My Twenty Fourth Year of Life

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“I don’t about you….but I’m feeling twenty-twoooo.”

Actually, I’m feeling 25, but T. Swift just happens to be stuck in my head this morning.  It’s difficult to believe  I already feel 25.  Typically it takes me about two months to feel my actual age after my birthday, and my birthday was five days ago.

With this post, I wanted to recapture some of the amazing events that occurred during my 24th year of life.

*I started a new career at OtterBase and am absolutely in love with it. I have met the most amazing, intelligent people, and I finally feel like I’m in a role where I am challenged to hit my full potential. The people with whom I work have become another family–my OtterFamily!

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*The Tigers made it to the World Series this year! Unfortunately we couldn’t make it to any post-season games this year, but we went to as many regular seasons one as possible!

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*My best friends and I got old, and everyone moved away! Around that post-graduation time, some of my closest friends/siblings reached that point in their lives where Michigan was no longer “it” for them. My little sister Kelly continued to pursue her dream of working at the Happiest Place on Earth. She’s living in Florida and working full-time at Disney World! That bum! My best friend Laura moved to Louisiana to further pursue her school counseling dream and to be closer to her loved one. My bisterousin (best friend/sister/cousin) Elena started her third year at Notre Dame working toward a degree in Psychology and to do research to save the world. My best friend since high school Jake moved out west right after high school and now is living in LA. Even though we only see each other once a year, we still maintain this ridiculously awesome friendship, which is too cool for pictures.

I miss them all terribly, but we have no problem staying up to date in each other’s lives.

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*My mom graduated from nursing school! My mother is an amazing woman, and I could not be more proud of her. This April, my mother–who is 51 years old mind you but has the energy of a 29 year old–completed nursing program and is now taking the licensing boards to become an R.N. She has worked her butt off and is a complete inspiration.

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*I was asked to write a blog for EveryDay Health’s Voices of Experience blog. It was amazing writing these articles about my experiences with diabetes and how I dealt with my successes and difficulties with type 1. Unfortunately the program was cancelled in December, but I got my first taste of professional writing!

*My little brothers decided not to abandon me, and I sure love them for that. Derek is in his second year at Michigan State University, and I am so proud of him! It’s amazing to watch your little silly brother grow up into a responsible, devilishly-handsome young man who belongs on the cover of GQ Magazine. My youngest brother Brady decided he would attend a pre-school here in Michigan so I wouldn’t miss him too much. He has remained as pinchable as ever.

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*This year, I also became an aunt! One of my dear friends Becca had a beautiful son, and I am just in love with him.

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*I also went to a Yellowcard concert this year! Yellowcard has been my favorite band since I was 15-years-old, and holy cow that makes me feel old. It’s been 10 years since I first heard “Ocean Avenue”. Elena turned 21 this year (again, how old am I?!), and Yellowcard happened to have a concert in Grand Rapids on the night of her birthday. What an unbelievable night!

Quality photo--I know. You can clearly tell this is Ryan Key.

Quality photo–I know. You can clearly tell this is Ryan Key.

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Well, folks, that’s it! Nothing else major happened at all this year.

Oh wait. This year I did GET ENGAGED!

*Ah yes, I suppose I did have the most unbelievable, romantic, life-changing moment of my entire life while I was 24-years-old. Keegan and I went on vacation to Jamaica, and he asked me to marry him! I said yes!

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24 was an unbelievable year. It had so many positive changes and so many life-changing events for those around me and me. I can hardly believe I’m at the point in my life where I have a career I love, I am engaged, and I am so unbelievably happy.

So Taylor, 22 may have been fun, but it’s nothing compared to 24.

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