I’ve learned throughout my 20’s that the years when I’m stressed around my birthday about getting older are the times when I felt like I wasn’t advancing, either professionally or personally. However, the years when I was calm and able to appreciate the present were the ones where I knew I had made the right decisions about my future–this was one of those years. Not only was I content with turning 27, but I truly had the best time with a new amazing group of New York friends who came out to get absolutely wasted with me in the East Village. The best part of all, my best friend Katy flew out from my hometown of Milwaukee, WI to celebrate with me and see the big apple for the first time! Here are some shots in my bedroom of me getting ready before our night out.