Sunday, August 18, 2013

As I turn 27 years old

Today I turn 27 years old…and like I have for the past few years now, I’ve compiled a list of the things I learned during this last year. 26 things I learned while I was 26 years old. I find this tradition very cathartic and really eye opening. It feels like the years just fly by faster and faster, but to be able to stop, look back on all that’s happened and pull out the nuggets of truth that I have gained during the year, that is a real gift. I find that some lessons I have to learn over and over again, usually in different ways. But that’s what growth and self discovery are all about. I am glad for this space and for the record of my life that is contained at this web address. That’s a pretty special gift too…

And so, here are the 26 things I learned while I was 26.


  1. Prayers are answered.
  2. Losing weight for the right reasons makes all the difference.
  3. It is healthy to embark on challenges that push my boundaries mentally, physically and emotionally.
  4. Each moment of reaction is a crossroads.
  5. At some point you have to realize that some people can stay in your heart but not in your life.
  6. Really good hair products are worth the investment.
  7. Phone photography is art too.
  8. Just because you’re good at something doesn’t mean you have to do it.
  9. It is important to dig deep and find out what my dreams are and allow them to motivate and inspire me.
  10. #lifewithGibson is the best kind of life.
  11. Learning Russian is hard, but I love learning with my husband and doing this together as a couple.
  12. Lean in to the things that terrify you.
  13. “The more I excavate myself, the richer my relationships with others become, because as we connect with our true selves we have so much more to give.” –Susannah Conway
  14. Elephant rides are just as cool as I always thought they would be.
  15. It is always possible to fall more in love with the one you love.
  16. Pictures should always be printed…the bigger the better.
  17. Road trips are my favorite kind of getaways.
  18. There are so many different and unexpected opportunities that can come from being a blogger.
  19. Project Life is the best tool to cultivate a good life and record it.
  20. Goose bump moments are real and worth waiting for.
  21. Everyone should have pictures taken of themselves that they love, to celebrate a milestone, or just because.
  22. “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” –Coco Chanel
  23. I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.
  24. Being a part of a couple’s wedding day from behind my camera is such a privilege.
  25. Neurons that fire together wire together…by making choices you can use your mind to change your brain.
  26. Its okay to be happy with a calm life.



  1. Thank you for sharing! Happy Birthday!

    1. Thanks! It is seriously hard to come up with 26 :)

  2. Replies
    1. thanks! there were some struggles, some epiphanies and fun ones too. It was a good year. :)

  3. You look so beautiful and if I may say so, so healthy!! I love it.

    This must be a year for pushing boundaries... it's definitely been one for me.

    Phone photography is my new obsession. Well, other than trying to perfect a project life system for myself, heh. I took a phone photography class in July, and it was so eye opening. I resisted phone photography for far too long, but now that I have the girls, it's a great tool.