Well, here we are. Another day, another birthday, another year of life to be thankful for.
I was doing some deep thinking about birthdays last night as I also started to doze off my couch (because am I actually 100 years old?) and realized that I now view them entirely differently than I did when I was a kid. My parents, being the wonderful people they are, made birthdays a pretty big deal growing up–we got off school, my dad took off work, we got to go to a restaurant of our choice (usually Old Country Buffet because ENDLESS ICE CREAM SUNDAES). Once I hit the adult world, it was a bit of culture shock of “You mean the world DOESN’T stop revolving because it’s my birthday?!”
But instead I’ve come to realize birthdays are actually a bit BETTER when you’re an adult. Because even though the world doesn’t stop revolving, a birthday is a wonderful, beautiful day of being showered with love. I woke up this morning to a video message from my friend in Seattle, along with other texts and messages. Adult birthdays don’t suck, guys!
I’ve had a BIT of a hard time accepting that I’m officially closer to 30 than 20 now, but looking back on the year 25 made me really happy for the progress I made in the past year. It probably was my biggest year as far as doing things I wanted to do and figuring out who I am as a person.
A few highlights:
- I finally went and visited one of my best friends in Seattle
- I went to Texas and got to be a part of a fantastic wedding
- I lost a bit of weight (and need to get back on that horse)
- I FINALLY went to a Packers game (which I really need to blog about) and…went to a second game during one of the coldest games in NFL history!
- I was published online
- I started helping out with my church’s children’s ministry and love it
- Aaron Rodgers said my name TWICE on the radio when I sent in questions to his radio show, no big deal
- I signed up to go on a mission trip to Costa Rica
- I did three 5Ks, which is just a miracle for me
- I moved into an apartment and went all DIY
And looking ahead to the year 26, I already have some big plans. I am hoping to travel to visit some friends, write more, branch out more, etc. So here’s to 26!
PS: In lieu of traditional birthday gifts, I’m instead requesting donations towards my Costa Rica mission trip this year. If you would like to donate, you can do so online here!