That’s how old I am today. It’s kind of crazy when I think about it. I was just 21, wasn’t I?

Anyway, as this post goes up, I am probably at the gym. I spent last night sweating in down dog at my new favorite pilates studio.

Fuse Pilates

Have I mentioned it was only my second class? Doesn’t matter. I am in love. I could pitch a tent and move in- that’s how crazy I am.

After work, I have a fun night planned with a few of my coworkers, and then I’m off to San Diego tomorrow. Yes, I said San Diego. Tomorrow. I can hardly believe it myself.

You see, Jeff has been in California for work since the end of February. He comes home at the beginning of April, but we decided that a trip to San Diego would be a great way for me to spend my birthday. So tomorrow I am flying alone for the first time in my life (26 is as good of an age as any). It’s also only the fourth time I’ve been on a plane. Growing up, family vacations were mostly road trips along the east coast. I’m balancing nerves and excitement right now, and probably won’t be able to sleep tonight. I’m also ridiculously excited about the Vera Bradley bag I splurged on for my trip.

Vera Bradley Grand Traveler in English Rose

How adorable is that!? Just looking at the picture makes me giddy. Happy birthday to me!

But enough of that, back to 26. I thought it would be fun to list 26 things I’ve done in 26 years. When I told a friend about my list, she suggested I also post 26 things I hope to accomplish in my 26th year. Great idea, right? So without further ado, here are my lists:

In the past 26 years, I have…

  1. Worked in retail (Bath & Body Works, Sephora, Fleet Feet Sports, Banana Republic, Macy’s) and at a café (Professor Java’s)
  2. Graduated from college
  3. Interned and freelanced for a newspaper
  4. Went from meat-eater to vegetarian
  5. Lost my father
  6. Moved from New York to DC
  7. Maintained a 7+1/2 year relationship
  8. Tried running, Zumba, yoga, Pilates, weight-lifting, biking
  9. Stood outside the Today Show
  10. Found a lump in my breast and had surgery to attempt to remove it
  11. Been a bridesmaid three times and a maid of honor once
  12. Become an aunt
  13. Traveled to the west coast twice (three times or more by 27!)
  14. Sustained a handful of sports injuries
  15. Tweeted and pinned more than I ever thought possible
  16. Started a blog about my life
  17. Lost 30 lbs
  18. Learned to cook
  19. Learned to navigate major cities
  20. Been hungover
  21. Never smoked or touched drugs and never plan to
  22. Had my heart broken several times
  23. Survived my early twenties
  24. Seen some of my favorite bands live
  25. Made friends in random ways: through blogging, on the metro
  26. Learned to love myself just the way I am

In my 26th year, I hope to:

  1. Travel more (kind of cheating a bit with this one)
  2. Be more organized
  3. Make new friends
  4. Explore the DC metro area a lot more
  5. Try CrossFit or run a race (or both!)
  6. Continue going to pilates and start spinning again
  7. Eat out less and cook more
  8. Save money
  9. Adopt a dog
  10. Improve this blog
  11. Stop procrastinating (but, really, who do I think I am?)
  12. Stay healthy
  13. Try rock climbing
  14. Go hiking
  15. Make applying sunscreen and flossing everyday habits
  16. Shop locally
  17. Write more
  18. Continue waking up early
  19. Cope better and stress less
  20. Enjoy the little things
  21. Try 26 new recipes
  22. Go kayaking on the Potomac
  23. Keep in touch with old friends
  24. Make my relationship with Jeff even better than it already is
  25. Be happy
  26. Buy rain boots (because rainy days are not that bad when you have cute boots)

Your turn: Tell me what you want to accomplish by your next birthday!

Have a great day!!

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  1. Happy birthday! I hope you have a great time in Cali! I just bought Jim and I new “weekender” luggage and its so cute I smile every time I see it too! I haven’t shown him yet (we don’t have any vacation planned yet). I can’t wait to hear about you adopting a dog, gotta tell you mine is the light of my life (he was at therapy dog school last night and really I can’t help but smile when I see him)

  2. Happy birthday old bloggin buddy! 26 is a good year. ’tis the year I got engaged!

    Two weeks after my 31st birthday, I’ll have (hopefully successfully) competed in my first Olympic-distance triathlon.

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