25×25

3 dogs.

4 days.

5 parties.

12 cousins.

26 kinds of cookies.

300 hours of knitting the Christmas present of a century.

3,129,203,231 baby niece photos and snuggles.

The holidays are {nearly} over for me and as always, it was the most fun blur. Christmas is magic, and I’m so glad to have been able to have another year at home with the family.

Now that I have a quiet moment (something that is hard to come by in my parents house), I’ve snuggled into the couch with a mug of tea and some halfwaythroughmy24thtriparoundthesun reflections.

It’s hard to believe that I’m less than six months away from being 25. 25 seems so old, and yet I feel so, well, not.

So far, my twenties have been phenomenally different than how I imagined they would be growing up. I’ve had some great moments, and some hard ones, sure, but I’ve also become faced with the fact that I may not ever feel like a “real” adult.

But 25 feels real, like it’s a major milestone I should address in some way. So I’m doing it my way, in a favorite way that may just rival my love for excel – a list. 25 things I want to do before I turn 25, that is.

Big, small, and everything in between, I’m putting this out there into the universe as accountability, as a nudge to accomplish a few of the things I always thought I’d do/know/have by my mid-twenties. So for the sake of brevity (and in no particular order), here we go.

25 things I want to do before 25

  1. Take a trip by myself
  2. See Hamilton: An American Musical
  3. Write a letter to myself to open on my 30th birthday
  4. Find, and buy, my signature scent
  5. Host an elaborate dinner party
  6. Ride a bike along Lake Michigan
  7. Make a painting to hang on my wall
  8. Have a drink at a bar by myself
  9. Go on a day hike
  10. Eat pizza pot pie
  11. See a movie by myself
  12. Achieve a body, and healthy mindset, that I am proud of
  13. Take a cooking class
  14. Go on a day-long bar crawl
  15. Eat a sundae at the Ghiradelli store on Michigan Ave
  16. Discover my signature cocktail
  17. Pay off the remainder of my credit card debt
  18. Read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  19. Attend a meetup
  20. Say yes to everything for a day
  21. Have an epic spa day and makeover
  22. Go shopping on Michigan Ave
  23. Buy fresh flowers for my nightstand
  24. Learn to play a casino game (poker, blackjack, etc)
  25. Take golf lessons

What do you think? Can I accomplish all of these things before Memorial Day Weekend? I’ll keep you posted on my progress, and someday I’ll figure out a not-awkward way to end these blog posts. Also, because I love lists – these are tangential to my 18 things for 2018 – AKA my New Year’s resolutions. What can I say? Girl’s got goals.

(Next step: to actually mark things off the list.)