Turning 26


I’m officially one year older! Another year closer to 30, which will be the start of the best years of my life according to everyone on the internet.

I had a pretty laid-back birthday. It was a snow day so I had a forced day off work. Snow days are always nice because I don’t have to work and I don’t have to feel bad about not working. It’s a win-win (not counting the fact I’m not making any money).

I hadn’t made any plans because I just wasn’t in the mood to do anything crazy. I spent the day relaxing and basking in the joy of messages and phone calls from friends and family.

My friends, Ramon and Flings, surprised me with a few birthday gifts, one of which was a stuffed bunny that looks so realistic that it sometimes scares me when I see it out of the corner of my eye.

Yesterday, I ate pizza and drank as much juice as I wanted, and I loved it. It’s just been nice taking things slow this week.

I don’t have much else to say. I thought about making some long, introspective post about my growth in the past year, or how I’ve changed and where I’m at in life, but I just couldn’t find the words. And at this point, I’m not going to force myself to stress about it. So instead, bring in another year of life with me by enjoying these photos my friend took of me.

Gemma Acheampong walking in street
Gemma Acheampong smiling
Gemma Acheampong smiling in road

Photos all courtesy of Chevis Armstead II.

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