Twenty One

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On October 26th I celebrated my twenty first birthday. If you’ve been reading for the past year or so you will know that I started this blog to capture the short decade of my twenties. Turning twenty freaked me out, but I can honestly say that I have never been happier.

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Turning twenty forced me to really dig deep and figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I didn’t focus on what I want to be when I grow up; I just tried to figure out what kind of experiences I would like to have. I really pushed myself out of my comfort zone and decided to follow my dreams.

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In the past year I have grown as a person and have figured out how to be comfortable with who I am. I know where I’m going and I am so excited for the journey that is ahead of me.

Here are some of my favorite things that have happened over the past year:

  • I watched my mom graduate with her Master’s degree. I am still so proud of her!
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  • I finally decided to follow my dream and study abroad at Regent’s University, London. I applied and got accepted into my dream University. Now I am looking forward to moving to London in January!
  • My family adopted Megan! I am so happy to have a dog again!
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  • I traveled to Arizona to visit my grandparents and Florida to visit Brett’s grandparents.
  • I went on my very first hot air balloon ride. It was something I never thought I would be able to do because I am so scared of heights but I am thrilled that I took the chance and went. It was so breath taking.
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  • I finally found a great group of friends. One of my main goals last year was to become a less boring person. I have no problem spending quiet nights at home but I really wanted to meet some “college” friends. I now have a great group of friends from work. We play trivia every Wednesday night and just have a great time together.
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  • I have fallen even more in love with Brett. We celebrated three years together in August! I am thankful for the life that we have built together and look forward to all of the adventures that are waiting for us. He’s so supportive of my dreams and believes in me always.

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This past year has pushed me and molded me into a better person. I am grateful for all of the obstacles that I have overcome that have made me stronger and wiser. Twenty one is looking good so far! I can’t wait to see how I grow over the next year and am looking forward to seeing where my dreams take me!

Thanks for reading!

21st Birthday Week Activities!

It is officially the week of my 21st Birthday! As I have mentioned before, birthdays have always been special to me because I share it with my Grandpa and Riley. Birthdays give me a chance to celebrate everything that I have accomplished in the last year and give me something to look forward to.

This year, I started my birthday week off with a trip to Cedar Point with Brett. Brett is a huge roller coaster fan and yesterday (October 19th) was the last day that the ride Mantis would be running. Brett is weird and sentimental about roller coasters so I agreed to drive down with him to say goodbye to Mantis. It ended up being the perfect day because it was pretty warm and the park was slow so we were able to ride almost every coaster without waiting. We had a great day together!

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Some other activities that I am looking forward to this week are:

  • Getting my new driver’s license: My current license features my braces and awkward 16 year old face. I am super excited to get a new one that actually looks like how I look now.

    16 year old me buying my first car!

    16 year old me buying my first car!

  • Organizing my birthday party: I am looking forward to having an awesome 21st birthday with all of my friends. We are still figuring out all of the details but it’s going to be a fun night no matter what we do.
  • Outlet Shopping: On the 25th my mom, sister, and I are traveling to the outlet mall for some serious shopping time!
  • Birthday party at the lake: Celebrating my birthday at the lake with my Grandpa and the rest of my family is seriously the best part of my birthday every year. I love spending time with my family and the lake looks beautiful in the fall!
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               The Lake!

  • Carving pumpkins: My dad bought me and Dani pumpkins to carve for Halloween. I just think that carved pumpkins are so cute and I always have a great time designing mine!

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Overall, this week is going to be filled with so many great memories. I am planning on cherishing the time that I get to spend with my Grandpa, family, and friends this week. Turning 21 is a huge milestone but to me it is about way more important things than finally being able to drink alcohol. Turning 21 means that I have spent the past 20 years growing, learning, and becoming a better person. I am grateful for all of the opportunities that I have had over the last 20 years and I am looking forward to all of the adventures that 21 will bring me.