My 25th Birthday Celebration!!

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Amazing, simply amazing! I've sailed round the sun 25 times! Amazing!

I have so much to be thankful for. So so much. Last year, at this time, I was headed to Colorado Springs for a snowy Christmas with my older brother. My first semester of my final year in University was almost complete. It had gone really well - so well, in fact, that my friends couldn't believe I submitted all my final assignments two weeks prior to their due date! Yes, I was done two weeks in advance! Hahah! I am quite geeky, can't deny that!

Christmas in Colorado was deeply special - evenings spent at Aunty Esther's house with my cousins and family friends. Talking Kenyan Swahili as much as we could. Tongues deprived after several isolated months in Americ-ugh!

When I got back to Colorado, I began to blog in earnest. The months flew by - my boo came to visit in January, I finished my thesis in May, I had my fourth year anniversary in May/June. On June 7th I graduated with honors and several prizes, with the loving support of my big brother and parents. I then sold 1/3 of my belongings, threw out another 1/3 and packed the remainder in 6 sturdy suitcases! (You read, that right! Your girl has lots of things! Hahaha!)

I bought a one-way ticket and moved to Australia soon after to pursue my Masters, and to be closer to my booboo. (You heard it here first! :-) ) I reconnected with my tiny winy cute sweet little nieces Ceana and Christie. They are a handful, but they are deeply precious!

Since my landing here, life has been, at times, less than gentle! I've moved house twice already, and I'm about to move into my third house. (Crossing my fingers that this will be the last move in a while!) That said, I've had the adventure exploring Melbourne - with its intricate train and tram systems. Learning a city from scratch, is one of my favorite things to do, Melbourne being the 7th major city that I've mastered over the past 8 years!

When the tourist sentiment started to wear off, and my savings began to dwindle, hashtag adulting began in earnest! I applied for 70 jobs, attended 15 or so interviews, got rejected 68 times, declined one offer and accepted my DREAM JOB. I've been working for a month now. And just like that, I got to December 7th again.

Phew! What a year, this has been! I'm deeply grateful for the path that my life has taken! Never, in a million years, would I have imagined that my days would be spent as they have.

I'm looking forward to this coming year - to more adventures, lessons, discoveries and sunny sunny days!!

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Maybe the journey isn't so much about becoming anything. Maybe its about unbecoming everything that isn't really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.

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I'm learning to dance in the rain rather than to wait for the storm to pass.

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You are at the perfect age. Each year is special, and precious. For you shall only live it once.

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"I'm having a private party, learning how to love me and the woman I've become!"  ~ India.Arie

The more you celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.

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Thank you for being a part of my life!!

Love and Sunshine!

Tabitha.