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25x26: Goals for My Twenty Fifth Year

Today I am twenty five. 
I have an interesting relationship with my birthday-- frenemies if you will (is frenemies still a thing or is that "so 2012"?). Regardless our relationship is complicated to say the least. Due to timing (Hello Turkey Day, we meet again) and my personality I struggle with "celebrating" every year. This year is no exception, but this year is a landmark year-- 25, a quarter of a century, the age where I can finally rent a car (HA!), the age where I can legally dive my grandparents car unmarried (yes, that is a real clause in their ancient auto insurance policy... i'm convinced their policy is kept behind glass at some insurance hall of history). After much debate on whether I was even going to acknowledge my birthday here I have decided to do the popular 25x26 list of goals... some are lofty and some are simple, but all have something to do with my transition into being in my "late" 20's. So with out further adu (because I'm already getting birthday awkward talking this much about my birthday) I present to you my 25x26... 

1. Buy a sewing machine and actually use it: Fun fact, I took sewing lessons for 6 years of my life and did "fashion" classes in high school and then went to college and promptly stopped. 

2. Volunteer: In college I volunteered all the time and truly miss it. 

3. Buy something at Anthroplogie at full price: If you've been around here at all you know I love me a deal, but there is something about going into a store finding something I LOVE and buying it with out doing math in my head. 

4. Rebrand my photography business: Eventually Im gonna have to figure out what I am doing with my side business... I should probably do that this year. 

5. Order a Stichfix: It looks like so fun!

6. Participate in 25 Random Acts of Kindness: One a month for 1 year, 25 different places, 25 different people. 

7. Visit a new state: California? North Carolina?

8. Have a successful dinner party: Emphasis on "successful"... i've attempted before it wasn't a disaster, but it wasn't exactly successful either. 

9. Make a 4 corse meal from scratch: See goal above. 

10. Camp out in "my" living room: Fort and all.

11. Buy a real piece of furniture: No craigslist, no vintage store, no friend of a friend stuff... like a real piece of legit adult furniture. I have no idea where I am going to put said furniture, but ya know we'll figure it out. 

12. Find and shoot a woking Polaroid camera: I want the real thing not a photoshopped/instagramed version.

13. Get monogramed stationary: Um do I need to explain why I need this?

14. Run in a 5k: Ugh, I don't wanna talk about it. (I did make a goal once to run a 1/2 marathon, but then I came to my senses)

15. Take a calligraphy class: It just so prettttttyyyy!!! I already sorta know how, but it would be nice to learn correctly.

16. Wear my hair a different way everyday for 30 days: I did resist the urge to cut it. I probably should learn how to fix it.

17. Go to an A&M game: I have been a major 2%er since graduating. I need to step up my game. 

18. Join a Book Club: Cause I am a teacher and I should... I also hear they serve wine at those things.

19. Go to a photography workshop: After hearing about Ashley's experience at The Glow workshop I HAVE to get my camera hands all over one of those things.

21. Go to a rodeo: There are too many great performers and too much fair food not to make this a goal. 

22. Go to a real life Fashion Show: SO FANCY, yall. 

23. Learn how to fish tail braid: FINALLY my hair is long enough.

24. Get a picture published somewhere: There are lots of things I have accomplished in my photography "business" but I feel like getting something published will be a real sign of achievement.

25. Get engaged: I'm just not gonna make any commentary on that one. 

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Ashley Robyn said...

Applets of happy birthdays to you my beautiful friend. I see a busy year of me tagging along to all of these awesome things. Especially the photography one. It's a must. Enjoy your special day you 25 year old. The great thing is that you've ONLY lived a quarter of your life. Cheers to three more quarters!!!

Brittany said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Also....have you considered Idaho as your new state to visit?;)

Aspen Kelty Marie said...

Happy Birthday!
I love all of these! I may have to do some of these things this year along with you! So cute :)

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Whitney H said...

Happy birthday lovely! I can't believe you're 25 because that means I'll be turning 25 in a few months too. That's such an adult age!! I love this list and I'm totally with you on the buying 1) something at full price and 2) a piece of adult furniture. I'd love for the second to be a bedroom set or couch but we'll see if that happens...

Alexa said...

7 - North Carolina. DUH.
Happy happy happy birthday, beautiful friend!!! I hope you have a great day and 25 is your best year yet! XO

Amber said...

#25 is my favorite :)

put a bow on it [kaitlyn] said...

I have so many comments. Prepare yourself.

1. Come sew with me! My goal is still to make a dress for myself.

14. I will run with you! Because my goal of a half marathon makes me laugh so hard.

15. DONE

18. big fat Kaitlyn FAIL


2. Fingers are CROSSED.

put a bow on it [kaitlyn] said...

I have so many comments. Prepare yourself.

1. Come sew with me! My goal is still to make a dress for myself.

14. I will run with you! Because my goal of a half marathon makes me laugh so hard.

15. DONE

18. big fat Kaitlyn FAIL


2. Fingers are CROSSED.

Because Shanna Said So said...

Happy birthday, sweet girl!! You still have so much fun ahead of you!! And I still want to buy something at Anthro for full price too! LOL! Enjoy your day!

Carroll said...

Happy Birthday! I love this list and agree with so many of your ideas. Photography and calligraphy classes sound so fun and buying something full-price at Anthropologie would be a challenge for me, too! :) Enjoy your day!

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday! I definitely think you should come to North Carolina...we can go from the mountains to the coast all in one weekend!

Arielle said...

Happy Birthday! Love your list! I want to learn calligraphy too:)

Darby Hawley said...

That insurance clause has me rolling lol Gotta love those grandparents! However, I love this list and I hope you do find some time to celebrate your special day this weekend. Because you're totally worth it and gorgeous, and why the heck not?! This is an awesome year and if you even get through 3 of these it will definitely be a good year!

Becky M said...

Happy birthday! Number one is my fav!

Meg said...

We share the same birthday! Happy birthday! I'm 30 today. Ugh.

thenerdykatie said...

Happy Birthday!

And I love the last one haha!

Kati - Incorporating Color said...

Number 25. YES. I'm gunning for that before the age of 25 as my 24th birthday comes up in a week and a half. YES TO YOU.

Kara Renee said...

I just moved to Ohio from North Carolina. You'd love it, super gorgeous! And something full priced from Anthro? You better start saving now! ;)

ls said...

Happy Belated Birthday!
Love the navy blazer- can you share where it is from? Love your blog- keep up the fabulous posts!

Caitlin Cavallaro said...

I still need to hire you to take pictures for me ;)

Meghan at Champagne & Suburbs said...

Come visit NC and let's have a glass of champagne together and talk about our adventures in teaching.