Life At 24

It happens every year. Another 365 days pass, and that point in time comes back around that marks a new age. 

Today is my birthday, and a golden one at that. My skin and bones have carried me through 23 years of life, and this morning I met 24.

24 on the 24th…that will only ever happen once a lifetime, and today is my day.

This is the first year that I actually do feel different on my birthday. It kind of scares me, because that means change is present. I’ve felt it creeping up, but it took a birthday to take a step back and dissect the current contents of my life. Some things I expected, but others I didn’t. There are certain people who aren’t as present in my life as they once were. I wish they could still be around, but maybe there’s a reason why now is not the right time, and it’s going to take some getting used to.






Friends, family, rooftops, coastlines, fields of gold, a still moment of nostalgia, memories that I can capture through a lens, music, and a journey. As long as I have that, I’m happy.

It’s weird growing up. You know that moment where you pause…everything else around nonexistent…and you’re not really sure exactly how got here, but you’re here? That’s where I am. Life does a time lapse, and when right now comes into focus, all I can think about is the open book in front of me.

I opened a card from my Grandma last night. It was filled with a little birthday check, and a message in her perfectly slanted script writing. Every year she sends me a little something, but when I opened up her card this year, I pushed aside the check. I was more interested in what she had to say before looking at the amount in the box. That simple little card made me really appreciate the people close to me who continue to support me and stand by my side as time goes on. You all are the essence of my life…the roots.

24 is fresh, and there’s so much for me to learn. I’m excited to celebrate it.



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Gilda Ramos
9 years ago

Happy Birthday Jana!! Hope you have a wonderful day! keep being this amazing human being that you are! and please continue teaching us what life at 24´s is…
hughs and kissses!

9 years ago

Happy Birthday beautiful! Here’s to another beautiful year!

9 years ago

Happy Birthday! If you feel a change at 24 just wait till your turning 30. It’s almost terrifying :)

9 years ago

Happy Birthday! I hope you have another beautiful year. I felt very similar when I turned 24…. it’s beautiful and shocking. You’re realizing you’re a grown up and you appreciate everything before that so much more. Have a wonderful day. :)

9 years ago

happy birthday!!

9 years ago

Happy Birthday Jana!! I’m turning 20 in a few days… this was perfect. Some of the changes in life that are just a result of time can be painful but can shed light on what’s most important to you. I love your work on the blog. Thank you for this post!

9 years ago

Happy Birthday Jana! Stay as you are!

9 years ago

Happy birthday to you! I love this and your honesty – I identify so much about the people in my life not being in the right time to be part of my life. My grandmother writes little notes too – save them! So much love.

Warm Regards,

9 years ago

Happy Birthday Jana!

9 years ago

happy birthday dear jana! i’m so proud of you and so happy for all that you’ve accomplished. i hope this year is full of more creating and more adventures and more happiness. take care!!

9 years ago

Happy Birthday Jana!! Such a beautifully written post speckled with gorgeous photographs, I really enjoy reading your work on the blog. Hope this year is good to you and is filled with many more adventures!

Best Wishes,
Emma xo Wallflower Wardrobe

9 years ago

Happy birthday Jana!! You are wonderful and we all appreciate you posts so much! I just had a birthday too and the feelings you talk about are all so familiar. Thank you for sharing and keep up the awesome work.

9 years ago

Happy birthday Jana! You and your honestly are such an inspiration to me! I hope you have an amazing day!!!

9 years ago

This was so great. Just turned 24 as well and I can feel all the change. It’s scary and empowering at the same time. It’s nice that you were so open and vulnerable with this post, many of us 24 year olds can relate. <3

9 years ago

Happy Birthday! I’ll be turning 24 in January. I love that my birthday is in the beginning of the year <3 I already feel myself changing so much this year and I already know 24 will be another year full of changes. So much going on in my life and I'm seeing it happen with different eyes than I know I would have looked at it all, say 3 years ago. I can't wait to see what 24 has for me :)

9 years ago

Happy Birthday! I will be turning 24 in November and can not believe it. Time flys. We are still young! :)

9 years ago

I feel the same was just my 24th too and its so weird! Basically grown up…but still have so much to learn and do. Just got into blogging and so far it feels like such a good outlet to let out what my deep down thoughts are and to know there are other people who can connect to them. Happy Birthday!

9 years ago

happy birthday jana!

9 years ago

This is beautiful Jana. Many happy returns.

I am 29 on the 29th of this month, and I too feel ‘different’ about my birthday this year. I am going into my 30th year on this planet, the last of my 20s, the end of a very significant era is nigh.

Like you, some of the most important people in my life are no longer present in my current life – be it by emotional or physical distance. All I know is that going into my 30th year the focus for me is to create a life I am proud of, a beautiful life, one that I love – and one in which I am the most authentic version of myself.

Best wishes for your year of 24 – may it bring you much love, happiness, peace and good vibes xx

9 years ago

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9 years ago

We share the same birthday!!!!!
I just turned 21 and so far twenties just feel like a drastic change every year. I guess that’s what life is! Haha
Happy birthday!

9 years ago

Happy birthday! These photos are very beautiful!

6 years ago

Whoa whoa whoa! I just turned 25 on the 25th!! And I was thinking the saaaame exact thing. I know I’m looking into it waaay too much, but I feel as if the universe is trying to signal me something. Like maybe this is the year I really make it happen. So glad I found this post. It’s wonderful!