THE year


I started blogging when I was 21. I remember sitting at my desk in my house off campus thinking, “What in the world am I going to talk about? And why would anyone care?” Over five years later and I’m actually starting to ask the same questions again. Funny how that happens. I hope to find clarity in that. What do I really want to be posting here? I want it to add to my life and yours.

I turn 26 tomorrow and I’m not sure how I feel about it. Don’t worry, I’m not saying 26 is old. But when people ask me how old I am, I still want to say 22 for some odd reason. I graduated, got married and moved to Columbus all within the first month of being 22 and so in some ways it feels like it was THE year for me.

But as a 25-year-old, I feel like I became more of who I really am.

  • I took control of my crappy diet and improved my quality of life.
  • We hit financial goals and paid off debt.
  • We went to NYC, Hawaii and Jamaica.
  • I left my stable, full-time job and started my own business.
  • And started earning 5x more than I was making at that stable, full-time job.
  • Collaborated with amazing women to create Considering You + Haute Blog.
  • Started a business with my husband (sneak peek here + more on that soon!)

So you know what? I feel damn good. Here’s to 26! I’ll be back blogging regularly next week.


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Comments (18)

  • Sounds like you had an incredible year! Have a good birthday.

    This is a really inspiring post because it shows how hard work can help you grow and grow.

  • Happy Birthday!

  • Good for you! It makes me happy to read about other people achieving their goals and having a great year! Have a Happy Birthday!

  • It sounds like your 25th year was a great one, I’m sure your 26th will bring even more good things! It’s funny because even though I just turned 28, when people ask me how old I am I always say 26, then have to do the math and correct myself.

  • Happy early birthday! It’s amazing to hear stories of designers who were able to transition from their full-time jobs and still make a great living. I’m happy that you were able to have a great year last year and looking forward to following your adventures in your 26th year.

  • Totally inspired by you, Allie! And I can’t wait to see what you and Adam have up your sleeves. Thanks for the sneak peek. And have a WONDERFUL, happy birthday.

  • Man, this sounds awesome. I should take a look at my past year (my birthday is also coming up. Ten days!). I honestly felt happy reading what you’ve done. I hope things continue to go well, and HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY :)

  • Happy birthday! Totally get the feeling of still thinking you’re another age, but I love being in my late twenties and hope you do too (although I think officially you’re still mid-twenties :P).

  • Happy Belated Birthday, Allison! I finally got my internet back so I am taking this opportunity to catch up on my fave blogs and bloggers :) I totally undestand you feeling like you’re 22 when you are way over it! People ask me how old I am and I am always saying “21” before realising that I haven’t been 21 for a very long time now. I’ll be 25 this year and can’t believe it! Anyway, hope you had a great weekend!

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