Twenty-five was a wonderful year. It is mind blowing that another year has passed already but I can proudly say I accomplished a lot this year, got to travel often, and continue to have amazing friends and family in my life. Before I head into my first birthday that is closer to thirty than it is twenty…here are 25 things that happened during my 25th year.
1. I brought in the new year in a different time zone, visiting one of my best friends in San Diego.
2. I started running again. I temporarily quit out of frustration and lack of motivation but quickly found my way back to my first true passion. And then I blogged about it.
3. I planned my first bachelorette party in Atlantic City for my best friend, Kristen. From boardwalk runs, to scavenger hunts, and late nights dancing, it was a SUCCESS.
4. KRISTEN GOT MARRIED. Wonderful ceremony, beautiful couple, and EPIC NIGHT. Wedding=success. This needs to be a yearly occurrence.
5. I got my first pedicure (in preparation for #4)! I’ve always been nervous about what the nail technicians would do to my feet as a runner but I have to say that I actually loved it. If they weren’t so expensive, I would definitely be addicted.
6. I went to West Virginia for the first time. It wasn’t as bad as I thought…
7. I went to Nashville for the first time and it was better than I thought. Honkytonks, live music, and Broadway need to be a thing in every city. Free The Band Perry concert on the 4th of July was icing on the cake!
8. I fell in love with mason jars. These are the big trend on pinterest these days and I am a SUCKER for them. Favorite mason jar use? Lamplighter Coffee in Richmond serving iced coffee in mason jars.
9. I ran every day for an entire month straight. No days off, plenty of workouts, and even raced twice!
10. New England vacation. We spent the dog days in New Hampshire in a lake house on Lake Winnipesaukee. New England is wonderful. Never did find a Moose, though…
11. Then we drove west to Vermont for our good RVA friends’ wedding. #greenmountainwedding lived up to expectation and this roadtrip reinforced my new affinity for the North.
12. Celebrated our 6 year dating anniversary. It was a beautiful day for hiking, wine, and Charlottesville exploring.
13. I began the last leg of my teaching licensure program and began student-teaching! Sixth graders for the first half, ninth graders for the second. This led to the completion of my program and a long term subbing job in the spring!
14. Traveled to Disney World for the third year in a row with my high school cross country team!
15. I went on a quest to find the best brunch in Richmond (by brunch I mean Eggs Benedict because, really, what other brunch item compares to that deliciousness). Can Can wins hands down, followed by Selba.
16. I got Bean the most wonderful Halloween/any day costume in the world.
17. Finished my second half-marathon in the wonderful RVA. Not the time I wanted but excited for the chance to compete. Kristen also came down to run it which makes this race that much more meaningful!
18. I discovered that Church Hill is really, really cool. I’ve lived in Richmond for almost six years if you include college and I avoided Church Hill like the plague. It has a bad wrap for being dangerous but is quickly growing into a trendy neighborhood that I plan on exploring more this summer.
19. I joined a training team to gear up for the Monument Avenue 10k in Richmond. There were about 150 members, divided into a handful of groups by pace. Although I didn’t get to complete the program because of my surgery, it was reinvigorating to train with new people and actually do workouts with others.
20. We moved! After two years in a wonderful apartment, we moved to a bigger, more rustic apartment which we LOVE. Exposed brick walls and long hallways—a new must-have in future apartments.
21. I ran five races. I ran three races last summer, the Cul-de-Sac 5k, the Pony Pasture 5k, and the Moonlight 4 Miler, and ended the year with the Richmond Half-Marathon. Going into 2014, I only got in one race before my surgery but you can bet I’ll be back on the roads this summer.
22. The high indoor track team I coach won their first ever conference championshipsIN SCHOOL HISTORY. What an exciting feat and it was a typical came-down-to-the-winning-4×400 story and we won by TWO points.
23. I recovered/am recovering from surgery. The bed rest is over and I am back working, happy to be back. I missed a lot of my indoor track team’s championship season and my own running/racing but I am just happy everything went well and I am healthy!
24. I, or should I say WE, survived the SNOWPOCALYPSE. Richmond/the south does not get SNOW and when we do it melts by the end of the day. This year, we’ve had four pretty sizable storms that lasted for multiple days. The schools had eleven snow days which we are trying feverishly to make up now and Jeff even got in a little car accident because Richmond/the south also does not have snow plows/salt/shovels.
25. Most importantly…… WE GOT ENGAGED!! After six years and living together for two, Jeff and I are finally planning on tying the knot! We are actually now in the process of planning our engagement party, registering for goodies, and just picked a venue. Going to be an exciting year!!