Wednesday, September 4, 2013

One Last Hoorah

Clearly... age is just a number.

Today is my 29th birthday.  Technically, it's also my twin sister's birthday which is a bonus since we usually get double the birthday desserts.  It's my last birthday before my hit a major milestone. I took a stroll down memory lane and tried to find pictures from my 20th birthday.  I definitely found some pictures of Annie and I that could easily be used as blackmail at a later date.  Looking back, I see a young college girl with eyebrows that are too thin wearing a "I sold my soul to rock and roll" T-shirt (trust me, it was a good look at the time).  I also see someone who has so much to learn about this world and how she fits into it. I truly enjoyed my twenties.  I went to college, graduated, traveled to Europe a few times, met Jon, got married, and began my professional career.  I've come to realize that most of my learning has been the later part of my twenties. After 25, I begun to feel more comfortable with who I am, and truly value what is important in my life. My priorities have changed over the years, and I'm sure they will continue to change as I enter my 30's.  However, I have one more year left of my 20's, so I am going to enjoy it and try to accomplish these 10 goals before I turn the big three-oh!

1.  Learn how to make a fancy dessert.  I'm thinking this Chocolate Souffle would be sufficient.
2.  Take a spontaneous weekend trip out of town.  Perhaps could help me with this one...
3.  Learn Spanish. Jon's family speak Spanish when they are together and I truly want to join the conversation so our kids someday will grow up in a bilingual household.
4.  Two Words: Fitness routine. Working out has always been part of my life.  As I get older, it's really important for me to stay active and healthy.  I want to find a fitness regime that I can stick with and make it part of my lifestyle.
5.  Take dance or ballet classes.  When I was younger, I was in ballet and I still have such fond memories of those years.
6.  Invest in a designer handbag or shoes (or both!).  If I get my dream job before I'm 30, then I'm buying myself a nice treat!
7.  Learn the Ukulele.  This is a stretch, but I would really love to learn the ukulele. It's such a sweet instrument and it fits so much better in my hands than a regular guitar.
8. Read some of the classics: Catcher in the Rye, Wuthering Heights, Nineteen Eighty-four, etc. I think they are all free on my kindle too. Bonus!
9.  Buy personalized stationary and become really good at sending cards.  Birthdays, Anniversaries, Thinking of You...I think it's such a personal connection in this digital world we live in.
10.  Begin a holiday tradition with Jon. If you have any suggestions, send them my way!

Happy Birthday to me!

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