Warning: Sometimes I like to use this blog as an outlet. Today is one of those days. Skip if you don't want to read a semi-reflective, semi-whiny post.
Well... it's officially 52 days until my 25th birthday. Yes, I'm very young. However, I won't deny I'm having a 1/3rd-life-crisis.
There were a list of things I wanted to accomplish by my 25th birthday.. here are some of them:
- Get organized
- Lose weight
- Be debt free
- Bring exercise and healthy eating routinely into my life
- Always look "put together"
Surprisingly, I have stuck to this list and been doing pretty well! Here are the updates:
- Get organized: I have organized almost everything in our home and gotten rid of junk, junk and more junk. I only have to tackle my closet, the garage (!!!), and a few kitchen drawers and I'm DONE!
- Lose weight: I'm mentioned it here and there, but I'm proud to say I've lost 15 lbs since August 2008. Slowly and steadily has worked for me. By my birthday, I want to lose another 5 lbs. It's a pretty hefty goal, and I need to start hitting the pavement again regularly to get there.
- Be debt free: We are just a couple months away to being in a really great place financially. We'll have no debt, minus two car loans, at 25 and 26 and I'm proud of that!
- Bring exercise and healthy eating routinely into my life: I've done a pretty good job of this, and I think the weight loss is result of it!
- Always look "put together": Thanks to my new love of thrifting, I now love to put together outfits. The best part is, now I have personality to my clothes since many of them are vintage, instead of looking like a poster child for the Gap.
I have to admit - blogging really has helped me with my goal list. I find such inspiration for my life in the blog world.
Now here comes the whiny part. Here I am at 25, and my "crisis" is that I'm still trying to find who I am; mainly in the career department. I enjoy my job, but I get a little sad when I see things like this:
print via etsy.com
Truth is... sure, Advertising is fun and all, but it's not what I love. I consider myself a creative person and I yearn to live a life where I can use creativity to bring in income. So this begs the question - is it too late to do that? In my dreams, I imagine my life as an interior designer. But that requires school, and when thinking of going back to school, I'm overwhelmed and guilty. Overwhelmed at the cost (we just got out of debt, why should I get back into it? Plus one income? eek) and guilty at the thought that my parents gave the gift of college to me, and I choose Advertising instead of Interior Design. It's something I really regret, but the decision was made, and I am forever thankful for the opportunities they gave me. I don't want to throw that all away....
Another question - is there a way to live what I love full time without having to spend a bunch of money to go back to school? Truth is, I'm working towards this with the launch of my new site. I'd love to be able to work with people out there on rooms, web sites, logos.... that way I can live what I love and also be able to use the skills I learned in college.
But alas, for as long as I need to, I'll continue to live my double life - Advertiser by day and designer by night. It's a perfect life, actually, and I really have no reason to whine ;)
So as I approach an age milestone, I've created some new goals for my 25th year and beyond:
- Bring even more creative outlets into my life: painting, drawing, expansion of my offerings
- Find a place to live where my husband and I can thrive
- Lose more weight (what woman doesn't have this permanently fixed on her life list?)
And with that, I'll share with you baby Bryn, approximately 24 years ago:
6 hours ago