An Ode To 27

Today’s my birthday, folks.

Yep, another year gone and I’m another year older.

Now, let me preface this by saying, I’m not complaining. I’m actually very fond of birthdays.

[It’s better than the alternative, right?!]

I am in unusually high spirits today, not only because it’s my holiday, but also because life and I are clicking. And you know why? Capital M. Capital E. ME. I’m proud of myself. “27” was a tough year; filled with change and way too much drama [even for a theatre major], but you know what, Jenna? You came out the other side winning.

Your actions made your feelings today possible.

Thank you for raising the bar on your self-worth and realizing there’s a better life out there for you. Your intuition was perceptive and you knew when to call it quits. Some women would have stayed but you’re stronger than that. You chose the harder path, and yes, you lost A LOT of friends for choosing happiness, but that’s okay.

“If you’re absent during my struggle, don’t except to be present during my success.” – Will Smith

Thank you for being brave and allowing yourself to get back out there. It was scary as hell, but you took a chance, lady, and love won. You stopped thinking with that over-analyzing brain of yours and finally started trusting your heart. You met an amazing man who loves you for you. He’s a rarity and you deserve him. I hope you’re listening, ME. You. Deserve. Him.

And last, but not least . . .


(Photo by Neka Rae Photography)

Thank you for being you. I know it can be a very fluid concept at times ;) but you always somehow stay true to you. You were given more than your fair share of advice this year [some you didn’t even ask for], but you waded through all the bullsh*t and did what you needed to do for you. You’re a better you heading down a path that finally agrees with you.

You’re simply happier.

I guess what I’m trying to say is close the 27th chapter of your life with a smile and hold your head up high – YOU SURVIVED!

“28” is going to be one for the books.


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