I turned 25 this week, so, of course, there’s a Bittersweet quote for that :)
“I know that age is, of course, one of the most arbitrary ways of measuring a person […] Age, like numbers on a scale and letters on a report card, tells us very little of who we are. You decide every year exactly how young and how old you want to be. When you’re twenty-five-ish, you’re old enough to know what kind of music you love, regardless of what your last boyfriend or roommate always used to play. You know how to walk in heels, how to tie a necktie, how to give a good toast at a wedding, and how to make something for dinner. You don’t have to think much about skin care, home ownership, or your retirement plan.
Your life can look a lot of different ways when you’re twenty-five: single, dating, engaged, married. You are working in dream jobs, pay-the-bills jobs, and downright horrible jobs. You are young enough to believe that anything is possible, and you’re old enough to make that belief a reality. […]
Stop every once in a while and go out to coffee or climb in bed with your journal. Ask yourself some good questions like, Am I proud of the life I’m living? What have I tried this month? What have I learned about God this year? What parts of my childhood faith am I leaving behind, and what parts am I choosing to keep with me for this leg of the journey? Do the people I’m spending time with give me life, or make me feel small? Is there any brokenness in my life that’s keeping me from moving forward? […]
Now is your time. Become, believe, try. Walk closely with people you love, and with other people who believe that God is very good and life is a grand adventure. Don’t spend time with people who make you feel like less than you are. Don’t get stuck in the past, and don’t try to fast-forward yourself into a future you haven’t yet earned. Give today all the love and intensity and courage you can, and keep traveling honestly along life’s path.“
1) For my birthday, we went to Bellini’s to celebrate! Thank you so much to everyone who sent me kind words and sweet gifts! Birthdays are super humbling experiences for me–so much that I don’t deserve.
2) This weekend I was in Stillwater for one of the quicker trips I’ve ever taken there, but I definitely made a point to stop at one of my favorite food trucks because…falafel. YUM!
3) Cuppies and tea :) I’m telling you, they has the most beautiful light!
4) Quick lake breaks are necessary during busy seasons–this one was especially good.
5-6) My mom took me to breakfast at Kitchen 324 for my birthday–tea and chocolate croissants forever!
7-8) Also for my birthday (soooo many birthday things! yay!), my Bible Study went to dinner on Lake Hefner! We watched the sunset while we finished our conversation, and it was lovely. That’s me on the left doing a wobbly dancer pose on a rock, and my friend, Rachel, on the right being her wonderful goofy self haha
9) Brian hurt his shoulder, and my friend Kelsey (who’s studying to be a physical therapist) instructed him to lift 3lb weights a few times a day. While at our house, he didn’t have any 3lb weights…so he used my jars of brown rice and salt instead haha
10) Our friends, Sean and Kristen, are getting married in September! As they live in Madison, WI, we’re planning a trip to visit them this summer! I’ll take their engagement photos while we’re in Madison, then we’ll all head to Chicago for the 4th of July…wow I can’t wait! We’ve been Skyping with Sean and Kristen when we can, and this was a moment right after Sean told a funny joke to everyone. I don’t remember what it was, but clearly it was hilarious judging by everyone’s faces.
This weekend I have an event through the yoga studio and a photo shoot–woo!