When I turned 25, I made a list of 25 things I wanted to do/accomplish by the time I hit 30. Well, I have done a grand total of eight of them. As bad as that sounds, I'm OK with that. I mean, I have years to learn to play the guitar, right? And while I haven't accomplished as many of the things on my list in the last 5 years as I would have liked to, it's been a pretty amazing 5 years. So I will instead be focusing on 10 things I HAVE done and feats I've accomplished in the last 5 years...
1. Became a homeowner. It's the biggest purchase I have made and likely ever will make. It's a tremendous responsibility and a beast to keep clean, but I wouldn't trade it for the world. It's our happy place and my sanctuary from the storm.
2. Travelled to some amazing destinations. Let's see ... there was Isla Mujeres for the honeymoon, Los Angeles for a girls trip, Nashville for my Bachelorette party and my best friend's wedding, Atlanta for engagement photos (also where we got engaged). Football road trips to Nashville, Dallas, Tuscaloosa, Atlanta, and Athens. Visited friends and family in Houston, San Antonio and Paris (TN). Had family beach vacations in Destin and Gulf Shores. Mini Excursions to Biloxi and Lake Charles. And then of course the amazing Anniversary Adventure in NYC. I'm no world traveler, but I'd say it's been an exciting five years on the travel front.
3. Went to some amazing concerts. I saw Counting Crows 3 times in the last 5 years, which in itself is wonderful, but I also saw my female musical idol - Stevie Nicks - perform live with Fleetwood Mac at Jazz Fest last year. And it was every bit as amazing as I wanted it to be. And don't forget the Beach Boys at Jazz Fest too. Also saw Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Zebra, and lots of Debbie Landry gigs. She's the best local artist in Baton Rouge and if you don't know about her you should.
4. Worked as a successful fundraiser/Began my career with IMG. Fundraising is not an easy job. Asking people for money is tough. But I learned a lot about myself (and babies!) and about how to work with all different kinds of personalities. It's a skill I've taken with me in my current job and will keep with me on into the future. I've had some good jobs over the years, but for maybe the first time now I really feel like this is where I'm supposed to be. I'm doing work that I love with people I like and am able to balance that with a healthy family life. I am continuing to learn and grow every day.
5. Played Championship Volleyball. Having not played since high school, I began playing beach volleyball at Mango's and quickly grew to love it while making some great new friends in the process. My teams have won 3 championships and hopefully more to come in the future!
6. Married my best friend. I know, I know, that's so lame and cliche'. But also true. He's been my rock and my support system through a lot of life's obstacles, and I know I've been that for him as well. We've also shared a lot of good ... no, GREAT, moments together and I'm excited about the adventure that will be the rest of our lives.
7. Became a "Mom". No, I didn't birth any children in the last 5 years. But side by side I have helped my husband raise his son into an amazing young boy. He turns 6 on Saturday, and it's crazy to think he was only 18 months the first time I met him. Cameron has taught me so many things about parenting and life in general. Knowing how much I love that sweet little boy makes me overwhelmed to just think about the love I will have for the lives I may create myself.
8. Purchased my first automobile. My first car (Heidi) was given to me when I graduated high school, and I took good care of her. So much so that she lasted 11 years. Car notes are no fun, but new cars are. I bought Stella for my 29th birthday present to myself and what a ride it's been. She was in 3 wrecks (none my fault!) within two months of buying her. It was a long legal battle, but all were taken care of and she's all fixed and pretty now just in time for her one year anniversary!
9. Completed a 10,000 Burpee Challenge. Not only finished it, but finished the 365 day challenge in 172 days. But the real accomplishment here is just the general change in my body. I'm stronger and can do way more things with my body than I could 5 years ago.
10. Got LASIK surgery. For anyone who knows how sensitive I am with people touching my eyes, that's a HUGE deal for me. The experience was not pleasant that's for sure, but it's incredible to wake up in the morning and to be able to see without glasses. Waking up able to see my surroundings feels like a miracle every morning.