Turning 27 + Reflections on Being 26 / Carmen Varner // Travel Influencer, Blogging Coach, Social Media Consultant


Turning 27 + Reflections on Being 26

It's my 27th birthday! I wasn't that impressed with my 26th year of life until I took a moment to reflect. I browsed through my photos, read some blog posts, & got to thinking about everything I did as a 26-year-old. Once I did that I impressed myself.

Last year I talked about My Birthday Weekend + Thoughts on Turning 26. I said that aging is a blessing because it means that we're still alive, we're still kicking, we're still existing. It's something I still believe in as I turn 27. That said, I want to share some of my proudest moments as a 26-year-old!

Paid campaign with thredUP

Here's what I did at age 26:

Paid campaign with Truvia

Paid campaign with Taboo FX

At age 26, I was paid to promote shows like Timeless NBC & Taboo FX.

At age 26, I worked with Southern California eateries & breweries such as The Cellar, Aftershock Brewing Co., La Quinta Brewing Co., Ernest Coffee, & more in exchange for a blogpost.

Traveled to Portland, Oregon

At age 26, I created content on my blog for brands like Field Roast, Veeda, California Fruit Wine Co., & Third Wave Coffee Tours.

Content creation with Third Wave Coffee Tours

At age 26, I had my first press stay at Empress La Jolla.

At age 26, I visited explored U.S. states: California (duh), Arizona, & Oregon.

Here's to age 27 & everything it will bring. I'll be heading to Paris, France in a matter of weeks. Then I'll jet off to London later this year. I'm excited to make travel a large part of my life. Age 26 gave me my first dollars from blogging, my first dollars from my social media channels, & my first dollars as a blogging/social media coach. 

I'm thrilled to see where 27 will take me & I hope to have you there for the ride. Follow along on my journey through life & all it brings. Talk to you soon!

Cheers to age 27! :]


  1. Happy Birthday! You've accomplished so much at such a young age! Congrats!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  2. Happy birthday! It sounds like you have had a lot of amazing opportunities this past year ♥

  3. Wishing you a Happy Birthday and New Year filled with more journey and cheers!!

  4. your doing great, i on the other hand is a late bloomer, am nearly your age and i dont even own a MAC *tear* hopefully when you arrive in london u can cheer me up! happy bday hun xoxoxo

  5. Wahoo!!! You're on a great track for 27! These are awesome posts!

  6. Happy Birthday and congrats on all your accomplishments in the past year! Also, I turn 27 on April 27th!!


  7. Happy Birthday babe! Congrats on all your successes this year :)

    Lee Anne

  8. I'm turning 27 this year too and it's freaking me out. I feel like birthdays stopped being exciting around 23 or so. Now it's just like noooo make it stop. But mad respect that you've come to terms with aging and have found a way to be grateful for it!

  9. Happiest of birthdays to you! I hope 27 is just as wonderful as 26, and then some! I turn 27 later this year and your post has me thinking about all the goals I want to accomplish before then.
    xx, E | https://everelaine.com


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