#13 - Run a 5K

This was the first goal I came up with for my 25 by 25 and one that I had been looking to accomplish for about four years. As a former card-carrying hater of running, I had always sought out exercise via team sports and aerobic dance DVDs (or honestly just didn't exercise at all.) But at some point during my junior year of college, I decided I should start running and that I wanted to run a 5K. Enter the Couch-to-5K program, perfect for someone like me who hadn't run over a mile in years, and thus began a long string of starts and stops and falling off the wagon. But in the beginning, it became contagious and four of my roommates joined me in my quest - we had our eyes on a 5K at the end of the summer and we planned to do it together. A scheduling conflict thwarted our plans and then school started again and pretty soon it was winter in Michigan. The next two summers passed by with similar results and while I did start to learn to enjoy running (especially in our lovely tree-lined neighborhood), I still hadn't run a 5K.

Then this past July, the perfect opportunity arose. The Color Run was coming to Ann Arbor and some friends of mine had already signed up. It was unique, fun, non-competitive, and I had someone to run with!

Color Run Ann Arbor

It was a great introduction to 5Ks and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a first time run (just keep your mouth closed when going through the color stations!). I'd like to get back into the groove when it warms up and sign up for a different run next summer.

[Photos by Chris Grimm]

#9 - Take a Road Trip with Friends

The calendar has crept into an entirely new year and I have no good excuses for the neglect this blog has endured. But I'm here with fresh enthusiasm and renewed excitement, so I hope you'll enjoy round two of my adventures in blogging.

2012 was a year that flew by. I went to Europe for the first time (more on that later). I celebrated one year at my job and three years with my wonderful boyfriend. I learned how to fishtail braid my hair. I played on an Ultimate Frisbee summer league team. I designed my first iPad app. I discovered the wonderfulness that is Parks and Recreation (seriously go watch it). I art directed and coordinated big photography project, another first. I watched three very dear friends get married in three different states over three different sunny August weekends (and was honored to be in two of them.)

And in 2012, I turned 25.

Now I'd like to tell you that I accomplished all of my 25 by 25 goals with time to spare, but I can't. What I can do is offer you this piece of advice: if you have goals you really want to accomplish, a blog you never update is really not the best place to store them. I suggest you post them up on a wall where you will see them with great frequency. Or else you'll be like me and realize the season in which your goal should take place has gone and passed you by. (I'm looking at you #12 - Sleep Outside Under the Stars.)

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While I didn't exactly take the type of road trip this goal was intended to be, I'm going to count it as done. I drove back and forth to the northern suburbs Chicago a handful of times this summer; including once with my best friend (lots of showtunes were sung) and once with my boyfriend (we made a stop at Black Dog for some seriously delicious gelato). Then, for my Mom's birthday in October, I took her on a surprise one-day road trip along the Red Arrow Highway:



I gave her this birthday card itinerary the night before. It ended up being one of those beautiful, crisp fall days in Michigan, right at the peak of the leaves changing. I had made a handful of mixes to listen to, we meandered from place to place on our own schedule, and explored some of the coolest shops in Harbor County. That's what I'd call a road trip success.