A Good Year

In case you haven't heard, which must mean you haven't been around my blog or Twitter or Instagram in a week or so, because I haven't shut up about it because I talk about my birthday for much longer than actually appropriate, this past Sunday was my birthday. I turned 26. I am now basically 30, according to my boss.

I stopped getting depressed about my birthday a few years ago, but I definitely got freaked out about turning 25. (Then I went ahead and turned 25 and all was good, but that's neither here nor there.) I must admit, I had...weirdness about turning 26. I wasn't freaked out (and I didn't have a whole "omg I'm 26 and single my clock is ticking babies marriage omg" episode, luckily) but I did have a weird moment of acknowledging that, yes, I'm closer to 30 than I am to 20.

That's not a bad thing. But it is a thing. I've almost spent more years as a college graduate than I did as a college student. I have a savings account and an IRA and political leanings and a voting record. I get up early on Saturday mornings to clean my apartment and eat a well-balanced breakfast. I donate to charity and check my credit score. All marks of adulthood, by most navel-gazing Millennials-with-blogs' standards. (Make no mistake, I firmly understand my own membership of this group.)

But I'm not really having an "Oh, I guess I'm an adult now" thing. Because those things I've just mentioned? They didn't just start on Monday; I've been at this "adulting" thing for a while. I've kind of never not felt like an adult. I take care of myself and I always have.

I think what's different about this year, this birthday, is that it's much more conceivable now that the rest of the world also sees me as an adult. By that I mostly mean my grandparents and potential job interviewers. And that's kind of an awesome feeling. If nothing else, it offers me a simple defense when those who do so launch into a condescending tirade about my not knowing anything about anything. I've been a member of the Real World long enough to know a thing or two about a thing or two, and maybe now at 26 some other people will start to trust me on that too. And yet, there'll always be someone dismissing anyone even a minute younger than them as "full of piss and vinegar" or casting some other disparaging judgment.

But enough about this tangent I didn't mean to get on. I did have a point, I swear.
So, 25 was the best year of my twenties so far. But I'm not here to rest on my laurels—as I've made bold claim to already. This year, 26, is going to be just as positive and filled with wonderful things as last year. I'm committed to keeping this good thing going. Here's how it's gonna go down:

I will run a marathon. Old me would have been grossly hesitant to write this so surely. Last year, my mind was made up about an October half marathon (my first!) as early as June, and it still took me until September to register and make it official. But 26-year-old Me is ready to yell it from the rooftops: This year I'll run 26.2 miles. I'll take these legs from 0 to marathon in less than two years. Holy. Moly.

I will train to be a yoga teacher. Finally, after years of wanting to and months of trying to figure out if I was ready to commit, I am. My program doesn't begin till the fall, but this year I will start my journey toward yoga teaching credentials. This won't lead to a full-time career change, as it's super hard to make a living just off teaching classes. But we can talk details once I'm through the program. It's a five-month training, consisting of full-day classes once a week. (Other programs are much shorter, if you have the benefit of, ya know, not having to work during the week.) I'm already thinking of a blog series about it—would you be interested?

I will go to Wanderlust Yoga Festival. I first heard of Wanderlust last year, and have been patiently waiting for an opportunity to attend to come around. I haven’t made any purchases or reservations yet, but I’m going. This will be my first immersion yoga retreat, and it will be amazing. Some of my favorite yogis, the slacklining pair of awesome behind the Yoga Slackers Instagram account, will be there, along with some other high-fallutin yogis and meditation leaders and musicians. I. can. not. wait.

I will make a trip to the Pacific Northwest. This is the only one that still has a trace of tentativeness, but for reasons that I'm not sure will even exist. So if all goes right, I will finally get my Jersey Girl rear end to Seattle and Portland (clear off the couch, Jessi!) this year, to see two cities I’ve wanted to experience for oh so very long.

I will make a big change. It's coming. It's in the air. Yes, I talked quite a bit the other day about growing, not changing, but...there's still one thing left in my life that needs, let's say, freshening. I don’t know when it will come, but it will. I don’t know what exactly it will look like, but it will look good. Something big and beautiful is in the air. Hello, gorgeous.

What's your favorite memory from when you were 26? Any words of wisdom?
And what are you looking forward to in this year of your life?


  1. i'll be honest and say that i can't really remember my life at 26 since it was over a decade ago (OMG dinosaur alert) but i do remember my life coming together around that time. your 30s are even better! happy birthday and hells yeah to heading off to the PNW - it's on my list of places to visit as well!

  2. ahhhh love this post girly. i feel like i start each comment off with that, but whatevs.
    i honestly don't remember being 26. haha. it all runs together eventually. i think i was married? maybe? possibly? ok i checked my blog, that was the year i got married. it was a good year. i did a wee bit of travelling and we bought a house.
    i remember it was kind of a thing as well, like ok i'm officially closer to 30 than 20. that's odd. but now i am even closer to 30 than i was then, and i still feel the same, so whatever ;)
    my words of wisdom: enjoy it. be happy. - can be applied to every age ;)
    sounds like 26 is going to be an awesome year for you - marathons, yoga teaching and retreats - how excitement! can't wait to follow along.

