Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to Me! Big Moments From This Year.

So this Saturday I will be celebrating my birthday 🙂 My plan is brunch with my girlfriends, dinner with my guy than a night out at my favorite watering hole till they shut us down!

It’s crazy how fast time goes by after a certain age (and how your metabolism seems to slow down after a certain age for that matter haha).

So to celebrate my birthday I want to take a look back on some of the biggest moments of the past year, some good some bad but all things I’ll remember from this year.

So in no particular order 10 huge moments from my 26th year.

First HelloGiggles Post

I remember when I started blogging this was one of my biggest. I submitted pitch after pitch of what I was sure was killer content but received rejection after rejection. Finally, it happened, I pitched the story of when I faked an engagement on Facebook and they wanted it!

First Elite Daily Post

When Elite Daily approached me about becoming a contributor I was super excited. I was less excited when I found out they don’t pay contributors. I told my contact I wasn’t interested in doing draft after draft when I wasn’t getting paid and my work might not even be published. She said she understood and that she could still add me to the contributor list and if anything caught my eye feel free to contribute. It wasn’t until I got the article request about Stacey Dash saying that Black History Month shouldn’t exist did I feel encouraged. I furiously typed for about half an hour read over it once and then submitted it. I think it was published the same day. This kind of felt like an accomplishment because I was just standing up for the way I felt. I wasn’t trying to get clicks or traffic I was just expressing myself.

First trip to NYC and BlogHer 15

This was literally life changing! No, I didn’t fall in love with New York but I did fall in love with myself a little more. This was my first time really taking a full vacation by myself and between the trip and the conference my life is officially changed can’t wait for BlogHer 16 next month!

The Loss of My Grandmother

This was probably the hardest loss I’ve ever had. I’ve experienced loss before but nothing had ever hit me the way my grandmother’s death did. I can’t put into words how much losing the woman who helped raise me changed me but I can say I am grateful for two things. I’m grateful I had her as long as I did and I’m grateful that although her death brought so much sadness to our family it really helped me and my sister get in a good place.

Moving out of that apartment complex

In 2014 my apartment got broken into. To say the least it was a really crappy time in my life. I felt violated and scared. I still haven’t totally gotten over it. But luckily in November when my lease was over I got to move out of that complex into a new place that I love. I lived by myself for nearly 4 years before moving where I am now and I literally feel like this is my first real adult apartment.

Got out of my comfort zone

So anyone who knows me knows I’m from the country but am by far an indoors air conditioning loving city girl at heart. This 4th of July I went to my friend’s river house in the middle of nowhere and with no reception. Barbecuing and swimming and it was amazing. I really want to go back. As a blogger I’ve been pretty plugged in  24/7 and it was nice to take a few pictures then put the phone away and enjoy the awesome company.

Leakey, Texas

First time doing a meetup

After college, I feel like no matter how your career takes off you kind of find yourself in this strange social limbo, especially if you’re like me where it seems like everyone else is moving to different cities for jobs or getting married and starting  a family. You can really fall into this dull pattern. Work, home, work, home and it can be strange because the first 20+ years of your life you had hobbies or group activities to keep you busy. At the moment I can’t tell you what really kick started my desire to get on meetup but man am I glad I did. I no longer go to the class because it was just too late to keep up with on a Monday but it was just fun to go or it.

Left a job I saw no future with but was super familiar

I was at my company for 3 years and had it made in the shade. My boss treated me like I was family. I had just landed myself a huge raise and time off was pretty lenient. It was great but there was no future for me I was the Director of Marketing at 26 and had nowhere to go. So I left my comfort zone and started applying for jobs. This wasn’t all shits and giggles. The company I went to I was very unhappy and by the 2nd month saw there was no opportunity for me there as well. That what I bought wasn’t what I was sold but after 5 months I’ve found a new job that I can see myself at for a very long time.

Launched my first e-course

So this was something I drug my feet on for some time. I finally got it together thanks to my friend Brittney at BrittneyLLynn.com. Thanks for the kick in the pants, Brittney. If you’d like to sign up for the course it is still open and did I mention free!

