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On Turning 25

What’s that sense of dread slowly creeping in? Oh, just the reminder that I’m one year closer to 30. (I’M KIDDING.) If the post title didn’t give it away, today’s my 25th birthday. I’m writing this wrapped up in my favorite hoodie with some serious sinus problems, but I’m going to force myself to get dressed and moving soon. You only get one birthday a year, right?

Before I start partying hard, I want to spend some time reflecting on this year, what I’ve learned, and what I’m hoping for in the next 365 days. I’m a planner who loves envisioning the long-term, and it’s often unhealthy for me only because I punish myself for not reaching my goals. 25 was always a huge birthday in my eyes, and I just knew I’d be accomplished and successful by the time the milestone arrived. The funny thing is, I’ve got something that no accomplishment ever brought me: genuine happiness and the reminder that I am strong and full of life.

24 Things My Favorite Women Wish They Knew At 24

First of all, I have to apologize for the lighting + editing of this picture. It was taken in direct sunlight (literally my worst nightmare) but it’s the only picture I have of me with my mom, grandmother and great-grandmother, so it has to stay. Ok, so now that that’s out of the way —it’s only been five days since my last blog post, but it feels like an eternity! I’m still trying to post three times a week, but work/life/family makes that hard sometimes. But I’m so excited for today’s post that I can barely keep it in — I asked three generations of women in my family things they wish they would’ve known at 24, and the answers are all THE BEST. 

Yes, You Need To Visit Oxford Exchange When You’re In Tampa

When my family moved to Wesley Chapel in 1997, it wasn’t much more than a couple of subdivisions and a lot of fields. Growing up, we’d sometimes visit downtown Tampa, but there wasn’t much to do except for a handful of restaurants and a lot of office buildings. So when Oxford Exchange opened in 2012, it was a big freakin’ deal. It looked like a space you’d find in a huge city like New York or Los Angeles, but it was local. 

My Super Extra Plan To Fix My Chronic Lateness

Everyone has character flaws, although I like to think of my flaws as lovable quirks. But 2018 is my year of no more excuses and trying my best, so I’m going to try my best to fix my one of the most annoying things about me: my chronic lateness. I even wrote a story for Bustle about what to do when you’re always late and stressed out. It’s bad, fam. Thankfully, the team at JORD Watches sent me a gorgeous wooden watch, and it’s convincing me to actually put my somewhat obnoxious plan into action.

Moving Update: A Recap Of Our Time In Tampa So Far

It’s only been two weeks since we moved back to Tampa, but I wanted to update y’all on our time here so far! We’re having so much fun, and I’m so confident that this was the right choice for us. We felt so much peace once we saw the exit for Wesley Chapel. Cheesy, I know, but it’s been such a relief to be home.   

Can You Be Depressed And Happy?

Happy Tuesday, friends! I wanted to get a little bit serious during today’s post and address something important to me. My Twitter bio used to say, “Always loud, always laughing.” And it’s true! I am usually talking too loudly and laughing obnoxiously — most people describe me as outgoing and friendly after spending time with me. I have an amazing family, a doting husband and abundant resources at my fingertips. 

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