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6 Aug

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Since it’s my birthday today (yay!), I decided to take a cue from Karlie Kloss and share 27 things I’ve learned in the past 27 years.

  1. Celery will always taste disgusting to me no matter how many times I try it. But don’t be afraid to try something new. You never know what you might enjoy.
  2. I believe true love exists, but there is definitely a conscious choice involved. You choose to love someone and make it work.
  3. Sometimes it’s OK to spend the day on the couch, watching Netflix and eating your weight in Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
  4. Be with someone who can make you laugh.
  5. Your parents are smart. Really guys. Listen to them. But don’t be afraid to make decisions for yourself.
  6. You’re going to make mistakes, and that’s alright. Just don’t forget to learn something from them.
  7. Protect your skin. It’s not OK to go outside without sunscreen.
  8. Travel as often as you’re able to. There is so much to see in this world. Adventure is out there!
  9. Stop fretting about what others think. It’s your life. Do you.
  10. Start saving now, even if it’s just a little. You never know when you’re going to need that safety net.
  11. Family first. Always. Make time for the important people in your life.
  12. Get outside. Fresh air and sunshine are my cure for just about anything.
  13. Never stop reading.
  14. It’s completely appropriate for a 27-year-old to know almost every Disney song by heart.
  15. Stop looking down at your phone all the time.
  16. Take care of yourself. Get off the couch and move. Your health is important.
  17. Remove the toxic people from your life. Trust me when I say I prefer my handful of close friends versus an army of people.
  18. It’s OK to have emotions. And even more OK to show them.
  19. Sometimes people just aren’t going to like you.
  20. Your taste in music doesn’t define you, and it doesn’t make you better than others. 1D is my jam y’all.
  21. Just because you don’t understand something doesn’t mean it’s wrong. It’s not cool to be judgmental all the time.
  22. The golden rule is a good rule of thumb. Treat others how you would want to be treated.
  23. Money is better spent on experiences rather than possessions. You can’t take all those things to the grave with you.
  24. Sleep is important.
  25. Be direct about what you want and need.
  26. Growing up on a farm was hard work, but it also turned me into a hard worker.
  27. Life is beautiful, even the really messy parts.

Twenty five

6 Aug

Today is the day, the big 2-5. I’m officially in my mid-twenties. I know I’m supposed to be all freaked out that I’m OLD and begin planning my quarter-life crisis, but I just don’t feel that way. Sure there are things I would change if I could, and Lord knows there is always room for improvement, but that’s life. It’s crazy and messy and surprises you. Isn’t that what makes it fun?

Each year is an opportunity to grow and learn and make mistakes. You can take chances, try new things and go new places. And make the best memories along the way. In year 24, I attended Oktoberfest in Munich, tried kidney for the first time, rediscovered my love for reading, found a job where I’m happy and spent an afternoon under the Eiffel Tower.

And that my friends are why birthdays are so awesome – you never know what lies ahead. I’m happy to turn another year older. I’m unapologetically 25.

25 today

Happy birthday bff

6 Feb

Sometimes people are destined to find each other. When I was in kindergarten, I met Erika. I don’t remember exactly how our friendship started, but it’s pretty clear we were meant to be friends. We grew up on the same road and are exactly six months apart – destiny, right? I guess we’ll never know for sure, but I know I’m lucky to have her in my life.

So happy birthday Erika! (And happy half birthday to me!)


Life just wouldn’t be the same without you in it.


Birthday wishes from afar

29 Oct

It’s days like today when long distance is especially hard. Today is Sebastian’s 25th birthday, and just like the ones before, we won’t be spending it together. In fact, we have yet to spend a birthday together. Yet, we always try to make it special for the other person, even from far away.

If it were possible, I’d hop on the first flight to Berlin to wish him happy birthday in person. But until that time, a package and a birthday call will have to suffice.

happy birthday, love

sending extra good thoughts your way


Happy birthday to me

6 Aug

Today I turn 24 years old. Unlike a lot of people my age, I’m not freaking out about getting older. In fact, I like getting older. It often feels that each year is better than the next.

These past few birthdays, I’ve started taking some time to reflect on all that I’ve done in the past year. I continue to notice how quickly time flies by. It seems like yesterday I was graduating college and in a blink of an eye, more than two years have gone by.

I have to say though, as fast as it went, year 23 was pretty great. I kicked off my birthday celebrations with a trip to Pittsburgh with my bff. I was promoted at my job. I traveled to Amsterdam, Berlin and the Dominican Republic. I ran three 5Ks and started getting back in shape. And my favorite was celebrating two wonderful years with my boyfriend. What a year.

The most important thing to note is I can honestly say I’m happy with my life right now. As fun as this past year was, there are still big things ahead, and year 24 is already shaping up to be pretty awesome. I’ll be traveling to Germany in September to spend time in Berlin and Munich. I couldn’t be more excited (47 days!!!).

So cheers to another birthday and the year ahead. I’m already looking forward to it.

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What a boss

28 Jul

My brother and I both have summer birthdays (and they’re only 10 days apart). So yes, I have a birthday coming up, but this post is all about my little brother.

Today he’s spending his birthday in basic training at the United States Air Force Academy (not exactly a fun birthday). I’ll be sending lots of good thoughts his way, and I ask you to do the same.

He finally finishes basic training on August 7. When he has internet access again, I hope he’ll get to see the picture below and have a good laugh.

Happy Birthday, Joe!

A beautiful birthday

16 Nov

Today is my Mom’s 50th birthday.

I’m not entirely sure how she feels about it, but I think she’s 50 and fabulous!

Happy Birthday to the most beautiful woman I know, inside and out.

Love you, Mom.