You know those intimate moments when you feel overwhelming grateful . . . happy . . . simply overjoyed? Ok, maybe because it's Friday and I'm psyched for my first big styled shoot on Monday, but there is a time and place when you get the opportunity to turn a new leaf. And at this moment you feel empowered to take on the biggest, most rewarding challenges. For the first time I am excited about turning the "big 3-0". I will no longer approach the 30s with [admittedly] anxiety and fear but instead I'm ready to take on the next, most exciting decade with a new outlook—facing the world with courage and gratitude. Thank you for counting down the days with me as I ramp up for another year!

And thanks mom for the countdown math. I couldn't do this without you. Math is not my forte.