This morning I stared at myself in the mirror after a fairly decent night of sleep (hey, only woke up once from stabbing pain in my side (thank you work-out last night, must have pulled a muscle while I was on THE FRIGGIN ELLIPTICAL…). Anyway, mirror-me had some new lines on her forehead. Gasp!! No big deal, right (uh yeah, totally a big(ish) deal) but it served as a “good” reminder that time is passing and I’m not a young spring-hen anymore. Groggy mirror-me bitch slapped me in the face with the realization I have officially aged out of the “young adult” category. But hey, I’m not quite at cougar age, middle age, midlife crisis age,… (let’s hope that’s faaaaar away from today). I guess that makes me an adult. A grown-up. That creature that every child dreads to become. Yikes.
It’s not all bad. Contrary to the childish believe I had, adults still have a ton of fun. Though instead of trying to meet guys until 2am out and about (and then you still had the energy to go to after parties) we now go to bars from 8 to 11pm to celebrate engagements. And we get to drink Moscow Mules and craft beer instead of whatever light beer is on special because anything else would have been impossible to afford with our entry-level pay.
I remember, when I started my career with internships, my managers and colleagues that were my current age all seemed so mature, pulled together, and ultra smart and knew what they were doing in their jobs. Of course I looked up to them. So last summer when we had a marketing intern at work it slowly sunk in, I’m now one of them. What a neat feeling to be able to give (hopefully not completely worthless) advice to a college student that looks up to you for career advice.
So yeah, a quarter into my thirties I am quite enjoying this decade so far. Settled down? Not so much. More so “settled in”. I’m comfortable with life and love that feeling of having arrived (thank you cupid for my amazing husband that makes me feel that way). Yup, not in my twenties anymore. And that’s ok.
Wow, 2015 is here! Time for new resolutions!! So can you believe it is fifteen years after the big new millennium?! Y2K bug! Ahhh! My gosh, how time flies!
Anyhow, I’m a list kinda gal and know that I am much more likely to get things done if I write to-dos down and get to cross them off once completed. Sooo satisfying. Done – check! Most years I like to write down resolutions or goals for the year ahead. I actually have a notebook dedicated to just that and in previous years I went as far as drawing 52 boxes for weekly goals to check things off. Worked really well!
Last year I really only had two personal goals: Plan our wedding! Plan our honeymoon! I’m hoping I’ll have a little more time for other things in 2015 but usually life tends to be amazingly busy these days.
This year, these are my goals:
- Start my own marketing consulting business
- Connect with my friends
- Host Sunday Suppers / Entertain at our beautiful house
- Up our house’s curb appeal. Those dead scrubs blend in well in winter but the rest of the year… not so much.
- Work out at least once a week
- Catch-up with my Project Life photo albums
- Create our wedding photo book
- Blog here at least once a month (that seems little but it’s realistic)
- Nurture my marriage and do awesome things that we may want to do before we potentially have kids (I realize this is an abstract goal and as such I really despise it so I will have to break it down into more tangible S.M.A.R.T. goals *business geek*)
- Eat well. Live cleanly. Be well. A.k.a. increasingly remove pesticides and chemicals, etc from our food and home, eat nutritious meals, be greener.
I hope to see you here, on Facebook or in person to check in on how I’m doing with my resolutions. Care to share your goals?
Part of my wonderful birthday surprise from dear fiancé was the awesome gift of a new bicycle! He had given me a region free DVD player (so now I can watch all my German DVDs (that are all in Germany,… minor detail)!!) and a massage gift certificate earlier in the evening and taken me to a restaurant I had been meaning to try forever so quite frankly, I thought my birthday was awesome and done with. Oh no. We came back home after dinner and he called me down into the den where he was waiting with a beautiful, super fancy hybrid bike. Swoon!
Blue bike birthday surprise! Whoop whoop!
My first thought was “Oh sweeeet! Now I don’t have to research bikes to buy one!” Hehe. I had been wanting to get one this summer but had been dreading doing the research what with all the wedding prep. Mind you this is the first time I’ve had a bike in forever! I don’t even think I had one in college but perhaps I had one in Hamburg for a very short period of time. And all those bike’s I had had were completely functioning right outside the box. Apparently that’s not the case with fancy bikes. The babe was busy over the next couple of days to mount a kickstand and lights and a lock (don’t think we’ve figured out how to mount that one just yet. YOU’D THINK!!).
