I Never Did Until I Did

A little over a month ago, I turned 25. And the next day, I ran my first race. After my weeks of whining over turning 25 and "getting old" {god, I can be an asshole sometimes}, a friend reminded me, on race day, that there are still so many "firsts" I have yet to discover, and that despite what I stupidly let myself believe for a minute, it is not all downhill from here.

No, you can't really look all that cute after running 3.1 miles in the cold, wind, and rain. Especially when you're a novice. Sorry about it.
That's me on the left, after my first race. After I had been running for just three months, before which I hadn't run a mile in my whole life. That's me in my first race bib. After crossing my first finish line. Wearing my first pair of running tights! ;)

I've reached a really fun point in my life where I know there are so many incredible firsts in front of me. So many experiences I am dying to have for the first time, and that I will be able to give to myself. It's such an exhilarating feeling, and I can't wait to start crossing more firsts off my list.

But before I go looking ahead to the future too much, I'm linking up with Helene and Sarah for this awesome #TotalSocial linkup to stumble down memory lane and share some firsts I've already conquered.

Helene in Between

My First Tattoo

When I was 17, my mother {who surely regrets this now that I'm #inkedup} took me to a shop we knew for my first tattoo. I had known it would be this one for years — literally, years. I had the image drawn up and carried it around with me everywhere I went. I looked at it every single day, and I still loved it so much. 

I simply love lilies. They're my favorite flower, and I just think they're beautiful and sweet. They are also, interestingly enough, a flower representative of death, often displayed at funerals. Having these in black and grayscale on my body help me to pay tribute and remember all those who have come and gone in my life, those who I'll never see in this life again, but whose impact on my life will never fade.

Since that October day, I've added nine more tattoos to my collection, and I'm so incredibly beyond ready for number 11. It's coming soon, be on the lookout.

My First Instagram

My first instagram post was my fourth/sixth tattoo. {It was done in multiple sessions over 18-ish months and I got a smaller one in between this guy's start and finish.} This one has a verrrrrry long back story and explanation. I thought about doing a feature here where I share all my tattoos and why I got them, the stories of their processes, etc. Would anyone at all give a hoot? Let me know!

This piece is absolutely my favorite. It's also my largest and was my most painful. It starts on my right side hip and ends at the top of my right shoulder blade. I love it and I have never, ever, ever, for even one second, regretting getting it done. Much to my mother's dismay.

Anyway, this baby got a whole four likes and one comment. #instafamous

My First Tweet

God, am I clever or what? Also, check out that date. 2008, y'all. #OG. Those were the days where my friends and I basically used Twitter as a group chat, since we were all private and only followed each other. It made making plans for the weekend a lot easier, I gotta say.

My First Apartment

My bedroom in my first apartment. August 31, 2012
My bedroom. May 14, 2014
Even though I'll be packing up and heading out of here in a few short months, and I can't wait to live by myself, sans roommate, in a new place that's all mine, it's been a great couple of years here. This was the perfect first apartment.

I've learned so much living here, and my life is so different than it was when I moved in. This place has seen me through so many ups and downs in life, love, work, and friendship.

I can't wait to move on, but I'll never take my first apartment, even with all its flaws, for granted. 

My First Loves

I will likely spill so much ink on these two over the life of this blog, so I'll curb it on this already long post. These are my brothers. The loves of my life, and the most important men who will ever be a part of it. They are my heart.


What are some of your favorite firsts? Have you linked up with Helene and Sarah yet? Hop on board! #FirstsTotalSocial is rocking my world right now and you should come join the party!


  1. this is fantastic! Thank you so much for linking up! and wow 18 months to get a tattoo- you are patient! but it is very pretty!

  2. oh gosh darn it, i forgot about this link up. but thats ok because it wouldnt hold a candle to yours. this is so awesome! i love all of it. i wish i felt that way about my brothers haha jk. i love your first apartment bedroom :) so cute!

  3. No tattoos or 5ks here...yet! I'm thinking about possibly, mayyyybe, probably not getting a tattoo at the end of the summer in honor of some of the concerts I'm going to see. It's less about the pain and more about the fact that I change my mind too often and I might end up hating it.

    I love that picture of you and your brothers! And your comforter!

    And now I'm wondering what my first tweet was...

  4. your tattoo is freaking awesome I want a side piece really bad!!!!

  5. I love your fist tat!!! Im getting my second one on Friday!!

  6. Let's start with 25 isn't old. :) My favorite part of this post is how you describe being open to experiencing new 'firsts'! No matter how "old" we are, there's no harm in trying out something new.

  7. I love your reasoning for choosing lilies. I don't have any tattoos, mainly because I've never know what would honor anyone that I've lost. But that is a really good meaning, love it!

  8. First, congratulations on your first race! I'm gearing up for my first half marathon and I'm scared!

    Second, I did a similar post to yours, but you definitely did it better! This was a fun look at your firsts!

  9. Stopping by from the linkup! Congrats on the race, I felt the same way on my 25th birthday! That tattoo is definitely "a sick effing tat." 18-months! That's dedication!

  10. Love love love that last picture- so adorable! And lillies are my fave too! Would love to see a whole tattoo post!!

  11. I would love to see a post about your tattoos what they all mean. I have one and regret it on the days that I remember having it because it's pointless... Yours are gorgeous though!

  12. I'm writing my total social post right now lol...I'm loving your first tweet, it sounds suspiciously like mine. Guess we're just too cool for school haha

  13. Girl that piece of art on your side is AMAZING! You go for sitting through that! I have a small one on my ribs and I was such a little baby getting it done! It HURT! haha

    I love this!

  14. You totally nailed the "firsts" link-up! I wish I had pictures from my first apartment. I'm kind of sad to know that I don't. It was pre-cell phone and digital camera. God, now I just sound really old!


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