24 before 24

Ya'll, yesterday was my birthday. I remember early in the summer thinking, ooh, at the end of this is my birthday and then I never thought about it again. Then about a week ago Andy was like hey, what do you want to do for your birthday, and I didn't really know. 23 just doesn't feel significant enough to celebrate. It's just like, now you're officially a twenty-something. Yipee. Turns out several friends in my graduate program also have September birthdays, so instead of doing something big for myself Andy and I are hosting a party at our house next weekend to celebrate all of our birthdays in one go. So, for the actual day of my birth we kept it low key. We went out for an amazing brunch buffet (steak and eggs, raspberry pancakes, mimosas, the works), lazed away the afternoon, played cards, and ate an amazing steak dinner grilled by Andy. It was a nice, relaxing day and the only productive thing I did was my lesson plan for Monday.

As I went though the day and received so many wonderful birthday wishes from friends and family, I realized that birthdays are great for making plans and goals for the next year. New Year's seems so arbitrary when you consider that a birthday really marks the time of your life, not the start of a new year. You start thinking about what all you've accomplished in the last year, and what all you want to get done before you get any older. I've seen so many amazing birthday goal lists and knew I definitely wanted to do one of my own. So here it is (in no particular order)! I'll be checking in over the course of the next year and let you know what I accomplish and when and how and all of that good stuff.


  1. this is such a good list! i want to do so many of these things! i didn't even know i didn't know how to freeze and thaw food, so that's good to know. i love that there is a good balance in this list of things you do for yourself, things you do with andy, and things you do with other people. i think that's something that was lacking from my list.

    can't wait to see what you accomplish in the next year! happy birthday!!

    xo nicole

    1. Thanks! There have been a couple of times now where I've frozen produce because I couldn't use it before it went bad in an effort to save it and I think I froze it right, be didn't thaw it properly or something. It's frustrating. As a gal trying to cook on a budget, it seems important!


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