Time of Your Life

“Time grabs you by the wrist and directs you where to go, so make the best of this test and don’t ask why.”-Green day

IMG_7264Praise the baby Jesus…Friday is finally here! For the past month or two, work’s been tough because we’ve had so many campaigns launching. Well this was the first week, in what seems like forever, that I actually felt like I was caught up (and even a week ahead). The days went fast and none of them seemed to kicked my butt too much. Monday was a struggle, because face it, it always is. And although Tuesday got off on the wrong (still bruised and sore) foot, it got better as it went on. I think every week should be birthday week. From the surprise flowers, to the little gifts, and of course the yummy cupcakes all the way from NYC, I don’t think I’ve had a better week in a very long time. It was a great way to start off a week of vacation!

This will be my final post as a 24-year-old, so let’s make it a good one! Thanks to Thought Catalog for inspiring me.

IMG_725925 things to do before turning 25:

1. Make peace with your parents. Accomplished. My mother is quite literally one of my best friends, and I’ve come to the realization that the relationship with my dad may never change. And I’m completely content with that.

2. Kiss someone you think is out of your league. Check…times a few.

3. Minimize your passivity. This is something I’ve been working on since I graduated college-saying exactly what I want or how I feel. Some times are easier than others.

4. Work a service job. I never worked a service job, but I did spend a few years coaching cheerleading and gymnastics, for ages between 18 months and 18-years old. I think that should pretty much count.

5. Recognize freedom as a 5:30 a.m. trip to the diner with a bunch of strangers you’ve just met. Does a stroll through the streets of New York City count?

6. Try not to beat yourself up over having obtained a ‘useless’ Bachelor’s Degree. If there is one thing I will never ever beat myself up for it’s my education. Sure I’ll be in debt up to my eyeballs until I’m pretty much 87, but going to St. Joe’s and getting my Master’s in a year is priceless. And no one can take it away from me.

7. If you’re employed in any capacity, open a savings account. Check. Now to just put a little bit more into it each paycheck.

8. Make a habit of going outside, enjoying the light, and forgetting the internet. AKA Sunday Runday. That’s my favorite time to disconnect and reconnecting with people, places, and my thoughts.

9. Go on a 4-day, brunch-fueled bender. Oh lord, I’ve checked this one off the list far too many times.

10. Start a relationship with your crush by telling them that you want them. I’m pretty sure that’s the only way I start my relationships haha

11. Learn to say ‘no’ — to yourself. I’m still learning this one. I have a terrible time with not making myself feel guilty for not doing things. Improving, slowly but surely.

12. Take time to revisit the places that made you who you are. I should do this more often than I do. Note to self.

13. Find a hobby that makes being alone feel lovely and empowering and like something to look forward to. Hmmmm, running counts right?

14. Think you know yourself until you meet someone better than you. My problem is that I’m always comparing myself to others, who I know or believe to be better than me. The profession I’m in is always challenging me to work harder and be better. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

15. Forget who you are, what your priorities are, and how a person should be. Another thing I really struggle with. I’m too much of a perfectionist/control freak/OCD to not care. I guess I need to work on letting all that go.

16. Identify your fears and instead of letting them dictate your every move, find and talk to people who have overcome them. Ummm I ran across the Golden Gate Bridge this year. I’d say that’s making large strides in overcoming a fear.

17. Make a habit of cleaning up and letting go. Every couple of months this happens. I delete contacts, stop following people on social media, erase old pictures. It just feels good.

18. Stop hating yourself. Maybe hate is a strong word, but I know I’ll always be self-critical. How else do you better your best?

19. Go out and watch that movie, read that book, listen to that band you already lied about watching, reading, listening to. I never understood why people lie about silly stuff like that?

20. Take advantage of health insurance while you have it. Check!

21. Make a habit of telling people how you feel. I think this gets better with age, but I’m learning how to be comfortable with telling people how I feel and what I deserve.

22. Date someone who says, “I love you” first. Mission accomplished.

23. Leave the country under the premise of “finding yourself.” I haven’t left the country to do so, but I have left the state…quite a few times.

24. Suck it up and buy a Macbook Pro. Done. Possibly the only thing that got me through graduate school in one, rather disheveled, piece.

25. Quit that job that’s making you miserable, end the relationship that makes you act like a lunatic, lose the friend whose sole purpose in life is making you feel like you’re perpetually on the verge of vomiting. Double check!

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