21 Things I Learned My 21st Year

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21 was an interesting year for me. Not because I was of legal age, but because of some other things that happened in my life. I learned a lot this year, a whole lot. That’s what led me to write this post for my 22nd birthday, not to try to teach someone anything but to have a place where I can come back for a reminder.

And thank you to all the lovely people who have wished me happy birthday this week and today. I am so incredibly blessed to have everyone in my life whether it’s my blog friends or people I know in person.

Anyways let’s begin…

1. You can’t make everyone happy. You can try as hard as you want, but eventually you have to do what’s best for you.

2. Being 21 is expensive. Drinks are expensive. Trips to Vegas are expensive. Save yo cash money $$$.

3. You need girlfriends, not a lot just a handful. Quality, loyal, honest girlfriends who you can go to at your lowest low, but the next moment double over in stomach aching laughter with.

4. You can’t buy cheap high heels. Go to Dillards. Pay $80 for a pair of high heels. Your feet will love you.

5. You don’t need toxic people in your life. People who gossip about you and aren’t trustworthy have no place in your life. Bye.

6. 4 years flies by fast. Don’t wish your life away because like Ferris Bueller says, “If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

7. I truly met my best friends through my sorority. You’ll reaffirm this when you are sitting in your bathroom crying because you don’t want your best friends to graduate and leave.

8. It’s okay to eat Taco Bell at 2am and listen to Christmas music, just not every night.

9. Take care of your body and make it a priority. Fuel your body with real food and spend some time at the gym.

10. Sleep over at your best friends house. Eat brunch together. Watch movies together. Someday you’ll miss this.

11. But allow yourself some alone time. It’s more rejuvenating and refreshing than you realize.

12. Not everyone has the same “life plan” as you and there’s nothing wrong with that. Just because you’re not ready to get married and don’t plan on staying in your hometown doesn’t mean it’s wrong to think that way.

13. If you want to make something happen in your life, it’s up to you to take action and make it happen.

14. I thought I’d have my life figured out by the time I turned 22, but I don’t and that’s okay.

15. Stop saying “I’m sorry” for things you don’t need to apologize for.

16. Say what you need to say. Be honest about what you’re feeling whether it’s good or bad. It could save you and someone else a lot of heartache.

17. It’s not the material things that matter. You will find that the people you surround yourself with can bring you more joy than something store bought ever can.

18. Don’t forget about your parents. They brought you into this world, so let them be a part of your life.

19. Don’t take life so seriously. Let your hair down and let it all go.

20. You aren’t like anyone else. Appreciate what makes you unique and chase what you are passionate about, not what someone else says you should.

21. God is my rock and my refuge. Even when it felt like He wasn’t listening to me, he was. I just had to wait for his own timing.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need…He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid for you are close beside me.” Psalm 23: 1,3-4



Thinking Out Loud: Cake for Breakfast

Good morning everyone! Today I’m linking up with Running With Spoons for Thinking Out Loud.

Birthday cake is always acceptable for breakfast. Always.

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My cousins look older than me, but I’m actually the oldest one. (My sister is in the middle.)


Sometimes buying the wrong socks ends up being a life saver when you don’t want to shave your legs. (I know my thighs are exposed, but its really the lower half of my legs that get a little jungle-ish).


The land has been greening up at home and looks beautiful right now. Say hi to the steers. I usually go with “Hey boys!” They always lift a hoof and wave at me or nod their head in recognition or turn and run the other way.


When working for my Dad on our farm my hairstyle of choice is a cap. I just pull my hair through the back and voila! hair is done for the day.


I didn’t work out yesterday. Tuesday’s workout at Crossfit was a tough one anyways.

WOD: 20 min of AMRAP

400m Run

10 Snatch-grip Deadlifts

20 Abmat Sit-Ups

30 Double Unders or 90 single unders

Once 4 rds were completed you got on a rower. I rowed for about 1 minute.


Some of the kitties wanted to get into a staring contest the other day. They won. They beat me with their cuteness.


My Mom made my favorite enchiladas for my early birthday dinner last night and they were super delicious and a little spicy with all the green chile! By the way don’t you just love our orange counter tops! I bet you’re going to pin orange counter tops on pinterest right now. Kidding.


As I get older, I’ve realized that the gifts I get for my birthday really don’t matter. It’s just a nice reason to gather with family. It’s a nice reason to get together with your friends. Plus the gifts you get as a young adult aren’t as cool anyways. I’m incredibly blessed to have the family that I do.


