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Monday, April 1, 2013

let's do this, 27.


today, i'm 27. no longer in my mid-twenties. closer to 35 than i am to 18.

and that's just fine and dandy with me.

i'm happy with my accomplishments thus far: family, house, job, and jumping at the opportunities i've had to travel and experience new parts of the world. according to this hand-written letter from my dad from 1986, torn from my baby book years ago because the words are so precious to me, i think i've lived up to my parents' expectations too:

dear meghan,

our ambitions for you are that you be happy. but one person's definition of happiness may not fit another's. as you choose your path in life (remember, it is not chosen for you), think of yourself and the people you love. you will make mistakes, but the biggest mistake you can make is to be a bystander instead of a participant. i have no doubt you will jump in with both feet.

if that jump turns out to be a mistake, remember, daddy will always be here with a helping hand. always.

i love you,
daddy

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on saturday, i got to soak up the sun and one of my last days as a 26-year-old:



on saturday night, jeff and i stayed at our first airbnb place, which was fun and funky and totally portland. (we joked that we could've written an entire episode of portlandia based on our stay here.) it was a "mother-in-law suite" with a private entrance, full kitchen, full bathroom, wood-burning fireplace and murphy bed. as part of the deal, the owners gave us a bottle of wine upon arrival and breakfast in the morning; our fridge was stocked with eggs, bread, homemade almond milk (!) and organic oatmeal. it was such a cool alternative to a standard hotel room.


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  1. Happy birthday! What a super sweet note to have from your dad all these years later :)

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  2. It looks like you had a great day. I love your hair. Happy Birthday!!

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  3. Happy birthday! Aw, lovely note from your father. :) What a cool place to stay!

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  4. Happy birthday Meghan!! That note is so sweet from your dad :) I've never heard of airbnb - I'm definitely going to to check it out!

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  5. happy, happy birthday! And holy moly you have done so much with your life by 27! I'm 26 and still working on a lot of those things ... ;)

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  6. Happy birthday! The letter from your father is so endearing. Love that. =)

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  7. happy birthday! glad to see you had a good airbnb experience, I am excited to try out!

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  8. Happy birthday! That closer to 35 than 18 thing really freaked me out, but you have the best outlook. Getting older means more opportunities to be happy and proud of our accomplishments, and you have a lot to be excited about! Such a cute note from your dad too :)

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  9. Happy Birthday! If only we could stay in our late 20's forever. I'm loving this stage of life. Your weekend getaway sounds great!

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  10. Happy birthday!! Hope you have a wonderful day...you have an awesome outlook!

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  11. Happy Birthday! HOpe you have a fantastic day!

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  12. Hope you had a wonderful Birthday! I have to leave 26 in July as well... bittersweet:)

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  13. Happy Birthday! Looks and sounds like a fabulous weekend. You're so lucky that the sun came out to celebrate you :) xo

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  14. happy birthday, meghan! twenty seven is a fabulous number and i'm sure it will be a fabulous year :)

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  15. Happy Belated Birthday! I will be 27 in June! Hope you had a great day!

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