Living Up to the Golden Year // 25


Thursday kicked off my weekend a little early as it marked my 25th Golden Birthday. Now to give this some context, the last year was a grind mentally and emotionally for a number of reasons which I’ve alluded to in a previous blog post (GIVE IT A READ: Hey 2017, Thanks for the Life Lessonsand the past couple birthdays were consumed with long work days and minor celebrations; so I wanted to make sure I made this one special.  When I arrived at the office Thursday morning, I was greeted by coworkers who had lit cupcakes on my desk and began singing to me (actually put me into tears). After a busy day at work and a lunch date for sushi with a friend, a number of close friends and coworkers joined me for dinner at the Great Dane and then a portion of us went to Russell Dickerson at the Majestic Theatre in Madison. If you enjoy country music and have yet to see him, I would highly recommend you check him out ASAP — he’s absolutely incredible in concert.

My blush, bell sleeve top is from Forever 21! I can’t seem to find this exact top online, but they have a ton of mauve and blush bell sleeve styled tops in store and online for you to choose from. I can’t seem to get enough of blush tones right now.

SHOP THIS: Crisscross-Back Mini Dress from Forever 21 for $12.90

(comes in purple and white, I snagged it on sale in store for only $5!)Saturday, January 27th

I made the trek to Elkhorn for the evening a friend of mine, Malainey, dropping my vehicle off midway at a park and ride and jumping in the car with her. We decided it was a wiser decision rather having me drive two hours to Racine and two hours back to Madison after the pageant (not knowing when it would get done…a wise choice in retrospect considering the show finished around 10:30 and I was completely drained). Shout out to Chelsey for a wonderful, fun, and fitting opening number to “Umbrella” by Rihanna referencing the “#IAmTheStorm” frenzy surrounding the Miss America Organization, the mentality that we will weather whatever obstacles are thrown toward this program, and the fact that we, as a smaller pageant family in Wisconsin lost a mentor and longtime volunteer all too soon this year.

Casually recreating Savvy Shields and Nate’s engagement photo, no big deal. I’d say we got pretty dang close, what do you think? #PageantLove #TheSisterhoodIsStrong

Congratulations to Kylie Thompson, your new Miss Southern Lakes 2018 and my girl Haley Schonter for finishing as 1st Runner-Up! Also, congrats to Jennifer Schmidt, my fellow redhead for capturing her hometown title of Miss Racine 2018! I look forward to seeing what both of you accomplish with your years of service.

SHOP THIS WHITE BELL SLEEVED JACKET: Trumpet-Sleeve Jacket from Forever 21

Sunday, January 28th

Somehow, Malainey and I both forgot she had a 5K race to run this morning so naturally, I joined her. On only 3(ish) hours of sleep AND NO COFFEE we jumped in the car at 7:30 a.m. and were off to Hartford to run the “Conquer the Cold” portion of her winter running series through Lighthouse Events. It was cold, not going to lie. However, it was a gratifying feeling to jump back into ‘race mode’ after not running any race since my last half marathon in May.

Post race, we searched for the nearest Starbucks before she drove me to my car and I jumped back on the road and headed back to Madison in an attempt to beat my family to my apartment. I wrapped up the weekend taking my dad, mom, sister, brother-in-law, grandma, and brothers to Liliana’s in Fitchburg; a restaurant whose New Orleans cuisine closely tastes like one of our favorite restaurants in La Crosse, Buzzard Billy’s (but way better…yes, that’s possible).

My heart is so full and my body is oh so tired my friends, 25 is exhausting! Thank you all again for your kind comments, messages, phone calls, and gestures; I am undeniably very lucky to have so many incredible people in my life. Here’s to ensuring this year lives up to the ‘golden’ expectations!




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