i might be having a quarter-life crisis + a birthday giveaway

7.10.2013

It's 

My

Birthday!
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This morning--at 1:17 a.m., to be exact--I turned 27 years old, which is officially closer to 30 than it is to 25, which officially makes me a little bit sad.

This year I've been thinking a lot about what's happened since my last birthday, and I have to say... honestly, last year kind of sucked. This time exactly last year I was flying to Illinois for a friend's bachelorette party. I had just quit my job and was on a one-week retirement before starting my new job. Soooooo much has happened since then. 

Most notably is the fact that I don't have a full-time job. This is no more noticeable than on Fridays, when everyone's like IT'S FRIDAY! And I'm like, it's Friday? Yeah, Fridays mean nothing to me anymore.

Oh what's that now? A long weekend? That's great. Little do you know that my entire life is a long weekend. Sometimes it feels like the Friday of a long weekend and I'm all:
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But lately it's felt more like the Sunday of a long weekend where all you've done for three days is sit around and watch TV and now your butt hurts and you're like:

RIP, Lost. RIP.

There's a chance I'm being a bit dramatic right now, but there's nothing like a birthday to bring on the personal reflection.

ANYWAY, today is my 27th birthday, and no matter what is going on in my life I will always love birthdays. When I was younger, birthdays were the best because it was the one day where no one could fight me over the front seat. These days, I'm much more mature and use birthdays as a way to get everyone to cater to me on every level possible. 

Since it's my birthday and I love giving gifts, I wanted to give YOU something. And, you're not going to know what it is because it's going to be something specific to the person who wins! (Note: I stole this idea from Jen because I thought it was awesome.)

I can tell you that the prize will be worth exactly $18 (cuz that's all I have left from my blow money this month), and once I've chosen a winner I'll figure out something awesome you will love. Or, at least hopefully something you'll like since $18 can't buy a whole lot more than a few packs of gum.

Enter using the giveaway tool below. You get 1 entry just for being really cool, and a total of up to 6 entries. Good luck! And thanks, as always, for reading.

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shelleystursma said...

Happy birthday!

Tori said...

Happy birthday! :)

Venassa said...

Happy birthday! I think I'll be having similar feelings on my 27th birthday too. Luckily, I'm just approaching 26 now. Still a bit of time :p

Breenah said...

You made me giggle with the $18 thing and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Rebekah said...

Happy Birthday, girl! I love that giveaway idea! That's super cute!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday! This year is going to be great! Entered your giveaway. How fun!

-Emily T
beautyandthegreek.blogspot.com

Laurie Tomlinson said...

Happy birthday!!

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday lovely lady! I totally understand what you mean about the long weekends, I am a university student and during the summer life is sooo pointless and I feel abit useless too! so don't knock your part time work! it is way better than no job! enjoy your day!!

Teresa said...

happy birthday! I'm pretty sure you still have about six months before you are closer to thirty than twenty-five though, unless I'm totally counting wrong (:

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday! I love getting your blogs in my email! Have an awesome day!

Katie said...

happy birthday amanda! I'm thankful I've "met" you! :)

Tracy said...

27 is so young. Happy birthday.

Tamara said...

Something random.



Hahahaha. Oh, me.

Also, Happy Birthday!

Natalie M said...

Happy birthday!

Kate said...

Happpppy birrrthdaaaay! Hope it's fabulous!

Megan O. said...

Happy Birthday!!!

Ashley said...

Have a great birthday! I totally get the quarter-life crisis thing. Being in your 20's is a LOT harder than I thought. I think I'm in a constant state of reevaluation.

Jen @ wonderfullyunkempt said...

Happy birthday!! I felt the same way at 27. But now I'm racing to 30. And I would kill to be 27 again. Perspective. :-)

Unknown said...

You and me lady. We have the same idea as to why birthdays are the BEST!

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday!

I totally understand the crisis. This time last year I was making more money, being showered with accolades as I bade my tearful students goodbye, and packing for a move to the U.S. After a year of sadness and general melancholy I am finally glad, truly glad, to be back home. You'll get there!

Laura Morgan said...

When I win, you can teach Ava how to drink from a sippy cup. That will be sufficient. And I already have the cups, so you use your blow money on yourself! ONE DAY I will stop obsessing about the manner in which my baby eats. That day is not today.

HAPPY BIRYHDAY! I recognize that typo but think it looks funny so it's staying. This year is going to be awesome. How do I know this? Because you're awesome. You've run a marathon. You dress super cute. You have an entertaining blog. You have a warm heart. Sit in the front seat all day long, Reese. All day long.

Ashley @TheCreamToMyCoffee said...

Happy Happy Birthday! Gah, 27. How is that happening?!

Lauren said...

Happy birthday, Amanda! Life is so much more fun with you in it!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!!! It was a strange realization, when Greg turned 27, that he was closer to thirty than 25. However, the age has done him well. AND I know tons of people now who are thirty-ish or above, and they actually seem younger than me, in all the good ways. I have a sneaky feeling this will be you, forever! You are so cute and this post made me laugh and think, "something really awesome is gonna happen this year for Amanda." Have a GREAT birthday, eat some cake, and know we over here in ABQ, NM are thinking of you! :) It'll be a great year!!

Michelle said...

You are so silly.

Jamie said...

Happy birthday pretty lady!

Libby's Life said...

Happy Birthday lady! :) I hope it's fabulous!!

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday Amanda!! I hope you get lots of cupcakes!

LeAnna said...

Happy Birthday, my birthday friend! If I win this fantabulous prize of awsomisity (new word, don't hate) you can buy me a cupcake and keep the change.

Can't believe we only have 3 years to 30. Then we're going to be old. Glad I married an old man, because then I stay forever young. Or something like that...

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

Happy birthday, friend! Here's hoping that this year is filled with amazing opportunities for you, your dream job included. xoxo

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday!!!

Allison said...

Happy Birthday!! I hope that this will be your best year yet!

Curious Runner said...

Happy birthday!! I hope that when you turn 28 you can look back and say 'last year was the best year of my life' :)

Alyson said...

Happiest of birthdays! Don't worry, it only gets better:) Trust me, I am 30;)

PAM said...

You are awesome! Grateful I'm the one you call mom.

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday!

Callie said...

I'm sorry I missed your birthday yesterday, but I hope it was great, and I can't wait to go to your cupcake thingy. Don't worry about your quarter-life crisis. This too shall pass.

Justine said...

Happy Belated Birthday!! (I meant to call you yesterday but it slipped my mind in the midst of wedding stuff. Yep, I'm THAT bride, the one who can't think of anything but wedding...) Anyway, I can never forget your birthday because it is the same as Curtis's dad, and there must be something about you July 10th people because he also shamelessly advertises his upcoming birthday to everyone who will listen! Love you!

Gentri said...

Happy late bday, Ashley!! :D My 25th bday was last month and I had the same feeling. Blah, crisis, useless. haha! I hope it was a fantastic bday and you received a lot of amazing presents (you know, something more awesome than the new tire for my car that I received...).

Gentri said...

OMG!! and by "ashley" I mean "amanda"!! I've been on the search for an "ashley" who's blog I used to read and apparently her name is stuck in my head... AH!

Randi S said...

Happy Birthday :)

Bailie @ The Hemborg Wife said...

Happy Birthday mine is on the 18th and I will be 28 so I feel you on the way closer to 30 than any good age!

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