Thursday, February 23, 2012

It's My Birthday!

Welp this is it – the big 25. It may be quarter-life, but there’s no crisis here! 

My life is constantly in motion (literally and metaphorically), and it’s been quite the year of new things. Since last birthday, I started a new job, traveled to India, returned to rock climbing, started freelancing for WRR and blogging on CSM, went to Costa Rica (again), and to date have posted a total of 615 blogs here on Eat, Run, Read

Twenty-five is a nice square number: 5x5. And in honor of this, here's a Mollie life recap, counted by 5's:

5 – (1992) I was the bossiest and tallest kid in Valley Vista’s kindergarten class. My interests included exploring and climbing trees on the hill behind our house, ballet, and tap dancing (oh yeah - maybe someday I'll share video with you). I actually remember this birthday – my parents got me my first big-kid bike, a white and pink splatter-painted vehicle of awesomeness. We took it to the school nearby and my dad ran behind me, holding the back of the seat to stabilize me as I biked without training wheels. Woohoo!

10 – (1997)  Hmm, ten places me in 4th grade at Liberty Elementary. I had super-short hair and teeth too big for my face. I was still doing ballet (almost every day), and also ski racing. February means my class was well into preparations for our big trip: an overnight on the C.A. Thayer, a schooner in San Francisco Bay (continuing with the bossy-Mollie theme, clearly I was the “mate” of the deckhand crew).

15  – (2002) My fifteenth birthday –  freshman year of high school – probably my favorite high school year because it was all so new and exciting. I ran cross country, played French horn in the band (judge accordingly), and I was super super into skiing -- I missed 35 days of school that year to hit the slopes.

20 –  (2007) Ooof this was a rough year, but also one of my favorite birthdays to date. I was a sophomore at Boston University, dealing with my first running injury ever (aka Mollie=upset). 

I had just had a (1/5-life?) crisis and switched my major from Film to International Relations mid-semester. I was on the track team and on the ski team, which brings me to the awesomeness: My ski team friends threw me a hilariously themed surprise birthday party, then we all met up for brunch at Zaftigs (read: Granola Pancakes!) the next morning. 

And now here I am – 2012 and I’m 25! I live in DC, work at an interesting and I think important-ish job, run a lot, write many many a blog, have awesome friends, and am generally loving life. 

Case in point: I started my day with a Rock Creek Park 7-miler, and will end it eating delicious food with friends at Graffiato

Knowing people follow my blog is seriously such a great birthday present! :) So THANK YOU for reading! 


  1. Get the Countryman pizza! Happy birthday, youngin.

  2. Happy happy birthday! Your blog is always one of my favorites to read!

  3. happy birthday! have a wonderful day!!

  4. I've decided that February birthdays are the most special because it is the hardest month to be born in. It has less days than the rest. Happy Birthday and have a wonderful day!