Birthday Love: A look back on my 28th year

July 20, 2016
Birthday Love

Tomorrow’s my birthday, the big 29, the last year of my twenties.  Am I sad?  Not at all!  Does 30 scare me?  No way!


I’ve always said the 30’s will be my years.  My twenties have been great, don’t get me wrong, but there has been a lot of soul searching, self discovery and uncertainness in my twenties (there’s also been a lot of fun, mischief and travel).  And as I inch closer to the end of this decade, I feel like it’s all finally coming together.


My early twenties were laying out all the pieces of the puzzle, sorting the colours.  My mid twenties were piecing together the border of the puzzle and the corner pieces.  And now the puzzle is finally being put together, all those tricky parts fitting perfectly into place.


I feel like I’m finally discovering who Abbey Lake is.  I feel like these next coming years, will be where I show the world (and myself) just what I’ve got to offer.


But before we jump ahead to what this coming year is going to look like, I want to go back 12 months.  Last year I wrote this post on my birthday.  I wrote about turning 28 and I proudly declared:


28 will be the year I move gently. I launch my blog. I travel and explore more corners of this world. I coach women on their own health journeys. I continue on my own journey of health and wellness. I finallllllly make my own kombucha and sauerkraut. I become a killer Rock and Roll dancer. I am happy. I am loved and I give love.


So did I do it?  Did I make them happen?  Let’s see:


The year I move gently – 100% yes!  I prioritise gentle movement into my days.  Yoga, yin yoga, afternoon walks, pilates, and the occasional jog.  I’ve become the queen of gentle movement and my body loves me for it.  I used to be stuck in that spell that I had to slog it out on the treadmill for hours for results, I’ve learnt this year, constant daily movement is just what my body needs.


I launch my blog – YAY you’re reading it, so I did it.  It was tough, I assure you, and it was much much later in the year, than I’d hoped to have pressed publish, but I did it, and I’m so proud.  Creating a blog looks easy, and in all accounts it relatively is easy, but when fear got involved, I created road block after stop sign, after hurdle.  I couldn’t get out of my own way.  I found every excuse possible to let fear take over and keep me playing small.  But when I finally took the plunge, jumped off the cliff and pressed publish (I pressed it, put it on Facebook, went to yoga and then came back to so much support and love), it wasn’t scary at all.  It felt so right.  You’ve just got to take the leap.  All good things are worth jumping for.


I travel and explore more corners of this world – Not as much as I’d hoped, but I did go to Bali and China, and Tom and I took lots of road trips around Australia over the summer.  And although technically it doesn’t fit into my 28th year, our next huge adventure is coming up in just over a week!!!!  Read: Hawaii, Canada, England, Spain, Sri Lanka.  A small trip that began to meet my new niece in London is growing by the day, a 1 week trip is now close to 10.


I coach women on their own health journeys – Yes yes yes.  I have and I am.  I feel like I’ve finally found what I’m meant to do.  I love coaching, and I love helping women.  There is such power in Health Coaching.  I said creating  a blog was a hurdle, but starting, actually starting to coach women, jumping on that first call, was like moving mountains.  I’ve written here about my fears, but I’m so proud of myself that I’m turning 29 tomorrow and can say with such belief and confidence that ‘I am a Health Coach’.


I continue on my own journey of health and wellness – I feel like I’m finally coming into my own (that puzzle is quickly filling).  Last year I felt good.  Being in the midst of my nutrition course, I felt like a child soaking up every bit of information I could, and applying it left right and centre.  I experimented with a lot of different foods, different ways of eating, different practices, and this year I feel like those practices are coming into place and I’m feeling more in tune with my body.  I also feel like I can stand in front of the mirror and see myself with more love than I have before.  This is something I’ve  been working on for a while, I wrote here about my confessions of my body.  This part: ‘You can’t love the way you look until you love the way you feel’ has been my little mantra.


I finallllllly make my own kombucha and sauerkraut – Nope, didn’t happen, not even close.  I had a whole year, and I didn’t even attempt to.  But I did drink lots of kombucha and eat lots of sauerkraut, so my guts are at least happy.  Maybe next year!


I become a killer Rock and Roll dancer – I wouldn’t necessarily say killer, but Tom and I have been going to class for the last year, and we do know how to bust a move.


I am happy. I am loved and I give love – I am happy.  I am loved and I give love.  So much love.  I still live by my favourite quote ‘Love and be Loved’.  And today as I sit writing this I feel full of love.  From Tom, from old friends, from new friends, from family.  I feel very lucky, fortunate and blessed, but at the same time, I think I welcomed this love in with wide open arms this year.  I was ready to receive love and I was ready to give love.


So what’s next.  What does year 29 look like:  I start my days with ease, I wake up nice and early because it feels right for my body, I eat a nourishing meal, I move with ease and flow, I create, I coach, I write.  I meet new people, I connect deeply, I open myself up, I trust.  I continue to stand in front of the mirror and love my body.  I continue to feel amazing.


I make kombucha.  I make sauerkraut.  I swim more.  I keep dancing.  I want to be able to do a one-legged wheel pose.  Totally possible – I can’t wait to check back in a year and post a photo of my one-legged wheel.  Look out!  I want to grow more veggies.  I want to drink less wine (I wish this wasn’t on the list, but my body is telling me more and more to stop drinking).
29 is going to be a big year.  I can feel it.  It’s going to be beautiful because I make it beautiful.  It’s going to be fun and playful because I invite those experiences into my days.  It’s going to be loved up, because I surround myself with loving people.


Birthdays are a fantastic time to check back in.  But so are New Years.  So are Full Moons, New Moons, Sundays, Mondays.  Any day is a great day to check-in with your intentions and goals.


What are some of your goals?  Check back in today.  Revisit your vision board, create a vision board, write down a list of everything you want, everything you can have.  Vision it, dream it, create it.


Much much love
Abbey xx

(image via Pinterest)

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  • Reply Silly July 21, 2016 at 7:25 am

    Abbey you are amazing!! You inspire me every week and I know it is going to be another amazing year for you.

    I’ll always be your no. 1 fan

    P.s. we all know you don’t sort the puzzle pieces before starting to puzzle together 😉

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