Have a great Thursday! Be sure to come back tomorrow for 21 Things I’ve Learned My 21st Year! Trust me I’ve learned a lot!

No questions. Just share your thoughts!

WIAW #4 Mom’s Birthday

It’s a foggy morning here as I’m constructing this blog post and it’s Wednesday so that means I’m linking up with Peas and Crayons for:

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On a foggy morning I always crave something warm, so oatmeal was my breakfast of choice. And if you’re really curious you could probably zoom in and read my to-do list. It’ll blow your mind. Actually if you can even read my handwriting you’re doing pretty good.

WIAW jun 25 breakfast

Speaking of oatmeal I had it a few more times for breakfast this past week.

WIAW 1 jun 25On the left: Peaches aren’t something you normally see on my blog, but whenever we make a trip to Austin we always bring home peaches. These peaches are pretty tasty.

On the right: One of my more normal oatmeal combinations: strawberries, bananas, peanut butter, cinnamon, and honey.

Keeping with the breakfast theme we’ll move on to pancakes.

WIAW 2 jun 25On the left: I made these pancakes for my Mom on her birthday last Friday. I’ll have to share the recipe for these sometime on my blog because they were amazing! I had a hard time finishing those two on my plate which isn’t normal for me. They were dense with great flavor. Good pancakes just make my day.

On the right: Once again I made some protein pancakes that had came out in weird oblong shapes. At least they had more of a circular form to them than my continent pancakes.

WIAW #4 jun 25Top: For some odd reason I just felt weird about putting seafood right across from a chocolate cake in my collage, so I gave them some respectful distance. For my mom’s birthday we went to eat at Red Lobster. I’m not the most experienced see food eater, so I stuck with coconut shrimp. I got a little wild by ordering crab legs which I know are pretty tasty.

However, I always forget how much work crab legs are. I crunched and cracked trying to get a decent amount of meat out of the legs. Most of the time I just got a baby bite, but the few times I actually got a whole chunk of crab leg meat out was pretty exciting. And it probably only happened twice.

Bottom: My mom requested a Dr. Pepper cake for her birthday, so that’s what I made her. I was worried it wasn’t going to turn out very good, but it was thankfully a success. The cake part reminded us of a Texas sheet cake taste and texture (if you haven’t had Texas sheet cake you need to check your priorities). The frosting part was drizzled over the top and sank into the cake. If you really, really want the recipe for Dr. Pepper cake I can give it to you. Es pretty bueno.

CrossFit Interruption: At the box we’ve been going to they do something special when it’s your birthday. So last Friday they made a WOD just for my mom. You’re thinking “Awww how nice!” No. No it wasn’t nice at all.

WIAW jun 25 mom's wod

Here’s what went down:

Buy-in 19 Burpee Box Jumps: Those were fun until I got to around my 10th one.

4 rounds of:

6 Thrusters: I looked forward to these…

20 hand release push-ups: Because push-ups are rough and I hated the moment when I finished thrusters and had to start push-ups again.

Buy-Out: 67 Kettlebell swings. These were okay. If you look at the numbers for the buy-in and buy-out they form the year my mom was born. (Mom notice that I didn’t outright give away your birth year!)

My birthday is this Friday, so I’m a bit nervous to see what they have designed for us. I was born in 1992 so there will likely be 92 of something. What that 92 will be is the big question.

Let’s move on to happier things.

WIAW #5 jun 25Left: Ater dinner plate of strawberries and bananas with peanut butter and a few chocolate chips.

Right: Quest bars are still making an appearance when I need a snack and Cookies & Cream has remained as my favorite flavor. I had the one above yesterday afternoon while I was driving the tractor. I have to stay alert somehow.

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On the left: One night this week we had salmon with green beans, potatoes, and sweet potatoes. And I had a big crunchy carrot too.

On the right: We needed to do something with the peaches before they went bad, so my mom made a peach crisp. Basically a crisp is oatmeal and brown sugar covering whatever fruit you are using. And it was delicious. I may have had more than one bowl of it.

Though my actual birthday isn’t till Friday we’re having family over tonight to have my birthday dinner. You mean you still have birthday parties with your family. Yes, we sure do. I don’t care about presents anymore, it’s just a great reasons for us to all get together. That also means another chocolate cake will be making an appearance tonight.

That’s all I have for you today! If you feel up to it check out my first article on FitBodyHQ called 7 Things to Expect Your First Time Trying Crossfit.

Have a great Wednesday erry’body!!

Do you like peaches? What kind of birthday cake do you like?