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Road Notes: Day 183


Today is my birthday! Thirty feels pretty good, honestly. I am on this exceptional journey, exploring so many parts of the world that I would probably not get to see if I weren’t living on the road. I feel healthy, I am constantly learning, and I have some special people in my life. If my twenties are any predication for the future, then I am looking forward to what new adventures my thirties might bring about.

Branden knows me pretty well. He got me a musical bracelet. I love it. Although he should have had the foresight to know I will use it to pester him incessantly. Best of all, he made me a cake.


Oh. A cake. Cool. Wait. Hold up. Not any cake. A serious cake. He knows I love tres leches. He did one better and made a cinco leches cake. Cake soaked in 5 types of milk. All from scratch. With a toasted Italian merengue on top. I mean, seriously. Could it get any better?

Yes, it could. The saying is that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. This applies to me too. He came home with toffee chocolate, pepperoncini chips, made me home made crab rangoons, made from scratch piña coladas and tiki drinks, and even got a bottle of Gruet sparkling rose. We cooked, ate, drank, and listened to records. I just found out that my friend Christina will be visiting from LA at the end of the month, so I am enjoying the tame nights in until she arrives.

I feel thankful to look back on my twenties and see that I have taken risks, I have placed great importance on education and self reflection, that I pursue new interests and hobbies, and that I surround myself with people of high caliber that are full of love. I think it is easy to feel dread about entering into the third decade, and to focus on wasted time and what could have been accomplished or where one could be (which I definitely do often). This birthday was spent focusing on the positive, and I couldn’t want for a better grand entrance to this next life stage.

Road Notes are timed entries—written in thirty minutes or less at the end of each day. Considerations are made for spelling/legibility but not for grammar. Deal with it.


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