I went into these past few months with the goals of being more self focused having no zero days. Let me tell ya, this first month of year 25 for me has been a doozy. I am incredibly thankful for this past month and all of the absolutely amazing experiences. Here’s a little snippet of the past 31 days (plus a little extra because I’m a cheat).
I started this birthday month (okay this is my cheating one, because technically this was before my birthday and not even in the same month, oh wellll) with winning our first (and only) volleyball game of this season with only have four people. It was finally a game where we all came together and tried a little harder, but most importantly had a ton of fun which I honestly think was what made the difference!
Next, was my actual birthday in which I had to work. BUT, we got to go to a horse farm and watch all of our kiddos do awesome with the therapeutic horses and digging up the courage to ride the horses themselves! After work, my coworkers came out for some birthday drinks and apps at the snug which also happens to be the first place that I ever went to with my coworkers. These people have 100% made my past year of employment bearable and actually enjoyable (for the most part, because work is work no matter what you do). I have never been one to really dive into friendships, especially with coworkers/classmates/internship peeps. However, SASS really does a thing to ya where all barriers just disappear and you accept that these are your people whether you like them or not. Thankfully I liked them and plan on keeping them around now that SASS is a part of the past (kinda).
That weekend I went to a cubs game with friends and family for both mine and Megan’s birthday. I had entirely too much fun and was thankful, again, to continue to have my life long friends despite the fact that I don’t see them nearly as often as I would like to. I was also thankful that I got to introduce a new hopefully life long friend to the mix. Some people are hesitant about mixing friend groups, but I have always been one who wants all the people that I like to be around in one place at the same time. Making my sister take a Malort shot was the icing on the cake; going to cheezies was the sprinkles-dear god do I love carbs and cheese.
The next morning we had our work 5K race and after that I had my family birthday party. My aunt was in from Texas, which was an added treat. Now that people are getting older, I am happy that we still get to all spend time together and wish that we would do more of it.
The next week, we left for Virginia for some Charlottesville fun and camping and hiking in Shenandoah National Park. Shout out to Sarah for doing all of the driving, you are an angel. This trip was easily one of my favorite that I have ever taken. It was the perfect mix of nights out, relaxation, good natured fun, laughs with friends, enjoying the outdoors, and challenging ourselves. The hike that we did was one for the books, and I am so glad that a little rain led us to doing that one rather than we one we had originally planned on. Here’s to easy going people who also want to enjoy experiences and the world around them. I am definitely making it a priority to see more of the natural world around me and going to as many national parks as I can.
After we got back, I had an entire week filled with smaller experiences that were equally as fulfilling. Whether it was dinner with friends, book club where we watched a movie instead, more volleyball, or working late nights at the bar- I appreciated all of these because each experience continues to add a little more to this life of mine. (Also found out some super exciting news and almost cried allllll the happy tears).
The following week was a little bit more trying with difficult clients, workplace drama, and trying to recover from all the fun that was had. BUT ice cream breaks, office coffees, coworker lunches, and blueberry turnovers made it all a little easier.
The next weekend we had our work team bonding at the bowling alley. It was nice to get to spend time with coworkers that I usually don’t spend too much time with outside of work. I was surprised, but really glad, that we continued the night of getting to know each other a little better, bonding outside of a stressful environment, and enjoying some live music and hilarious dancing.
AND THEN I FUCKING MET GILLIAN ANDERSON AND DAVID DUCHOVNY. And my life was 100% made. Anyone who knows me well, knows that I love X files. The past few years have had their trials, and strong women figures such as Dana Scully have been a good source of inspiration to get through these trials. Gillian Anderson has also been a great real life inspiration for womanhood over the past few months for me, so getting to take a picture with her had me over the moon. David Duchovny is a nice piece of ash himself, so I wasn’t complaining about him also being present. Please see below for the CHEESIEST smile to ever cross my face.
The next week was a little blasé because, come on, how do you follow up Gillian Anderson. But it was filled with more little experiences like ice cream two days in a row and break through sessions with clients that kept the good feelin’ momentum going.
Finally, I ended my first month of my 25th year of life with a weekend in Madison in which lots of drinks were had, 13.1 miles in the rain was run, and then more drinks and running in the rain because why not. My body was not happy with me, but my heart was full. Despite all of the terrible conditions, I am proud that I was able to complete my first half marathon and have enough fun that I am crazy enough to do it again.
All in all I am more than satisfied with how this first month has gone. I think that I am living up to all of the promises that I have made myself recently. I hope to keep up the momentum in September (but maybe be a little wiser, because I am broke as a joke). Next month, I want to continue these trends, but I also want to shift my focus to being more unapologetically me and taking more concrete steps in creating a life I won’t be regretful of. I’d love to be able to break down individual experiences more, because they each do mean so much in so many different ways. But if I am too busy out there living them (my calendar had events on 25/31 days of August) to be able to write about them, I am more than okay with it. If more time does come, then I might just come back to a few of the things mentioned above. Until then, cheers to being 25 and cheers to all of the people that help to make my life that much more special.