23

At approximately 8:41 a.m. this morning, I turned 23 years old.

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Holy cow—talk about old!

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Ballet days throwback.  My grandparents included this photo in the above birthday card–aren’t they sweet?

It seems like yesterday I was playing high school basketball, then hanging out at CampHoho going to college.  Where has the time gone?

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In all honest, though, 22 treated me very well.

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I rang in my second year of official adulthood with plenty of homemade cupcakes and Pinot Grigio.

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I ran my first relay race, the Seneca7, with some awesome Writing and Rhetoric teammates.

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What?!  Who doesn’t like pondering grammar?

I had so much fun fully embracing the sweetness of senior spring—after completing my Honors project, of course.

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I survived my first wine tour.

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I graduated?!

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I decided to give blogging and triathloning a shot.

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I volunteered at the Syracuse 70.3 Ironman—and watched MB kick some serious butt!

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I partied through ran the Boilermaker 15-K with Sara.

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I bonded with Zelda at the Grapehound Wine Tour.

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I finished my first triathlon—and was instantly hooked!

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I completed my second and third swim-bike-run events.

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I moved to New York City, survived Hurricane Sandy, and found a big-girl internship.

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I explored Brooklyn with Gabby and Connie.

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I spent lots of quality time with my family during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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I officially started training with Full Throttle Endurance.

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I trigeeked out and met Craig Alexander.

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Twenty-two was pretty sweet, but 23, I’m ready for you—let’s do it!

15 responses to “23

  1. What an amazing year. Happy birthday!

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, friend! I hope you have a fabulous day today! P.S. I’m slightly offended that you’re calling yourself old at the ripe age of 23 😉

  3. aw lady HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you have a fun day planned

  4. Wow you accomplished A LOT last year 🙂 Look at you go! 23 is going to be equally as good if not mucho better! Happy Birthday pretty lady!

  5. Happy happy birthday!!

  6. Happy birthday!! Welcome to the 23 club…”nobody likes you when you’re 23″ Just kidding of course! Love all the pics. Have an awesome day!

  7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY girlie! xoxo

  8. Aw, I love this post and happy birthday, Young C! You definitely had some great things going on during 22 but I have a feeling 23 is going to be even sweeter!

  9. I actually woke up at exactly 8:41 am this morning LOL. Nevermind I went to bed at 8:15 last night…anyways…Happy birthday girl! Love to see this recap!

  10. Yay!! Happy Birthday!! that is a lot to accomplish in one year! 🙂

  11. Happy Birthday! Have an amazing day and loved the recap!

  12. Happy (belated) birthday- happy to have found your blog on your birthday! congratulations on a big year, as well

  13. Happy belated birthday, Carrie! And you are not old, if 23 is old then I am going to be ancient when I turn 28 in a few weeks.

    I can’t believe we were at THREE of the same races this year, Seneca7, Boilermaker and Skinnyman. Fun times all three of them!

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