Hi guys!! Hope your week is off to a great start! :)
I wanted to start by saying THANK YOU to all of you who wished me a happy birthday. I know I promised you guys a post about how I’m turning 25 (gasp).. and as you can see my birthday was now 10 days ago. Between point A and B there was a lot more cake, drinks and hangover than I initially anticipated. Normally I’m not huge into birthdays because they’re kind of anticlimactic. It’s like New Year’s Eve.. so much hype for a normal day. Last year my birthday was on a Wednesday so I just told my friends to meet me for a drink after work at this random Irish bar. In the end, we all had a great time because we put zero effort into planning and had no expectations.
I figured we would do something similar this year, but things really escalated quickly. We had a taco and marg night in Brentwood on Wednesday, hit the main street bars in Santa Monica Thursday, had a girl’s night out at Doheny Room on Friday and had a party with our college friends on two of our guy friend’s roof on Saturday. Not only am I physically exhausted from all the festivities, I’m tired just writing it down. As someone who is a true grandma at heart and loves to stay in I’m pretty sure this is a year’s worth of activities. (Endless thanks to my girlfriends and guy friends who were troopers, fought through their hangovers and turned my birthday into a lifestyle.) Needless to say 25 has, by far, been the best birthday I’ve ever had.
I’m currently doing my final birthday victory lap in Michigan. Many of you probably don’t know this about me, but I have a long distance boyfriend who lives in Michigan. We’ve been together for 4 years, about half of which has been long distance. If you’re reading this *mind-blown* because you’ve been following me for a while and have never seen him, now you know why. Also, he is my polar opposite and has ZERO social media, which I actually think is really cool. We had a really cute date last night to celebrate together since he couldn’t be in LA for the real deal. He went all out with flowers on the table at the restaurant, wine, cake, candles.. the whole nine yards. I was especially surprised since he sent these crazy awesome inside-out long stem roses too. (Endless boyfriend points for Tyler!) Normally our idea of a good time is staying in and binge watching Game of Thrones or Boardwalk Empire in pajamas, so this was so fun and unexpected. I really hate when people rub their relationship in everyone’s face, but I gotta give credit where it’s due on this one. haha
Now that I have officially bored you with ALL of the deets of why I’ve been missing in action, let’s circle back to talk about New Year’s Eve. I am a firm believer in making resolutions once a year to both to better yourself and see how far you’ve come as a person since the previous year. The big difference is I like to make resolutions on my birthday instead of NYE. After all, your birthday is your own new year am I right? Plus, there’s nothing worse than making a gym-related resolution and it being completely packed for your first two weeks while trying to stick to it. I don’t know about you guys, but I completely abandon all New Year’s Resolutions within 2-3 months of making them. (My gym membership is more of a month donation to LA Fitness at this point.) In an effort to actually keep my resolutions I’m sharing them with you guys so you can force me to be accountable.
1.) Appreciate my family. I’m an only child and very close with both of my parents, but as you get older and busier it’s easy to get caught up in your own life and forget to look around. My parents had me much later than most of my friends parents, so my parents and grand mother getting older is something that has always given me terrible anxiety. (It’s especially hard when you live on the other side of the country.) This year I’m going to make much more effort to spend time catching up with my family and finding ways to show them that I care.
2.) Give back to the community. There are a lot of issues I feel strongly about and this year I want to spend more time volunteering. Los Angeles has a huge homeless population and a large portion of these people are veterans which makes me sick to my stomach. It’s really messed up that these people risked their lives for our country and now have literally nothing.
3.) Get more sleep. I know the secret to success on this one is put my phone down at least 30 minutes before bed.. but it’s so hard when there are so many good memes my friends NEED to be tagged in. I can be a complete potato all day, but come 11pm I can think of 400 things I should do. Maybe I’ll wash my bedding so I can’t sleep even if I want to. Totally logical thought process.
4.) Drink more water. This is something most people have as a resolution but always falls through the cracks. I only know one person who drinks enough water and it’s my friend and photographer Lauren. We always joke her spirit animal is a camel. (Would any of you be interested in a post on ways to get yourself to drink more water?)
5.) Be low maintenance. Not sure if this is just a general girl problem, but I can spend hours getting ready. It’s mostly a waste of time and why I’m ALWAYS late. (I don’t even have anyone to impress.. wtf am I getting ready for?) Cue #6…
7.) Be more punctual. Translation: at least try to be on time. Once I got used to the fact that I was always late I stopped even trying to be on time. My friends are going to give up on me soon if I don’t change my ways.
8.) Wear my glasses. Everyone in my apartment complex thinks I’m the friendliest girl in the world. I wave at people I don’t know 24/7 because I think they’re someone else because I can’t see. (While we’re on the subject of wearing glasses, I should probably wear my retainer more too… if I can find it! UGH!)
9.) Read more. Also, generally make an effort to learn something new everyday. I’d love to learn a language or know more about geography. I also love politics. (Love to hate, hate to love is more accurate. I’m not out here trying to run for office or anything, but I might have a good shot with this election. Just kidding.)
10.) Budget. My monetary habits are terrifying. Queen of the world for a week after pay day then it’s ramen noodles for the other 3 weeks.
11.) Get Organized. One of my best friends, Michelle, got me a planner for my birthday. I’m going to try to stick to using it. That and answer my emails as soon as I get them. I have a bad habit of opening them, answering the easy ones, and marking the complicated ones as unread and then forgetting about them.
I’m sure I’m missing plenty of things, but for now this is a good place to start. I’d love to hear the resolutions you all have made or plan to make. If you think of a good one, leave a comment and let me know, ok?!
Photography by Lauren Alexandra
Top: Azalea (old, shop similar here and here) // Shorts: One Teaspoon (similar wash here) // Sandals: Madewell (sold out, similar here) // Clutch: c/o Sedona East (sold out, similar here) // Sunglasses: TIJN