24 from 24


Because I’m almost a quarter of a century & the last year has been on of the craziest on record, I thought I’d make a little list. Because my split left-right brain and split type a/b personality loves a good list to process the last year.

So here we go. Here are 24 things/lessons that happened or were learned while I was 24.

  1. Growing up in Canada does not mean that you are resistant to all things cold. Especially after living on the equator for a year. It’s 72 in the house right now and I’m bundled like I’m camping outside in the non-existent snow.
  2. The intercontinental trip to Uganda never gets more comfortable or enjoyable. My legs are simply too long for that to ever be possible.
  3. In-N-Out Burger for life. #proteinstyle3x3
  4. Canada failed with the whole Target thing. They need to figure that crap out.
  5. As much as you complain about the cold, you really kind of miss the snow.
  6. You fully understand that you would start to complain about this aforementioned snow within the first 24 hours.
  7. Life is better when you have friends to laugh with. Even when you’re making a fool of yourself.
  8. Coffee is always a good idea.
  9. Everyone needs the ocean in their life every so often. There aren’t many places that feel closer to the Creator than by the water.
  10. You should always take the Netflix hint when it asks if you want to “continue playing”. This is probably a warning that you’ve been letting it autoplay the next episode for too long.
  11. Sometimes you need to ignore the previously mentioned warning.
  12. One can never see NEEDTOBREATHE too many times.
  13. Settlers of Catan is addictive. Sometimes you play upwards of 15 games a day. And that’s okay.
  14. Handwritten notes need to come back into style. Encouragement on physical paper is unlike anything else.
  15. Having friends who are amazing musicians makes life that much better.
  16. Champagne is always the answer.
  17. If champagne isn’t the answer, whiskey is.
  18. You should stick with school the first time around. It’s less pleasant trying to finish your degree 4 years later.
  19. Sometimes you need to remind yourself of all the things you got to do during the 4 years you weren’t in school and put everything into perspective.
  20. Trying something new – especially something that scares the shit out of you – is probably just the thing you need to do.
  21. Putting up the Christmas tree by yourself, while somewhat depressing, allows you to put the ornaments just where you want them. But you also have to put on all the lights. Not sure it’s worth it.
  22. It’s worth the extra time it takes to stay in contact with friends that live far away from you. It’s always worth it.
  23. If you live by yourself, it’s acceptable to eat the same meal every night for a week. I mean, how do you even make a pot of soup for one person?
  24. Some years you live without having a real “home”. And to be honest, it’s during those years that you end up learning a the most.

So here’s to 24. For all that it was, for all that was learned, and for all of the wins and loses. You gave me a run for my money, and I could barely keep up.

But here we are, almost at 25, and still moving forward. So here’s to 25. To all that you will be and all that you will bring. Here’s hoping for big adventures, getting up after failures, and more In-N-Out burger than any year before.

From 24 with love (and a little heartbreak),





Photo by @graceandsalt.

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