by Lara on March 19, 2013

For as long as I have had a grasp on the concept of age, I have wanted to be 28.

Twenty-eight, I reasoned, is the perfect age.  You’re still young, but not the kind of young when people don’t take you seriously.  You’re old enough to pursue your dreams, however plain or fanciful, but not so old that you start to see limitations about the time it will take to accomplish them.  You can travel, study, work, serial date, get married, or have kids…it’s a socially acceptable age to do pretty much whatever you please.

There’s a certain freedom, I have always imagined, in being 28.

My ten-year-old self rejoiced when I finally celebrated my 28th birthday last week in Maui.


I’m not sure what this long-awaited year has in store.  I’m optimistic enough to say I have high hopes for it, but I’m also wise enough not to make any grand promises.  A few years ago I may have made a bullet-pointed list of declarations.  How does the Bob Dylan song go again?  “Ah but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.”  I still think goals (and lists) are great, but right now I’m just enjoying where I am and trying to live in the present.  The year ahead is bright.

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tina March 19, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Happy 28! I’m going to Maui end of May- yay Maui!!! My baby will be almost 6 months then and I’m already nervous about the trip. I’d love to know how your flight and trip went with a baby. Any tips?


Lara March 20, 2013 at 11:25 am

Hi Tina, how fun! Our flight went great and I was going to write a blog post about it with tips. In short, just pack a lot of goodies that they aren’t used to seeing, let go of any kind of schedule, and do anything to keep them happy on board. It worked for us. We made it through 7 hours with not one peep!


Sarah S. March 20, 2013 at 8:46 am

Ugh. I read this whole thing thinking, Yeah, I like being 28 too! Unfortunately I’m 29. I think that’s what motherhood may do to you.

I’m in agree with the lists and declarations – they are great, but it’s also great to just enjoy yourself and see what life comes up with!

Glad you had such a gorgeous birthday with your two favorite boys! 🙂


Lara March 20, 2013 at 11:28 am

Thanks Sarah! 29 seems like a good age, too 😉


tina March 20, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Thanks for the tips Lara! I’m glad to hear that the flight went great. I’m looking forward to your post about your trip to Maui! =)


Maria March 21, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Happy 28th Bday!! I’ll be stopping in Hawaii in a month or so for work! I’ve never been so I’m looking forward to it.


Lara March 23, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Thank you Maria! Wow, not too shabby of a business trip 😉 Have fun!


Heather April 4, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Happy Belated Birthday. Enjoy your year. 🙂


Lara April 4, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Thanks Heather 🙂


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