Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Quarter century in the making…

Today, I am 25. Ah yes, the age where you feel like you should have something awesome to look forward to or celebrate, seeing how you’ve successfully made it a quarter century. 16 - you get to drive, 18 - you’re an adult, 21 - you can LEGALLY drink, 25…hmmm…I guess I get to rent a car without the ridiculous fees. So I got that going for me!

I was told after 21, “It’s all downhill from here, enjoy it while it lasts.” To me, that’s sad. I can honestly say that every year has been better than the last. Sure, there have been some hick-ups along the way, things haven’t gone according to plans, but I trust there is an ultimate plan, and I’m enjoying the ride.

21 – I graduated from Arizona State University and moved Austin, Texas. My (now) fiancé and I were all alone in the very large state of Texas. We found a home, I found a job, and he started Law School.

22 – I continued to grow my career in a city that I didn’t like. Yep, I haven’t always loved Austin. This year I proved to myself that I was strong. I grew a new found confidence and thrived while establishing my independence.

23 – I founded an organization called Help Save a Stray. This organization has been my outlet to give back. I now work with 39 animal shelters country wide. I also started running and challenged myself to a few half marathons. I would say that 23 was a turning point for me; a crucial year that made me who I am and who I want to be.

24 – I got engaged and my fiancé graduated from Law School. We decided to stay in Austin indefinitely. I raised thousands of dollars for shelters across the country and have played an integral part in several adoptions. I challenged myself to a few more half marathons.

25 – I will be getting married and completing my first full marathon.

Every birthday is a celebration. It’s a chance to look back and enjoy everything I’ve been able to experience. Honestly, if you had asked me when I was 12, “Where do you see yourself when you’re 25?” I would have said something like, “Married, stay-at-home mom, with at least 2 kids, in a house in California (where I lived when I was 12) with a cat and a dog.” Instead, I have an awesome career; I live in an apartment in Austin with my fiancé and goofy dog – and I couldn’t possibly be happier!

I know I’m not old, and I’m not trying to be ridiculous here, but I am so glad things didn’t go according to how I planned it. It’s funny, because I don’t think anything ever really does. In the past 25 years I’ve learned to take each day and live it. I’ve learned to be thankful for what I have and enjoy it. Everything in my life is a gift. I cannot wait to see what the next 25 years holds!

So today, as you read this, I want you to be thankful for what you have in life, whatever it may be. Things are not always easy (like my blog title says) but it’s the not easy things in life that make the great things that much better!

Cheers to life!

5 comments:

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jen!!! You have achieved a ton these past few years! Live it up today and enjoy it!

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  2. Happy Birthday! I love that you are looking back on your accomplishments and looking forward to new adventures! May you be richly blessed in the coming year!!!

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  3. Happy birthday! You've accomplished so much! Well done :)

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  4. Great post, and happy belated birthday!!! :)

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  5. Happy Birthday, albeit slightly late. Your life is full and rewarding, enjoy! The one thing I remember when I turned 25, many years ago, was that my auto insurance went down - significantly!

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