The Last Year of My Twenties

Quarantine Birthday

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I never thought I would be writing a blog post like this. However here I am, sitting in my room, with a glass of rosé, three days before my 29th Birthday. Due to the current circumstances of our world, I will be reigning in the last year of my twenties, from my bedroom. But don’t be mistaken! We aren’t throwing a pity party over here. I am a birthday celebrator and I always have been! It took me longer than usual this year to get excited. But rain or shine, pandemic or not, a birthday is meant to be celebrated. I wont let something like ‘social distancing’ get in my way.

Funfetti Birthday

How I Wanted To Celebrate Turning Twenty Nine

Now that we’ve gotten the intro out of the way…[I think I got a little carried away with the it’s my birthday and I will celebrate rant] we can move on. I wanted to share with you what I had hoped I might do in celebration of my birthday this year. For the past few birthday’s I’ve been so lucky to celebrate while traveling! A cruise to Ensenada, a girls trip to see Britney Spears in Vegas, and an epic Nashville trip. My hopes for this year were a bit more local.

Happy Birthday
Quarantine Birthday

1. ‘Gracias Madre’ I’ll See You At Another Time

One of the first idea’s I had was a night out starting with dinner at Gracias Madre. I went to lunch there a few months ago and the patio is the perfect birthday vibes. Not only are the aesthetics great, but the vegan menu is mouth watering, and the margaritas are other-worldly. I’m pretty sure one of the first things I said when we walked onto the patio was, this would be a great place to celebrate a birthday. I definitely have it locked away and ready for use whoever’s birthday comes first post quarantine!

2. The Safari of Malibu

Then I was thinking it would be fun to take a trip to see the animals out in the wild at the Malibu Wine Safari. Haha! Now, I truly don’t even know how many animals there are or how much of a ‘safari’ it is. That being said I feel like it is a So-Cal bucket list adventure. I’ve had many a Sunday funday at Malibu Wines but never ventured over to the Malibu Wine Safari. I figured that would definitely make for a great birthday adventure.

3. The Magic of Music

One of the last things I was pondering over was of course…a concert! I am a music lover, and live music has always touched my soul in a way not a lot of things can. Whether it be a country, pop, pop-rock, or a small indie concert, I never fail to have a night to remember when it comes to music.

I Was Going To Move Out…

Grace and Lipstick

Although all of those really fun and exciting things were thoughts I had pondered, there was only ONE concrete plan that I had for my 29th birthday. That was to move out. I’ve been living in my parents home since I graduated college back in 2013. It started as a financial necessity, then it turned into a ‘time-being’ while I figured out my long term plan and location. Once I felt it was clear I would remain as my 99 year old grandmother’s caretaker for the foreseeable future, I decided it was time to find my own place.

I put my birthday as the deadline to make a structured plan and budget and to set a date to start looking. It’s pretty much the only thing I’ve talked about or truly focused on this entire year. I even said at one point, “if I am sitting in an empty apartment on the floor with a cupcake and a candle on my 29th birthday I’ll be okay.” That is how determined I was to hit my goal. I was very excited to spend my last year of my own twenties in my own place.

It’s safe to say that the Corona Virus has deterred my plans. Now, I still plan to move out and am actively pursuing it, but my timeline has been pushed. Which is completely fine! I am firm believer in the saying “when I make plans, God laughs.” I don’t want it my way if God’s way is gonna be WAY better. So although I won’t be celebrating my birthday in my own apartment, I still have faith that day will come. It will better than the plan I envisioned for myself.

Goals and Intentions for The Last Year of My Twenties

Last Year of Twenties

Now moving forward from all the ways I had originally planned to celebrate my birthday…I thought it would be fun to set some intentions for how I want to spend the last year of my twenties. It still feels one thousand percent bizarre to say that. I don’t think that will ever change. One day when I turn 40, then 60, I will be amazed by how young I still feel and how fast time flies.

For the past week or two I have been really limiting my social media use. I deleted the apps and it has honestly been so refreshing. It was a habit I had formed over years and it took a while to quit picking up my phone. Especially as someone who works from home, I had access to refresh my feed 24/7 and it really wasn’t beneficial to my overall mental health.

