Well that year went by quickly, right? Just yesterday it seemed like I posted the 25 by 25 list and hoped and dreamed and wished that the next year would be one of the fullest, best and most adventurous yet.
Safe to say it was.
It was the first time in years that I had challenged myself to take control. Figure out what was missing and stop moseying through life.
I traveled. All over. Serious travel bug. Nine new states. Montreal, Canada.
I wrote in new places and publications, and created a new blog.
I took acting classes. I started teaching myself to play the guitar.
Listened to new music from all over and read a hand full of books.
Ran a half marathon and found two new churches.
I was spontaneous. I simplified. I spent a lot of time with Ashley and got myself to best, healthiest place I’ve been mentally, physically and emotionally.
I invested myself where it mattered and when it mattered most; and I found myself cherishing every relationship I had a little deeper.
I took a gigantic deep breath, weighed all of the pros and cons, gave many a tearful hug and left North Carolina in the rearview mirror to go back to school; to move 15 hours away and to take on a new chapter without a second glance.
I swear I’m the happiest that I could imagine today. Big smile and all.
You know, there were things to be worried about when I moved. Would I make friends? Would I like the city? But in retrospect it’s funny to think that I thought about those things. But never actually worried about them. Lucky me, because I never needed to.
After a month in Boston I was able to spend my 25th birthday feeling so much love from far away and right in Boston. Cards and messages from friends and family around the South. And yet somehow was also surrounded by Boston friends and new roommates. It’s pretty incredible how much of a new life you can put together in such a short period of time.
God’s definitely been watching out for me.
25 is going to be pretty amazing. How do I know? Goodness, look at the last year of preparation. : ) If anything, I feel like 25 by 25 was the introduction and now we’re getting to the good part.
What comes post 25 by 25? Maybe this list I talked about a long time ago. Or maybe a break to focus on school and you’ll just get normal updates from me. Regardless, the blog isn’t going anywhere.
So, here’s to 25 more years of adventures and love and progress. You know, that’s really all I could ever dream or ask for.
yesssss!!! okay so what day was your birthday exactly!?! i love that we are so similar and libras! i just read your comment on my blog.
im so happy 25 has been amazing to you and im sure the future years will be better than ever. BOSTON- we are going to meet! even though im not racing, the speedy man will and i will be traveling with him to support….. so we should totally be cheerleaders together!?!? yes! and get starbucks and chat.
im glad you got a lotta love from distance on your birthday. the attention for a day is special and it is overwhelming how thoughtful people can be. You deserve all the happiness and success life can offer! Go get it 🙂
ps i am AMAZED at all the stuff you did…. i made one goal for myself this year, to start a book club…. maybe i should add a few more lol i love that you were a travel bug!
My birthday is the 7th! Just a week before yours, since I’m guessing yours is the 14th? Love it. Definitely, definitely let me know about Boston. I’ll of course be marathon watching and it’s always more fun with friends!!!