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Third blogiversary

22 Feb

Happy three years to my blog! I spent some time these past few weeks reading through old posts, and I noticed how much I’ve changed since I first started writing. Three years ago I was 22 years old, less than a year out of school, living with my parents, unsure of myself and incredibly insecure at times. The early part of your twenties is super uncomfortable. You’re trying to find your way, supposedly part of the adult world but not really feeling like an adult.

I’m aware more than ever of how important your twenties are for self-discovery. In my first blog post I shared this line: Your twenties are foundational years and should not be wasted or lived unintentionally. It truly is a decade of growing up. It’s funny each year how much you change. I know who I am. I can see how much I’ve matured. I’m more comfortable in my skin.

And I feel proud of the chances I’ve taken.

I decided to make a long-distance relationship work – something that’s been anything but easy. In fact, looking back at old posts, there were times when I was downright miserable. Part of this was the uncertainty of it all. But distance is not for the weak. I’ve learned to trust my heart.

I’ve left jobs (good jobs with awesome co-workers) in pursuit of feeling more fulfilled. I was always looking for the next opportunity to grow. Becoming complacent wouldn’t help me improve. I’ve used my early career to explore different jobs and find what’s right for me. Find what makes me happy.

I also spent money on travel. And while this could have gone to savings or designer purses or a car payment – I have an appreciation for the world that I otherwise wouldn’t. Travel has been my liberator. It has changed me more than anything else. I’m still amazed at how much of the world I have yet to see.

Photo via Unsplash

So happy blogiversary! And thanks for staying along for the ride.

P.S. In case you’re interested, my first blog post, first blogiversary and second blogiversary.

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My blogiversary

16 Mar
Amsterdam

{world traveler}

Somehow my blogiversary slipped by without me realizing it. Last year, I started sharing my thoughts here, not really sure what I would get out of it. It has become somewhat therapeutic for me. It’s nice to sit down and write what I’m thinking, and it’s fun to look back on what an incredible year it was.

In my very first blog post, I wrote a list of ten things to do in my twenties. And for my blogiversary post, I think it’s fitting to look back at that list and see how I’m doing.

1. Travel – In 2011 I wrote that I wanted to see the world, and I started doing just that. Since that first post, I’ve not only traveled to Germany, but Spain and the Netherlands as well.

2. Learn a foreign language – This is much harder than I thought it would be, but I haven’t given up yet. For awhile I was getting quite good at German grammar, and conquered a pretty long list of German vocabulary. But life became busy, and I stopped doing my lessons. I’m ready to start again though, so we’ll see how I do the second time around.

3. Develop an active, healthy lifestyle – I’ve definitely become more aware of what I’m eating and actually prefer healthier options. Don’t get me wrong, I love a Shamrock Shake every now and then, but it’s all about moderation. And I have to say, I’m much more active than I was last year. I currently play on an indoor soccer team, and I signed up for another 5K in April. Man, I sure love me some 5K’s.

4. Start a blog – I’m pretty sure I can check this one off the list. My goal this year is to post more than I did last year. I think I’m up for the challenge.

5. Create a monthly budget – Based on my bank account, and the ability to afford my travels, I’d have to say I conquered this list item. It was hard at first, but now I’m capable of setting a budget and sticking to it. And the key is sticking to it.

6. Learn to cook – I still make a mean grilled cheese – does that count? I mostly blame my poor cooking skills on living at home. Why cook when there is already dinner on the table? I know I’ll get better with this at time, maybe not this year, but somewhere down the road. At least I can bake!

7. Live overseas – This is still a dream of mine. After traveling overseas, I definitely feel this is an experience I want to have. Although I don’t see it happening soon, I have a hunch it will happen one day.

8. Live on your own – It’s been a year and I’m still hanging out with Mom and Dad. I don’t ever view it as negative though. I’m saving money, and more importantly, spending time with my family. I won’t ever look back on this time and regret it.

9. Live in a major city – One of these days it will happen – just like living overseas. Maybe I’ll knock out two birds with one stone. Berlin, anyone?

10. Surround yourself with good people – This is still one of my favorite things on the list. I’ve made it a priority this past year to rid myself of negativity and spend time with the people who matter most.

So as you can see, I still have things to accomplish on my list, but I’m happy with where life is going. Around this time last year I was heading to Chicago to visit my sister for St. Patrick’s Day, and today I’m heading to Columbus to visit my sister for St. Patrick’s Day. Even as things change, they don’t really change at all.

Cheers to all the things I will continue to do in my twenties – and to another year of blogging.