We’ve officially been back from Europe for two weeks. It feels like a lifetime. We had an amazing time – filled with laughter, good friends, bubbly, and glow sticks. I’ll start getting back into some regular posting around here in the coming days, but for now, I’m going to stay in a state of wanderlust and reminisce.
Today, I turn 26. I always feel a little nostalgic on my birthday. Not just because I’m another year older, but because on September 2nd, the day usually falls on or around Labor Day, marking the unofficial end of summer.
This summer season, and this year in general, have been a whirlwind. You always hear that the days/weeks/months feel shorter and shorter the older you get, but never was that quite so apparent to me until this 25th year. And to be honest, I always thought that was just something old people said.
As I reflect on this year’s past, I am filled with joy. To keep it real, years #23 and #24 were rough. Fresh out of college and feeling like every step I took was a major life choice was no playground. Suddenly, I was away from my friends and support system, and even more suddenly, making new friends was harder than it had ever been before. Add planning a wedding and feeling constantly broke to the list, and you can imagine the mood swings. There were some wonderful highlights of course, but there were also some major slumps.
Then, around 25, things started to click. I widened my social circle and put myself out there. I grew confident in my career and as a young professional, and I celebrated a year of marriage with my wonderful husband. I (we) traveled. We explored our own city as well as many more. I stopped comparing myself to friends and acquaintances on social media. I drank spinach-filled smoothies for breakfast and ate dessert every night. I found my own, real, personal style. I also finally settled on a hair color (for now).
As I step in to my 26th year, and as the season changes from summer to fall, I am nothing but optimistic about the months ahead. A big reason for that is you – my family and friends. For the support you give me and J, for being there even when I don’t call as much as I should, and for being by my side through some of my best memories of the year – Cheers. Bring it on, 26.
Happy Wednesday, friends! I hate to wish my days away, but I’m loving that we’re already halfway to the weekend after the Monday holiday. As I get my footing with this little blog, I’d like to introduce something I hope to do each Wednesday – My Mid-Week Peaks.
Some of my best memories as a kid are the weeks I spent at summer camp. For eight (nine?) years I spent a week each summer buried in the mountains of West Virginia, my days filled with hiking, canoeing, tie-dying and worship. (And the Cup Game. We were on to the Cup Game way before Anna Kendrick.) As the sun would set we would gather around the campfire, our counselors encouraging us to share our “Peaks” and “Valleys” of the day.
It’s been awhile since I’ve been up on that mountain, but these moments of reflecting on the day’s highs and lows stick with me. J can vouch that I have a knack for prompting him to share his Peaks and Valleys right as he starts to fall asleep each night. (He loves it.) Each Wednesday I’d like to share a few of my peaks with you – here are a few highlights from the past week:
-A Visit from Friends
In addition to having a long weekend, our Memorial Day holiday was made even better by a visit from our friends Brittany and Brent. It was so wonderful to spend Saturday and Sunday with them catching up. We strolled Annapolis, enjoyed good food, played some mini golf (J is still reeling from his loss to Brittany), and attended an Orioles game before they headed back home to their baby boy Sunday evening.
Having company over the weekend meant an excuse for fresh flowers in the apartment. I picked up a small bouquet at Trader Joe’s on Friday, and the blooms still look great. I love having fresh flowers around, and the cat has even been leaving them alone. It’s the simple things.
-Hiking at Watkins Regional Park
J and I had the day to ourselves Monday, so we decided to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and check out a regional park nearby. The park has a fun nature center, and we spent a few hours scoping out the critters (sheep!) and hiking around the trails. It was a great laid-back way to wrap up the long weekend and ease back into the week.
-Sweet Words from You!
I have been getting such a wonderful response from you all about my posts and starting the blog. This has definitely been a peak of my week! Thank you for your support!
So there we have it, my mid-week peaks! Thanks for sticking with me through all those words. What’s been a highlight of your week?