1. Social Media Boundaries

So moving forward, I would like to set up some boundaries surrounding social media. I’m not quite sure what that will look like but one easy solution is to honor the sabbath by not going on social media at all on Sundays. I think that is a good place to start. But I’d even go so far as doing alternate days during the week as well. I LOVE being active on social media but I also have been really enjoying not looking at it at all.

One of the biggest benefits of not having my social media apps has been…PRODUCTIVITY. I’m no longer sucking up my time with mindless scrolling. Even if I pick my phone up to do it, the app isn’t even there. So I end up using my time elsewhere. Lately that has been to do laundry, or sew, or chat with friends on snapchat or FaceTime. Sometimes I will hop onto my laptop and find ways to be productive surrounding this blog or salon behind the scenes work. You don’t realize how much time you loose just zoning out on Instagram and Tik Tok. It’s truly a time suck.

2. Reading More of What Matters

So along with wanting to limit my social media use, another thing I want to do during my last year of my twenties is…read more! I have always loved reading and with that, learning. I think that my time could be so much better spent reading things that inspire me and teach me. I want to continue to grow and challenge myself. Things I want to read more of are: the Bible, enneagram stuff, psychology books, and also autobiographies. I love hearing about people’s personal experiences and how they learned through their lives.

3. Taking The Time To Learn New Things

I’ve always wanted to learn how to play the piano and guitar. Growing up I was a musical kid and once I quit, I missed it a ton! However, I never took the time to invest in learning those instruments. In this last year I would love to take the time to learn those. I have simple knowledge of them but I want to be a fluent musician. I wanna be able to sit down at a keyboard or pick up a guitar and be able to read music. That would be so fun!

4. Taking Time To Do The Things I Love

Growing up I played a lot of different sports. However the one that I connected with and truly loved the most was volleyball. I wish I never stopped playing! That is one thing that I want to spend more time doing during the last year of my twenties. Playing volleyball. Even if that means rallying with myself and my roof! I used to do that all the time and it is so much fun working on your skill.

The Realities of a Quarantine Birthday

Even though the circumstances of our world have derailed the original plans I had to celebrate turning 29, I am still feeling optimistic about this year. I think that a lot can change in a year and I am so thankful to have this blog to document it all. Next year I’ll be turning thirty and I can’t wait to come back and read this blog. I hope that I do all of the things I set my mind to do. And hopefully we aren’t having a world wide pandemic and I can actually celebrate in true Aly fashion. For now, I am so thankful for this time to slow down, reflect, and reposition myself in the direction that God has set forth for me. I hope you enjoyed reading this and hearing about all the plans I have for my last year of my twenties.

HOW MY QUARANTINE BIRTHDAY ACTUALLY WENT

funfetti cake

UPDATE from a freshly 29 year old Aly! I wrote this blog post a few days before my birthday as I said. I am now proof reading and putting the photos in two days after my birthday. As far as quarantine birthdays go, I couldn’t imagine my day going any better. The amount of love and intention that my friends and family put in to make my day special… blew away any expectations I could have had.

Funfetti Cake

I had a few zoom gatherings planned which was so special because I got to spend time with loved ones; albeit digitally. My mom and I baked the cutest funfetti cake that was definitely more picture worthy than taste worthy lol. I took it way back to middle and high school by passing the volleyball around our driveway with my parents. And I got to sit down and be creative with my makeup, which never fails to excite me.

I think that the makeup for my Funfetti Themed Zoom party was one of my favorite looks ever. It was so special seeing all my friends get creative too. One of my besties took the time to edit all of our selfies together so we could have a group shot to commemorate the night!

Overall this was a birthday to remember, for sure, for a plethora of reasons. I felt so loved and celebrated and lucky to have the friends and family that I do. I am looking forward to the next year and am waiting expectantly for all the ways God will work through me, move me, and change me. Once again, thanks for being here! And I’ll catch you at my next post.

xoxo Aly

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