Today I am 26

Today I am 26. Tomorrow I will be 27, but today… right now… I am 26.

I don’t quite know why, but this feels like a big jump for me. This past year has been one of the hardest yet one of the best. I have learned, grown, fallen, and laughed my way through it.

I can feel myself becoming the person I am. Or rather, accepting the person that I am and that feels so damn good.


Don’t get stuck.

A friend posted the quote below on Facebook and I immediately fell in love. I hope you enjoy as well…


Don’t get stuck. Move, travel, take a class, take a risk. There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming. Don’t lose yourself at happy hour, but don’t lose yourself on the corporate ladder either. Stop every once in a while and go out to coffee or climb in bed with your journal. Now is your time. Walk closely with people you love. 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 travelling honestly along life’s path.

What To Know At 25(ish), Shauna Niequist


the last couple of weekends have been super busy, so i was really excited to have nothing major on my calendar.

friday i basically went into beast/purge/clean mode. i did all my laundry (which was, sadly, no small feat) and given my whole dresser situation (or rather, no dresser sitch) i turned a book shelf into my new clothing storage. my apartment is lacking in closet space so i’ll have to be more creative with my storage.

saturday beast/purge/cleaning mode was still in full effect. since i had washed all my clothing i decided to do one of those yearly necessities: trying on everything that i was unsure of. which meant i tried on every pair of jeans, every top, every everything that i was even slightly on the fence about. i went through all of my unmentionables and really cut back. one person does not need as many pairs of panties as i had. tmi?

in the afternoon the boys came over while erin ran to the store and we had a great time, as usual. paul played wii (and totally schooled me in the shooting game) and izaak ate a lot of rice and played with this little bug/car thing that i have no idea how it ever ended up at my apartment. it’s always the first thing he runs to when he’s here though, so it’s staying for as long as he feels love towards it!

today was amazing. i slept in (until 8!), made coffee, watched the office and did a couple crossword puzzles. beast mode wore me out so i didn’t want to do much. my dad came in for lunch so we went to portillos. he loved it! i really feel accomplished when i pick someplace for a non-chicagoan to go to and they like it. score one for me!

i was telling my dad that one of my favorite things to do on a saturday morning is to make coffee and sit at the desk that’s in my bay window and watch people try to not stare up at me. seriously, it’s so funny. the people walking by know i’m looking at them and they want so badly to look back at me so they kind of fidget more. my dads response to this? “don’t worry, life will get better” ha! oh dad…