My 25th birthday

Photo by Graham Doig.

December 21 marks my 25th birthday, the third birthday I’ve celebrated since starting my blog. Here’s what I wrote on my 24th birthday and on my 23rd.

Looking back, I can hardly remember what it felt like to be the person that wrote those entries. As I get more comfortable with the reality of living life online, my writing has become more personal and less afraid.

For the past two years, I made my birthday blog post about the past year’s accomplishments and the future year’s goals. I guess now, it’s a tradition.

This year I:

Next year, my goals are to:

  • Find my online/offline balance: occasionally read books on paper, write instead of type for a change, knit more socks, go on nature walks.
  • Keep my design and tech skills sharp by undertaking projects that employ them. Maybe edit a vlog, format an e-book in InDesign, or learn and implement HTML5.
  • Resume a consistent blog-posting schedule, with regular weekly features.

This year, I didn’t take time off for my birthday. I just had a quiet dinner with my family and my boyfriend. Honestly, I didn’t feel like I needed a party. After years of angst and uncertainty, I’m finally sure that I’m in the right place and doing what works for me. And that’s a celebration enough.