But finally everything was put together and I had gloves and a helmet (Don’t ride without one peeps! Don’t want your noggin to be smashed!). So off we went! I was sooooo nervous (and giddy – hello 32 year old child). Shifting gears?! I’ve never had a bike with more than 8 gears and I’d always been able to break by trying to pedal backwards. But, thankfully, that wasn’t hard and it really is like the saying – you never forget how to ride a bike! This one translates beautifully into German, too, although we never “unlearn” how to ride a bike. No training wheels needed!
Survived my first ride!
So we’re excited to go on bike rides in our neighborhood, to visit our friends who just moved a mile and a half away from us, and to drive up to the bar that’s a mile and a half in the other direction. We’ve mapped out parks and the Virginia Kreeper Trail and look forward to being active outdoors together. What a great gift!
… Come on come on come on! Yup, that was a TERRIBLE German song from one of my favorite soaps probably about 2 decades ago. One thing I’ve learned from living abroad: Germans are known for bad taste in music. Not sure what happened after Bach and Beethoven but our (supposed) obsession with David Hasselhoff sure hasn’t helped us.
Anyhow, I’m another year older! I have no idea where the first half of the year went but it definitely flew by in what seemed like a split-second. Wasn’t it just last week that we had champagne at the strike of midnight on New Year’s Eve?! Alas, summer is pretty much in full swing here in the Carolinas. When I walk out the door in the mornings a blanket of heat engulfs me. I’m quite lucky with the new job though – they don’t cool the office down to icebox level (just to comfort level) so I can actually wear cute summer dresses to work! #winning
This past weekend I had invited a few people over to celebrate and I have to say, our house is just perfect for entertaining! So happy about that! Definitely was missing an attached outdoor space and the yard in my old apartment. I had found some cute decorative paper elements and finally found a reason to buy a few packs of those super adorable paper straws. The backyard looked awesome!
I slaved all day getting groceries, decorating and preparing shredded pork BBQ from the crockpot, a Greek salad and some delish pink lemonade cupcakes. It always looks so freaking effortless on Pinterest!!! Roar! OK so it probably would have been less stressful had I gotten up earlier and not procrastinated as long but come on, it was my b-day! Thank heavens for friends that don’t mind lending a hand when they come to party! Great times! The soccer world cup was on, we played some horseshoe toss, there was music on the patio and the sun was shining.
The best thing however was when Michael unexpectedly made it to the party! He was supposed to fly to South America but they wound up having enough crew and he was able to come home! Guys, you have no idea what it means when your junior pilot is home on a Saturday night AND it’s your birthday party! 🙂 SQUEAL!!!
And just like that 2013 is over. Seems like we had just returned from our cruise in December 2012 and toasted to a fantastic 2013 yesterday. The year just flew by!
And what a year it was! Highlights include:
- My first time skiing! I actually loved it!
- I became a permanent resident of the United Stated (yay no more worrying about losing my job and having to leave)
- Not only did I get to go back to Germany for a trade show once (think free air fare), but twice! Was wonderful to see the family for a few days and I even got to check the beautiful city of Dresden off my bucketlist. My parents also got to meet my love to quiz him about his intentions (nah, they were nice).
- We bought a house and moved in together! Leap of faith! I guess when you know you know. Never thought I would buy a house with a guy without a ring on my finger and without having lived together. But through it all, everything just felt so right and has been wonderful.
- I changed jobs, which was such a mixed feelings thing to do. I loved so many things about my old job yet it had become time to move on to new adventures. The new gig is great and the highlight was definitely going to Cancun for three days to observe cases!
- We finally managed to go to Wisconsin to see where Michael grew up and for a football game of his Alma Mater. Loads of fun meeting all his local friends and the Badgers even won.
- Our 2013 vacation was a trip to Vermont. Aside from me being stuck overnight in Philadelphia (thanks stupid unexpected snow storm) it was just perfect and super romantic! You know it’s fantastic when you think to yourself “this is so cheesy but I love it”!
- Michael asked me to marry him! All down on one knee with the most amazing ring and the beautiful scenery of Lake Champlain. Awwww.
So while 2013 put a lot of pressure on 2014 in terms of topping all that, we have a wedding lined-up so that should help make it one of the best years! I am pumped about new opportunities and the fun of planning our special day (hey, I’m a marketer after all).
Wishing you all near and far a great start into 2014! May you always be healthy, happy and have a full belly!