i'm old: put another candle on the cake.

I remember my older sister theorizing that turning twenty-four was frightening, because there is no denying it: you're officially in your mid-twenties. You're supposed to have your proverbial crap figured out. I planned to be struck by the wave of "unfinished business" upon entering year twenty-four, but so far no such tsunami has struck, and I've spent my moments looking back with a smile.

Twenty-three was such a bittersweet year. But even in the "bitter" moments, I now find long term sweetness. Sweetness that comes from growth through mistakes, and sweetness found in those that surround me...the people that loved me through those silly, ridiculous stumbles that filled my twenty-third year. Truly, I might look similar to freshly twenty-three year old Bethany who awoke in this same apartment in 2009, but I think on the inside...twenty-four year old Bethany is a whole new girl. Her heart has been changed because of the lessons woven throughout the past 365 days. Lessons like:
Someone once told me that twenty-three is the best year of your twenties. And to date, it has been. But, I have a sneaking suspicion that my twenty-fourth year is about to take the cake.

Bring it, on twenty-four. Bring it on. :)


  1. Happy Birthday, Bethany! 24 is most definitely not old. But I think it's safe to say that you, my dear girl, are wise beyond your years.

    May the year ahead be simply wonderful. I for one am looking forward to sharing it with you in your little corner of the internet. It's such a lovely place to be.

  2. Happy birthday! I hope you have a lovely day and everyone spoils you xx

  3. Wishing you a huge Happy Birthday Bethany!

    I have to echo my dear friend Erin and say that 24 is not old!! I am starting to creak at thirty!! :)

    I hope you have the fabulous celebrations you deserve! xx

  4. Happy Birthday to you! Ah, to be 24 again- such fun!

    I think the wave of "unfinished business" shows up around 27-29 years old. :)

  5. Happy birthday darling! I'm green with envy for your cake.

    I hope you celebrated in a way that made you feel great. Best wishes for the coming year.

  6. Happy Birthday, Baby Girl!!! I hope 24 (and each year after that) is better than 23! Trust me, it just keeps getting better and better!!

  7. Happy Birthday! =)

    You're not old...cause if you were that would make me very old since I'm already half way to 25!!! =/

  8. Happy Birthday! Old at 24!?
    You've maybe had more than your fair share of life lessons and adventures of the heart - but those make you wise and full, dearie, not old.
    Enjoy your birthday and your adventures...

  9. Happy Birthday! Hope you enjoyed that lovely cake and got spoiled today!

  10. Hoping your birthday was more than you could have hoped for, and filled with delightful surprises!

  11. Happy Birthday!! I'll be officially in my LATE twenties in one month, and my proverbial shit is nowhere near together. :)

  12. Happy (belated) birthday Bethany.
    I have so enjoyed this post, as you have highlighted some of the major points of your year...helps me to get to know you a bit better.
    Lovely post, lovely blog, lovely girl!
    Happy birthday!

  13. i turned 24 this past year too and for the first time felt old. 23 still felt young to me, but the numbers 2 and 4 standing next to eachother made me suddenly realize i need to be getting my life together! it hasn't turned out to be so bad though. in fact, 24 has been a great year for me, hope it is for you as well!

  14. I don't know how I missed this, but Happy Birthday, fellow June Baby!!


  15. Happy Birthday! My baby was just born on the 2nd :) and my bday was yesterday. June bdays are best!
    i like your 24 over my 34 though ;) altho I am happier now I have to say.


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