The Big 2-5

This is the best time in your life I’ve seen you live in.
— Hannah Dworaczyk, best friend extraodinaire

Hannah has a way with words. She's best known for her "Just keep livin'" catchphrase, which she coined our junior year of college. That phrase lovingly appears on prints and cards in my FWD collection, and I'm happy to think of her every time I see it. But this, oh man...this one really gave me the giggles, and, while maybe a little clumsily put together, I was so happy to hear it.

I think she's right. This may just be the best time in my life.

Today is my 25th birthday, and, I'm really really happy. Sure, the past nags at me every once in a while. It nips at my heels and sometimes tries to bully me into worrying about the future. But mostly, the things I went through last year ground me and give me a pretty solid foundation -- I know what I want and what I don't want, and more importantly, I know that I don't know it all.

I'm eager to learn and to soak up life. I'm ready to dream and laugh. I'm determined to work hard and play often. I'm excited to receive the gifts life has to offer, and then give them right back for others to enjoy. It's going to be a good year.

For her 25th birthday, my friend Elizabeth, made a 25 while 25 list (25 things to do while you're 25). She gave progress reports on her blog sometimes, and it was fun to see all the things she accomplished. So, yeah, I'm stealing her idea, and I'm not mad about it.

My list is still a work in progress (I need to make a few items a little less vague and things like that), but here it is (in no particular order):

25 While 25

Forearm stand

Forearm stand

  1. Make the switch to natural beauty products (i.e. deodorant vs. antiperspirant, shampoo, lotion...maaaaybe makeup, idk)
  2. Go to Paper Camp (this one's pretty much in the bag, but I'll still be 25, right!?)
  3. Write to Reyna once a month. (I've sponsored Reyna for over 2 years and have never written her a letter. Embarrassing and sad, and that needs to change.)
  4. Fix my bike and ride it more often
  5. Learn a new art skill (pottery, print making, oil painting, etc.)
  6. Be able to do this --------------->
  7. Try a new recipe each month
  8. Read a book a month (yeah, this one is from my NYR list...and I'm way behind)
  9. Finish the Endow study
  10. Be a morning person (We wake up at 6)
  11. Learn to drive a stick shift (Boo got a new Jeep)
  12. Complete The Spiritual Exercises
  13. Sing at an open mic night
  14. Be a vegetarian for two weeks (I got this idea here)
  15. Take a creative vacation (i.e. secluded cabin for a long weekend of painting, or something along those lines)
  16. Start and finish two personal art pieces
  17. Finish the Molly Jaques calligraphy workshop on Skillshare
  18. Fix my iPhone screen
  19. Make a five-year business plan
  20. Put at least $2525 into savings
  21. A sketch a day
  22. Start one of those line-a-day for five year journal things (I've seen this on Pinterest...)
  23. Take a beer making class
  24. Go grape stomping
  25. Live with less (less stuff, less clutter) & love what I have

Tadaa! It's a little clunky, and super random, but I think it's doable. Have any other ideas or suggestions for how to complete these goals? Let me know. I'm looking forward to a great year full of adventure and joy.

Happy Monday, everyone!