The 7 Stages of Turning 29

This weekend something big is happening.

Nope, I’m not moving, getting married or buying a new car.

Saturday I’m turning 29 — the last year of my 20s — and there are a few emotions that come with the acceptance of 30 being a mere 12 months away. To most accurately depict how I’m feeling about it, I’ve provided GIFs.

Now I present to you, the 7 stages of turning 29.

Enjoy.

1. Shock: Didn’t I just turn 22 … like 5 minutes ago?

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2. Deep Thought: Nope, that was 7 years ago. I graduated college that year. A gallon of gas cost $2.73. Obama was inaugurated as the 44th US President and Michael Jackson died.

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3. Confusion: No way was that 7 years ago.

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4. Comparison: When you’re single and unsure about the direction of your life, it’s nearly impossible to not compare yourself to others your own age. Married? Not me. Kids? Not yet. Home owner? Certainly not.

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5. Annoyance: “But, like, I thought I’d have those things by now.” The unrealistic and fictional timeline of your life you create in your early 20s is a mean girl. Don’t listen to her.

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6. Acceptance: The moment you realize you only have to provide for yourself, you’ve still got somewhat visible abs and the fine lines don’t require botox … yet.

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7. Excitement: Now, let’s celebrate.

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– TTT

Eat, Don’t Drink, Your Coffee [Review & Giveaway] – Ended

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I love the taste of coffee.

I drink it black. Hot (if at Starbucks with a few ice cubes tossed in because my mouth would get 3rd degree burns if not … I’m not a patient person when it come to coffee) or cold (preferably cold brew, but I’m not picky).

I enjoy the aroma. The buzz. The flavor. Creamer? Not unless I’m in the mood. Sugar? I’d rather a handful of jelly beans.

So when I was pitched a product that would provide me with the caffeine equivalent of a cup of coffee, but in a portable bar form, I was intrigued.

I also love bars, but due to the connivence factor, I really try to limit myself from buying them. With most of my days spent driving between clients, classes and coaching it becomes too easy — not to mention nutritionally lacking — for me to live solely on glorified Charleston Chews.

Enter: CoffeeBar, an all-natural, coffee-infused energy bar that is organic, gluten-free, non-GMO and vegan.

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I was given three flavors to try: Coconut Mocha, Caramel Macchiato and Mocha Latte.

All I can say is YUM. Because they contain the caffeine of one full cup of coffee, there is no binging on these suckers. The bars are also made from all-natural fair trade coffee and have a shelf life of eight months … which is more than some other bars I know that take up residence on the shelves of 7-Eleven.

According to the java-filled company, “[CoffeeBars] Gives back by partnering with the non-profit organization Chain Collaborative, and its affiliate Planting Hope, which has programs to support migrant coffee-pickers and their families in Nicaragua. To date, the company has helped 30+ students stay in classes for an entire year!”

So where can you purchase, try or WIN these … you’ve come to the right place. CoffeeBars are sold for $2.99 for a bar, $8.99 for a sample pack and $29.99 for a box (12 bars). They also ship worldwide.

You want to win some for free? I hear YA. All entries must be in by Wednesday, 3/16 at midnight, EST. Winners will be notified via email the following Monday, 3/21.

Enter to win here: http://explore.newgroundsfood.com/the-trendy-trainer

I’ll raise a cup — ahem — bar to that, 

TTT