Somewhere to document what I get up to whilst I’m 26…
- Explored new places – Guildford, Kingston and Windsor
- Am kicking social anxiety’s ass!
- Brighton Tattoo Convention
- Tried pole dancing! 4 weeks ago
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Somewhere to document what I get up to whilst I’m 26…
I officially booked my trip to South Africa tonight. I still can’t believe it. It was super scary to spend the money, but some things opportunities only present themselves once in your life. 1 month ago
I’ve had so many jobs since turning 20. I’ve taught art and design, worked with young people, been an artist, photocopied, photographed, worked events, worked in retail. I even had what would be seen as a ‘good job’ working in a photography studio for a fashion label. But I’ve given them all up. I’ve always gotten bored, frustrated or just simply couldn’t handle it. I’ve wanted to run away from all of them. Working in an office environment pretty much destroyed me and in an attempt to get out, I applied for postgraduate study. I got a place and I was out of there.
I’ve never really known what I was doing, I’ve floundered between being ‘selfish’ and wanting to do something deemed worthwhile, like teaching. I’ve wanted to be everything from an artist to a baker. I had to keep starting again and try so many things to get here but I’m now on the right track.
I’ve let go of my debilitating need to ‘do good’ and have given in to what I’m actually good at. I’ve become a visual merchandiser. I absolutely adore it and I don’t want to do anything else. I get paid rubbish but I don’t care. I love styling mannequins and putting in new window displays. I love being busy, up and down ladders, painting and fixing things. I love not working in an office and I enjoy being around people all day.
The point is – I’m finally happy. It’s taken five years of experimenting but I’m at a place where I’m settled and thriving. I’m also now in a job that supports my other interests (like makeup, hair and styling) and actually compliments them. To anyone who is struggling with their career or purpose – stop. There are no mistakes, only ways to navigate to where you should be. Probably one of the best things to happen to me during this decade is finding my passion and something I feel I’m really good at. 1 month ago
In a few months time I will be 25. During the first five years of my twenties, I moved out of my cousin’s place and into another, where I was very uncomfortable for much of the time. I went to counselling to help with this. I overcame my social anxiety and volunteered within the uni often. I made a really good friend, who then hurt me (and I hurt her too). I have forgiven this friend. And myself. Many other friends moved on to other things or live a long way away, so I’ve lost that closeness. I completed a teaching degree, skipping class only once and skipping many more lectures. I went to many pub crawls and once completed an oral presentation slightly hung-over. I learned some surprising things about myself: I’m good at sociology, research and taking the lead when no-one else seems like they’re going to. I experienced for the first time, meeting someone who openly disliked me. I worked at a job I despised. I began writing again, thanks to my writing class at uni. I survived a long distance relationship, then Chris and I moved in together. I lost my Grandma to cancer, a high school friend to a car accident and a woman who was in some of my classes, who was always so supportive, also to cancer. A few years ago, my sister moved to the city and we’ve become much closer because of that. I’ve stopped being the mother of our youth and started being a sister. I still don’t have my driver’s license and this embarrasses me. Chris & I went on our first holiday together for his 21st in Queensland, where I rode my first roller-coaster. Two years later, we went on another mini holiday, where he asked me to marry him. A few months later, my sister & Mum organised an engagement party for us. It was a lovely day, although a long way off from our wedding. Still going with the wedding planning. I attended a number of weddings, mostly from within the same family, which I thought odd. I began teaching in 2012, working in primary schools, preschools, vacation care and more recently, a special needs school.
After all that rambling, I think what I’m trying to get out is, that while I’ve done a lot of things, I need to include more fun. Things like staying up all night and meeting new people and travelling and figuring out my taste in wine and going on road trips and making another group of girlfriends and writing more and trying new things. 1 month ago
I am going to go on a group tour to South Africa in July. Instead of going back to Europe I am going to cross off one of my larger bucket list dreams of going on an safari. I went to the health department today to get my first shot (Hep A). I called the travel clinic in my area to figure out the cost of the rest of the immunizations. In June I will get the rest. 2 months ago
25 was one hell of a year, I pushed myself to the limit. I studied hard, graduated and got a job. I managed to do some things on my list like Summer Solstice at Stonehenge, cocktails, makeup training, seeing an opera, the list goes on… I may not have done everything but I think in terms of achievement, the year was a success. I won’t be pushing myself like that again though as I’ve lost some of my sanity along the way.
I’m now at a bit of a crossroads in life, not really 100% sure what I’m doing or where I’m going but I’m just rolling with it. The long term relationship with the man I thought I’d be with forever is now over. From here on out I’ll be focusing on just me, the things I want, supporting myself and bettering myself. I’ve made a list of things I want to achieve whilst 26, here’s a snippet…
Lots to do! Here’s to the next year! 2 months ago
I had a really nice birthday today. I decided to have no expectations whatsoever and the day turned out fantastic. I interned until 4 and was able to attend a professional development on grief and loss, which was extremely interesting. I also was able to participate in the Alzheimer’s support group for the first time, which I thoroughly enjoyed. After internship Sal and I went out for pizza. I am making cupcakes. I got a birthday text message from both of my nieces, which I absolutely loved. 2 months ago
There’s not much I need to be happy, really. I’m rather laid back about most things. But some things I’d really like to hit before I’m thirty. Notice some things appearing from my other goals.
