You know how every kid has some age in their head where you’re an adult? Or old? Some people focus on 18, or 21, or 30. I always thought 25 was that age. I guess I knew that my mom was 25 when I was born, and to me it made sense that when you’re a mom you’re an adult. Or old. Whatever.
Well, today I’m 25.
Last year I made a list of things that I wanted for myself for the year. They were more goals than things, but they were big, sweeping, lifestyle things. And a lot of them actually happened. I feel way more confident this year than I did last year. I think there is value to setting intentions, so that’s what I want to do again this year.
Work less, read more. Guys, I really miss reading. A lot. And right now I just work too much for it to happen. I’m not totally sure where I went wrong with scheduling, and I know that this won’t last forever, but I need to get some systems in place so that I can manage life better.
Be present. For a long time I’ve resisted this whole “OMG I’m addicted to social media” thing because I genuinely feel that many have it worse than I do. But I think I want to move towards keeping my phone away from my bed before I fall asleep, and in general just keep it away at night. Related to the last one, I’ve let my boundaries slip over the last few months in a way that isn’t sustainable. I need to fix that. I’ve also turned into a bad listener for the first time in my life because I’m always thinking about work. I need to work on that.
Work on accepting my body as is. I’ve made a lot of strides in this, but I want to totally eradicate the idea that skinnier is inherently better. I didn’t used to believe that, and somewhere during college I kind of developed this unhealthy outlook. Working out is great and all that, but I want to want to do it because of how it makes me feel and not for how it makes me look.
Follow through. Lately I feel like the queen of putting things off. It stems from feeling overwhelmed, but I’m tired of being a procrastinator. I’ve been one my whole life, but it was only recently that I realized it was a trait that I disliked about myself. I think if I work on it it can get better.
Today I’m going to be doing some work and taking some fun breaks here and there, including going for a run, and who knows what else! Brian just left to get me a donut, so it’s already shaping up to be a good day.
Kelsey @ Pinegate Road says
Happy birthday Katelyn! I just turned 25 this past month too :) I definitely feel you with the adult thing — it kind of freaks me out! Hah. My mom also had me at 25, so there’s that internal pressure to be working towards “family” oriented things going on as well, even though that’s nowhere in the near horizon for me :) I love your goals, they seem just te perfect things to focus on in this mid-twenties year. Getting in healthy patterns now will definitely help in the long run! Xoxo and enjoy that donut!
Thanks Kelsey! The donut was just the start of my sweets consumption this weekend- I’m excited to get back to my healthier routine today (because I feel better that way, of course :) )
Happy happy birthday dear Kate!! Im sorry that I don’t leave comments here as often as earlier. I really like that you have made a list and that you actually have fulfilled a lot of the things you wanted – especially accepting your beautiful body as it is. As for “follow through” – that will be on top of my list when I turn 28, and I’m already starting it a bit. Cheers!
Thanks Anna! Oh my, don’t be sorry- I’ve turned into the worst blog commenter! (And reply-er, as you can see by my late response!) Thanks for the birthday wishes, it was a good day!
Happy birthday, Katelyn!
Thanks Caroline, it was a good one! :)
Happy Birthday!! Good luck with your goals :)
Thanks Allyssa! I’m good at making goals, not always good at checking up on them… we’ll see! :)
Happy birthday! I turned 26 in April and I still don’t feel like an adult. Regardless, setting healthy goals for your lifestyle are always a good idea, no matter your age!
My thoughts exactly! Thanks Kate!
Happy Birthday Lady!
Hope it’s going to be a fab weekend for you :) Love some of the things you are wanting to work on, I have a lot of things I am working on this year and many things I want to achieve before I’m 30 next year eeeek!!
Thanks Em, it was a great weekend! I think it helps to know others are working on the same things :)
I read your blog quite often, but this is the first time I ever commented. Couldn’t resist saying Happy birthday Kate! I hope that year 25 is awesome for you!
PS. Thanks for all of the good info and resources!!!
I’m so glad you reached out Chanelle! Thanks for reading along and thanks for the birthday wishes, it was a great one!
I totally missed your birthday, but happy belated birthday! I wish I had your foresight and wisdom when I was 25! I’m still struggling with accepting my body and I’m in my thirties. That’s a hard one. More reading and less Instagram is totally my goal this year too.
Thanks Rach! Yeah, less time on my phone is a good one to add to the list… that’s a hard one for sure!
Happy birthday Katelyn,
I completely understand you and your thoughts, my birthday is the next Sunday, I will have 25 as well.
All the best for your objective!
Thanks Nicoletta! And happy early birthday to you!
;) thank you!
Courtney Elizabeth says
Happy belated birthday! In about a month I’ll be saying goodbye to 25, and I definitely feel a little more grown up, although by no means totally “with it”. Still working on a couple things on your list though, like accepting my body, and following through. Hope you have a wonderful year ahead!
Happy Birthday Katelyn, I love your list and hope you reach your goals this year!