#tbt #dressup circa 1995
I don’t know about you, but I’m no longer feeling 22. In less than two weeks, I’ll be 23. Here’s what I’ve learned in the past year.
1. Hair is overrated.
I started off 22 by cutting off almost all of my hair.
I got to a point where I only saw my hair when I looked at a picture of myself. I felt like I was hiding behind it, so I got rid of it. Cutting it off was extremely liberating and by far one of the greatest decisions I’ve ever made. Although I don’t plan on ever having my hair that short ever again, I don’t regret it one bit.
2. St. Augustine is amazing.
I spent almost all of 22 living in St. Augustine. It’s beautiful, historic, and full of life. I miss it already.
Except the trolley drivers. I hate those assholes. They are the WORST drivers ever. WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?!
3. Eating healthy is more important than I ever thought.
This time last year I felt like shit. I was always tired, I was at my lowest weight, and I hated how I looked. I ate a lot, but it was all crappy foods. I did my research, listened to Jake, and committed to a healthier lifestyle in October. I began prepping meals and eating on a schedule. I felt better instantly.
4. I love weightlifting.
Along with my commitment to my new diet, I committed to the gym. After years and years of Jake begging me to go to the gym with him, I finally caved. And I got addicted VERY quickly. I stuck to my new food plan and went to the gym every single day. I saw a difference in my body every week and within 5 months I saw a huge difference. Not to mention the fact that I actually got STRONG. I’m able to push some pretty respectable weight for a woman. And I’m getting stronger every day.
5. I FUCKING LOVE CHEESE PLATES.
Since changing my lifestyle, my life has been a constant battle between my clean eating habits and my love for cheese plates. Keep the dessert. Keep the bread. Keep all other delicious things on Earth. All I want is a properly balanced cheese plate with fine meats, nuts, and honey. (Oh and a glass of red wine.)
6. More specifically… PORT WINE CHEESE BALLS ARE THE SHIT.
I could literally pick up this cheese ball and eat it like an apple. That’s disgusting, but it’s just the truth. GO AHEAD. JUDGE ME. I DON’T EVEN CARE.
7. I’m actually a good cook.
I spent 21 years of my life thinking I couldn’t cook.
Then I randomly got some confidence and started cooking. Now I even find pleasure in cooking.
And Jake and I started a food blog. (www.breakfastlungedinner.com)
8. No matter how old I am, I will ALWAYS love Aaron Carter.
After 15 years of obsessing over AC, I finally got to meet him. He came to Jacksonville in March on The After Party Tour and I belted out every word to every single song.
Then I scammed VIP passes and skipped to the front of the meet-and-greet line (thanks, Farrah!). Aaron Carter kissed me and let me sit on his lap.
It was my childhood dream come true. And one of the greatest moments of my entire year. (Maybe even decade)
9. Lost is the greatest show of all time.
Jake and I started watching it on Netflix and I’m hooked.
Oh and Sawyer is sexy.
10. People aren’t going to change… so eventually you have to accept who they are and move on.
So here’s to you, 23. Although Blink182 says nobody likes you when you’re 23, I’m hoping you bring happiness, success, and lots of money. Because I’m broke.
Real Life Wookiees by Mako Miyamoto
Earth is kind of lame when you consider the fact that we dont live amongst giant, hairy alien races. The Galaxy of Star Wars happened a long time ago, and they’re still way more progressive than us. The only reasonable solution is to start dressing as aliens to get people accustomed to the extraterrestrial/human melting pot of the future and prepare for the inevitable civil rights showdown on whether we’re free to marry a Wookiee. Prints can be purchased over at imagekind.
Led Zeppelin by Neal Preston, 1975.