Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Cheers to 21

In recent years, it seems like time is going by faster and faster. The last couple of years I've been shocked every time my birthday comes around. How has it already passed?! Life is funny that way; when we're kids we want life to move quickly and it goes slowly, but once we get older it flies by and we struggle to cherish it. The entire day of my 21st birthday I was trying to memorize every single detail of the day, because I want these memories to last and I want to be able to remember them. I spent the day with my favorite humans, and I was so grateful how they went out of their way to make sure I had a wonderful day, which I did.

When I was younger, my parents always threw me huge birthday parties with all of my friends there, and while I'm so grateful for those memories, it's nice to be able to spend my birthday with my closest friends, and the people who truly care about me. I'm realizing more and more that life truly isn't about the number of friends you have, but the quality of your friends. I feel extremely lucky to have those people in my life and I couldn't imagine it without them.

Getting to the more exciting topics, I've been looking forward to turning 21 for a couple of years now, mostly so I can finally go to wine painting classes with my mom. Now that I'm of legal age, I feel like I'm just going to complete my transformation into a grandma, and that's definitely not something I'm mad about. So many doors open to you once you're 21, namely, better seats at concerts, and movie theaters that don't allow children. I cannot believe I'm finally 21; it feels like yesterday I was just turning 16.

My birthday was surprisingly sunny, which I was so grateful for. Seattle has been seeing so many cloudy, rainy days, so it was a little blessing to have a clear(er) day. I got to show one of my best friends around the cherry blossoms in the Quad at my university (something it's known for), and it was really fun to get some cute photos. I recently got a polaroid camera, so I was able to get some instant photos, which was really nice. Photos don't seem to get printed out nearly as often anymore, so it's great to have a camera that can do it right away. I'm definitely glad I made the investment!

Here's some photos from the day:

That night I went out to one of my favorite districts in Seattle, Capitol Hill, and went to some fun bars with my of legal age friends. It was strange being back in bars after spending a lot of time in them last summer while in Europe, but also really fun! The satisfaction of pulling out my driver's license was pretty great, and I don't think it'll get old for a while.

I ended up wearing this really cute romper I got from Pacsun, and I'm so glad it didn't rain while we were out! The weather wasn't too cold, it was actually pretty great for an April night, only a light sweater was needed (name that reference). I'm so excited to be able to go to really cute outdoor bars this summer! There's something so great about being able to just spend time with your friends on a warm summer night, it's definitely one of my favorite feelings.

Reflecting back on my birthday, it's still so crazy to me that I'm finally 21. I'm trying to cherish these early-20s memories, because I know one day I'm not going to have the freedom that I do now, despite being busy with college. One day real life will catch up to me and it'll be hard to spontaneously decide to go out with friends and spend the night out on the town. I'm so grateful I have the opportunity to do so now!

I just wanted to write up a quick post about my birthday, partly so I can look back on it later in life. I hope you enjoyed it, and thank you so much for reading! I hope you are all having a wonderful day :)


  1. Belated happy birthday!
    I think one of the best feelings is when you can finally pull out your Id and not worry about it as soon as you turn 21!

    -Kathie K
    Half A World Away

    1. Thank you! :) And yeah that is seriously so satisfying!

  2. Happy Belated Birthday as well. It seems like you had a lot of fun. I know 21 is a special age so right now I'm kind of savoring the days until I turn 21.

    Samara // themarshallwardrobe.blogspot.com

    1. Thank you! And yeah, that's a great idea! It's hard because you don't want to wish time away, but you're also just so excited.

  3. Congratulations Kendra! Happy Belated Birthday!