Do you remember in high school when your teacher asked where you wanted to be at 25? What was your answer?

I remember saying I would have a Bachelor of Applied Human Nutrition, working as a dietician in some big name food company, married to prince charming and travelling the world with my perfect family. I was a 16 year old girl with big dreams and endless opportunities.

On Friday I turned 25 and fortunately, I’m not any of those things.

Who will break the news to 16 year old me?

I am not any of those things, yet I’m happier than I could have ever imagined.

At 25, I am graduating with a Bachelor of Public Relations and beginning my first career doing external communications for Kinesis Health Associates. I  also work part time at Goodlife Fitness, not only for extra income or the free membership but because I love it.

I may not be working as a dietician but I have been given the opportunity to communicate about health in two separate positions. I found a way to merge my passions with my talents. Working with people who see the benefits of health and wellness inspires me to be the best I can.

At 25, I’m still immature, over-excited, full of innocence, hope and a lot of love. I am full of energy (and coffee). I have a cat I love more than anything. I have no children and no desire to have children anytime soon. I’m slowly getting ready to marry the greatest man I know. He drives me crazy every day but I couldn’t imagine a life without him.

It’s funny how the brain changes from the ambitious mind of a 16 year old to the realistic mind at 25. I’m fortunate to have the mind I do. It keeps me balanced but never hinders my dreams.As I aged, my dreams changed. As I met new people or experienced new things, my dreams evolved into realities.

Never give up on your dreams. It’s important to work hard for what you want but sometimes you don’t actually know what you want til it’s right in front of you.

Happy ¼ of a century to me! I am excited to see my dreams continue to change.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”

Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!


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