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