Here's to 25

Today I turn 25. I am officially a quarter of a century old! It's amazing to me how I can feel so old and so young all at the same time. I remember being in high school and thinking that 25 was such a perfect and glamorous age. Now that I'm here, I can tell you that it isn't quite perfect or glamorous, but it's definitely a time in life worth celebrating! I have never felt more confident, accomplished, or beautiful as a person than I do right now. I've abandoned a large part of the confusion, doubt and insecurity that plagued me in high school and college, and I'm living in the freedom of God's grace. Don't get me wrong - I still stumble, fall and fail on a regular basis, but I am less afraid of failing now than I have ever been. I've learned the importance of making and learning from my mistakes, and I've learned how necessary it is to have the courage to get up off the ground, dust myself off and resume the pursuit of my goals. Today, I lift my glass in a toast to birthdays. Here's to success and failure; to making mistakes and setting them right; to living, laughing and having the courage to love completely even when faced with disappointment and heartbreak; to new adventures and old friends; to new friends and making memories; to embracing the downhill tumble toward 30. I pray that I find as much to celebrate in the next 25 years as I've found in the last. Cheers! :)