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Sometimes I still act 13.  Not 26.

But…that seems to be changing more and more every single day.

It’s not that I’m getting more mature or losing my silly/awkward/naive streak, but I’m just feeling more like an adult should feel — at least in my opinion. I’ve pulled my life together and can very well take care of myself.  I’ve got money in the bank, I can handle a crisis rather calmly (usually), and I’ve got a good idea of what I like and what I don’t, what I want out of life, and what I definitely do not.

And today, although I kept forgetting until people would remind me, I turn 26.  I don’t have any special plans, and I don’t really intend on making any.  Not because I am dreading getting older — quite the contrary — but because I’m more excited about the year ahead than this one day in and of itself.

Year 25? Was an up and down year for me, but I learned a lot, and I know that 26 will be just…beyond.  This past year I made plans for what I truly want to do with my future, I found a training job that actually allowed me to start calling fitness my career, I fell in love and in lust (and then back out of both), I learned to trust my first instinct, I met new people that I am thrilled to call my friends, I moved, and I just decided to live life on my own terms. I became a little less afraid to be and trust and love myself — for better or for worse.

I hope all of those things — and more — happen again this year.  So in honor of what I’ve done in my previous 25 years and what I want to do in this coming year, here’s my list for 26:

Write a song: For those of you who think I’m just a gym rat, I’ve actually been a performer for a good chunk of my life.  Now I’d just like to have some of my own material.

Fall in love: Self explanatory.

Work (mostly) for myself:  I honestly don’t mind having a job in which I answer to someone else.  But do I want to do this ALL the time? Not quite.  And I know that with what I do, and the ideas I have, I could run my own business.  So I’d like to try!

Travel: There are so many places I’ve been wanting to see for years! So hopefully I can check a few European countries off the list as well as some incredible US cities in which my close friends and family reside.  Here’s to racking up some frequent flyer miles!

Go back to school: I love training, but I’d like to take it one step further and make a little more of a difference in health and fitness. Updates to come.

Move to a new city: This is semi-related to the school thing, but in this next year, Chicago and I need to split for a bit.  I love this city, but it was never my original plan to end up here, and I think I owe it to myself to go after my dream.  I’m thinking of heading east.  But again… more on that later.

Develop my personal style, but with a little more polish: On a completely superficial note, I like my style as it is, but at the same time, the hippie chick/trainer girl look is getting a little tired, even for me.  This doesn’t mean I’m going to actually dry my hair too much more or put on loads of makeup or spend a lot of dinero, but I think with a few small tweaks, I can change the way I see my style.

Learn to live in the moment: I need to slow down and appreciate here and now, so I’m going to figure out the best way for me to do it, whether it be yoga or journaling or WHATEVER.  If it works for me, I’m going to go with it.

Compete in a figure competition:  Did you think I had forgotten about this one? Nope.  Still going to do it.  Now that I’ve figured out how my body works (it doesn’t necessarily love carbs, sigh), I’m ready.  October might not happen (as hard as that is for me to admit), but it will happen in this 26th year of life. No matter when or where I am.

Focus on maintaining my relationships: I have some amazing people in my life, I really do. Unfortunately, during the rough and tumble three years of figuring myself out while in Chicago, I haven’t been amazing at keeping in touch with all of them as well as I should.  So I’m going to work on that.  I want to know about them (and about you!).  As (my idol) Jane Fonda quipped while giving life advice, “It’s more important to be interested than to be interesting.” Amen, sister.

Oh, and I plan on remembering to act 13 every now and then.   


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