welcome to 24

another day and another year older.  it’s safe to say this could be the best birthday to date or at least that i remember.  i will have spent my morning at two november project workouts — doing what i love with people who make me smile.  i will be celebrating with friends all week and am off to explore scandinavia in just under two weeks.  i have learned to live in the moment and deal with stress and disappointment.  i have been fortunate to have such a close and supportive family and am finally learning what it means to have confidence in myself.  my favorite phrase of late — “you do you”.

with that, here’s my list of things to do and focus on in the year to come


1. start the day with something that i’m grateful for
2. invest in the relationships that matter
3. take a solo trip
4. ride a segway
5. get involved with a charity
6. travel somewhere that i have never been
7. learn to ask for help
8.  wear sunscreen and moisturizer every day
9. enjoy being single
10. meditate (mindfulness) for 10 min/day for 1 month
11. spend more time living in the moment and less time worrying
12. learn to poach an egg
13. run a speedy half marathon…push for sub 1:40
14. send one piece of snail mail a month
15. try a month of the whole 30 eating plan
16. go an entire weekend without technology (at least phone/computer)
17. sign up for my first marathon
18. be genuine and happy for others
19. take a vacation with my best friends (or two)
20. complete 20 acts of kindness
21. learn to make a souffle
22. run 2 more half marathons (continue my goal of 1 in every state…CA and NY check!)
23. make my blog self hosted
24. do what i love and love what i do


“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” – Dr. Seuss

10 thoughts on “welcome to 24

  1. Happy Birthday!!! And I think you’ve come up with a great list. If you complete even half of that stuff (or heck, even a third), I think you will look back on this year and truly find it to be one of your best.

  2. Happy birthday! Love your goals, love that you did a double workout this morning, ENJOY EVERYTHING ABOUT YOUR DAY!

  3. Happy birthday my sweet friend! Can’t wait to knock some of these todos off of the list this year! 😉 hope you feel the love all the way from California!
    P.S. You are the cutest in that picture, I can’t stand it

  4. learning to live in the now and dealing w/ stress and disappointment is a lifelong endeavor….So proud of you as a product of Jesuit philosophy and SCU

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