Turning Twenty-Nine

Pure happiness in South Beach.

Turning Twenty-Nine

Today is my twenty-ninth birthday, and I am elated to be spending it in beautiful South Beach, Miami with one of my very best friends. Twenty-nine is an age where I always expected my life to be in one place, but it’s very far from there. Still, even opposite of expectations, I have never been happier.

South Beach life.

Getting older has never worried me, in fact, with each year, I look back at who I was and what I learned, and look forward to all the adventures that are yet to come. Each year, I love the person I have grown into more and more; this year is no different.

Twenty-eight was a trying year in many ways, but it was still a good year. I made new friends, had new adventures, and explored more of the world. There’s nothing more I could have asked for.

Still, all this week, at many moments I couldn’t help but think of one of my favorite quotes from Walt Disney,

β€œAround here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

It’s a constant reminder to me, that life is not meant to be lived backward. My past years have been nothing short of amazing, but what I have planned for this year will be no comparison. I am going after all of my dreams, and not letting anyone tell me that I won’t be able to reach them.

Right now, I am on the brink of getting all that I wanted out of my life, and I feel it in every way imaginable. Something big is on its way. While I am not entirely sure where it will lead me, I will continue pushing forward and opening up new doors, and doing new things. Because, I am as Walt Disney was, curious. Curious about the world. Curious about life. Curious about living a life that most only dream of.

Pure happiness in South Beach.

Twenty-nine is going to be one of the best years of my life. It will push me out of my comfort zone and change me in ways I could have only imagined. What lies in store for me in the next twelve months? Soon enough you’ll find out. But after London and Barcelona, there’s a lot in store for 2014. I can’t wait to take you on my journey.

For now, I will stick to sipping cocktails on the beach, and enjoying every single moment of twenty-nine.

Drinks in Miami.

Comments (29)

  1. Sally

    I love that quote! And I feel the same way about my birthdays, thankful for what’s gone by and happier with the person I’ve developed into, more than any time before.

    Congratulations on the birthday and I can’t wait to see what this next year holds for you! WOOHOO! πŸ™‚
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    1. The World Wanderer

      Thank you, Sally! So glad to hear you feel the same way. πŸ™‚

  2. Amy Lynne Hayes

    Happy birthday!! Hope you enjoy South Beach, and cheers to a fabulous next year! πŸ™‚
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    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Amy! So glad to have you on my journey!

  3. Jade

    Happy Birthday! I hope your 29th year is as special and wonderful as it can be!
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  4. The Always Believer

    Just a darling post filled with great joy and love. I loved it and I am happy to be part of it. Miami is one of my home cities, a great love of mine, Barcelona is my home for now, London is cool and so on and so forth, my main point is,girl you got your 2014 made with these places πŸ™‚ and more! GO FOR YOUR DREAMS! ThatΒ΄s what life is about and it is amazing thing to do. ENJOY, LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF, LOVE AND LIVE FREE! Keep on rocking it birthday girl. All my best love and wishes! πŸ™‚
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    1. The World Wanderer

      Thank you so much for all your kind words! Let me know if you want to grab coffee or a drink when I’m in Barcelona, I would love to meet you!

      Glad to hear you understand my thoughts. πŸ™‚
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  5. Britany

    Happy Birthday, Erin! I love that Walt Disney quote! πŸ™‚
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    1. The World Wanderer

      Thank you, Britany! It’s one of my favorites too. Great things lie ahead for us. xx

  6. Aiko

    Happy birthday! Twenty nine is going to be an awesome year for sure (says a fellow 29er!) πŸ˜€
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  7. lola

    i feel it for you too, sweet wonderful friend. you deserve every happiness and you will find it because you are going for it πŸ™‚

    i loved spending your birthday with you. xx
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    1. The World Wanderer

      Awww, you are the very sweetest, my love. So glad I got to celebrate with you! xx

  8. Lance | Trips By Lance

    Happy birthday! Looks like you had a great time bringing it in at the beach. Look forward to following along on your wonderful journey in 2014.
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  9. Leah

    Ohhhh….to be 29 again. I barely remember it. Happy birthday, Erin. It seems like you’re well on your way to finding great happiness. I’ll eagerly be following your path.
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  10. Kieu ~ GQ trippin

    Aww love the curious quote! Happy belated birthday, Erin! I hope you’re having a blast down in Miami with L!
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  11. @mrsoaroundworld

    Super happy birthday, Erin! Turning 29 is fab – watch out for the next year. It seems that you had a fab time in Miami!
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  12. Francesca (@WorkMomTravels)

    You go, Erin! Stay curious and keep looking forward. I know I’m looking forward to seeing you next month!
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  13. Mary Anne

    Ahhh 29. I remember it well… Happy Birthday to a great friend and travel buddy.

  14. Beth

    Happy Birthday! I love the Walt Disney quote. I hope 29 is the best year yet, and I can’t wait to hear what you have in store for it!
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  15. the lazy travelers

    happy birthday, beautiful girl! may 29 bring you everything you wish for and more! xoxo!
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  16. Traveling Ted

    Happy Birthday Erin,

    I hope your 29 is as exciting as my 43 πŸ™‚
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  17. Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    Happy birthday! Gosh, my funnest years were my 30s and 40s – so the best is yet to come, Erin!! Great news πŸ™‚
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  18. Brittany

    I know I’m pretty late but Happy Birthday! 29 will be a good year for you. Your already putting out the positive energy in this post.
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