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Saying Goodbye to 25

It has been a little over a month since I celebrated the end of my 25th year of life. Totally had to ask my Mom what we actually did on my birthday.. this is why I blog, or why I need to blog more often. The weekend of my birthday was a whirlwind. The end of college and work, graduation, Mother’s Day, and then my birthday. On top of all that I was packing and running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to figure out my plan to get California.

Whatever I did on my birthday, it was great, I’m sure of it.

So if you’re new here, or you just don’t pay a lot of attention to detail, for the last two years I’ve created a list of goals equal to the years old I am, and set a completion date of the next birthday. Thus, I made a goal of 25 things to do before I turned 26. Here’s the list with some additional comments regarding completion or otherwise…

1. Create blog content that I am proud of, and feel less guilty about how often I post. Half completed, still not super proud of the content I created this past year.. but I have no guilt about it.
2. Maintain my current GPA. Last semester was hard, but I made tons of cool friends, so.. Whatever.

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3. Appreciate Iowa through travel.
4. Go on a mother/daughter adventure
5. Build a professional portfolio.
6. Propagate an excessive amount of succulents and give them away to friends!
7. Grow an herb garden from seedlings.
8. Finish the beauty room: hang pictures, cover pillows, etc. Going to miss this perfect room, but all it’s contents will be making their way to my new home.

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9. 30 days of biking It rains a lot in April, and I am not about pouring rain bike life. Should have done it in the fall, totally missed my opportunity.
10. Put a bird feeder in the yard.
11. Paint the front door red.
12. Complete a month of yoga challenge.
13. Get in the habit of meal planning, and grocery shopping once weekly.
14. Be more patient. I think I need to accept I’m never going to be very patient. Again, Whatever.
15. Finish at least one internship.
16. Update and re-design my resume.  Most beautiful resume ever. Jussayin’.
17. Mail birthday cards often. This year. Promise.
18. Host a themed party each season. As much as I love my friends, they have no ability to show up on time, and they don’t really like games very much.. BLAMING THEM.
19. Wear my glasses (and maybe get new ones). NO BUT SERIOUSLY, DO THIS!
20. Clean out my closet, and stop hoarding clothes that I never wear.
21. Be kind, caring, and more available especially to those who need me. Can I really be the one to cross this off? I don’t know if I was, but I tried to be, so I feel good about it.
22. Have a girls night at least once a month (sorry Jess and Becca, I guess you have to do this too).
23. Look at events in life with a best-case instead of worst-case interpretation. Or just ask. I’m going to say I did pretty flippin’ good at this, and I think it made a huge difference, especially in terms of winter blues. I would highly recommend not being so hard on yourself, and if you have anxiety or you’re worried about how someone feels about you or why they treated you however or whatever.. either get over it, forget them, or just ask what the hell is up. Endlessly worry about stuff is a huge waste of time. You do you, girl.
24. Make at least 5 of these crafts Officially accepted I am not a crafter.
25. Lose 30 pounds! BOOM CROSS THAT SHIT OFF BITCHES! Whaaaaat. Yep. Nailed it. The picture below: 1. Last weekend in April 2015. I saw this picture and cried because obviously that’s how like every weight loss story begins. ‘WHO THE HELL IS THAT PERSON!?’ 2. Birthday weekend 2015, I felt pretty, but my vest was really tight on my arms. 3. February 2016, I had been working out with Dan for a month. I felt better than ever. 4. The last weekend of April 2016. Not a huge difference since February, but I was so stupid stressed and still felt good that night. That never would have happened in 2015, or really ever. 

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I’m stupid pleased with how 25 Before 26 went. I mean, if I’d accomplished nothing but worrying less, spreading more kindness and support, and losing 30 pounds, I’d be happy. But I did a bunch of other cool stuff, and it made for a really great year. If you want to see more of that cool stuff, check out the 25 Before 26 category. And that denim vest is a little big on me now.

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25 Years

This will probably be a fairly lengthy post. I’m going to recap my 24 before 25, write a 25 before 26, and share pictures from my birthday celebration. Let’s go!

24 Before 25

1. Not lose this list
2. Blog weekly
3. Get a 3.0 or higher at UNI 3.8 … That makes me feel like a freakin’ genius. I’m not, but I kicked ass at school for the first time ever. Just sayin’.
4. Go camping
5. Volunteer – I have 3 opportunities lined up already; College Hill Arts Festival, Sturgis Fall Car Show, College Hill Music Festival The music festival didn’t happen (as in, at all), but I did some other volunteer stuff here and there.
6. Eat 1 meal at home a week
7. Make a make-up station in our room Little did I know when I made this list I’d have an entire pink room all to my make-up.
8. Visit the Upper Peninsula
9. Attend the Galande Quaff in Jackson
10. Participate in Blog Life
11. Go to a baseball game
12. Go on a mother/daughter adventure – Minneapolis.. Ikea!
13. Make-over my blog
14. Purchase and use a disposable camera
15. Organize a clothing swap
16. Go to the botanical garden in Des Moines
17. Build a woodworking project
18. Read 10 books
19. Design a phone case collection
20. Craft more!
21. Work towards eating majority local
22. Do 1 random act of kindness a week
23. Take a dance class
24. Host trivia again

I’m not going to make excuses for not doing many of things on my previous goal list. The fact that I completed number one (I still have the orginial paper copy I wrote!), is an accomplishment enough. I hope the goals I have set for this year are a little more achievable, but I guess we shall see!

