Presents to Myself

I’ve decided that the best gift I could give myself for my birthday is… THE BEST BODY EVER. Well, technically, my best body ever.

Because, let’s be honest, I could lead a huge debate on who has the best body ever.

The goal of my twenty-fifth year is to get into shape. Getting into shape for me does not mean getting skinny. Sure, I’d like if getting skinny was a consequence of being in shape. But, I just want to be physically fit. I want to be strong, I want to feel strong, and I want to be athletic.

Clearly, I’ve already started making moves to obtain this goal. Between training for the marathon and monitoring my diet, I feel like this is within my reach.

For an actual gift to myself, I signed up to do the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February 2013! Besides being ecstatic for the race, I am so stoked because it means a trip to Disney World!! Traveling, competing, and Disney — what more could I ask for? Also, princess theme? Totally there. Can’t wait to put on a tutu and a tiara and just enjoy myself with this race.

The best part with all these races is that it is forcing me to continually exercise which in turn is going to help me achieve my goal. And I am totally pumped.

Do you make birthday goals? Have you done a race at Disney? How was it? Have you reached your “best body ever”? What kinds of exercises did you do to help you get there? Lets discuss!! 

 

 

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Birthday Shenanigans

Chris baked me a cake and lit all the candles. On the 10ft walk over to me, they all blew out except one. Love it.

My actual birth date was filled with a lot of love and happiness.

Cupcakes, flowers, and a new running toy? Consider this girl elated!

To celebrate my twenty-fifth birthday further, I was whisked away to Atlantic City!!

Chris, Jenny, and Kristen conspired together to surprise me with a fun-filled weekend of gambling, comedy shows, and alcohol.

We went and saw Aziz Ansari. If you haven’t heard of him or checked out any of his stuff, you are missing out. I definitely peed my pants a little from laughing so hard during his set.

Chris managed to snag us tickets about six rows from the stage. Definitely no complaints there. [I apologize for shitty iPhone quality photo, but its just for proof.]

We prepared for the show accordingly.

Following the show we went out into the casino and tried our luck at various table games and slots. Personally, I am a fan of roulette. Picking the numbers is fun for me and there isn’t really much skill involved unless you can do probability based math.

Embarrassing Sidenote on Gambling: On Saturday night during my first time ever playing Craps, I hit someone in the face with dice. No joke. My hand was shaking so bad and I lost all control of my arm with adrenaline because I was so focused on trying to hit the back wall … instead I threw the dice up, not down like a normal person would and BAM! I hit some poor innocent player square in the face. Thus ending my future career in Craps dice rolling. Also, I could’ve probably slowed down on the drinking to avoid the future jokes made on my behalf about this situation, but such is life.

The rest of the weekend was spent doing a little shopping, eating, consuming more alcohol, and more gambling.

Being the smartypants I am, I took Monday off to recover. For my own celebration, I treated myself to seeing the Katy Perry movie which I shamefully admit to crying at, doing a speed work exercise, and grocery shopping. A nice change of pace from the last couple of weeks.

This birthday was a lot of fun and I could not be more thankful for the people involved in making it such a fabulous occasion. Seriously, all the love shared on the day and then the weekend with the fun and ahhhh. Getting a little too sentimental and emotional here, but whatevs, I have great people in my life.

What has been your favorite birthday? Why? Have your friends and your spouse ever worked together to plan a surprise for you – party, trip, etc? Let’s discuss!

Twenty-Fourth Year

In a little less than three hours, I will be a quarter of a century old. To begin the celebration of a year older, let’s discuss what made my twenty-fourth year so special.

Twenty-four was a roller coaster. Between my fluctuating job situation and planning a wedding, I was all over the place. Emotionally, financially, and mentally.

For my birthday, I decided it was time to upgrade my ride. I had been driving a Dodge Neon and hated every moment of it. Shortly before turning 24, the battery decided to crap out and the minor fix was the excuse I needed to trade my wheels in. The new ride? A shiny, new Chevy Cruze.  Happy birthday to me!

During the Fall, I took advantage of every opportunity handed to me.

In October, Chris and I traveled to Europe. This marked my first time on an airplane and my first time out of the country. We spent time in Spain, France, and Italy.

I also went skydiving. (Sorry no pic of me falling through the air !)

I rode a mechanical bull in the middle of the street of Savannah.

During the winter, things calmed down for a bit. But once the weather warmed up life picked right back up again.

Spring brought on big changes.

Photographer: Korie Lynn Photography

During the month of March, Chris and I moved in together, I started a new job, and I got married. It was a slightly chaotic month.

I went to Costa Rica in April where I saw sloths, toucans, and the Pacific ocean.

I also went to Sweet Life Festival.

In May, I met the band Fun.

And I went to my first professional baseball game.

The start of the summer in June was met with jam-packed weekends. First a trip to Pittsburg to see Girl Talk.

And then a ride in a hot air balloon.

And then Modest Mouse two nights in a row.

The first week in July, I ran my first 5K race. And I met my time goal.

I’d definitely say it was a BUSY year . Honestly, I enjoyed every moment of it. All of the uncertainty, all of the new experiences, and all of the blessings. I wouldn’t change a thing.

Here is hoping that twenty-five will bring an equally amazing year.

How did you celebrate your twenty-fifth birthday? Was twenty-four a good year for you? What happened? What would you have changed? Let’s discuss! 

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