Instead, here is a list of 13 things I have accomplished by age 26 (not in any particular order):
1. Got married
2. Birthed 2 offspring
3. Ran a few 5ks
4. Went to college
5. Went to nine foreign countries (England, Scotland, Wales, Mexico, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Honduras, Cayman Islands, Belize)
6. Read 146 books in one year (Janssen and I had a friendly competition in 2009. I kept track of my pages too: 45,671)
7. Participated in NaNoWriMo (same year as the book wars. It was a very literary year)
8. Stopped biting my nails
9. Ate an entire Cafe Rio burrito in one sitting
10. Swam with dolphins
11. Overcame my dislike of vegetables
12. Went on a road trip by myself
13. Took (somewhat mediocre) outfit pictures in (a pretty neat spot in) public
|Wearing headband by me, Hanes shirt, Gap pants, thrifted wedges|
|Horseshoe necklace from Target, family necklace gift from my sis, other necklace is hiding but it was from church|
Here is a list of 13 things I hope to accomplish in the next 26 years (in no particular order):
1. Birth another child.
2. Write a book
3. Visit more foreign countries
4. Learn how to use power tools
5. Build something cool with power tools
6. Sew something from an actual pattern. Maybe a dress?
7. Run a half marathon
8. Get something I write published (and not on my blog)
9. Celebrate our 26th wedding anniversary
10. Read more good books (and don't bother finishing mediocre ones)
11. Grow my own vegetables
12. Stop being such a nervous flyer
13. Be a better wife, mother, sister, daughter, teacher and friend.
Every birthday I tell Aaron that I'm just getting better with age. Each year I feel more confident, more relaxed, more beautiful and comfortable in my own skin. I'm kind of excited to see what 40 feels like. But for now I'm pretty happy being 26.