Today I turn a quarter of a century! I’m 25!
I loved being 24. I’m proud of everything I accomplished on my 25 before 25.
While 24, I experienced some of the highest of highs in my life, but also a couple pretty rough lows. While 24, I got engaged to my best friend, published my first scientific paper, became an aunt, completed a triathlon, hiked mountains, and ran so many miles. Also while 24, I had emergency surgery which stopped me from running the Boston marathon, I cried with Weez after the loss of a loved one, and I struggled through a 7 month knee injury.
I’m proud of how I handled the lows, and thankful for all the incredible highs. I’m surrounded by amazing family and friends. And I’m so thankful for it all.
With a new birthday, brings a new list! Every year is a gift and I won’t stop chasing after new goals, pushing and motivating myself emotionally and physically to be the best Erin I can be. Without further ado, my new list of 26 things I want to do before turning 26!
Say I Do Adopt a puppy (FINALLY!) Run a trail race Sip sangria in Spain Try 8 new recipes in 1 month Begin scrap-booking a favorite recipe cookbook (with photographs I’ve taken) Proof read Weez’s PhD dissertation Make a 5 year plan Run on a white sand beach Hike another 14er Read all of Jane Austin. Decide which one is my favorite.(I’m sorry Jane Austin fans, but I just couldn’t do it. I tried so hard, for so many weeks to get through P&P but just couldn’t. Ugh. J.A.’s writing is just not my cup of tea) Run a sub 21 5k (there. I made a hard-fast goal for myself.) (I’m slightly terrified)
- Give it another Tri
Thoroughly embarrass my best friend at her bachelorette party
- Convince my parents to move to Colorado (I will beg every year until they finally move here)
Go on a mini weekend getaway and stay at a B&B Learn to worry less. A lot less.(I’ve made huge progress towards this goal this year)
- Go to a Red Wings Hockey game (timing didn’t work out, so bummed)
Publish another scientific paper Do something wild, spontaneous, and totally outside my comfort zone Volunteer. Somewhere meaningful.
- Successfully cross a slackline
Participate in a photography challenge Run at least 6 <marathon-distance races(I need to spice up my post-college racing career) 6 5 4 3 2 1 Present research at a scientific conference Run a marathon with Weez