Watching my best friend get married

My Best Friend's Wedding

This was so insane to me. I’ve seen alot friends get married over the past few years but nothing was as surreal as watching my bestie Karen pledge her to another person. I was so proud to stand next to her on that day.

So my 26th year had a lot of twists and turns but it was amazing! I feel like I’ve really grown into someone I can be proud of.

Also big shout out to my mom and sister celebrating their birthdays July 10th!

So tell me:

Are you a big birthday person?

Any birthday traditions you do with your birthdays?

What’s the best gift you’ve ever gotten?

Do you buy into zodiac signs?


  1. Cori

    Big birthday person? I used to be, but not so much anymore. There are petty reasons for this and I’d rather not get into them.
    Any birthday traditions? I always want the same cake, does that count? Yellow butter cake with chocolate fudge icing.
    Best gift? Okay, I know this is a birthday post and the rest of the questions have to do with birthdays, but you didn’t specify here! lol My favorite gift was from my then-bf, now husband. It was a Valentine’s Day gift. He got a matching set up bound journals I had been drooling over. Completely unexpected.
    Zodiac signs? I’m a Taurus through and through.

  2. Victoria Werth

    Happy birthday! Sounds like you have lived a super awesome life so far. Here’s to many more years.


    A birthday is the perfect time to evaluate and start to make some big changes. Soundsl ike you are moving ahead! And so sorry for your loss….

  4. Candy

    Happy Birthday! You have accomplished and spread your wings so much. Sorry for loss of your grandmother.

  5. Georgiana

    Happy birthday! Sounds like you had a tremendous year 😀 Sorry about your grandmother, though. Hope this coming year is your best ever.

  6. GiGi Eats

    SOOOOO MUCH went on this past year! It’s so so so nuts to think about, right? My birthday was JUNE 26 and hot damn, if I knew what would happen over the span of my 28th year – It’s just nuts to think about! Can you imagine where you might be in a year from now!?!?!?


  7. Logan

    Happy Birthday!!! I am sorry about the loss of your grandmother, but you have had a lot of really great moments! I think it is awesome you were published on Hellogiggles!

  8. Amanda

    Happy Early Birthday! You’ve had quite the year! Congrats on all your accomplishments! Hoping for even more this coming year! I’m definitely a big birthday person – one of my favorite things about it is being able to get all my friends from various groups all together for once to hang out and meet. My birthday tradition is to try to do as many free birthday things as I can in one day lol. Two free things I always get: Denny’s Grand Slam breakfast and my Starbucks secret menu “Butterbeer” frap. <3

  9. Cathy Mini

    Happy birthday to you! You have definitely been through a lot of good, as well as some life changing moments.

  10. Dia

    Thanks for that info! I could use a Starbuck!

  11. LaQuinda

    Wow! This is a comprehensive list of milestones! You have every reason to be super satisfied with how far you’ve come.

  12. Jenny

    Happy birthday girl! Looks like it was a pretty great year for you and I’m sure next year will be even better!

    xoxo, Jenny

  13. Dia

    Thanks Jenny!

  14. Dia

    Thank you Logan 🙂

  15. Dia

    I have no idea but I’m excited to find out. Thanks Gigi and happy belated!

  16. Dia

    Thank you Georgiana. 🙂

  17. Dia

    My best gift I got this year was a game of thrones shirt!

  18. Dia

    Thank you so much!

  19. Dia

    I miss her everyday but I know shes looking out for me.

  20. Dia

    Thank you Candy.

  21. Dia

    Thank you!

  22. Dia

    Thank you LaQuinda!

  23. Caro

    Happy birthday!! I love this idea for this post! My birthday is next week, so maybe I’ll steal this idea for the blog myself!

  24. Roxy

    Happy (belated) Birthday girl! You’ve had such an amazing year and I hope this next year is just as great!

  25. Amber Starr

    Happy Birthday! What an amazing year! I really hope to be able to go to a blogging conference sometime in the next year. I am planning a meet up though and I can’t wait to see it all come together.

    I can’t wait to follow along for the amazing things that you’ll do this year! 🙂

  26. Dia

    Thank you so much Amber!

  27. Dia

    I hope you had a great birthday!

  28. Dia

    Thanks Roxy!

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