BIRTHDAY! 22 Before 23

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Today is my birthday, and you guessed it, I'm now 22 years old! 21 was an amazing year, full of so many adventures and lessons, light, positivity, and confidence. Maya Angelou said, "there are years that ask questions, and years that answer." For me, 20 was a year of questions... what I wanted to do, who I wanted to be, where I wanted to go, where I see myself in 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years, who I wanted to surround myself with, etc. 21 answered a lot of those questions. A lot has happened this year, and I want to celebrate!

While I want to celebrate the awesome year that was 21, I also want to do what I do best: Plan. 22 is going to be an awesome year, with my last year of college, my job, and figuring out what to do with my next steps. I thought I would make a list, because I LOVE these lists, of 22 things I want to do before I turn 23.

I have 365 days to do all the things on this list!

1. Improve my calligraphy and hand-lettering skill.
2. Learn how to use an oblique calligraphy pen.
3. Finally finish my Study Abroad Journal!
4. Move to France.
5. Take a photography class.
6. Simplify my life... practice minimalism.
7. Do my thesis research in France.
8. Take a post-graduation trip with my best friend.
9. Start a YouTube channel.
10. Graduate from DU with Distinction in History.
11. Learn how to bake macarons.
12. Start sharing some of my creative writing.
13. Be more vocal about social issues I am passionate about.
14. Take my health more seriously, make exercise a priority.
15. Go to Japan with my dad in March.
16. Go somewhere in Colorado that I've never been before.
17. Re-read the entire Harry Potter series.
18. Start a creative stationery and paper goods business.
19. Make a difference in someone else's life.
20. Hug an elephant. [I LOVE Elephants]
21. See the ocean!
22. Learn how to love myself.

This is certainly a hefty list... but these are all things I have been wanting to do and there is no time like the present!

How do you celebrate your birthday?

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