1. Visit California
2. Get 3 more tattoos
3. Have a tattoo done by Kat Von D
4. Get my belly button pierced again
5. Get 2 more ear piercings
6. Visit Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee 3 months ago
I found a bucket list I had written on the back of a photo (and forgotten about) when I was about 19 or so. I am happy to say that I have crossed many of the things I have wanted to do off of it (visiting Paris, London, Rome, NYC), graduate college, getting into grad school to become a social worker, quit Wal-Mart (hahahaha), laughing a lot. It just might be time to start thinking of some new things to put on the bucket list!
I have to say I do feel that I have made the most of my twenties. I’ve traveled more than I ever thought I would, I’m almost done with my education, and I’m independent living on my own (with Sal). My life is pretty good. I still struggle with a lot of issues in my past, but I’m always working on them and moving forward. Life is pretty good :) I’m really looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas and my first holiday season post-retail. I know I post this all the time, but I’m excited about it! It is right around the corner!
Someone posted a few days ago that they booked their trip to Australia because they were inspired by their friend who passed away, but lived life to the fullest. It has been on my mind ever since. You never know how much time you have left to do what you want with your life, so it is wise to make sure you make the most of the time you do have.
Now off to dreamland to think about what I want to do (and where I want to go) with my 26th year of life.
P.S: Last week a 100 year old woman fulfilled her dream of seeing polar bears in the wild…NEVER too late! Absolutely amazing story. 4 months ago
Did I make the most of my twenties? Maybe not. Maybe.
Either way, I think I did the best with who I was and what I had and I’m in my 30s now. Weird :) Time to make the most of my 30s! 4 months ago
...to be done. To make the most of my 20’s, I need to travel more, learn languages, and maybe, just maybe, move out of L.A.
I like in here, but after being here for almost a decade, I feel like it is time for me to move to a different place.
The things I posted on my first entry are still wants; now I need to get to what I need to do in order to achieve all that. 4 months ago
I have 4 more years on me until I turn 30.
Yes, this list is still standing:
1. get a tattoo
2. visit hawaii/canada
3. learn how to swim
4. get into graduate school
5. get fit/toned (run another marathon?)
6. learn to sew
7. get a passport
Number 7 is the easiest, #1 and #4 can happen within the next year, #5 requires dedication and time which is difficult for me to make time and want to make time for, same applies to #6, hopefully #2 will happen by next summer 4 months ago
Today was a beautiful fall day here in Michigan. I took my niece for a walk and she was amazed by all the colors in the trees. Imagine seeing this for the first time through the eyes of a 6 month old. Best thing I have done in a long time and it was absolutely free. 4 months ago
The best money I have ever spent outside of traveling. Definitely going to go to more broadway musicals. 2 years ago
I feel the need to document more for this goal. I started it mid way through my 20s so there’s alot I haven’t talked about. That’s probably for the best though as my very early 20s were, quite frankly, crap.
However, this year has kind of been a turning point in terms of attitude. As the title may suggest, there have been a huge amount of perks for me when it comes to this getting older stuff… When I say ‘getting older’ that in itself makes me feel ancient, haha but I guess I’ve just gotten a little more level-headed.
The first and most important one is – I just don’t give a damn. If you don’t like me, the way I dress, my opinion/view, etc? I really DON’T care. What’s more, I don’t care about your way of life either. And that’s a good thing. We’re all individuals just trying to get on in this crazy life. Embrace difference.
That leads me into another thing – I’m so laid back, I could be laying down. I really am not bothered about being five minutes late. You being five minutes late. Missing a train, etc. All those things that drive people wild. Guess what? They don’t really matter. Yay! No more unnecessary worrying.
And my last thing is… I am good enough. I know I’m not alone here but I used to worry alot about how I appeared to others, whether I was accepted or not, how successful I was, blah blah blah. Constant churning over and over in my mind about how I could constantly better myself. I’m not totally over it but for the most part, I am. I am damn good enough. And if you don’t like that or don’t agree? Tough and too bad.
So yeah, getting older and caring less is awesome. 4 months ago
that I wrote a couple of weeks ago makes me feel better about what I have now. This was something that I wanted, so I’m getting it, and it’s time to embrace it.
Life isn’t about “getting stuck” or being “robotic”. It’s about exploration and enjoyment. Yes, we still have to adhere to this system of working to pay off bills to keep us from living on the streets, but we have to always keep in mind that it’s more than just that. If we can find THE way to ENJOY life and work, we are successful and happy.
I can see myself 20 years from now and think back about my 20s and not regret the decisions that I have made. 4 months ago
I really started to lose track of who I am when I started working again. Part of who I am is being a 20 year old working hard to pursue my dreams and goals with a little fun on the side. I’ve been pulled into this dark hole working over 40 hours a week for the past month and finally, all of it is taking a toll over my health. There has been absolutely no time for self care like R&R, household chores, and even time with my furry baby. I’m setting my foot down again, paving myself a new path (or more like continuing my new path) to finish those grad school applications and to give my photography some attention. The parents that I’ve been working with have been very thrilled with me, so that definitely supported my confidence in being a professional and awesome therapist… which motivates me to apply to other companies that will pay me more.
I feel guilty about shortening my hours and leaving one of my clients, but I will leave that guilt at the door because the trade off will be so much bigger and more rewarding. I vow to NOT live my 20s as a disgruntled robot but as a soul pursuing happiness and greater achievements. 5 months ago