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A Year Older, A Year Closer

My birthday was on Saturday. It was a bit of a weird birthday this year given everything that has happened/changed since my last birthday coupled with the fact that I’m entering the final year of my 20s. I definitely think that I know myself better at 29 than I did at 28. And I don’t mean that in an, “oh, I’m so old and wise” kind of way. I’m still trying to figure out this life thing and it seems to change daily. I just know that I have experienced a lot of self-growth over the past year and learned to believe in myself a little more.

Here are some pictures from the day.

Sweet birthday puppy.

I did that mud run that I promised. Finished the Charity Chase: Support Our Troops Mud RunΒ in about 25 minutes.

And proceeded to get a shower with a fire hose afterwards. My skin is still stained from the clay mud.

Post-race birthday beer lunch at FlatIron Kitchen + Taphouse.

Mini chocolate peanut butter cake.

Dinner out.

Sushi on the patio at Upstream.

Martinis.

Cheers to 29. Hoping to end my 20s with a bang. Watch out 30, here I come.

{ 61 comments… add one }
  • 1
    Christina June 17, 2012, 6:05 pm

    Happy belated birthday Jen! And that picture of Sullie with balloons is the cutest picture ever!

  • 2
    LeeAnn June 17, 2012, 6:10 pm

    A belated Happy Birthday Jen!! You are so much farther in your life and with your self-awareness process than I was at the age of 29 (or, really, 39). You are inspiring to this (almost) 45 year old!

  • 3
    Brittney @ Brittney Breathing June 17, 2012, 6:16 pm

    How fun! Happy birthday Jen! I love your blog and you are seriously such an inspiration.

  • 4
    Kailey June 17, 2012, 6:26 pm

    happy belated birthday πŸ˜€

  • 5
    Jo @ LivingMintGreen June 17, 2012, 6:33 pm

    Happy Birthday Jen! Love that shirt on you – so summery! πŸ™‚

    • 6
      Jen June 18, 2012, 10:51 am

      thank you so much!

  • 7
    Bess @ Bess Be Fit June 17, 2012, 6:42 pm

    Looks like you had a lovely birthday!! That shirt is so cute I love it!

  • 8
    Cate June 17, 2012, 6:45 pm

    Happy happy birthday!!! That salad looks soooo good.

  • 9
    brandee June 17, 2012, 6:50 pm

    I just came across your website yesterday and have enjoyed reading your posts! I hope this next year is a great one! Happy Birthday!

    • 10
      Jen June 18, 2012, 10:52 am

      i’m so glad you found me! thank you for checking out my blog and taking the time to comment!

  • 11
    Kristy@RunTheLongRoad June 17, 2012, 7:06 pm

    happy, happy birthday! i love, love that shirt!

    • 12
      Jen June 18, 2012, 10:52 am

      thank you kristy!

  • 13
    Sana June 17, 2012, 7:22 pm

    Lovely birthday πŸ™‚

  • 14
    Laura June 17, 2012, 7:40 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday! Hope you had a wonderful weekend full of celebrating!

  • 15
    Lee June 17, 2012, 8:15 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  • 16
    Emily June 17, 2012, 8:20 pm

    Where is that orange shirt from?? So cute!

    • 17
      Jen June 18, 2012, 10:51 am

      i picked it up at a little store in asheville when i visited a couple of weeks ago. i love the back!

  • 18
    Sarah D June 17, 2012, 8:45 pm

    Happy birthday!!!! I love your shirt !! — Where is it from??

    You are amazing and I love your blog πŸ™‚

    • 19
      Jen June 18, 2012, 10:50 am

      thank you sarah! i got it at a little store in asheville when i was there a couple of weeks ago. thank you for reading! πŸ™‚

  • 20
    Jess June 17, 2012, 9:12 pm

    Wishing you a very happy birthday! Looks like you had a fantastic weekend of celebrations! Hoping this next year is great!!

  • 21
    Jess June 17, 2012, 9:13 pm

    Wishing you a very happy birthday! Looks like you had a fantastic weekend of celebrations! Hoping this next year is great for you!!

  • 22
    Danielle @ clean food creative fitness June 17, 2012, 9:19 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday!!! Hope it was wonderful!

  • 23
    Angela June 17, 2012, 9:31 pm

    Happy Birthday! That shirt looks amazing on you!

  • 24
    Kimberly June 17, 2012, 9:44 pm

    Happy Birthday Jen! Enjoy 29 πŸ™‚

  • 25
    Lisa June 18, 2012, 12:04 am

    Hope you had a wonderful birthday! Happy belated! I love the back of that shirt

  • 26
    Julie June 18, 2012, 12:59 am

    Happy belated! Looks like it was a good one. xoxo

  • 27
    Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More June 18, 2012, 2:04 am

    Happy Birthday! Cute shirt and I love the white pants!

    I want to do a mud run! They always look so fun!

    • 28
      Jen June 18, 2012, 10:49 am

      thank you! it was fun but i’d like to do one with more challenging obstacles in the future!

  • 29
    Robin June 18, 2012, 4:47 am

    Happy Birthday!

    Love the before and after pictures!

  • 30
    Kristin June 18, 2012, 6:24 am

    Happy birthday! Looks like it was a delicious one. I hope we’ll hear more details about the mud run in a future post!

    • 31
      Jen June 18, 2012, 10:47 am

      thank you! yes, i’ll write a review of the mud run. i do have some comments on it! πŸ™‚

  • 32
    Erica { EricaDHouse.com } June 18, 2012, 6:24 am

    Tangerine color looks amazing on you and that mini cake is adorable. Happy Birthday!

