25 Thoughts on Turning 25

May 2, 2018 is a day I didn’t think would be here as soon as it came. I remember being a teenager looking at girls in their twenties and thinking, “wow, those girls look so c o o l. I can’t wait to be in my twenties!”

Now here I am, 25 years of age and I definitely could have waited a little longer! Also, I don’t think I’m that cool… In fact, those closest to me think i’m the corniest gal you’ve ever met, with the most cheesy dad jokes. Below are some of my thoughts on my quarter-life crisis.

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1. Why so serious? Twenty-five is a strange age. There’s a lot of pressure into thinking you should have your life together. Truth is, I am still growing and learning new things about myself daily. I still have a hard time figuring out what to eat for dinner –let alone knowing what my 10-year plan looks like.

2. Ok, life is kinda serious. To contradict myself from earlier, I have realized how serious this life is but also how special it is and not to take it for granted. I want to keep reminding myself tomorrow is not promised so to really make the best of each day.

3. Relationships. They are very important. The older I get, the more I cherish them. Who you surround yourself around can have a huge impact on your life. A few years back, I remember praying to God to help me find some meaningful friendships. That required me to step out of my comfort zone in many situations, but man did He provide. I am so thankful for all the beautiful friends and family that I’ve become closer to these past few years.

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4. Love unconditionally, despite circumstances or how I may feel.

5. I should probably start using night creams if I don’t want wrinkles 🙂 —Not all my thoughts are so serious, geesh.

6.  Say “no” more often. I’m realizing it’s okay to simply say no and not need an excuse to decline things I simply don’t want to do.

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7. Perspective is everything. Changing the way you look at situations can really change the outcome. Something I learned at church this past weekend was changing your perspective from an obligation to an opportunity. Whether it’s with my job, my relationships, or in giving – I want to make sure that in every circumstance, I see it as more of an opportunity to love, give and serve rather than feeling obligated to do it.

Unless it’s taking out the trash, I really can’t find joy in this no matter how hard I try and can’t wait for a husband to take over this duty one day 😉

8. Current fav songs are Cold Little Heart by Michael Kiwanuka and Not in a Hurry by Will Reagan. Ooh also loving The Only Reason by JB Cooper.

 

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9. Laugh more. I honestly catch myself laughing at myself more often than not when I’m in uncomfortable situations. Knowing that certain things are out of my control has helped me not get upset over every little thing that goes wrong.

10. Really want to be more intentional about enjoying the season I’m in.

11. Keep traveling and explore more. Suprise?

12. Things will not go as planned. Take a moment and look at that 10-year plan you have and go ahead and scratch some of it out. Don’t forget to leave room for God and all He has planned for you. I pictured my life completely different at 25. When I started creating plans on my own and didn’t see them come to life, it was heartbreaking. The moment I started giving my life to God, I realized He has much better plans for me and became a lot happier.

13. I don’t like number thirteen so I’m skipping this one.

 

14.  I used to hate coffee and find it so weird how much I love it now. Dunkin Donut iced coffee with vanilla bean swirl, please.

15. Learning to think differently. I think we live in a Me Me Me world.  A “What can you do for me?” mentality. I really want to challenge myself to work toward, “How can I encourage you, how can I use talents God’s given me to help make a difference?”

16. I’m making it a point to not compare to others. How boring would life be if we were all the same? God made us who we are for a reason.

 

17. Great number.

18. Expectations. Backtracking to where I expected to be at 25. I think expectations and pressure go hand in hand. When you expect certain things on your timeline rather than Gods timing, this can build too much pressure. So I am learning to take steps back and let go and let God. Cliché I know, but it’s true.

19. Going to see LANY in June with Miranda and i’m pretty stoked. Trying to go to more concerts this year, so if you know of any good ones let me know!

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20. I have a current obsession with plants, like it’s a little scary.

21. Commitment. I’ve learned how important being committed is. Working on making sure if I commit to something to give it my all.

22. I like this. “The irony of the Human condition is that we are so focused on reaching some point in our journey, some happiness, or some goal, that we seem to forget that the journey itself is where life happens.”

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23. “Nobody likes you when you’re 23″, so I’m glad I am 25. 😉

24. Shout-out to my sweet friends who threw me a surprise b-day party. I love you guys.

25. Feeling beyond thankful for another year!

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Thanks for peeking into my thoughts. This year I want to challenge myself in many areas. Thank you to the ones who have encouraged me so far, the best is yet to come!
PS. thank you Dani Nichol Photography for these photos! xoxo

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  — Matthew 6:31-34

 

72 thoughts on “25 Thoughts on Turning 25

  1. I agree! The photos are beautiful. I really like what you said about perspective. So much of your happiness throughout life (I’m 43) comes from perspective.
    You are so young…don’t stress about your 10-year plan. It will certainly change. 🙂

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  2. Wonderful

    1. I’m learning that the Journey in God is something that nobody alone has experienced in full, and that I especially do not understand it as I think I do; but “until we all arrive,” we are without any doubt being brought, together, into the full knowledge of Christ, and “together, with all the saints,” we are apprehending the “knowledge surpassing love of Christ” until we are “filled unto all the fullness of God…” So I can thank Him that I do not know… I know nothing. But He is faithfully causing it to happen. Lead the way, Lord. And thank you for bringing us into fellowship with one another in You.