25 Before 26

1. Create blog content that I am proud of, and feel less guilty about how often I post.
2. Maintain my current GPA.
3. Appreciate Iowa through travel.
4. Go on a mother/daughter adventure – Chicago: Holocaust Museum and IKEA
5. Build a professional portfolio.
6. Propagate an excessive amount of succulents and give them away to friends!
7. Grow an herb garden from seedlings.
8. Finish the beauty room: hang pictures, cover pillows, etc.
9. 30 days of biking
10. Put a bird feeder in the yard.
11. Paint the front door red.
12. Complete a month of yoga challenge.
13. Get in the habit of meal planning, and grocery shopping once weekly.
14. Be more patient.
15. Finish at least one internship.
16. Update and re-design my resume.
17. Mail birthday cards often.
18. Host a themed party each season.
19. Wear my glasses (and maybe get new ones).
20. Clean out my closet, and stop hoarding clothes that I never wear.
21. Be kind, caring, and more available especially to those who need me.
22. Have a girls night at least once a month (sorry Jess and Becca, I guess you have to do this too).
23. Look at events in life with a best-case instead of worst-case interpretation. Or just ask. (goal inspired by this article)
24. Make at least 5 of these crafts
25. Drum Roll Please….. Lose 30 pounds! The loftiest (but totally achievable) goal on the list!

I had a perfect birthday. Audrey and I enjoyed a delicious breakfast at the Maid-Rite, and then made a quick stop at the farmers market for fresh veggies and wine. I spent the afternoon with my parents. My mom and I took a nice little walk to the post office, and then they gave me several wonderful gifts. I enjoyed dinner and tons of laughs with my closest friends, who also showered me with gifts. We did some pre-dancing dancing at my house, and then made our way to the Octopus for an evening of dancing with Gloom Balloon. They are by far one of my favorite Iowa bands. With each show, a series of videos accompanies each song. This time around, my lovely girlfriend appeared on the screen, wishing me a happy birthday. The entire bar then sang me happy birthday, as Audrey presented me with a birthday cake. We spent the rest of the evening dancing the night away. There was even a parachute, like the kind from elementary gym class, involved.

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There are no words to express how lucky I am. 24 wasn’t perfect, and I’m sure 25 won’t be either. But I wouldn’t change a thing, because today I am happy. I am proud of who I am, who I surround myself with, and all that I have accomplished. I can’t thank the people who made my birthday, and everyday, special. So here’s to 25! Cheers!

Weekend Wrap-Up: Audrey's Birthday

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The big birthday weekend finally arrived! Friday night I hung out at home eating pizza and watching a million YouTube videos. Saturday morning I interviewed my wondeful cousin, Jenna. She told me all about her job, and what it’s like working in marketing. I loved catching up with, and getting a first hand account of what I might be doing someday. I can’t wait to learn more from her!

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I spent all afternoon Saturday making treats. If Peas and Carrot were sponsored by a beer, it would be Highlife. So I made Highlife cupcakes with maple bacon Highlife frosting. I also turned her favorite sandwich, the BLT, into a cake. I baked bread, and cooked 2 pounds of bacon. I topped the ‘cake’ with a garlic ailoi. While things were cooling I practiced a bit of my make-up for Halloween. I can’t wait to show you the whole thing next week!

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Peas and Carrot released Big Girl Shoes. Click here to listen! The night was perfect! All of the bands were awesome, a bunch of friends were there, and so many people bought their new EP. I couldn’t be more proud!

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Sunday I got in a bunch of snugglin’ with the birthday girl. We ate way too much food, spent time with family and friends, watched our current favorite show Ghost Adventures, and got a giant bag of candy! Audrey says she had a great birthday.

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And look at that! ^^ My very fist press release!! This blog is kind of a like a scrapbook so I had to make sure I saved it someplace. This week should be pretty low key, mostly just homework, and getting ready for the party this weekend!

Have a wonderful week,
Sweet Hannah Pea

24 Before 25

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Today is my birthday! I already celebrated with my friends, but today I showered with sweets and treats at work. I will be leaving the high school I work at as a secretary in June, and it’s days like this that are going to make leaving hard.

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I made a list of 24 things to do before I turn 25.

1. Not lose this list
2. Blog weekly
3. Get a 3.0 or higher at UNI
4. Go camping
5. Volunteer – I have 3 oportunities lined up already; College Hill Arts Festival, Sturgis Fall Car Show, College Hill Music Festival
6. Eat 1 meal at home a week
7. Make a make-up station in our room
8. Visit the Upper Penninsula
9. Attend the Galande Quaff in Jackson
10. Participate in Blog Life
11. Go to a baseball game
12. Go on a mother/daughter adventure – Minneapolis.. Ikea!
13. Make-over my blog
14. Purchase and use a disposible camera
15. Organize a clothing swap
16. Go to the botanical garden in Des Moines
17. Build a woodworking project
18. Read 10 books
19. Design a phone case collection
20. Craft more!
21. Work towards eating majority local
22. Do 1 random act of kindness a week
23. Take a dance class
24. Host trivia again

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I will be visiting this list again on my half birthday, which seems like forever away but will probably come in a flash. The number 1 goal is not lose the list.

Thank you to everyone that has made my birthDAY so special! Especially Tina, Erin, Ryan and Justin, Ena, Lori, J’Kalein, Ben, Anthony, Emma, Marcy, and Colleen. I am stuffed, and so happy with all my gifts. Audrey and I are on our way to a wedding in Grinnell tonight. We are camping at Rock Creek State tonight. Please keep your fingers crossed it doesn’t rain on us!

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