  3. It took me a long time to "feel" like an adult, but late 20s are pretty settled. At this point it would be silly to not consider myself an adult. And it is definitely nice that other people are becoming less dismissive of my opinions and suggestions! Happy Birthday!!!

  4. I love how you mentioned that the "adult" things we do in life don't just magically start happening on your birthday one year- I think it's slowly an accumulation of responsibilities and new priorities. I really do think age is just a number when we think about our own age, but when it comes to how other people view us, more often than not it can be a judgement which is so weird (and annoying). Anyway, I know you said 25 was the best year but it looks like 26 is on schedule to be your new best year of your twenties.

  5. It's definitely a weird feeling when you realize you're an actual adult. 26 was a long time ago for me (almost 12 years!) and like you, I felt like I had it all together. I even got married! But, unlike you, I definitely didn't set goals like you have. Which are great goals, by the way. I want to go back to Seattle as an adult and I need to get my ass to Portland as well.

    I think you have a great attitude and approach to, well, everything, and you're doing just fine.

  6. I hate to act like I'm so much wiser and older cause I'm not AT ALL but I'm a few years older so its funny because I remember going through those feelings too around 26. You're secure in who you are, you've had experience navigating the adult world and you're not gonna put up with someone patting you on the head and calling you sweetheart anymore (yes that actually happened to me at work) its a good feeling, and honestly, I think it only gets better. I am DYING to go to Portland and I'm actually going next week....but for work :/ I wanted to stay over and explore but those plans fell through and I swear I almost cried. Still gonna try to see whatever I can once my work days are over.

  7. I would say that you have a pretty good head on your shoulders at 26! When I was 26, I met Chris, got engaged and moved to a different state to live with my fiance. Big changes happen in your late 20's! You do adult more often than not and I would say you have some amazing goals for this year! Cheers to making it the best year ever!

  8. Closer to 30 than 20 is where it's at. As of today I am literally smack dab in the middle of 25 and 30 and things are looking up all the time. I know you have big plans for 26 and I can't wait to watch your journey through each of them. And to see you at the end of 26.2 miles!!!

  9. I turned 28 this year and I still have those moments of "OMG I'm so close to 30", haha. You are going to KILL 26...it's going to be your new best year yet. Can't wait to see you rock it all, lovely!

  10. Ok my 26 is gonna be jealous of your 26 after reading this lol My birthday is comin up so I better start makin some plans to make it my best year yet! Thanks for setting the bar so high, jeez ;)

  11. Oh, I love this post! I love your determination - I'm sure you will do all these things, and looking forward to reading all about this. (And yes, do the yoga teacher series please! ^^)
    My 26 is all about trying to do what I really, really love. Even though I'm taking baby steps, it means so much to me because it took a lot of strength to even admit to myself that yes, there is this one thing I'm not doing, but I'm good at and I really want to do. Applying to write for Feather was one of the baby steps :)

  12. I definitely want to see the Pacific Northwest this year too. Portland? Seattle? All of it, please!! I still consider you to be in your mid-twenties :)

  13. I definitely felt that way about turning 37. It's just so much closer to 40, than to 30. But, what can ya do?
    I'm SO excited that you're going to run a marathon. I cannot wait to hear more!!
    And that's so exciting about training to be a yoga teacher. Sounds like you have a lot of amazing things planned. :)

  14. 26 was a great year for me. I went out for my birthday with some great friends and hardly drank at all and had THE best time ever. Enjoy this year. It was definitely one for self-discovery and it seems it will be like that for you as well. I'm so excited that you're pursuing YTT. You're going to be AMAZING! Dibs on being in a first class :)

  15. Im 29 and I can tell you 26 was a great year. It was one of those defining years for me. I love your perspective and yes 26 is the year your grandparents and potential job interviewers will probably see you as an adult. hehe You will rock 26 as you rocked 25 :)

    PS I cannot wait for you to be a yoga instructor!! I will fly over for a private yoga session trust me!!!


  17. I love this post! So uplifting and refreshing! I'm so bad and checking off things on my bucket list - I really should re-evaluate this year. I seriously think you were made to be a yoga instructor, so excited for you!! I think 22 was my favourite year so far - fresh out of university and the birthday that I met Tyler, of course there was stress about finding a career etc. but it was such a freeing time!

  18. I'm trying reallllll hard to come visit you at some point soon lady!

  19. Definitely come over to the Pacific Northwest! I wish I lived in a cooler town :D

  20. Happy belated birthday! I turned 28 this year, just a few days after you turned 26 :) And I'm not necessarily freaking out like I did when I was 25 and 26, but I think I'm just settling more into my 20's now. But your list of things for this next year is GREAT and I can't wait to see where they lead you!!


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