Turning 27

Turning 27  |  The Fresh Exchange

Here it is, 27. A new year and a new start. Today we finish our cleanse with Claire of Vidya and I cannot think of a better day to end it. I feel renewed and refreshed as I begin this new year. I finally feel 2014 has arrived. From here on out, I am ready to take this year with strength, confidence, and a fresh perspective. My 20’s have felt so big, and that may be why 27 feels that much bigger. I’m not sure if everyone feels this way, but 26 still felt young, but 27 feels so mature. I am now 3 years from 30 and I feel it is time to really embrace life in a new way. My 25th year showed me what hard work, some talent, and a lot of passion can achieve. My 26th year was the one that taught me thatย dreaming big makes anything possible and that I am stronger than I ever imagined.

Turning 27  |  The Fresh Exchange

Turning 27  |  The Fresh Exchange

Turning 27  |  The Fresh Exchange

Now, as I face 27, I feel a very different feeling than I have felt before. As I look back through the blog, I see myself searching for me. But this last year has brought me a beautiful gift, acceptance and understanding of myself. I have realized I am introverted, I enjoy the quiet, I need my creative space, I need to explore, I need to strive and reach beyond, I am competitive, I am an optimist, I have an adventurous soul, I am not a big city girl, I enjoy Friday nights at home with a record played & wine, my gut knows best, I am an explorer, I am meant to tell a story, I need to create wildly, and most importantly I am stronger than I let myself think I am. This year I have found that groove I have been searching for. It has made me realize what matters most in life and what makes me feel whole. It has left me with a sense of strength in my decisions and an acceptance of my imperfections. That may be the greatest gift 26 could give to 27. As I enter this new year of my life, I am celebrating the adult me; a woman, a business owner, a wife, a best friend, a daughter, a neighbor, an artist, a sister, a workout partner, a storyteller, and everything in between.

Turning 27  |  The Fresh Exchange

Turning 27  |  The Fresh Exchange

As I enter this year, the best thing I could do to start this all off right would be to let you in our front door and in our home. This is me, in the everyday way. For so long I have been frightened of letting people too far into my life as I felt it was not perfect enough or I would be disappointing in some way. However, as I begin this year I feel it is finally time I accept that this is who I am. My home still has art to be hung, my office is in progress, and I really am trying to figure out how to decorate. Instead of letting that all get to me and hold me back, I want to enjoy what our home isย in this moment, on this day. The more time I have spent away and traveled, the deeper and more personal home has felt. So know that this is a big deal for me. I really wanted Mike to capture me on this day, as I am, no frills, nothing made up, just me.

Turning 27  |  The Fresh Exchange

Turning 27  |  The Fresh Exchange

I will accept the things about myself that make me who I am, and stop trying to make myself something I think I should be. The world does a great job at making you feel nearly too imperfect and instead I want to learn to embrace who I am as me in order to better embrace those around me as they are. I want to spend more time finding joy in life than trying to perfect it in my head. I want to be intentional about finding peace, grace, and health. I plan to spend some time getting to know myself better, spending more time cooking healthy and enjoying it, exploring our new city, spending quiet evenings with Mike, and I plan to take more yoga classes. This year, far less of my goals include work, but what life looks like outside of the office, because I know that is what will make my work better and make me better for those I work with.

Turning 27  |  The Fresh Exchange

Turning 27  |  The Fresh Exchange

I am dreaming of simply taking in this year with wide eyes, love, patience, and passion for being the best me I can be. I am not sure what this year holds and I don’t know where it will take me. I do know, right now, this year is going to be one I look back on with such thanks. I feel this year will feel as if I gave myself the big warm hug I needed to give to myself.

For whatever reason, 27 feels like a pivotal time as I am now in my upper 20’s and 3 years from 30. I feel on some level it is time to sort of grow up, take care of myself, set a path for living well, and maybe begin to really take the adult things in life more seriously, while still having a ton of fun. I dream of beginning a family the older I get and the more I think about that, the more it makes me want to be a better me for those little cubs that will come along one day. I want to be better for more than just me, but for the little hand I will hopefully hold one day. That thought has been pretty real lately as I get closer to my 30’s.

Turning 27  |  The Fresh Exchange

Turning 27  |  The Fresh Exchange

Turning 27  |  The Fresh Exchange

So 27, let’s do this. Let’s love more of those around us, let’s take care of ourselves, dream bigger, help others shine brighter, drink more water, go to the gym, read more books (especially Wendell Berry, please), spend more time cooking for those we love and less time scrolling the internet, spend more time exploring, live a little more, focus on telling a beautiful story, and let’s find beauty wherever we may go this year. 27, I think we are going to be good friends, yeah, I think we will be.

