(the midnight hour that became my birthday)
In the past 27 years, I’ve learned a lot. I’ve battled many of my own demons. I overcame hard times. I’ve achieved many things. I’ve lived and experienced. I’ve had some losses, but I’ve gained so much more. I’ve made friends. And I’ve lost friends. I’ve reconnected. And I’ve grown closer. I’ve made enemies, and have been lucky enough to gather many more people, who I not only love, but love me in return. I gave to many, and have been given so much more. I’m not perfect and I never will be, but I love myself for who I am, the woman I’ve grown to be, and the woman I’m becoming with each passing day. Not everyone loves me, and thats okay, not everyone has to. Some will judge, assume, and disdain, without ever really knowing me for who am. And maybe, some will know me not only on the surface, but inside-out, and still never like me, but that will have to be okay. I am living for myself, my daughter, my friends, my family, my loved ones, for everyone I’ve ever cared about. I am happy, really, truly happy. The negatives around me are minimal, petty, and easily combed over and picked through. Whats leftover is something to smile about. I’m 27 today and I can say, for the first time ever: I am the happiest I have ever been. I’m looking forward to this year, and every year after that.

Today someone searched: “make the most out of life” and found me. This puts a smile on my face and and brings me joy. 


  1. happy birthday!
    this is a great post. written from the heart. from experience and love. no hiding. just you. and i like you 😉


  2. Happy Birthday, Drea! 🙂 I stumbled upon your blog over a year ago and have following your adventures, misadventures, ups and downs and that beautiful baby girl of yours and all I can say is Thank You. Obviously we don't know each other but I feel like we are friends. Reading a new post of yours makes my day a little bit brighter. 🙂

  3. I'm glad you finally had a birthday you enjoyed. I'm the happiest I've ever been too 🙂 I love you! Will you & M be coming to MA for Easter too? <3 Katie

  4. It is so amusing to see what people google to get to your blog, right? I know it is with mine.

  5. Happy birthday! Us pisces are THE BEST!!!! Hope you had an awesome bday lady.

  6. Happy 27th Birthday!! We actally share a birthday although I'm a bit older today (30)! Enoy 🙂

  7. happy birthday!
    may your new year be one filled with love, truth and many, many reasons to smile!

    hoping that you're gonna be celebrated!

  8. Beautiful post and beautiful approach to life, Drea! Here's to many more wonderful years for you and Marlowe!


  9. Happy Birthday, hope you have a lovely day. Cheers to everything you said, words that I found so true for how I've felt of recent too.
    Sam x

  10. happy birthday lovely!!

    i loved reading this post. nothing better than having a life you're proud of, as imperfect as it man be.

    big hugs Drea!!

    Love, Liz

  11. Happy Birthday!! I am moving (home) to South Florida soon. You should do a meet and greet one day, you are amazing and I'd love to meet you- as I'm sure lots of other mamas do, too.

    Have a great day each day in your 27th year.

    • oh, i could never ever arrange a meet up. I hate even trying to pull together more than three friends at a time. 😉 I can help plan one, but thats about it. 🙂

  12. Happy Birthday, young lady! You are in a wonderful place, and I'm so happy for you!

  13. Happy Birthday!! I will be 26 later this week. Glad you are happy with life right now, tends to make everything better.