Maggie Carter, Deputy Director of the Shot@Life Campaign asked actress Sasha Alexander (Rizzoli & Isles, NCIS, He’s Just Not That Into You, Yes Man, and Mission: Impossible III) what it meant to be 29 and a few other things!

Q: What is your strongest/fondest memory from being 29 years old?

Buying my first house. It was a big responsibility, and I wanted my parents to be proud of the fact I was able to do it at such a young age and all on my own! And they were. I still own the house and rent it out because I can’t imagine not having it in my life. It was a big accomplishment for my independent, adult life.

Q: Can you reflect on what it was like to turn 29? How did that feel? Did anything change?

It felt closer to 30, that’s for sure. That was a scary concept for me at the time. I felt like 30 would mean I was an adult and I had to take things more seriously. Truthfully, I look back now and know that was silly. It’s only a number, and all of our journeys are unique.

Read the entire interview here.

Editor’s Note: Throughout August, top bloggers are using their voices to help protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases as part of “Blogust,” a month-long digital dialogue organized by the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign. Every time you leave a comment on any of these blog posts, Walgreens will donate a vaccine (up to 50,000 vaccines) to help give children around the world a shot at a healthy life. Comments only count when they are left on the direct Blogust post.