In Twenty-Five Years

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
 Explore. Dream. Discover. 
- Mark Twain

In Twenty-Five Years I have fully displayed wild-child tendencies. 
I have danced in the rain, sang on table tops, and stayed up late on rooftops. 
I have made mistakes.
Sometimes the same ones more than once.  
More importantly

I have loved. 
I've loved fully, wildly and whole heartedly. 

In Twenty-Five Years I have moved. 
I have moved apartments.
Moved across country. 
Stepped away from relationships that weren't moving. 

More importantly

I have explored.
And had some amazing adventures along the way. 

In Twenty-FIve Years I have learned.
I have been earning a degree. 
I have learned some tough life lessons.
I have learned how to treat and love my body. 

More importantly

I have never stopped learning. 
And I don't plan to.

In Twenty-Five Years I have lost. 
Lost track of time.
Lost myself in love. 
Lost my path. 
Lost a few friends along the way. 

More importantly

I have found what truly makes me feel loved and appreciated.
And this is where you come in. 

If you are reading this you are in my life. 
No matter how big or small. 
No matter how many times we've emailed back and forth
or how many hours we've talked on the phone
or how many months we dated

You are in. 

You have helped make me who I am.
Right now. 
As a Twenty Five Year old. 
That's pretty cool, don't you think?

That you have contributed something very special to my life. 
That you have been there for me, through struggles and accomplishments.
You have been my biggest supporters and friends. 
Can I just tell you how wonderful you are?

You are effing wonderful. 

This year is a big one for me. I am making some changes and REALLY going after something I never even thought about until YOU, yes YOU told me that I could. 

It's amazing what YOU can do. 
Me, too. 
And I will show you.
And I can't wait. 

So here's my little birthday post. 
The one where I reflect and take you back in time. 
Instead of a million pictures I would like to leave you with just one. 


Thank you, Mom.  You have taught me how to be strong and independent. 
You have taught me to be smart with money and save for a rainy day. 
You have taught me to never settle in love. 
You have taught me so much in life and I cannot thank you enough for always supporting me and loving me no matter where I am. 
I love you forever. 

Okay... enough of the sappiness.. did I tell you I am having a party? Well it's actually a brunch. With a waffle bar. 

I'm excited. 

I'll show you all of the goodies on Monday!


Jennifer said...

Happy 25th Birthday! This is a wonderful post. I loved it.

Ashley Slater said...

HAPPY 25th BIRTHDAY! You are amazing and I can't wait to watch your dreams unfold and thrive, because I know whatever you choose to do--they will. You are talented and such a beauty inside and out. <3 Have a great day, and enjoy your waffle bar!

Amy said...

Happy Happy Birthday!!! I really love this post, I can relate to so much of it. I wish we lived closer because that waffle bar sounds bomb.

Cheers to 25 more amazing years :)

Candace said...

Happy Happy Birthday. May 25 be your best year yet!

Waunita Rambo said...

Happy Birthday Sweetie. This is such a beautiful post, you made me cry. Thanks for being such an amazing daughter, I love you lots.
Can't wait to see you on Sunday. Love Mom

Chelsea said...

Happy Birthday! And this is beautiful! (So is your moms post above!) I was just thinking about this year of 25 and how I got to be where I am. The Mark Twain quote sums it up for me. Have a great weekend and waffles!

Lauren Nicole said...

Happy 25th Birthday, pretty girl!

MacKensie said...

Happy Birthday! You are wonderful. I hope to have accomplished as much as you have when I hit the 25 mark. Have the happiest day ever!

Ashley said...

Can I just tell you how wonderful I think you are?! Even though we've never met I heart you so much and your sense of humor, your stunning looks (yeahhh) and beautiful personality!! You are such a go-getter and I love your love of life and others! Happy birthday sweet friend!! I know we don't text as much but you're always on my hear :)

Ashley said...

that would be heart.... ;)

So shay said...

Happy 25th Birthday sweet beautiful friend of mine. I thank God every single day for bringing you into my life. You are just wonderful and you should be told this every single day. I cannot wait to hug you OH so soon. Just know you mean so much to me and I am so thankful for YOU and the JOY you bring into my life. I love you!

Anonymous said...

What you said about your mother is so kind, she has definitely brought a wonderful lady. I love reading your posts and I think you're a strong and beautiful woman from the inside and the outside.

Emily said...

Your are such an amazing creative person! Hope you are having a wonderfully awesome birthday week!! Can wait to read about what 25 has in store for you! (I am wrapping up 25 this month and let me tell you, it was full of crazy ups and downs... but definitely my best most self growing year ever!)

Anonymous said...

LOVE this post. Im very proud of you. And no matter what, Im thankful for you. =)

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