It’s my birthday month and on the 30th, I will officially be 28! As I mentioned, since this month is my birthday month, I tend to make October my “self-care/treat yo’self” month. With that, this month is the only month in the year where I allow myself to spend more than usual, take on new hobbies, and just take in everything life has to offer.

Originally, a few nursing school friends and I had planned on traveling to Mammoth Lakes the week before my birthday, but those plans have since fell through. Instead of being bummed about it, I decided to spend the time off from work on myself!

Happy Birthday to Me!

I recently made a few purchases that I normally would have to think twice about doing so!

  • Plane tickets to Utah in March – my cousin, Angie, and I are headed off to Utah for our ultimate cousin bonding road trip! We plan to see the state’s five national parks and explore more along the way!
  • Fjallraven Kanken backpack – I bit the bullet and purchased a new backpack for day hikes/trips. I actually bought the No. 2 Laptop 15″ in Acorn and currently torn between the Kanken Laptop in Olive Green or Dahlia (thoughts anyone?). One can never have too many backpacks.
  • Teva Arrowood Venture Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots – finally upgraded my hiking shoes to hiking boots!
  • Upgraded to the iPhone 11 Pro – I was very skeptical about this but I ended up doing it! The camera is actually really great.
New hobbies

I actually started keeping a journal again! Well, journals. I keep a bullet journal, daily journal and an adventure journal. I stumbled upon the Traveler’s Notebook journaling system and instantly fell in love. I’m so hooked and will have to share my journal pages (I use the regular size, passport size and A6 for all my thoughts right now) someday. There’s something so therapeutic about writing and documenting my own thoughts down that are intimate and only for my eyes.

Hello, 28

This past year has been such an amazing year for me and I’m looking forward to my 28th year of living! I’ve learned a lot this past year and I’m looking forward to learning more about myself and life. I spent this past weekend celebrating my birthday early with family – drove to LA and enjoyed some good food + badminton. Here’s to more adventures and memories! Cheers to (almost) 28!


  • Jill
    October 27, 2019 at 9:35 PM

    Happy Birthday! I love that you celebrate and treat yourself for the whole month! Your trip to Utah sounds fabulous!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  • Radi
    October 27, 2019 at 11:32 PM

    Welcome to club 28! Happy Birthday!
    The Utah trip sounds so exciting… love hiking!

  • Angie
    October 28, 2019 at 8:43 AM

    Excited for our ultimate cousin bonding trip lola! 🙂 happy early birthday to you (keeping the greeting short n sweet cause I got more to say on the day of!) cheers to 28!!

  • Sharon @ eightshores
    October 28, 2019 at 7:54 PM


  • Nancy
    October 28, 2019 at 9:22 PM

    OK I genuinely freaked out because I had you for Oct 30 for your bday and thought it was today BUT I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE!! !! ! !
    YESSS treat yo’ self and make sure you take care of yo’ self this month (and every month tbh). I think you’re been rocking it in life!! So cool that you have a lot of different things going on. So why not buy both backpacks? Jk hahaha. OMMMGGG you rich girl with the 11 pro!!! I am excited for you!! I almost jumped but I barely paid off my phone @___@. WellLLLP. Enjoy it for me, ya? It is so cool that you started journaling again. I should do a better job at that, oops. It is great that you are enjoying it! sending you the BEST wishes for your 28th year!! Technically 29th since when you were born, it was technically your first. BUT YES you know what I mean.

    Love you

    Nancy ♥

  • Mercy
    October 28, 2019 at 10:00 PM

    Happy Birthday Eena! Cheers to treating yourself on your entire birth month. Hiking boots sounds fun, you deserve everything!

  • Nat
    October 29, 2019 at 1:39 AM

    Happy early birthday!! Hope your next year will be amazing as the last.

    You need to do a backpack collection! Would love to see what you have !

    Nat • dignifiable

  • Nina
    October 29, 2019 at 8:20 AM

    happy Birthday in advance. That’s a great that you decided to treat yourself this month.

  • Deborah Kos
    October 29, 2019 at 1:48 PM

    I love the idea of having a “self-care/treat yo’self” month for yo self. I am going to start doing this too. Why didn’t I think of that? Do what you love and treat yo self.

  • Mica
    October 29, 2019 at 4:22 PM

    What a fun pic! Happy birthday, I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating with family 🙂

    Hope that your week is going well! 🙂

  • christina
    November 2, 2019 at 1:53 PM

    So great to treat yourself! Happy birthday!

  • Lyza
    November 2, 2019 at 11:56 PM

    Belated Happy Birthday! It’s so nice that you’ve picked up journaling again! I’ve also fallen for the traveler’s notebook journaling system, but I’ve been having quite a hard time to talk myself into buying one (so i decided to make one for myself).
    I sure do hope that you enjoy/enjoyed Utah! Best wishes! xx

  • Lise-Ann
    November 4, 2019 at 3:30 AM

    Happy Birthday! I read the entire post and I gotta tell you, I wish I was as excited about my birthday as your are. You seem like you’re ready to tackle being 28, and it sounds like you’ll definitely enjoy life to the fullest! I really enjoyed the post, especially this section:
    “There’s something so therapeutic about writing and documenting my own thoughts down that are intimate and only for my eyes.”

    It resonates with me on a different level, because I just love every form of written expression. I hope your year is fun-filled and fruitful, and I hope we can become friends!

  • Jessica
    November 4, 2019 at 6:18 AM

    This look so much fun! Happy birthday dear! Have a great day.

    Jessica |

  • Merel
    November 4, 2019 at 6:49 AM

    Happy belated birthday!!

    X Merel

  • Kara
    November 5, 2019 at 6:25 PM

    Happy belated birthday Eena! I hope you had the best day. That’s great that you treated yourself this month, you deserve it! I can’t wait to see what backpack color you ended up picking.

    x Kara |

  • Geraldine
    November 6, 2019 at 6:32 PM

    Happy 28th birthday Eena!! Did you ever decide what color of the backpack you’d choose?!? And YAY for a BUJO! It really is pretty therapeutic, and it helps you stay organized more often than not. Hahah I’m not an iPhone user but I was at the mall a few days ago and the apple store was hopping with people cause of it. 3 camera lenses is craaay but good to hear the camera is really good, I’d hope so lol!!

    Geraldine |

  • ThatAutisticFitChick
    November 10, 2019 at 10:44 AM

    I hope that your birthday was amazing! Indeed one can never have too many backpacks! Although I invariably find that one will end up with a favourite and use that one the most 😉

  • Kayla
    November 11, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Happy birthday! Treat yo’ self girl, I love it! And I’d love to see your journal pages if you do decide to share, I always find it so interesting to see how others journal.

    Your trip to Utah sounds so exciting, I’m only slightly jealous 😉


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