Thursday, April 25, 2013

Wrapping up the 25 before 25

Well folks. I'm 25. I've been around for a whole quarter of a century. Thank you again for all your texts, tweets and comments yesterday. I definitely feel loved. 

Now it's time to wrap up my 25 before 25 project. I have to say, even though I didn't quite meet every single goal, I feel really good about what I did do. I'm not sure if I'm going to do a 26 before 26 or maybe a 101 in 1001? either way I am going to focus on a DC bucket list (coming soon) since I'm leaving soon.

1. find a job that makes me happy 
Well, this one I'm counting as a yes. I have found a new job in law school, and while I'm not quite there yet, I'm beyond excited about getting started in August. 

2. clear out my closets 

I would have liked to do a little bit better here, but you know what, I did a lot. Plus with a cross country move coming up, I'm sure I'll be doing quite a bit more. 

3. learn how to sew 

Absolutely yes. I had no idea how to sew a year ago, and I just made myself a maxi skirt sans pattern. 

4. read 25 books {17 of 25}
Nope. I definitely didn't make this one. Reading definitely needs to be more of a priority in my life, but you know what? I don't know that I would have even read 17 books for fun if I didn't have this goal. So I'm happy with what I did accomplish. 

5. take time for projects 
I feel good about this one too. I made some place mats  a lamp, decorated my room, a few things on the sewing machine. Win. 

6. work to make new friends
When I wrote this I really meant in real life friends, but that quickly evolved into blog friends. I have really developed some (hopefully) life long friendships through this blog, and I feel like I know so many of you people. 

7. show up for the ones I have

I would say I achieved this goal too. I have tried to fight my homebody tendencies, and go out even if the weather wasn't perfect or I was just feeling lazy. 

8. do a spending freeze for a month {February-March 2013}
This one was pretty tough but I did it, and I'm so glad that I did. I would suggest this to everyone, because it really helps you see just where the heck your money goes.

9. practice meditation/yoga
From April until about August of 2012 I was a yoga addict. Since I started studying for the LSAT, not so much. But yoga has a special place in my heart, and I think it will be a really helpful tool for my sanity once I start school in the fall.

10. do something unexpected 
I NEVER in a million years expected to go work on a campaign, let alone the Presidential Campaign. Moving to Ohio 5 days after the LSAT was one of the craziest/best decisions I've ever made, and I'm thrilled that I did it. 

11. go to new york
Okay, this one is a 100% fail. I didn't go. This summer. Lets make it happen people.

12. fill my walls with art that i love
I'd love to add some more, but yes.

13. save money {I had a goal. Hit it in March!}
I have a new goal, and it's going to be tight but fingers crossed I make it.

14. focus on fitness
I wish I would have done better, but yes.

15. get enough sleep
This year has definitely been a roller coaster in the sleeping department. I've never experienced the kind of sleeping problems I did, as when I took the LSAT. But I've gotten it back under control and am hoping to keep it up as I transition to life as a student once again.

16. take the LSAT 
Not only did I take it, but I'm thrilled with my dominating skills.

17. host a themed dinner party
I had a cinco de mayo party last may, so I'm counting that.

18. volunteer {did lots of political volunteer work}
 I did a ton of political volunteer work. Not exactly what I meant when I wrote out this goal, but again I'm counting it.

19. treat myself, because I'm worth it 
I decided to splurge and got a massage the week before the LSAT. It definitely helped my sanity. So glad I did it.

20. upgrade the camera
A very last minute yes. My parents are amazing and gave me a completely amazing/extremely intimidating Rebel T3i yesterday!

21. make / do 25 things found on pinterest and blog about it. {12 + 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9101112,1314151617181920, 21} Obviously I came pretty close, and if I include the avocado egg thing floating around pinterest, that I made for dinner on Tuesday I'm at 22. So probably... I ended up there. I'm counting this as a win. 

22. practice making fun cocktails 
This was one of my favorite parts of the year. Read about some of the adventures here

23. do a 5k
Nope. But Kat and I went on a 6K walk around NOLA when I was there. So that counts, right?

24. take a cooking class

25. Blog every day for a month 
 See December 2012

26. commit to continuing these goals once 25 comes and goes


Citrus - Refreshing Fashion said...

il be 25 soon! what a cool idea :) thanks for sharing!

XO Meghan

sergio castaño peña said...

really likes, totally agree

Anonymous said...

I'M A REAL LIFE FRIEND! And you need to do NYC & Boston/Cape Cod this summer. Take the bus to NYC and then I will chauffeur you from there to New England. It will be cheap since we can stay with my family! PLEASE IT WOULD BE SO MUCH FUN! And then, of course, I would travel back down to DC with you. Think about it.



Samantha said...

Congrats!! I made a 25 in 25 list, seeing you dominate your list gives me motivation!!

Jen said...

That is awesome!!!! :) You rock my friend!

Allyssa said...

Congrats! And yes, come to New York! It's so close to me :)

Anonymous said...

I would have to agree with the doing a NYC/Boston trip this summer. Both cities are amazing to visit in the summer!! Congrats on killing the list!!


Sara Miller said...

I typically hate long blog posts, but I seem to be sucked in reading yours-- I love them! I can't believe you made a maxi skirt. Can I please see a photo? You rock! I made a custom curtain last weekend and I was impressed-- and it's def not perfect.

Oh, and if you want to go to NYC, I will always go. Just let me know!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I think you did great!

Leslie said...

This is such an awesome list!!

Mary said...

Wow nice job!! Sounds like an incredible year!

Stesha Jordan said...

I should have made a list before I turned 25, glad you accomplished!!


Jayme and Mendi said...

You have done an awesome job on your list!!! Now go to NYC! :-)

Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

Maya {CharminglyStyled} said...

First off - happy happy birthday lady!!! Hope 25 is the best year yet :)

Second off - you did a killer job with these (I'm impressed you got it together to make a list!) - I'm going to have to make one of these before I turn 25 next year - eeek!


Terri said...

CONGRATS! I have less than a month to finish mine. Yeesh. I'm not going to do nearly as well as you. Congrats girly

jessica clayton said...

Oh, I LOVE this. I'm almost 5months into being 25, but maybe I can start late and work towards some good things! Happy Birthday! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Taylor said...

happy belated birthday!!! you got so many things on this list crossed off!! have a great weekend!

fleurani said...

Emily, happy belated birthday, enjoy beeing 25, its a great age. Good luck with all goals you have set yourself, make sure to follow them with your heart and you will be happy :-)


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