As March comes to an end, I am reflecting on all the things I am grateful for that have made this month so wonderful. 

One of the most wonderful things this month was turning 27. I have to say I had the most humbling celebration this year.

Just a few weeks prior to my birthday, I took a personal day to relax and reflect (something I strive to do yearly before I turn another year old). This is something I fully believe in doing every year before your next birthday. You can read more on why I believe in this here.

While I was reflecting, something different happened this time. Every year, I’ve always made a big deal about my birthday and it being about me and all the people who made a huge impact on my life that year. I don’t think this is wrong at all on your birthday. Birthdays can be a wonderful time for us to receive. We can receive in love, gifts, hugs, balloons, cake, dinner reservations, birthday text messages, shout outs on social media etc. Again, I don’t think there is anything wrong with this at all.

But, this time for my birthday I felt a something different swell up in my heart.

What if just for one year, you could give up some of that, or all of that, and make a difference for those who aren’t as privileged to experience their birthday in the same way? What if just for one year, you used the one day you had every reason to be selfish and was all the more selfless instead?

I heard these words knocking on my heart and was compelled to make an unfamiliar choice. Instead of accepting gifts, I chose to give.

There are so many organizations around the world to dedicate time, love and resources to. Out of the millions, I chose to partner with Red Rock Ministries. Because one of my best friends is a part of their board, I’ve been able to see a more in-depth view of what they do, who they are and what issues they are addressing. It has rocked the walls of my heart and even changed the way I see life. 

There is a major orphans crisis in India where over 31 million children are being given up by their own families. While I know that there are other issues in India and there are many to address worldwide, even in our own nation, I think ultimately it comes down to making choices. We can make one simple choice at a time to love more, give more and do more. This is me making my one simple choice.

Thank you to everyone who donated and made Project 27 so successful.

I am truly humbled and blown away by the love you have shown. Together, by your generosity and kindness, we are helping to make a difference in the lives of many children all the way on the other side of the world. 

To see how Project 27 did or make a donation, click here.

Also, I am so thankful that I have friends and family who still wanted to surround me with love on my actual birthday. So thank you to everyone who came to hang out with me in my favorite city, sent me messages or called me. I love you so much.

Below is a recap of March 18th in photographs: