27 Before I Turn 27

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YAY! Back! Back! Back! I have a lot of fun things planned for the next few weeks and I have to say, it feels good to get back to my personal writing.

Progress on DYMAB: WE ARE EDITING. It is very, very exciting and I am looking forward to seeing how it all goes down. Have you subscribed? You should! I will have a video up there soon I hope!

So what has been going on? I just turned 26! Yay? Turning 26 was tough for me because for the first time in my life I didn’t feel young. I have accomplished a lot so far but I am not the young plucky upstart that I was when I first started sharing my life and business online.

I am also just realizing how much of my twenties were spent working my butt off. I have spent the majority of my days building up my business which I feel is FINALLY sustainable enough for me to finally stop holding my breath and start doing stuff.

But that feeling of OH I GOTTA DO STUFF feels big. And overwhelming. My initial reaction was OMG I GOTTA SELL MY STUFF AND TRAVEL AND STUFF. PEOPLE WHO HAVE MOMENTS LIKE THIS SELL THEIR STUFF.

This is a result of our ALL or nothing culture we have going right now. Either you go backpacking around the world or you are a sad homebody who does nothing but watch netflix and eat. I hate that. I really do.

Well, I am no world traveler.  I don’t have wanderlust. In fact, if you asked me somewhere I was DYING to go, I’d most likely talk myself out of every option I said.  I honestly love going anywhere that isn’t where I live. I am that person who gets excited in your city even if you live in a sucky city. I  hate logistics and love my dog BUT I am on mission to inject more awesomeness in my day-to-day life and so in true Hey Shenee fashion, I have given myself a challenge. WOOO.

27 things before 27!

This challenge was inspired by Sarah over at Yes and Yes. She resolves to do things every year. New things! Some easy! Some hard!

And so I figured this was a great way to start for me. I like this because it’s all about filling my life with experiences by doing what I do in business. Defining goals and reaching for them.

Now I am sure a lot of the things on this list will feel like a piece o’ cake (hehehe) BUT for a homebody who spent over a year at my parent’s house after graduation before moving into an apartment in Austin (and not going that many places after), my 2nd half (of my twenties) adventure is going to happen in small steps.

Just call me the Bit-by-bit Adventurer! The Slow Moving Life-Liver! Something else!

So with all that in mind, here is my list and I NEED YOUR HELP!

Have an idea for me? Know someone who can help me make an item on this list happen? Want to do one of these with me? I am also resolving to say yes more during my second half so anything that comes to mind, let me know! I am super open! The new country one will be an interesting one. I KNOW I gotta go to San Francisco but the rest is up in the air. 

Ok, enough talk! Here is my list!

  1. Go whale watching
  2. Write a movie review
  3. Get a professional massage
  4. Go on a hike and climb something tall
  5. Read Catcher In The Rye
  6. Pick a favorite charity and donate 1 product proceeds for the cause
  7. Create a gallery wall in my apartment
  8. Take a salsa lesson
  9. Publish something on kindle
  10. Go to a monster truck show
  11. take a underwater selfie
  12. Watch Gone with the Wind
  13. Host a dinner party
  14. Go Speed dating
  15. Complete a solo DIY project (this is actually a big deal for me haha)
  16. Read a Jane Austen novel
  17. Design my own inspirational print and put it up for sale
  18. Go rowing on a lake
  19. Find a signature lipstick color
  20. Visit 3 new cities I have never been to
  21. See a 90′s cover band in concert
  22. Go on a community bike ride
  23. See the golden gate bridge in person
  24. Go surfing
  25. Teach at a retreat in a exotic location
  26. Send a short story to a contest
  27. Go to a country I’ve never been to

Comments

  1. says

    YEEES!
    I suck at salsa, but I’ve sold makeup and am a product designer. So maybe I can help you with the lipstick and the DIY thingie?

    And go book that massage: it’s the best thing in the world (if you come around Brussels, we can get you to a fab masseur that I know, and that’d be like 4 things off your list (3,15,19,27)?

    hugs!

    • heyshenee says

      Yes, I can use ALL of the help. If you know of an easy DIY project please send it to me! Maybe I’ll come to Brussels! I am open to going everywhere and doing anything :)

  2. says

    This sounds awesome! Let me know if you need any help planning any of the travel things. Catcher in the Rye is a great book, I think you’ll enjoy it. (I should probably re-read that one of these days.) I recently published a Kindle book on Amazon, kinda fun to see something I’ve written for sale there. Even better that I’ve actually sold a bunch. This is a really great list, looking forward to seeing you work through them!

    P.S. 26 is not old! I just turned 34, which is still not old, but wow it feels weird. I feel too immature sometimes to be in my mid 30s.

    • heyshenee says

      ALI!

      First off, your site is AWESOME. Bookmarking it and going to dig through it and get some info! The new country part is SO OVERWHELMING FOR ME. I have no clue where to start.

  3. says

    Wow Shenee, I often feel a little intimidated when I see your business success and sense at such a young age. I never even considered starting a business until I was 29, and I’m still in noodle around mode, not knowing what is what.

    BUT I have published on kindle, travelled the world, kayaked on a lake, read some books and other stuff. Direct kindle queries this way.

  4. says

    If you come to SF, come say hi! I can show you the BEST freaking ice cream in the city. So many good things to eat and drink here. We can get a dinner group of B-Schoolers/Pioneer Nation folks. :)

  5. Kerry says

    I wish I still lived in Cape Town, not the least of which I could host you for #27 and in Cape Town you can do #1, #4 (Table Mountain!), #11 (with baby seals, see my friend Steve at AnimalOcean.co.za) , #20, #22 (Midnight Mass under the full moon is the community bike ride in Cape Town, super fun! Culminates with cupcakes on the square in front of a 17th century church.), #24, and #25. So I think you need to go to South Africa and I’ll hook you up. I even know the organizer of the TEDxCapeTown if you need a speaking gig :)

    You’re welcome in Baltimore any time for #20. I know a gaggle of homeschooling teenagers who would love to hear how they can create their own businesses a la Hey Shenee :)

    Here’s to 27 before 27 :)

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