goals for 28

August 2, 2017

As I write this post, I have less than 24 hours until I turn 28 years old. I’ve always been the type of person who waits for their birthday in anticipation. Who starts posting months away with a countdown or does a blog wish list of all of the items I want for my birthday. But this year, things seem different.

I don’t know if it’s because of the current state of things or what, but my brain isn’t thinking about me for once. I’m all about taking the day to celebrate myself, but this year, I don’t have a long list of things I want or want to do. I’m content.

Despite the horror show that has been politics over the past year, personally it’s been fantastic. My husband and I bought our first home together. I got accepted into a masters program and start next week. We just took our first beach vacation in seven years. I’m working on a few exciting behind the scenes projects with some amazing women. My job is fantastic. Contentment in my personal life is exactly what I need at 28.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that I have nothing else to learn or give. If the past year has taught me anything, it’s that thinking about people other than yourself is more important than anything else. So, for my 28th year, I’m setting some goals.

Number 1. Continue to seek out justice in the world. Educate others and support those who need it.

Number 2. Don’t let your emotions get the best of you. But don’t be afraid to speak out.

Number 3. Take care of yourself. Emotionally. Physically. Spiritually.

Number 4. Set goals and stick to them. Learn self control, but don’t get upset when you slip up.

Number 5. Have fun. Take risks. Don’t let fear hold you back.

I’m constantly learning how to improve myself as a human being. how to say “no” when it’s necessary. How to stay inspired without getting overwhelmed or overworked. In my 28th year, I hope that these goals can stay at the forefront of my mind and in everything I do.

And because it’s not a birthday post without a good GIF…


  • Jen

    I really love #5! It’s so true, life is too short to not take risks.

    • Whitney H

      It’s something that I’ve struggled with my entire life. I’ve let fear control my life and keep me from living. Over the past year I’ve made some significant strides but I hope that I can do even more this year!

  • Happy birthday to you! I turned 24 this year and I think I’m to the point in my life where I don’t really want to “age” anymore-so that takes a little bit of the birthday fun out of it! But I’m so glad everything else in your life is going so well, I’m still working on number four for myself…it’s hard to let others down, but it’s especially hard when I disappoint myself by not following through with my goals!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

    • Whitney H

      Thank you Jordyn! I’m definitely struggling with the “getting older” thing now that I’m coming up on 30. But I’m a Leo and we do love the attention! ;)

  • Happy almost birthday! Congratulations on your home & getting accepted to grad school, that’s awesome! Good luck with your goals, I’m sure you’ll succeed!

    Lauren // http://laurensjourney.com

    • Whitney H

      Thanks Lauren! I really appreciate it!

  • Happy birthday, hope you have an amazing day ahead of you!

    • Whitney H

      Thanks so much Bella! It was a great day.

  • thesophiadiaries

    These are some amazing goals! And totally happy birthday to you!! You’re going to have an amazing year <3

    • Whitney H

      Thank you so much! I really hope this is the best year yet!

  • I love that you include seeking justice in the world because I’m a social work student and social justice is a huge part of our code of ethics and profession in general. I also love that even though you do have a worldly perspective, you totally understand how important your own well being is and plan to make that a priority! Happy birthday and cheers to 28!

    • Whitney H

      Thank you Samantha! Self-care is so important when you’re out there fighting the good fight. You can’t stay strong if you’re struggling yourself! Thanks again!

  • Tori Dunlap

    Taking care of yourself is so important — life gets crazy and it’s so easy to forget to take it slow. Happiest of birthdays!

    Tori || Victori Media

    • Whitney H

      Thanks so much, Tori! Trying to remember to take care of myself every single day.

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Cheers to your best year yet!

  • Happy Birthday!! Your goals are fantastic! I love how you’re not only striving to better yourself but the world around you. So inspirational. I love setting goals for myself every year too.

  • mckenna bleu

    Happy birthday! These are great!

  • Happy belated birthday, girl! These are such wonderful things to strive for for 28!

  • Amy

    Happy belated birthday!! Taking care of yourself is SO important. Hope you have the best year yet!


    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  • Love all your goals! I’m turning 28 this year too!

    Jennifer Ashley // http://www.prettylittledetails.com

  • These are great birthday goals!