25 started off pretty rough due to a bout of bad, unexplainable health. I never did find out what was wrong with me but it cost me $1,000 to see a urologist. I was very uncomfortable and in pain for months. On top of that I was pretty stressed due to grad school and all that came with that. I really believe the two were related, and I hope I never experience that again.
I saved up about $4,000 this year due to selling almost everything I don’t use (mostly clothes), my tax return, and saving a few extra dollars. I also saved $640 in change in my peanuts tin. This was the most amount of money I have ever saved and I am proud to say I did it.
I decided I needed to do something to turn this year around so I am going to go to NYC and Greece this summer. I leave for NYC in just 24 days and Greece in 66. I am really excited to see two new places and traveling again gave me something nice to look forward too. I have wanted to go to Greece for a long time now so I am happy that I am making it a reality. I am planning to continue to focus on traveling throughout the rest of my twenties. It is really the biggest joy in my life.
Sal and I also celebrate our 5th anniversary this week. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone but I am definitely happy I have been able to share ALL of my twenties with him. 1 week ago
I realized that in the past, as a way to not focus on my present life and present story, I spend a good chuck of time obesssing about others, their lives, imagining their day to day life, living to live through their experiences. ...wishing that I were in their shoes. (OUTCH!)
There are 8 billion people in the world, each with a unique and interesting story. Why do I want to spend my twenties espcaping my own life and trying to live through others? Why? Yes, life is hard right now, but it could be worst, and the only way is to be present and experience my own unique being. 2 weeks ago
so I just realized I have this goal set sense I was 24 years old. I know that I didn’t make the most of my teenage years. I think I have done a bit better I my twenties so far. But not enough. Good thing I still have a little less then three years to keep gong.
I did the roommate thing, and now I have my very own place. It’s all mine! That’s an accomplishment for my twenties. And I took a vacation with a group of friends. Not a cruise, but a beach so it counts.
I have major stage fright so performing in a play wont happen. I am working on getting something published however. Which I think is what I want to do with my life. Write. 3 weeks ago
Well, I’m turning 30 in 2 weeks, so I guess its time to mark this as done. Looking back I’m sure there was more that I could have done, and things that I’m SOOOO glad that I did. Overall I think I’ve done well, time to move forward to the next decade! 3 weeks ago
- Partied in Vegas (pool party, XS, Tryst) and got a bunch of promoters’ contact for next time :)
- Had my first friends with benefits (and already ended it simply because the guy isn’t all I wanted but no regrets!)
- Looking stunning everyday, turning heads on campus :)
My self esteem has been improving as the years pass. I will be marrying myself by the time I am 30! 1 month ago
So I can tick travel to Europe again off the list. I went for a two week trip with my Mum to Brussels, Prague, Budapest, Vienna and some of Germany, all by rail.
It was an Art Nouveau trail as we’re both lovers of the art movement, especially Mum. We hunted down Horta, Mucha and Klimt. Horta’s house and seeing Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’ up close was amazing. I’d been to a few of the places before but that didn’t matter, at least I could be a good tour guide.
I’m really glad Mum has had the chance to experience a few countries. I would often be worried about her not travelling and starting to feel trapped, so I’m really pleased we went. She’s now looking at going on a trip to Italy so I’m thrilled for her!
I’m kind of done with Europe now. Maybe Barcelona, some of Scandinavia and Ireland (I’m only next door) I could do but other than that, I’ve seen alot. North America, Australia and New Zealand are top priority now. 1 month ago
I’ve passed the threshold and moved into 30. I keep looking in the mirror but i look pretty much the same as i did 2 years ago. Its been a blast and I’ve learned a lot. Hopefully I can continue experiencing great things. farts. 1 month ago
I feel terrible and fearful like life is passing me by and I am not giving it 100% to achieve my goals strongly. I guess this is defensive pessimism. see link below
I cleaned my bathroom and living area and now cleaning up a big pile in the my room corner. I hope to be done soon…may this be a theraputic cleaning for me and I will get on my preps soon after that, WHICH IS MY Biggest goal.
http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Defensive-Pessimism-How-Negative-Thinking-Can-Pay-Off 1 month ago
This might be a weird post to some but I have been waiting to see On The Road for about a year now. When I was in my late teens/early twenties I really got into The Beat Generation and their writings. The movie finally came through my town and I missed it in December. I was pretty upset because to this day it was never released on DVD. It was supposed to be On Demand but that never happened either. Luckily for me they re-released it in a theater by me for this week only, so I was able to finally see it. The funniest part is that I almost hesitated AGAIN, but I remembered the regret so I didn’t.
During the last few months, I have been thinking a lot about regret. Not seeing that movie was one source of regret, even though it was small. Not going to Mackinac Island last year is another thing I regret, but it was just after I got home from Ireland. I obviously don’t want to get out of this decade with regret in my life. But how do you avoid regret? How do you make the most out of every single day, every single opportunity?
I am truly feeling like my life is on hold right now because of graduate school. The sad part is my heart isn’t even in it anymore. I have often thought about taking time off to travel. When I’m at school, I think about traveling. When I’m at home, I think about traveling. When I am work, I think about traveling. I dream about traveling on a nightly basis. Pretty much everyone has told me that it would be stupid to take time off from graduate school because I am 1/3 of the way through the program, and I would just have to find a way to pay off my student loans. Without graduate school I have no real job prospects. I just hate that the only way I can move up in my life is to go almost a hundred thousand dollars into debt. Believe me I have applied and applied for jobs in my field and nothing. Everyone has said “just travel when you are done with your degree.” I know that isn’t likely because as soon as I graduate I have to find a job to pay off all this debt. I will be stuck making these payments for the next 10 years at least.
I really should be focusing on building some kind of career for myself right now. I hope that by my late twenties (when I finish my MSW) I can start that process. It is just hard to focus on that right now because I have been in school nonstop for the last 6 years without a break. Of course I am a little burnt out. I am definitely ready to explore other options and paths in my life.
All I know for sure is that I turned 25 in December. Time is moving faster than ever and I will be 26 before I know it. There is still so much that I want to do and see before this decade is over. And I only have 5 years left. Of course I know my life isn’t over when I turn 30, but I feel like this is the decade to do what you want to do, travel, and really find yourself. And I definitely don’t want to have any regrets. 2 months ago
Ireland: visited a friend
Brazil & Argentina: visited a friend
Romania: met my room mate again and visited host family and friends
New Zealand & Fiji: helpX and holidays
New Zealand: White and Black Water Rafting, Skydiving, Bungy Jumping, hiking on volcanoes,... 2 months ago