  • 33
    Madison @ Espresso and Cream June 18, 2012, 8:13 am

    Happy birthday! It looks like you had a wonderful day, and you look great all dressed up after your mud run.

    • 34
      Jen June 18, 2012, 10:46 am

      thanks! πŸ™‚

  • 35
    Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes June 18, 2012, 8:39 am

    Happy belated Birthday, Jen! And congrats on finishing the mud run! It looks like you had a jam-packed birthday weekend πŸ™‚

  • 36
    Alaina June 18, 2012, 9:29 am

    Happy Happy Belated Jen!! What a pretty dinner outfit. And that peanut butter cake looks to die for! πŸ™‚

    How was the mud run?

    • 37
      Jen June 18, 2012, 10:45 am

      it was okay…a little disorganized and i was kinda disappointed in the obstacles but still a fun/different experience. i’d like to do one of the more legit mud runs sometime!

  • 38
    meg June 18, 2012, 9:59 am

    how fun! just found your blog and LOVE it!

    • 39
      Jen June 18, 2012, 10:42 am

      yay! thanks so much for checking it out. happy to hear you’re enjoying it so far!

  • 40
    Debra June 18, 2012, 10:15 am

    Happy (belated) Birthday! I love that you spent your day doing all the things you love; Sullie was adorable. As usual πŸ™‚ Glad you had such a wonderful day!

    • 41
      Jen June 18, 2012, 10:42 am

      thanks! i have to admit that the pool would have been a little more relaxing than the mud run but it was still a fun day! πŸ™‚

  • 42
    Gaylemarie @ GmRuns June 18, 2012, 10:21 am

    Happy Happy Birthday to you! I am so inspired by you. You seem to be fearless when it comes to where you want to go and what you want in life. I SO admire that πŸ™‚

    • 43
      Jen June 18, 2012, 10:31 am

      thank you so much gaylemarie. i so appreciate having you as a reader and interacting with you!

  • 44
    Sarah June 18, 2012, 10:40 am

    Happy belated birthday! Hope your weekend was great!

  • 45
    Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) June 18, 2012, 10:50 am

    You make me want to do a mud run! It looks like so much fun. And happy birthday! May the year ahead be your best one yet πŸ™‚

  • 46
    Linda June 18, 2012, 11:18 am

    Awesome job in the mud run! Looking forward to hearing about the obstacles. After I did the Warrior Dash I could almost taste the mud. Looks like you had a great birthday…love Upstream!

    • 47
      Jen June 18, 2012, 2:15 pm

      linda – the obstacles were kinda lame! and the course was short. was supposed to be a 5K but they said it measured more like 2.5. i want to do one of the marine runs or warrior dash!

  • 48
    ashley June 18, 2012, 11:36 am

    What a great birthday weekend! Love that shirt, that salad and mini cake look scrumptious, and I love the mud run pics!

  • 49
    Tamara June 18, 2012, 2:13 pm

    Happy Belated Jen – looks like you had a wonderful birthday weekend! πŸ™‚

    • 50
      Jen June 18, 2012, 2:14 pm

      thanks tamara! great to hear from you!

  • 51
    Mira June 18, 2012, 2:20 pm

    Congrats and Happy Birthday, Jen! You are a great role model for all of us. Hope you’re still rockin’ this way at 40!

    (BTW, how did you get that top to stay in place at dinner? It looks a little risky.)

    • 52
      Jen June 18, 2012, 2:52 pm

      thanks for the sweet comment!

      the top is really comfortable/covers everything across the front. it never felt like i was at risk! πŸ™‚ i wore one of those sticky bras.

  • 53
    Amy June 18, 2012, 3:31 pm

    Happy belated birthday and congratulations on completing your mud run!!

  • 54
    Lindsay @ just a little organic. June 18, 2012, 5:06 pm

    Happy late Birthday, Jen!!! What an awesome year you’ve had…congrats on everything, and I know you’ll end your 20’s with a bang. You truely are a role model for all of us, and you’ve been one to me longer than you probably realize! Before you started this amazing blog, pursued your dream career, and came to know yourself a little better, I looked up to you as a 16 year old like you were the coolest person ever! Just wanted to let you know that your early 20’s were pretty inspiring, too. πŸ™‚

    Hope you have an awesome week!

    And p.s., thanks for the comment this morning on our dinner! I saw it, but bluehost had to restore my site from last night because I messed up an upgrade…

  • 55
    Brittney June 18, 2012, 7:27 pm

    Happy belated Birthday Jen!!

  • 56
    Kimberly @ Healthy Strides June 18, 2012, 8:58 pm

    Happy belated birthday! Glad it was a good one. And like everyone else said, I love that shirt. I am thinking we need to find a way to get a group order going!

  • 57
    Amanda @flecksofgreen June 18, 2012, 9:02 pm

    Happy Birthday! It looks like you made the very most of your day–good for you!

  • 58
    amy June 19, 2012, 8:31 pm

    happy belated bday!! awesome job on the mud run..those look like SO much fun!

  • 59
    Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake June 20, 2012, 2:55 pm

    Hope you had a Happy Birthday! That mud run looks like so much fun and I love your orange shirt, so cute!:)

  • 60
    Krista (kristastes) June 21, 2012, 1:49 pm

    I am mad late but happy birthday gorgeous girl!! πŸ™‚ Cheers to 29!

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