I always feel slightly weird writing posts directly about myself, but in an effort to share more of “ME” on the blog, here I am. Many of you who took my survey a few weeks back mentioned that you’d like to see more personality + real life infused here, which I’m excited to dig a little deeper into. It’s not that I haven’t shared anything about my life in this space … but more that it hasn’t been much. I’ve promised myself to take my camera out of it’s closet space more regularly, so here we go!!
This weekend, I celebrated my 25th birthday alongside those closest to me. We ate a lot of ( bad for us ) food, adventured around Minneapolis, and even played some old school Mario Party. Grown up things, right?? After weeks of being busy, it was fun to sit back, relax, and laugh a LOT. When all was said and done, I was left with some time to think about the coming year. You know, the usual late night pondering stuff.
Last year, I made a list of 24 things I wanted to do before I turned 25. It was fun to look back and see that I really did accomplish many of the things I set out to do, some of which are simply still in progress. I don’t plan on making an extravagant list this year, but that doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about hopes + goals. This year, after all, is a BIG ONE. I’ve decided to open up my own design studio, launch an online workshop, and on top of it all, will be marrying my best friend in August. Yet somehow, I’ve been feeling more calm then ever.
I remember when I first stepped into the “real world” working 15+ hour days, being on edge a lot, and not ever truly relaxing. I wanted to succeed and probably pushed myself harder than I needed to, which I realize now. But then again, I owe a lot of where I am now to my 22 year old self, funnily enough. That girl had NO idea what she was doing or what would happen in only three years time, but hey, I sure am glad she went for it. I find myself in a similar place now, with so many things on the horizon, yet not really knowing what’s going to happen. The big difference this time, though, is that I feel more patient. Maybe it’s new wisdom. Maybe I’ve learned from past mistakes. Or maybe it’s a little bit of both. But I know that in moving forward, I’m not going to sacrifice my life + happiness for my career. I’m going to walk that fine line like an Olympian Gymnast ( failed childhood dream, sigh ) and attempt to satisfy both, equally. It may be a lofty goal and won’t always be as easy as it seems, but that’s to be expected. This is where I am. Time to see what 25 is all about!