Yesterday was my 25th birthday. I was my parent’s  first-born child and they had no clue what to do with me. (Heck isn’t first-time parenting a crap shoot?) A quarter of a century later and I am convinced they still have no clue what to do with me! There is something to be said about being the first-born. We are the guinea pigs for everything in parenting: potty training, starting school and learning how to drive. I give my parents a lot of credit for everything they have done and gone through with me for the last 25 years.

I woke up yesterday not only feeling proud of myself but my parents for the fact they have put up with me for 25 long years! Life is hard but being able to wake up and say that I’ve made it to 25 is a blessing.  Every day up to this point has been. I thought I would be slightly depressed about getting older but honestly it’s the best birthday I have had in a while. I have accomplished a lot in the last 25 years.

My grandmother once told me that when she turned 30 she realized she was at her peak in life and that things were just going to keep getting better and better each year. I want to inherit this philosophy. Things keep getting better with each birthday and each milestone. Turning 25 may only mean I can rent a car but personally it’s also the age I will be getting married at. My life will change for the better. And though I will be gaining a husband-a handsome one at that-I am still Shannon. Still the petite, nerdy, talkative and fun-loving girl I’ve always been just a year older!

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My first Halloween with my mom. I was a bunny. :)


Farewell 2013, Hello 2014!

Happy New Year!! It’s amazing how quickly a year can pass us by. 2013 was a big year for me personally. I started a new job in my field, got engaged to my best friend, spent more time with my family and reconnected with old friends. It was year with many ups and a few downs but never the less a great year at that. I am proud of the things I have accomplished and the goals I continue to work towards. 2013 was a year of growth. Like every year, I strived to become more financially stable, something not many young adults can admit. I also tapped into my inner chef and began experimenting in the kitchen launching my blog segment “Cooking My Way Through Pinterest.” It helped me branch out from the normal chicken and rice or pasta we had been cycling for the past 3 years! Overall, 2013 was a great year filled with moments and memories that will last a lifetime!

2014 is looking to be a big year! I turn 25 in just twenty days and with that I will be considering what my quarter life crisis should be. Don’t worry, it won’t be a sports car or an extreme hair color change-I’ve grown out of that phase! More than likely it will be a change in attitude and outlook on life. A positive outlook on life and the obstacles that come along the way. This year will be filled with moments I am sure to remember for the rest of my life. I will be marrying my best friend in the fall surrounded by family and close friends. Marriage is a journey that Judd and I are ready to begin. It is also a joining of our two families as one.

In terms of resolutions, I want to work on being a better person. A better daughter, sister, girlfriend/wife, friend and coworker. Every year is a chance to make things better and what better way then to start on January 1. Happy New Year friends and followers! Your support means so much to me!

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Photo by the talented Steph Owens Photography.

Small Steps & Giant Leaps

The past month has been full of small steps towards my future. It amazes me how far I have come since graduation. I recently found this image from graduation that really sums it all up. I’ve been taking so many small steps in the past year that have launched me into my career and my adult life. Neil Armstrong said it perfectly when he landed on the moon: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” 



My alarm goes off around 6:50 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. I jump out of bed and put myself together for the day that lies ahead. I depart from the house around 8:10 a.m. and usually wage traffic on Interstate 95 for about 20 minutes. I pull into the downtown parking garage around 8:30 a.m. and walk into the agency 20 minutes before I should. I get my desk ready for the day, check my emails, go to the book shelf full of Communication Arts Annuals and pick one to look through. Why do I get there so early to sit and wait for the day to start? Why not just sleep longer and get there when everyone else does? Because I love it. I love the agency environment before the work day begins. It’s quiet and really enjoyable in the morning. Once everyone piles into their cubicles and or offices, they day starts. I usually meet with my supervisor when she gets in and we discuss the projects/copy that needs to be written that day. I start working on assignments and the day flies by. The thing I love most about this internship is the people. I was very intimidated my first few days but the agency welcomed me with open arms. I get to collaborate with a talented pool of people and I couldn’t ask for more!

On days when I am not at the agency, I am usually going to class wishing I was going into work. I’m not much of a morning person but I love getting up for the internship. I never know what I will be working on so every day is different. It’s been a great experience thus far. I love what I do and I want to make a career out of copywriting. I feel that with perseverance, dedication, and the drive I can achieve anything.

When I walk across that stage on April 27th and receive my Bachelor’s, I will smile and know that I am in a great place in my life. A new chapter awaits.

New Years Goals

..since resolutions are hard to keep, I have decided to come up with a few goals this year:

  • Graduate from college.
  • Read more especially with my new Kindle.
  • Work my butt off on my portfolio/book for agency jobs.
  • Perfect my resume/cover letter.
  • Take more photographs.
  • Cut back on useless swearing.
  • Be a little nicer to everyone, no matter what they do. Kill them with kindness.
  • Land a job with an agency!

2012 looks to be a life changing year. Let’s do this!