Last Thursday (not surprisingly, one of the days I missed while working my way through NaBloPoMo) I turned 25 years old.
*insert a party and a big “hooray!” here*
I am officially a quarter-of-a-century girl!
But what does that even mean for my life?
My oh-so-loving cousin texted me that evening and told me that it’s all downhill after 25, but I’m not so sure about that.
I mean, I’m not in any sort of committed relationship, I don’t have any kids, and I just got a “big kid job” which I start right after the first of the year. As far as I’m concerned, the few days I’ve been 25 have been the best of my life; no sight of a downward hill in the horizon.
But 25 is still a big occasion! SO! I’ve decided to created a list of 25 things I want to accomplish in the next year (think of it as a much smaller scale of my original 101/1001 list). Be aware, some of them are more “me” goals and I’ll need to find a way to measure my success, but this isn’t all about doing, it’s got a lot to do with becoming a better me.
Twenty-Five Things in my 25th Year (yes, I realize this is actually the 26th year):
- Start the long process to become a licensed professional counselor
- Become a legal resident of Massachusetts
- Find an organization to regularly volunteer with (maybe a humane society?)
- Commit more time to writing (poetry, prose, or blogs)
- Stay committed to my five-year line journal
- Re-commit to my “healthy me” journey
- Read twelve books
- Spend some time hiking through the nature reserves close to the Curry campus
- Call home much more often than I do currently
- Visit a part of the world that I’ve never seen before (even if that just means a part of our country I’ve never seen before)
- Save money for a new iPad
- Bake a pumpkin pie from scratch
- Make an effort to smile more at strangers
- Send care packages to people back home (I’m looking at you Zandie)
- Spend more time talking about Evan
- Allow myself to have free time (even if it’s just 10 minutes every day)
- Write thank-you cards. Say thank-you more often in general
- Be aware of my attitude at all times and be completely intentional with everything that I say
- Create and stick to an “adult” budget; whittle down my debt
- Take more pictures of the beautiful things around me
- Floss more often than never
- Be able to answer the question “when is the last time you did something for the first time?” quickly and with certainty
- Re-commit to learning French
- Stop making excuses for why I haven’t accomplished any of this in the past
- Be my true, authentic self
There it is. A list of things that I want to work on and accomplish in the next year of my life. Perhaps this will be a foundation for future blogging topics, eh?
I’m up for a good challenge. 🙂
So until later (one more today!),