Happy weekend my friends. Enjoy time with those you love. Find some time for yourself. Do the things that bring you joy.

On to another year….

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  1. Amazingly well said. Words of wisdom that all women need to hear and acknowledge. Your new home is coming together beautifully. Happy birthday! May you have an even greater year of 27.

  2. Happy Birthday beautiful lady! May this year bring you joy and peace! I felt the same way about turning 28 last year, it was an eye opener about stepping into the woman I have now come to know and love. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Bon Aniversaire ~ Buon Compleanno ~ Alles Gute zum Geburtstag! ~
    ใŠ่ช•็”Ÿๆ—ฅใŠใ‚ใงใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™๏ผ~ ยกFeliz cumpleaรฑos!

    There You Have It!
    Happy Birthday from All around the World !
    Hope your day is full of Love, Laughter & Wonderful Food

  4. Happy birthday!! As I sit here, a woman who in a few months will now be IN my forties, not just dipping a toe, but fully in ( gah!! ), I can say that you have made all these discoveries much earlier than I did, much earlier than most of us do. Everything you say is so right and how I wish more of us, especially in this online world filled with brands & products, realized how far our worth and value extends beyond our “brands” and perfectly decorated homes. Your home looks lovely and comfortable, but most of all, it looks like you– it is already becoming infused with your personality & your husbands and that makes it a beautiful place. Cheers to you on your 27th!

  5. I thoroughly enjoyed your post as I am looking forward to 27 this year myself. So Beautifully written, thank you for sharing yourself and your home.

  6. Happy 27th birthday Megan! You have put into words everything that I have been wrestling with for the past few months as I too, get closer to turning 27. My birthday is in a few short months and I am also feeling the need to become more adult, more honest with myself, more loving to my friends and family, and more serious about life in general, all while maintaining the playful and carefree spirit of my early 20’s.

    Cheers to a wonderful blog post, a beautiful birthday, and a lovely home! Your words have inspired me ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Happy Birthday Megan! You are one mature lady at the young age of 27! I don’t remember when exactly I started following your blog and your business (maybe a year – maybe less, maybe more), but I love seeing how it has blossomed. This is a wonderful post and reflection on the early years of your 20s and your upcoming “late” years. Let me tell you, enjoy 27 because it feels a lot different than 29, coming up on 30. You wouldn’t think so, but it does. I really enjoy reading your open & honest posts. Love your home too, it looks lovely. Enjoy your weekend!

  8. I love this, Megan, it’s beautiful. There’s something so wonderful about accepting and loving yourself for who you are, not what you should want.

    Happy, happy birthday to you!

  9. Happy Birthday Megan. You have such a beautiful home. Thanks for sharing with all of us. And those pups of yours are just too cute! I love it when they make an appearance.

  10. Happy birthday, sweet friend! You are so beautiful โ€“ย inside and out. I know you’re going to totally rock 27. I can’t wait to see where this year takes you โ€“ from a quiet place in the middle of the woods to bustling adventures in new cities. XOXO

  11. Happy, happy birthday to you, dear Megan! I have loved following along as you’ve grown and developed into the person you are today. Hope this year brings you more joy than ever before.

  12. Thank you for giving us a glimpse of your lovely home and sharing such honest words, Megan. Society often tells us that getting old is a negative thing, but I am excited to mature and grow into my own skin and find the wisdom that comes along with that. Happy birthday!

  13. Happy Birthday! You beautifully expressed much of how I felt about turning 27 last Friday, especially being my best self for our little girl. Love following what you guys are doing. If you’re taking another trip to Europe soon, keep me posted. We just moved to Germany, and I’d love to meet up with you guys and catch up if you’re over here. Have a great birthday, and here’s to 27 being amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Happy birthday, birthday buddy! I turning 31 today and I wish I was as introspective at 27 as you are today. You have a beautiful home, I can’t wait to see what you do with this next year of growth.

  15. You have entered 27 gracefully. Your words of wisdom bring clarity to that. You are so full of light and I just hope that my next birthday is just as significant. Happy birthday! And wishing you many more to come!

    You have an amazing home, btw.

  16. I love this, Megan. I will be turning 27 in June, and upon reading your thoughts on this change, I feel a rumbling echo in my own mind. Great job expressing this great moment in your life.

