25th Birthday | Big Dreams

Updated: Jul 25, 2020

January 7th, 2019

I have really been looking forward to this birthday! I don't know why, but 25 feels like I'm a real adult. 22, 23, and 24 were just my "twenties," and now I feel like I've advanced into the "mid-twenties" category. For some reason, I feel like when you are 25 you get more respect. I've forever felt too young to represent the value that I bring.

2019 is here and I'm stoked! I love to end every year with reflections and goals looking forward. This year I listed: things I created in 2018, things I am going to create in 2019, and things I learned or will leave in 2018. My list is personal. Nevertheless, I want to share it. It is not to boast. It is because I believe in speaking your dreams into reality. When I was 16, I got a tattoo. It reads "excita somnia tua," which is Latin for "wake your dreams." This has been a recurring theme in my life.

Speak Your Dreams

Speak your dreams, I was taught this concept from a young age by my parents. And for some reason, it stuck. The truth is that the more you say your goals out loud, the more likely they are to happen; no matter how big or small. Because the more you say it, the more you start to believe it. A lot of times it feels like being cocky or overconfident... but it doesn't matter— say it anyways. I encourage you to be vulnerable this year and tell the world what it is you want. Dream big!

The first time I experienced this, I was 13. I started telling everyone I was going to play college volleyball. No one believed me, probably including my parents, who were the most supportive people ever. At that time, I was super small and un-athletic. Over time, I said it so much that people started to associated college ball with my name. I went to college on a volleyball scholarship five years later.

These are my dreams and reflections for 2018/2019. I hope they inspire you to create your own lists and speak your ideas into existence. I sat down with a blank sheet of paper uninterrupted for an hour to create these lists and a few more. Later, Rasmus and I sat down and shared our dreams out loud to each other. And you owe it to yourself to do the same. Hold me accountable for these things in 2019.

Reflections and Goals

Things I created and was able to do in 2018:

Finished my first job.

Moved to a new country!

Got engaged.

Almost finished my masters.

Made new friends.

Stepped outside my comfort zone.

Learned some Danish.

Started eating gluten and dairy to really experience Denmark.

1st Christmas away from home.

Learned what it is like to be an outsider.

Grew closer to Rasmus.

Threw a bachelorette party for my best friend.

Learned how much I love my family.

Learned to do pull-ups through CrossFit.

Ran a half marathon.

Started writing and journaling everyday.

Became my own nutritionist.

Started my blog!