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25 things I tried to do before turning 25

(first published on 1/24/19)

Turning twenty-five terrified me. It meant getting a real job and settling down, becoming stationary, predictable. That's not the case. I've met loads of people who are upwards of a decade or two older than me who find a lovely balance between truly living life with all its wonders and also paying the bills. So, which my excellent fico credit score, I had a quarter life crisis prematurely, as is my nature. This list was always in the back of my head, and while I didn't complete everything, the adventures I went on are one for the books.

Today, on my 25th birthday, I'm making pasta and a new list. The adventure continues.

looking towards my future while a dog shits in the background

January 25th, 2018

11:24 AM


  1. Go skydiving

  2. Aug 10. Best day ever. Truly. Went with nick in santa barbara. So much fun jumping out of a plane, doing flips in the sky. There's so much adrenaline, i wanted to kiss every single person around me.

  3. Oct 6. Paraglided in Ponte Caffaro, Italia. I literally signed no paperwork and received life or death instructions in an unfamiliar language, but it was a beaut. My camera and I were quite content.

  4. Longboard on a long stretch of road

  5. Beekeep or woodwork or ceramic or forge

  6. DP or AD 3 projects

  7. DP M GIRLS -- first experience. Enjoyed it, and by the third day didn’t feel like a fraud

  8. AD LOVE NOT LIKES - pilot

  9. AD WEDNESDAY - short

  10. AD Just One Night - short

  11. Write a book

  12. Jan 22 Editing book of shorts

  13. Float in a sensory deprivation tank

  14. Aug 16 - Magical, beautiful experience, but wasn’t completely mindful of where i was. Focussed on my body too much, what i didn’t like about it.

  15. Do Shrooms

  16. March 29 / 30 Where do i start. The world is such a beautiful place. From mountains that fade into clouds to trees which open up in warm nooks, burnt by fire yet still standing strong.

  17. Catch a fish

  18. Road trip across the states

  19. Aug 17 - sept 1. Left from los angeles, went up to vancouver, cut across through banff, down to glacier park, then minnesota, chicago, nashville, virginia. 15 days of camping, a couple air bnbs, loads of stories.

  20. Skinny dip

  21. Aug 22. Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada. I stopped at the tunnels after someone in a grocery store parking lot said they're a sight to see. after walking through these massive old train tunnels, I hiked down to the stream below. There was a little damn, and I figured: now's my chance. Secluded, I stripped and dipped into mountain water run off. Frigid but freeing.

  22. Be naked in the wilderness

  23. Telluride, river goddess remake

  24. See Jazz live

  25. Jason Moran, Nov 9

  26. Get a photo published

  27. Shop in the city magazine, torino

  28. Feed a deer in Nara, Japan

  29. Make a longboard

  30. Get a headstone for Shaun

  31. Run a half marathon

  32. Move

  33. Moved to italy. Sept 18 - Jan 11

  34. Learn to crochet

  35. Jan 23 2019 - learned to knit at sara’s -- i’ll take it! But def not for me.

  36. Finish a book in a day

  37. Jan 17. Devotion by patti Smith. 4 pm - 7 pm

  38. Reach 100% Duolingo

  39. Not completed, but 235 straight days of italian duolingo is something to be celebrated.

  40. Go camping and don’t touch my phone

  41. Make bread

  42. Made bread on sunday, Feb 2! Grinded up whole red winter wheat using an attachment for kitchenaid, waited a whole long time, used molasses and a touch too much flour, but man oh man did it taste amazing. Finally finished up the loaf today, feb 7

  43. Made another loaf Feb 10, but the grinder did not grind fine enough so it was a pretty chunky piece of bread. Tasted good, just dense.

  44. Made sourdough (2 loaves)

  45. Make a fort

  46. Korina and I made a fort in Yucca 3/3/18. We were pretty analytical about it, questioning whether the fan can take that much weight. It ended up being more of a teepee, but fun nonetheless. Hung some fairy lights, cuddled. Very sweet.

  47. Listen to silence

  48. Jan 6, 2019. I sat in an alcove outside of the spanish steps in roma, listening to the footsteps of boots on stone, to the wind, to birds cooing, tires on cobblestone. Silence is an orchestra.


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