…Weird. Honestly, up until about a week ago, I completely believed that I had a good six months before my birthday. A friend had said “guess who’s birthday is coming up???” and I totally thought she was talking about her birthday or maybe her husbands. Time creeps up on us, doesn’t it?
Anyways, I’m not a big birthday guy (for my birthdays, at least) so all I did was take the day off. We went to the gym this morning, then had lunch at Chick-fil-a with some friends. Now we’re back at the house contemplating going down to Ikea. We’ve never been and hear it’s pretty fun :)
Birthdays are sort of my New Year’s. I tend to think about three things. One, “am I where I hoped I would be at this age?” Two, I think about things I want to have completed or started by my next birthday. And three, I think about all the great things that happened to me and count my blessings. This last year was bigger than I could have ever imagined. Outside the year I got married, this was probably the biggest year of my life. So much has changed/happened and I’d be a fool to not be unbelievably grateful. So here are some things I hoped for from last year to happen before turning 26. Nothing huge, or crazy.
- Go to at least two new countries.
- Have photography be our main source of income.
- Lindsay be able to quit.
- Maybe get a dog (I wasn’t sure about this one)
- Stay out of debt (this is my goal every year)
I am happy to say it all happened! Of the different places we went overseas for the last year, two of the countries were new. Thailand and Cambodia (loved them both :) Photography is now our soul source of income and Lindsay has quit her past job. We got Remmy (our German Shepherd) and we stayed out of debt! Woohoo!!!
On to my goals for next year…
- Take my parents overseas.
- Go to at least two new countries.
- Stay out of debt.
- Buy the neighbor’s house (if they sell it).
- Be (at least) on my way to fluently speaking another language. I’ve been close(ish) to a few (french, chinese, spanish) but never stick to it as I’ll move to another language when we are going to a new country. I need to commit to one! Hopefully this year it will happen :)
- Work (in some way) with sex/slavery trade throughout the world.
There’s obviously other goals I have, but that is a good set, I think :) We’ll see how much we did when I’m 27!
Thanks to everyone who emailed me and sent me birthday wishes on facebook. I might not be a big birthday event guy, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I felt good waking up to birthday wishes this morning :)
I’ll leave you guys with some of my favorite experiences from 25 :)
Our first time in Vegas together (Lindsay’s first time altogether)
Day after wedding session in Villefranche-sur-mer, France. A bunch of fun.
We rented a car in Europe for the first time and drove from France to Italy.
Remmy got spayed so she had to wear a shirt and a lampshade so she couldn’t lick her wounds :)
Our little nephew, Mo, the diamond thief.
Winning the limbo competition at Chick-fil-a.
My favorite wedding photograph of the year.
Hanging with great friends.
Remmy meets (meets – not eats) Mopsy.
The view from our room at the Wynn in Vegas.
Beautiful French Riviera.
Our favorite town in all of France. Peille. We just happened upon it.
Awesome wedding in the south of France.
Watching Horton Hears a Who on a plane :)
Master Carlson Gracie Jr. Shooting his portrait was a HUGE honor for me.
Erawan Falls in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. What a fun place!
I got to meet and cover the Governor for the wildfires in SoCal.
From our driveway during the wildfires.
Lightning storm off of an island in Thailand.
Sunrising over Angkor Wat. What a great experience!
Becoming friends with DJ was awesome!
Little Remmy :)
Becoming friends with the Orange Turtle Photography gang!
The ruins at Ta Prohm in Cambodia.
One of the best experiences of my life. This guy was completely wild and completely hung out with me :)
Held a tiger cub… ohhh man!
We got to pet several full blown tigers…
We found a river and forest in the countryside of Italy.
First day we got Remmy.
The Cinqu Terre in Italy.
Remember, life isn’t awesome because of travel, new purchases, business success, or anything like that. Life is awesome because of relationships and experiences. We all have so much to be grateful for, I think.