  17. happy birthday megan! even though we have yet to meet in person, i honestly believe that you are a wonderful and beautiful person who deserves the best the future has in store for you. your blog has been like an older more experienced best friend/mentor to me. i’m barely starting my 20s and it’s really nice to see that there’s someone out there who has gone through similar experiences. hopefully, we’ll get to meet one day so i can give you a big hug for being so open and welcoming. happy birthday (:

  18. Happy birthday! Thank you very much for this post… I turned 27 too couple of months ago. I felt that I am in this way of acceptance but I didn’t get the right words to describe it as beautifully as yours.
    I always repeat mentally this quote when I feel bad: “TRUST THE PROCESS” because what’s matter it’s not the destination, it’s the path. So continue your process and your blog ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Elisabeth from Belgium (but actually, I am in China >.<)

  19. Okay. First of all, you are absolutely beautiful and so is your house! Second of all, I got mixed up and thought we were the same year…sorry I got it wrong in my text to you. ๐Ÿ™ And lastly, I really loved what you shared about figuring out yourself and being intentional to feed those parts of your soul. I resonate with the need to have quiet and peace, health and yoga, and a small town feel. I can’t WAIT to see what 27 brings you, friend!!!

  20. What a gorgeous space, so inspiring! I admire you for accomplishing so much, at 27 I was still all over the place and so unsure of myself. I hope you have the best year ever & I look forward to following along ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. I love your home! I’m moving to Raleigh in a few days for a position at the North Carolina Museum of Art and I was wondering how you found your rental. Any advice would be appreciated!

    1. We got super lucky and rented from a friend who was moving abroad for a year. They were testing something out and so were we so it worked out perfectly! BUT I would honestly get in touch with a local real estate agent in the area and see if they can help you find a good property. Raleigh rentals are hard hard to find, especially now that so much is coming in. Even hunting for houses in the beltline is impossible. There are few decent apartment complexes downtown. It depends on what you want though. By May many students will be leaving their housing. Congrats on the job! That museum is incredible we keep meaning to wander it more, but have not had a chance yet.

  22. Happy belated birthday, Megan! You’re a very wise 27 year old.:) I discovered your blog a few months ago and you’ve really inspired me with your words, your beautiful prints, and your videos. Thanks so much for opening up your beautiful home to us. I wish you all the best in your 27th year and beyond. I know you’ve got more amazing adventures ahead! – Cheers, Donna

  23. Happy birthday Megan!!
    I truly enjoyed these honest words of yours and the depth and maturity they carry. It is true how our priorities and essential purposes change from year to year and looking at other people’s journey feels liberating, “normal” and inspiring. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!

  24. I agree whole heartedly in everything you wrote. As I approach my 30’s as well I feel as though I’ve truly come to realize who I am and what I want out of life. I’ve recently come across your work and presence online and am truly impressed by all you have accomplished. What is even more impressive is the fact that you’re so open to sharing your story, passion and life with those in the online world.

    I’ve hit a cross roads in my life and have found comfort in knowing that there are other late 20ers out there feeling as I do. You want more from life, you dream big and make it a reality.

    I hope I can too make my dreams my reality as I face the next stage in my career and jump out into the big wide entrepreneurship world. I’m scared shitless hahaha so thank you again for sharing so openly. You’re truly and inspiration.

    Hope you had the happiest of birthdays, heres to many more.

  25. Megan,

    Thanks for the advice about finding a rental (you did get lucky!). If you end up visiting the museum I’d be happy to give you an “insiders” tour although I’m not sure how much I know being only two weeks into the job. I’m pretty sure I went to Father & Sons the same day as you so perhaps I’ll see you around town at some point. I’m enjoying your pictures as I’m also in the process of getting to know Raleigh by taking extended walks and exploring new places.



  26. stumbled upon your blog and really identifying with a lot of what you’ve shared! thanks much for your candidness. i actually turned 27 about 2 weeks after you and also wrote a post about how transformative my 26th year on this earth was (including starting business with my husband as well)! http://thenewwifestyle.com/one-of-the-most-transformative-years-of-my-life-no-seriously/

    ps. you have a beautifully decorated home-come do ours!

  27. I randomly googled “turning 27” and came across this. I turn 27 next week. This is beautifully written and truly embodies how I feel right now, as my birthday looms. May 27 bless us, both. Cheers ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Although i just STUMBLED on this blog, i am so glad i did. you have inspired me and spoke all my thought which i am so grateful for, i would turn 27 in march i was really worried bout it but now…i am certain i have nothing to worry about as this year would be my best year yet.. Thank you so much, and happy birthday in advance.

  29. Im turning 27 this Wednesday and i am freaking out. Suddenly i realized that im not young anymore and you are right that i should take life to THe next mature level. Huhu gahhddd i cant do this. Whewww. Your blog is awesome!!! ๐Ÿ’•