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*33rd Birthday*

Hello 33!

The 19th was my birthday and I have spent time reflecting on how much has changed in just one year. So I wanted to share a bit about that.

This time last year, I was living in San Francisco and celebrating my 32nd birthday with close friends as well as one of my sisters who was interning there that summer. Her internship ended shortly thereafter, and she returned to PA to start a new college semester. A week later I flew back as well to visit my family just for the weekend. That Sunday, I remember sitting on the plane flying back to SF and thoughts about moving back to the East Coast began entering my mind. And throughout the month that followed, it hit me like a ton of bricks – I missed home, being close to my family, and began feeling that my time in SF was coming to an end.

It’s always scary when making huge decisions in life, and sometimes they don’t make immediate sense. But I did not have a single doubt in my mind that I was ready to leave. And it was the best decision ever! 

Here I am one year later celebrating my 33rd birthday living in Washington DC, my first home away from home where I had my first internship in college. I have an apartment I love, a great job, a wonderful man who makes me the happiest woman in the world, and only a short drive away from my family. It’s truly unbelievable how much life changes so fast and I am the happiest I’ve ever been.

In January when we said hello to 2019, I knew this would be MY year, and boy has it not let me down. And as I turn 33, I am so excited for this year and have a feeling this will be the best birthday yet!

If you’re reading this, I have a word of advice…as cliche and cheesy as it sounds, always follow your heart & trust your instinct. That little voice inside your head or that gut feeling will never leave you astray. 

So on that note, cheers to 33!

XO

Zoha

*Dress provided in partnership with Pink Lily Boutique


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