guardian:

2014 Boston Marathon – in pictures
A runner with a temporary Boston Marathon tattoo gets ready to run. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

guardian:

2014 Boston Marathon – in pictures

A runner with a temporary Boston Marathon tattoo gets ready to run. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Congrats to everyone who ran the Boston marathon! Such an impressive feat!

The Avengers makes everything better.

Laughed out loud. I’d be so drunk in certain chapters.

Laughed out loud. I’d be so drunk in certain chapters.

25 Before 25: How Did I Do? (Part 4/4)

And here are the things I didn’t complete on my list. All 6 have been added to my 26 before 26 list.

• Have the fam over for dinner: planned for Mothers Day. Should be a good time.

• Travel somewhere: I wish. Montana this summer, though! I’m excited. 

• Get a tattoo: can’t decide what I want & this is something I don’t want to rush. Top contenders are a Bible verse that my dad used to say and a part from a letter from my dad in his handwriting

• See mumford & sons in concert: tried and couldn’t get tickets. And now they’re not on tour. All the feels

• Read 25 books: Pretty sure I read 5. How sad! Although studying for boards was half of my year.

• Read the Bible cover to cover: didn’t even come close. 

Up next: My tentative 26 before 26 list!

25 Before 25: How Did I Do? (Part 4/4)

And here are the things I didn’t complete on my list. All 6 have been added to my 26 before 26 list.

• Have the fam over for dinner: planned for Mothers Day. Should be a good time.

• Travel somewhere: I wish. Montana this summer, though! I’m excited.

• Get a tattoo: can’t decide what I want & this is something I don’t want to rush. Top contenders are a Bible verse that my dad used to say and a part from a letter from my dad in his handwriting

• See mumford & sons in concert: tried and couldn’t get tickets. And now they’re not on tour. All the feels

• Read 25 books: Pretty sure I read 5. How sad! Although studying for boards was half of my year.

• Read the Bible cover to cover: didn’t even come close.

Up next: My tentative 26 before 26 list!

All it takes is three simple words to explain a complicated relationship. I love you.

Current mood: sexually frustrated.

25 Before 25: How Did I Do? (Part 3/4)

• Volunteer regularly: I have been volunteering every couple of weekends with my small group from church. I also just put in an application at the rescue mission to volunteer 2 nights a week. I’m excited! And nervous. 

• Keep a journal: I’m counting this tumblr as my journal. Cop out? Maybe. But it’s better than nothing. 

• Find a hobby: I learned how to knit. I also started running again, which I now consider my hobby bc I do it on an almost daily basis and I’m constantly learning more about it. 

• Train for and run a half marathon: Ran one two weeks ago. Didn’t really train for it. I get half credit. 

•  Start aggressively paying off loans: I’m paying $100 each month over the minimum. It’s all I can do right now. Also my tax return and the small inheritance I just found out I’m getting from my grandparents are going to be going right to pay off loans. 

• Update wardrobe: got rid of old clothes I never wear. This goal meant less and less to me as time went on. How I’m living my life means more to me than how I look doing it. Although I still do have self-esteem issues related to the way I look, not going to deny that. 

• Find a home church: I love Heartland. I love the pastors and the messages and the dedication to service. And bonus - my small group. I love them. They have welcomed me from the very beginning despite being together for 2+ years.

25 Before 25: How Did I Do? (Part 3/4)

• Volunteer regularly: I have been volunteering every couple of weekends with my small group from church. I also just put in an application at the rescue mission to volunteer 2 nights a week. I’m excited! And nervous.

• Keep a journal: I’m counting this tumblr as my journal. Cop out? Maybe. But it’s better than nothing.

• Find a hobby: I learned how to knit. I also started running again, which I now consider my hobby bc I do it on an almost daily basis and I’m constantly learning more about it.

• Train for and run a half marathon: Ran one two weeks ago. Didn’t really train for it. I get half credit.

• Start aggressively paying off loans: I’m paying $100 each month over the minimum. It’s all I can do right now. Also my tax return and the small inheritance I just found out I’m getting from my grandparents are going to be going right to pay off loans.

• Update wardrobe: got rid of old clothes I never wear. This goal meant less and less to me as time went on. How I’m living my life means more to me than how I look doing it. Although I still do have self-esteem issues related to the way I look, not going to deny that.

• Find a home church: I love Heartland. I love the pastors and the messages and the dedication to service. And bonus - my small group. I love them. They have welcomed me from the very beginning despite being together for 2+ years.

I’m losing you.

25 Before 25: How Did I Do? (Part 2/4)

• Make a budget: I took a financial class and spent a lot of time making a really good budget. Do I follow it like I should? No. Guess that one goes on the next list… 

• Move to a new city: I moved when I got a job. I’m learning to love “the city with a heart” and am excited to explore it more this summer. Especially the state park I love a few miles from. 

• Find a job: after a long and depressing search, I was offered my first job as a physical therapist. And I couldn’t be happier with it. 

• Pass my board exam: I never, ever thought I would pass on the first try. Not only did I pass, I got a solid score. I was in shock when I got the letter saying I passed. 

• Own a car: my amazing mother helped me find a car, which I am in the process of repaying her for. It’s served me well and I have put way too many miles on it already. 

• Get my mental health in order: I know this one is a process, one which I’m still going through, but I am no longer actively dealing with depression and have not had any anxiety attacks since last year. I went to see a counselor and have learned some good coping strategies. I feel that this is the area in which I’ve made the most progress, despite the fact that it’s also one that I’m still dealing with. 

• Get over a broken heart: this is what prompted me to make this list in the first place. Done, and unfortunately have broken someone else’s heart since then. Incredible what change a year can bring.

25 Before 25: How Did I Do? (Part 2/4)

• Make a budget: I took a financial class and spent a lot of time making a really good budget. Do I follow it like I should? No. Guess that one goes on the next list…

• Move to a new city: I moved when I got a job. I’m learning to love “the city with a heart” and am excited to explore it more this summer. Especially the state park I love a few miles from.

• Find a job: after a long and depressing search, I was offered my first job as a physical therapist. And I couldn’t be happier with it.

• Pass my board exam: I never, ever thought I would pass on the first try. Not only did I pass, I got a solid score. I was in shock when I got the letter saying I passed.

• Own a car: my amazing mother helped me find a car, which I am in the process of repaying her for. It’s served me well and I have put way too many miles on it already.

• Get my mental health in order: I know this one is a process, one which I’m still going through, but I am no longer actively dealing with depression and have not had any anxiety attacks since last year. I went to see a counselor and have learned some good coping strategies. I feel that this is the area in which I’ve made the most progress, despite the fact that it’s also one that I’m still dealing with.

• Get over a broken heart: this is what prompted me to make this list in the first place. Done, and unfortunately have broken someone else’s heart since then. Incredible what change a year can bring.