Monthly Archives: September 2014

Birthday Celebrations and Weekend List Accomplishments

I may just be the luckiest girl in the world.

That’s a pretty bold statement to throw out, but let me back it up with evidence.

This past weekend, I celebrated every single second of my 29th birthday supported and surrounded by the people I love most in this world. I am unbelievably humbled by the love shown through countless well wishes,  texts, phone calls, and Facebook messages from friends, family, and co-workers past and present. A sincere thank you to everyone who took the time to reach out!

My actual birthday, which was Friday, began with a tradition that started many, many birthdays ago: French toast. My sweet momma made me French toast for every year’s birthday breakfast from before I can remember until I left for college. It was just one of the many little things she did for me growing up that made me feel special and loved. After mentioning this to Tim in passing awhile back, he surprised me and sweetly picked up right where my mom left off and has made me a French toast breakfast the past 5 or so birthdays, and this past Friday was no exception.

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My day then proceeded with well-wishes from my great new colleagues, a visit from my dear friend LJ– who came bearing the funniest card and an awesome gift that he and my other friend Brandon went in on (rocking a fierce mani thanks to you two, btw!), and finished with a romantic date with my main squeeze.

Celebrations continued all weekend long. Saturday started with lunch with my parents, which we had outside in this fantastic weather, and ended with a bonfire surrounded by close friends. My best friend Krissy went especially above and beyond. She not only set up a really great atmosphere for the bonfire in her backyard, but she also made me an insanely good coconut birthday cake and forever changed my life by introducing peanut butter cups into my s’more repertoire. We are talking friend of the year here, people!


Sunday will go down as one of the most fun days of my life. Tim, Krissy, and her husband Dave conspired to get me to my first ever Indianapolis Colts game, and let me tell you, they did so in style! Through a connection of Dave and Krissy’s, they were able to get us the hook-up of a lifetime: lower level suite tickets to Sunday’s Colts vs. Titans game. Not only did I get to watch my favorite football team play a game with 3 of my favorite people in a suite with delicious food and drinks, but the Colts won AND I got to witness one of my favorite players, Reggie Wayne, catch his first touchdown pass of the season. You Parks and Recreation fans out there will understand just how excited I was: I had a serious Andy-Dwyer-at-Lucas-Oil-Stadium moment. Easily one of the most memorable experiences of my life, and I’m not at all embarrassed about how much I geeked out.

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Sunday night wrapped up with watching more football with Dave, Krissy, and Tim, and playing my newly gifted game, Cards Against Humanity. If you haven’t played that game yet, change your life and order it right now! I haven’t laughed that hard maybe ever. Not sure how this reflects on my fitness level, but I actually woke up this morning with sore abs from laughing. Truth.

I promise I am now done with this humble brag, but I had the most epic birthday and I needed to recount it, if only for myself and because I really do feel like the luckiest girl in the world.


I mostly spent my birthday weekend celebrating, but I did manage to stay on top of my daily goals from my 29 Before 30 list: #5’s taking at least 1 picture a day (as evidenced from the above  photos) and #21’s writing in my journal daily. I am glad to say I stuck to both of those each day since the start of my blog!

I also managed to stick to one of my weeklies, #13’s weekly date with Tim, and Sunday’s excursion to Indy for the game certainly counts as a day trip towards #22’s goal of taking as many of those and weekenders as possible.

I may only be 3 days in, but so far I’m loving 29!


Welcome to my 29 Before 30!

Tomorrow, Friday, September 26 is my 29th birthday. As I write that, I can hardly believe it. It seems like only yesterday I was celebrating my 19th birthday– which by the way, was a really good one! I had just started my freshman year at Belmont University, and my mom and dad made the trip down to Nashville with my grandparents in tow. They even surprised me by flying my sister in from Chicago, and we all went out to eat at the now-closed-down New Orleans Manor. I finished my birthday celebration by eating leftover cake in my dorm with my new roommates (hi Lindsey and Danielle!) on the new pink beanbag chair (I couldn’t make that up) that they had given to me as my gift. I’m not sure how it is possible that was 10 years ago, but needless to say, that year and my twenties have flown by in a blur.

Your twenties are a period of vast change and growth; at least they were for me. Mine roared in with college parties, all-night study sessions, and an explosion of new and interesting people and ideas. They then ebbed into a cliche quarter life crisis where I realized I wasn’t 100% sure of who I was as I started to stumble through the delicate process of trying to figure out what I wanted to do for a career while navigating grad school and then finding a job and living like a responsible adult. By my late twenties, I have started to feel more secure in myself in part by admitting that I don’t and never will have all the answers. My metabolism also entered it’s slow and painful dying process. That was the one thing I really hoped was a myth about getting older, but alas, it is TRUE. But I have settled into a career and into a terrific town I call home, and I’m also more rested in my late twenties. A fun weekend night has transformed from barhopping into a Netflix marathon with a glass or two of wine.

Along the way, some friendships were made and others broke my heart as they fell apart. I’ve made a lot of mistakes and experienced serious growing pains, but I’ve also laughed a lot, traveled to some amazing places, and created a ton of beautiful memories. Most importantly, I met and married the most wonderful man who is my best friend and rock.

All in all, my twenties have been pretty fantastic. But last year when I turned 28, I remember feeling like I’d been pranked. Like, wait a second… WTF!? I’m not supposed to be 28! I’m the baby in my family! I’m supposed to be eternally youthful! And although I will forever be younger than my brother and sister (sorry, Tyler and Tory!!), I was suddenly feeling old. Which is crazy, I know, but I was struggling with feeling like there were still milestones or goals that needed to be checked off before reaching 30 as well as silly and immature memories I wanted to create before making the jump into a new decade. It was these feelings that led me to deciding I really wanted to make 29 count. I decided I wanted to come up with a list of 29 things I wanted to do before turning 30 on September 26, 2015.

First on the list? Start a blog. Blogging is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time but never quite had the courage to start. Putting it on my list and making it public would force me into action, and that’s a good thing! I want my 29 before 30 to push me to try new things and be adventurous. I want to be more present in my every day life and take nothing for granted. I want to focus on the things that make me happiest: my family and friends, my passions that I’ve slowly spent less time on as life has gotten busier like reading,  writing, and music, and creating lasting memories. These are the goals of 29 Before 30!

Tomorrow, I blow out my candles and this will all begin. I do hope a few of you out there join me for the ride. To catch a peek of my list, click here.