest turned 13 today...go Tarus'! Hope you have a great birthday weekend!

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  22. Happy birthday, Bryn! I turned 27 on the 15th :) Also had a bit of reflecting on my almost-one-year-old-business too. Your leap was inspiring to me when I was contemplating mine, and even when I'm trying to figure it all out I'm still so much happier than I was in my "old life". Hope you have a great weekend!

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  23. Happy birthday! I'm glad that you found something that you love to do -- I know that your business will continue to grow and flourish! 

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  24. Happy Birthday Bryn!! I read your blog amost every day and am always inspired by your work. I've only been 28 for a few months and so far so good! Cheers! 

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  25. Bryn,

    Happy Birthday!  I was your age when I left a very good job to be an event planner (which my parents thought was not a good idea!).  I have done events for Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J and have planned over 200 weddings and events.  If you love what you do, then you will succeed.  Many people are good at their jobs but it takes passion to reach your full potential!!!

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  26. Happy Birthday!  I think that you are on the absolute right track in being cognizant of how happy you are in what you spend your time and energy on.  Good for you!  And I swear, the older you get, the less you will care about comparing yourself to others.

    jbhat

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  27. Happy Birthday Bryn! I remember reading that 2009 post! I can't believe it's been that long! Reading it made me feel connected to you because at the time I was feeling very similar - stuck in a respectable well paying job and feeling creatively unfulfilled.  You should be so proud of all that you've accomplished. I definitely see you as a success!

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  28. Yep, you have it all my friend! Happy Birthday!

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  29. Lisa Mende DesignMay 20, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Happy Birthday Brynn!   I hope you have had a great day!

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  30. Wow, I admire your bravery you are a success at life! doing what you love means you are doing great at living life we all have a strength at something and you found yours so young impressive!! Happy birthday sincerely,K sunday

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  31. Happy Happy belated birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day and a wonderful weekend!!!

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  32. I have admired your work for a while and absolutely love your style. I'm so glad that you shared the post from when you were turning 25 because I am currently the 25 year old you. I turned 25 in March and don't really like my job at all. I loved interior design even at 13, but decided not to pursue it in undergrad because some family members made me feel like I was destined for more serious things. Now all I want to do is go home and work on furniture and read interior design blogs at work. Last weekend I sold refurbished furniture at the Lucketts Antique Market in VA and was so disappointed to return to my day job today. I think it's time to just for it. 
    Happy birthday and thanks for the inspiration! 

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  33. It sounds like you are right on track!  I love your blog for many reasons, but one is that we seem to be very similar.  Same age, wedding anniversary, being thrifty and interior design.  I run my family's window treatment workroom in Boone.  I love your design styles!

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  34. Hi Bryn and happy happy birthday to you!  I felt the need to respond to this post because it made me smile.  You're honesty is so refreshing and it's one of the many reason why your blog is such a success.  Success is waking up every day and being able to do what you love.  You are so right on.  

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  35. Happy Birthday girl.....you are doing the right thing...what you love...and there is nothing wrong with that!

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