I turned 27 at the beginning of this month. Honestly, it's still hard to believe that I'm already in my late 20s, and now I'm a step closer to 30. 26 was a fun year; I've had my ups and downs, some achievements and failures. However, when I look back to it, all I remember were the good things that happened. And some of them seemed happened so long ago, but it really has been a year.
I got braces
In late June last year, I finally started my Invisalign treatment, something that I wanted since I was 17. I've been wearing them for almost a year now, and I still have three trays left plus the refinement, but I'm already so happy with the progress! Can't wait till this is over, and I will definitely do a post on my Invisalign experience.
I learned new skills/program
One of the skills that I really want to gain is graphic design. And since I'm not planning on going back to school, I rely a lot on the resources online. After months of practices, I finally feel more familiar with the program. I shared some of the projects that I learned from YouTube tutorials on this site. I remembered how hard it was for me to follow the tutorials in the beginning, and now I can really re-create the pieces! There is still a very, very long way to go, but I'm very happy with the improvements and will keep practicing and learn new skills.
I re-designed my logo
On my journey of learning graphic design, one of my favorite projects was my logo for this site. It was the first project that I finished on Illustrator and was something that represents me and my idea for this website.
I traveled alone
I've already mentioned this in so many posts, but this was really a big step for me. It was something that I never imagine before. The planning was nerve-wracking and the wait was boring, but everything was all worth it after I got to my destination. And the feeling of accomplishment was so huge for me. It was the most independent thing that I've ever done in my life.
I celebrated my anniversaries
There were two special dates in my 26: my first anniversary with my boyfriend and my 10th anniversary in the U.S. Time really flies. In the past ten years, I've had some of the best experience that I never imagine I would get and met the most amazing people. Also, being able to be with my boyfriend for our first anniversary was even more special for me, considering we really don't see each other in person often.
Looking back to these memories, I feel really lucky to have the life I have. I still don't feel like 27 and can't say I'm ready for it. But I do hope I can continue to grow this year, whether is for my own skills or relationships with others.