23 was a fantastic year. I feel like I say this every year, but really, it could quite possibly have been my favorite year yet. I did pretty good on my List of 24 Before 24. Some things I have yet to do (put an honest effort at learning how to ski moguls, mail a PostSecret, swim for an hour straight) but I put a huge dent in the list and I’m proud to say I love how I lived my 23rd year.
Today is my 24th birthday, and along with my traditional artichokes and mashed potatoes dinner (when I was young, my parents would always make us whatever we wanted on our birthdays. Every year since I can remember, I’ve asked for artichokes :)), comes another list! I’m excited to present my list of 25 before 25:
Go to a University of CO home sporting event. Go all out, paint my face. Find a photobooth and take goofy pictures Make 12 lists Drink a Nalgene of water everyday for 1 month
- Run The Boston Marathon (life happens)
Teach Weez how to drive my car (stick shift) Become an official PhD candidate
- Ride my road bike to Ft. Collins and back
Adopt a puppy Read 5 books Learn how to bake French Bread from scratch Run Magnolia (from Running with the Buffalos) Hike Boulder’s 3 tallest peaks in one day (Green to Bear to South Boulder)
- Buy an entire new outfit for $20
Pack a lunch, bring a book and my camera, and ride the buses around the city one afternoon *Secret one to be revealed at a later date* Take an advanced photography workshop or shadow a professional photographer Run across the Golden Gate Bridge Publish in a scientific journal Compete in a triathlon *Secret two to be revealed at a later date* Dance in the rain under the stars Go on a multi-day backpacking trip Open an IRA Road trip to see one of my favorite bands play live in concert
It’s going to be a great year!