farewell to gold.

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today is my 28th birthday. twenty-eight. a fairly boring number, if you ask me, but i think i am going to like it that way for a bit. in honor of my 28th birthday, and because i haven't updated my blog in a while, i'm going to take a little journey through my 27th year. 

one year ago, november 27th, 2017, i celebrated my golden birthday. as i awaited this date with much excitement and anticipation, i discovered that many people aren't even familiar with the concept of a golden birthday. but i dreamed of my golden 27th birthday for my entire life, and boy, was it worth the wait. 27, my golden year, was a woolly mammoth of a year. 

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for my golden birthday, my incredible mother and sister threw me a combination birthday party and bridal shower at Dante's wine bar in Omaha, NE, my hometown. in my memory, this was as perfect a day as i've ever lived. i was surrounded many of my oldest and dearest friends, my family, and most importantly my grandmother katharine, seated to my left in this photo. my grandma had turned 97 just a month and a few weeks prior to this day, and she seemed to be doing very well. but when i said goodnight to her this day, she said "if i don't ever see you again, may God bless you." i didn't know it at the time, but that would be the last time i ever saw her in person. i have felt a lot of regret over not being able to say goodbye to her in person one last time, but as i look back on this perfect last day we had, my feelings turn to gratitude and love, and regret seems to wane. 

so yeah, 27 was a mammoth of a year for good and bad. i lost my grandmother, the last of my living grandparents. around that time i also lost a few friends for a various reasons, and i left both of my jobs (i had been working 46+ hours per week). 

at 27 i finally started working as a hospice music therapist again, and even though i had to quit my first hospice job in order to move across the country, i was lucky enough to get a second new job in st. louis, where i will hopefully be happily employed for the next several years. 

at 27 i traveled to nyc and philly a few different times, fell deeply in love with baltimore, and made some of the best friends of my adult life on the east coast. 

at 27 i started posting my outfits on instagram, and opened myself up to a world of new people and experiences by starting this blog and expanding my social media presence. 

at 27 i also moved across the country, bought a house, got married (wedding post still soon to come), chopped off all my hair, and wrote my comprehensive masters exams. 

27 was a damn good, damn challenging, damn woolly mammoth of a year, and i'm so grateful to have lived it. 

here's to a 28 that's a bit more relaxed, filled with home projects, weird outfits, many more blog posts, and hopefully several big steps toward finishing my masters degree. 

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until we meet again, friends, stay gold. 

xoxo,

Kathryn, with dogs.