    Great post. Happy to know you are having such great experiences with God. It’s very encouraging.

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  3. I totally understand what you mean when you say it’s expected of us to have our lives together by 25. I turned 26 last month and cried SO hard because 25 just wasn’t as fabulous as I had wanted it to be haha don’t get me wrong, I grew so much that year and we welcomed our beautiful daughter into the world. But life still isn’t where I always imagined it would be at this point in my life and that’s so hard some days. I need to learn to live more in the moment and stop putting a timeline on my life.

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    1. Aw! Yes it can definitely be difficult when it’s not where we imagined it would be. But so very comforting when we know God has an individual, unique path for each of us and we’re exactly where we’re supposed to be ☺️ congrats on your daughter!! Xo

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  4. Congrats on turning 25! I loved reading your thoughts and #4 is definitely my favorite. That’s something that I’ve been noticing myself as I’ve experienced my 20’s and it’s always a good reminder to be patient and not compare my timeline to that of others.

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  5. Happy birthdaaay! 😀

    You are sooo beautiful. Are you a model? Because if not, you should be xD You are really pretty. I love all of these pictures. Also, love your writing style 😀 Thank you so much for sharing this with us. 🙂

    PS: You have a new follower on here and insta 🙂

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  6. Hope you have/had a wonderful birthday!

    These photo are absolutely stunning and reading what you’ve learnt out your past twenty-five years was fascinating, you have a much better grip on who you are as a person that I had when I was twenty-five. Especially when it comes to commitment — at 30, I still don’t know how I feel about it.

    Great post! x

    Michelle
    dressingwithstyle-s.com

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  7. Nice reflection and pictures. And in my opinion, don’t worry too much about the night cream. Take care of your body from the inside, and the outside will take care of itself.

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  8. Very good post.
    Pictures are perfect.
    You are gorgeous ! 🌹

    🌹Zivot je lep,zivot je cudo. 🌹
    mojstilikombinacije.blogspot.com

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  9. these photos are amazing – seriously so beautiful! I’m 32 and still don’t feel like I always have it together but hey .. that’s also part of the beauty of life and spontaneity. Saying “no” and creating boundaries is so healthy – and refreshing! And girl … night creams are your best friend, beyond wrinkles. I’ve been using Olay whips (for a collab with them) but honestly LOVE the effect on my skin!

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  10. This is one of the best things I’ve read all week! Being 24 myself, this post is extremely relevant! I must admit that 25 is a wierd age and it’s easy to feel lost! I love all the details and points you’ve included in this article! (..and by the way, you are totally gorgeous!) I will be subscribing to your blog 🙂

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  11. First of all, your mini photoshoot in the bush is just gorgeous, the black and white is truly a work of art. Turning 25 is a milestone for sure, and you are right, it’s a weird age where you feel like your life needs to be all figured out.

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  12. My dear, you are beautiful through and through – in and out, out and in – blossoming, coming home to yourself with every step, decision, action, and breath you take. Oceans of love and blessings to you for the amazing things that will unfold on your sacred path. ❤ Xoxo, Evelyn, PathofPresence

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  13. I love what you said about changing your perspective and seeing it as more of an opportunity to love, give and serve rather than feeling obligated to do it! and these photos are amazing by the way! Do you edit them yourself?

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  14. Your photos are great, I bet the photo shoot smelt great with all that jasmin behind you! Good thoughts, we have all been there, or will get there. As some well over 25 all I can say is, yes go to the concerts and yes get a good eye (night) cream, always eat dessert, and always travel but never go to the same place twice!

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  15. You are so mature in you thinking for a 25 year old. Some people twice your age I am now working on saying “no” more often. and not needing an excuse to say so. I recently tried this when an the acquaintance was probing to the point where I felt uncomfortable. She was quite taken aback. This was a departure from usual position of acquiescing.

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  16. These are all so true and practical, I agree with every one of them. I just turned 25 too. I think it is a really great milestone and yea there is so much pressure on you to have it all figured out by now(quarter life crisis is so real), but I think its a beautiful age, a point in ones life where you really begin to get in tune with yourself and understand your priorities a little more clearly.. A belated Happy birthday to you.. Rock on you are probably the coolest 25 year old I have seen. Lol. Awesome pictures by the way

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  17. What a great reflection! At 25, I had 1 kid, was pregnant, and became a first-time homeowner. You can say that life was a bit in the fast lane for me. But I want to be DONE having kids before I hit 30. Going against the grade of what most women are doing these days. Seems like most don’t even want to start having kids until 30. I like being a younger mother. Your hair is absolutely gorgeous by the way!

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