In light of my recently hitting the quarter-century mark, I thought I’d make a post dedicated to twenty-five of the things I’m happy to have had the chance to do before turning 25. The hardest part about writing this post was compressing the list to only twenty-five things, which I suppose is a pretty great complaint to have. I just feel so blessed to have been able to live as big and fully as I have thus far, and I absolutely can’t wait to find out what’s next. Since most of this list was completed in the past five years, I’m also giddy to see what accomplishments can be made and adventures shall be had before reaching thirty years of age. But for now, I’m pretty proud to be where I’m at and to have done what I have with my first twenty-five. So without further ado and in no particular order (Prego brain ain’t got time for that), here’s 25 things I’m so glad to have done before 25:
1. Hosted my own on-campus radio show
2. Bungee Jumped
5. Tied the knot with my very favorite person, adventure buddy and partner-in-crime.
6. Volunteered frequently
7. Became a home-owner
8. Met Willie Nelson. And Chandler Riggs. (aka Carl of “The Walking Dead”) And the former White Power Ranger.
9. Went Fly-Boarding
11. Ran a half marathon
12. Filmed a commercial for a name brand company
13. Had that same company (U By Kotex) fly me first class to Detroit, where I would have some of the most incredibly surreal times of my life while also filming for a piece shown at concerts all over the US
14. Swam at a nude lake. Nude.
15. Drank Coronas in Mexico
16. Strolled the beaches of Puerto Rico
17. Saw the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower
18. Viewed Italy from a romantic gondola ride in Venice
19. Ran a race for a good cause–In my underwear.
20. Self-published a short story
21. Wrote an article that was published in my local newspaper
22. Interned for the American Red Cross
23. Graduated college Cum Laude
24. Fell in love with my job as a social media representative
25. Made a baby–when I was ready.
It blows my mind that my mom had a seven-year-old (me!) and a four-year-old at the age I’ll be having my first. The older I get, the more grateful I am for all of the sacrifices my parents made to give me the opportunity to live such a beautiful and wonderful life. And now I can’t wait to continue living that life with my own little lady and that sweet dude of mine by my side.