Today is my 27th birthday, and I am stuck practicing social distancing.
When 2020 started, I had a plan for what I wanted to do for my birthday. I wanted to host a murder mystery party with all of my closest friends the weekend before and visit my family for my actual birthday.
Yeah, that didn’t happen.
It’s OK, though. Sure, I don’t get to celebrate with my friends and parents, but I have a lot to be grateful for during these difficult times. I am physically healthy. Everyone in my house and my loved ones are also healthy. I am lucky to still have a job and able to work from home. I can pay rent, my bills, and my car. And most importantly, while I won’t have everyone I wanted around me, I still have my husband, my sister-in-law, and my little brother.
And I still felt loved. My mom, brother, and cousin sent me a beautiful arrangement of flowers. My husband got me to lunch and the standing desk I have been contemplating on getting since I started to work from home. I woke up to many messages from some of my favorite people, and continue to get them. Friends spoiled me gifts and love.
While it is easy to feel sorry for myself, I stayed positive. And for that, I decided to share 26 things that happened in my 26th year of birth.
1. I started 26th birthday with a huge decade-themed karaoke house party.
2. I met Matthew Gray Gubler, and we took the cutest photo!
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Meeting Matthew was a dream come true. I had the BIGGEST crush on him (and still do, tbh). He hugged me, and when I asked if we could do a laugh pose, he was so excited to do it. He said that it was his favorite and told others that he would gladly do this for everyone else. Most importantly, he said that I was the best. ⠀ ⠀ While I have been MIA thanks to school and trying to find a job, I am glad that I got a chance to meet MGG. I would also like to give a shoutout to the best fiancé, @iosialectus, for waiting forever and an hour with me for this photo. ??#FanGirl
3. I finished my last semester of graduate school with good grades.
4. I presented my capstone project that was highly praised.
5. I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, and most of my favorite people got to celebrate with me.
6. Two of my favorite professors came up to me after graduation to compliment how loud my cheering section was and wanted to meet my “fans.”
7. Josiah and I took our engagement photos, and our photographer told Josiah that he did well when ordered to kiss me.
8. We got our engagement photos back, and I fell in love with how beautiful they came out.
9. I celebrated 5 years with Central Market/H-E-B.
10. I got to attend my friend Ali’s bachelorette party, threw axes for the first time, and let my creativity out.
11. I bought an expensive blender that I still use and obsessed over.
12. Josiah and I filled out our wedding registries and had the time of our lives picking things out.
13. I faced my fear of heights and went bouldering for the first time with Josiah, Fernie, and Stefan. And I wasn’t good at it.
14. I SAID YES TO THE DRESS!
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I used to tell my mom that I would never get married, but that didn’t stop me from watching @sayyes_tlc with my mom and cousin. I always ooohed and awed at the beautiful dresses the brides would choose, but it would make me sad, thinking I would never get that chance. I was wrong. This past weekend, my mom, cousin, and I drove to Mcallen, TX, to look at dresses at @sposamiacouture. I went in expecting to try on dresses and find what type of dress fit my body type best. Yeah, that didn’t happen. Looking at the dress hanging on the rack, I wasn’t impressed. The dress didn’t seem like something I would have chosen. But when I tried it on, I FELT LIKE A BRIDE. ?? It was such a Kim dress that there was no way I was leaving it behind. So on Saturday, Aug. 24, I said YES TO THE DRESS! Thank you to the amazing ladies at Sposa Mia for helping this clueless girl feel like a queen! In 179 days, I will get to marry my soulmate and feel like a queen in my dress. ?? #ISaidYesToTheDress #SposaMiaCouture #RGVBride #KimGetsACouch #CouchJokes4Ever #Jim
15. I saw Ali marry the love of her life, Rene, and I partied my butt off.
16. I saw the Jonas Brothers for the first time in my life, and I was not disappointed.
17. I had the cutest fall photoshoot.
18. I GOT A JOB!
19. I did a presentation at work on my taco blog, and it was very successful. People still talk about it.
20. One of my best friends RELEASED A SONG ON SPOTIFY. GO LISTEN TO IT AND FOLLOW OLIVIA SUAREZ.
21. I got to travel to Miami with some of my favorite ladies.
22. I GOT TO PARTY ON A BOAT.
23. We were famous for the first night in Miami. We kept getting shots after shots after shots, and people kept asking to take photos with us.
24. I went on a food tour IN MIAMI.
25. I had my 6-month performance review, and IT WENT TO WELL.
26. I said, “I do” to my best friend and now husband.
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I guess you can say things got pretty serious yesterday. After knowing this amazing man for four years, I can finally call him my husband. We have overcome many obstacles, and celebrated many successes, and I couldn’t be more blessed to have him by my side, forever. Thank you to everyone who came to SPI and braced the cold to party with us. We felt truly loved and I honestly couldn’t stop crying all day. Now it’s time to plan the honeymoon and make sure Josiah graduates with his PhD. Oh, and write a bunch of thank-you cards! ❤️❤️#KimGetsACouch #SPIWedding #BeachWedding #southpadreisland
The past year was full of new memories, many emotions, loud laughter, and plenty of love. As uncertain times feel like right now, I will stay positive in my future, and try to focus on all the things I want to accomplish. Here is my list of things I want to accomplish for 27.
- Kill my presentation in a few weeks.
- Get a promotion.
- Read 7 books.
- Try 7 new recipes.
- Listen to 7 new artists.
- Continue to work on growing my blog.
- Throw a tremendous belated 27th birthday party.
- Change my last name.
- Take a class to perfect my cake frosting skills.
- Learn to play the violin.
- Run a 5K.
- Go on a solo trip.
- Take a girl’s trip.
- Go on my honeymoon.
- Get a raise.
- Enhance my Python and SQL skills.
- Take a fitness class.
- See a few musicals.
- Catch up on all of my TV shows.
- Catch up on all the movies I have missed since 2017.
- Make sourdough bread.
- Go to the spa.
- Take a cooking class.
- Buy a standing desk.
- Go to 5 concerts.
- Beat Super Mario RPG.
- Survive Coronavirus.
Practicing social distancing isn’t easy. I have had my moments where I truly felt my anxiety taking over my life, but it is worth it for my health. It sucks that I don’t get to celebrate my birthday, but that just means that I can party harder whenever this ends.
So friends, please stay healthy, wash your hands and continue to practice social distancing.