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I’m 25

24 was a great age for me.

23 was allowing negativity to build up all around and inside me. 23 was about realizing that mistakes were made. 23 was about learning lessons. So 24 was about embracing those lessons and changing my entire attitude.

At 24 I healed. At 24 I opened up. At 24 I stopped letting negativity decide my choices and started finding ways to produce positivity.

I learned that silence is wise, but responsible confrontation is healthy. I learned when to use either of these methods.

I learned a great deal from working with young girls; about how my actions and choices affect others and how I allow others’ actions to affect me. I learned that justifying wrong actions for wrong actions is life-draining. I learned that I had changed, not at my core, but just by opening up and allowing myself to grow into a better version of myself.

At 24 I learned to dance unexpectedly, be happy with being dorky, be healthy.

I learned to get rid of the ‘things’, learned what it means to leave everything and everyone behind, learned to not let fear stop me.

25 will be something else entirely. Mistakes will be made, like at 23. Personal growth will happen, like at 24. And we’ll see what else I can learn and see and do at 25.


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25 Things I Want to Do While I’m 25

Happy Birthday to me! Sort of. Close enough. I’m turning 25 soon, which really doesn’t mean all that much to me. Yes, it is strange to think of myself as ’25’, but there will always be people older and younger, and I’ve always been okay with that. I don’t feel like I’m getting too old and I suspect I’ll always feel that way. Why stress on the inevitable? I can only hope I can let go of my hair color and can happily prove that there are laugh–not frown– lines on my face, when the time comes.

That being said, of course I want to grow old gracefully, which really puts sitting on the couch eating a plate of nachos as I type this into perspective….

There are some personal goals, resolutions and habits that I would really like to accomplish and add to my life. I want to live the adventure, not just by having the adventures, but by having a life filled with simple joys that make a memory and betters the ‘wholeness’ of my life.

I’m already working on several of these, and I hope to cross off as many as I can!

1. Learn basic french
2. Learn more about my DSLR camera; take better photos
3. Travel around England cities
4. Visit all the countries in the UK (Scotland, Wales, England, Northern Ireland)
5. Understand watercolor painting
6. Sketch more
7. Get back into exercise
8. Learn to ‘be’, or as the Italian say ‘asolare’; pass time in a meaningless, but delightful way
9. Go outside more just to go outside (as opposed to walking to the corner store)
10. Read some classic novels
11. Make a habit of telling people how I feel
12. Dive into the Bible
13. Try out the odd vegetables in the store
14. Help strangers more often
15. Share more about myself with friends
16. Become more involved with church
17. Make better sleep habits
18. Don’t spend money on the small things, but remember the big things we could have instead (traveling)
19. Make peace with the past and allow the lessons I learned to change my perspective of the present
20. Send more snailmail
21. Complete a photo project
22. Listen to music more often
23. Invest in things that will forever be a memory of our travels, and worth carrying around for years to come
24. Complain less
25. Continue to work on the good habits I already practice but are still fairly new (drinking water, taking vitamins, good skincare regimen)


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Lately…

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Day 9 of the 365 challenge: Guilty Pleasure

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I had such a wonderful birthday weekend. Friday, my coworkers gave me all sorts of delicious snacks and a desk full of balloons. Then I spent the night eating dinner with family and watching movies with my sister and cousin. After a relaxing, blessed weekend, I went a little crazy and cut my bangs…my hairstylist sister is going to kill me.

He told me not to post a photo, but my husband made this delicious bundt cake. I picked out the flavors which is why it’s a strange combination; french vanilla with coconut pecan icing. I, personally, think it looks just as delicious as it tastes and deserves to go in the My Husband Can Bake category.

Today is filled with a wonderful church service, relaxtion and The Walking Dead premiere tonight!

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