I’m 25 Today

January 8, 2013 · 64 comments

…Which means a number of things.


1. I’ve officially been on this earth a quarter of a century. Which means before today 25 years ago, Elvis had one less birthday buddy, my mother’s, father’s, and siblings’ lives were a little easier, and the world was a whole lot quieter.

2. My car insurance rates would go down… if it weren’t for the fact that I was in a car accident last night. Haaaappy freakin’ birthday eve!

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3. My frontal lobe is officially myelinated. My brain just stopped developing. Oh no.

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She meant lobe. I’m so lucky to have a physiologist in my life.

4. The year has arrived in which I will…

  • have 20/20 vision. Yes, I’m finally cashing in on my laser eye surgery graduation present three years later. I don’t know if I can put my excitement into words. Only a month and a week left of wearing contacts!
  • act in my first non-musical. Whaaa? 10 days from now, I will be playing the Countess on stage with 10 very talented actors in Picasso at the Lapin Agile at The Little Theatre of Norfolk.

IMG_5238(Do you recognize the chica on the poster? ‘Cause you should.)

  • remain territorial over Sean as I watch him hand out roses to all these dingbats. REALLY, ABC? Really?
  • help one of my dear friends plan her big fat wedding. ;)
  • officially be able to say I think I know how to rock a curl. I know I’ve been promising a tutorial once I get to be a pro, and I think I’m just about there.


  • continue to put my track kids through the ringer… beginning tomorrow.

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Guess who doesn’t want to have to run 3 miles today?

5. I feel very, very blessed and loved today. Thank you to all of you who have made my day (and any other day, for that matter) special for me. xoxo

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1 Tracy January 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Happy Birthday! Il be gladly joining the “25″ wagon soon enough. Have a brillant day! :)


2 Lauren January 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Happy birthday!!!! :) Sorry about the car accident, that blows :( but at least you got it out of the way early in the year lol

p.s. and I feel the same way about Sean…these ladies are seriously the best they could come up with?!


3 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 8, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Seriously! I’m having a hard time not taking it as a personal offense I wasn’t picked and these goofballs were. I’ll get over it one day. ;)


4 Lindsay @ Typically Late January 8, 2013 at 1:14 pm

It’s my birthday, too! How about that :) Happy birthday to us, and Elvis, and David Bowie, too. Have a wonderful day!
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5 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 8, 2013 at 1:38 pm

DAVID BOWIE? Why did I not know that?! Happy birthday, lady!!


6 Keaghan January 8, 2013 at 4:42 pm

It’s my birthday too!! Happy birthday, ladies!!


7 Kimi B January 8, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Happy Birthday girl!! :)


8 Sarah @pickyrunner January 8, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Happy birthday! The car accident isn’t exactly the greatest way to start out a new year but I know you’ll make up for it today with lots of fun :)
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9 Brittany | Life of a Bama Girl January 8, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Happy Birthday! I hope it is great!!!
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10 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 8, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Happy Birthday!!

And in regards to that car accident…same thing happened to me the night before my 25th birthday. Some a-hole rear-ended me right in front of my apartment. My insurance only went down when I moved from LA back to the Chicago ‘burbs.
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11 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 8, 2013 at 1:40 pm

WHAT? That’s a crazy. We must have some cooky cosmic connection.


12 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile January 8, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Happy Birthday!!! Sorry about the car accident:(
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13 Angela @ Health's Angel January 8, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Happy birthday, Alyssa! No fun about the car, but the hair looks great! :)

And that cupcake is super adorable.
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14 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 8, 2013 at 1:39 pm

When your hair looks great, nothing else matters… right? RIGHT?


15 Angela @ Health's Angel January 8, 2013 at 1:42 pm

I am completely with you on that one. :)
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16 christina January 8, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Happy Birthday my beautiful friend! XO


17 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 9, 2013 at 8:30 am

THANK YOU, love! Your text made my day.


18 Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots January 8, 2013 at 1:36 pm

happy birthday!! sorry about your car accident :(
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19 Julia January 8, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Happy Birthday!!! Sorry about your car accident, I did something similar right before I turned 25.
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20 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 9, 2013 at 8:30 am

do we all just have one more bout of stupid before our frontal lobe fully develops? I think yes. ;)


21 Nicole @ Curly Mommy January 8, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Haaaaaaappy Birthday! Car accidents are the pits, but you get birthday cake today so I’m gonna say it all evens out.
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22 janetha January 8, 2013 at 2:12 pm

happy birthday, hot stuff.
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23 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 9, 2013 at 8:29 am

thank you, beautiful bang twin! ;)


24 Darrecia January 8, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Happy 25th birthday!!!! Enjoy!


25 Angela January 8, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Happy birthday girl!!! I’m just a couple weeks behind you.
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26 Kaitlyn January 8, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Haaaaaappy Birthday!!! Wishing you a year where Sean quits the bachelorette, moves to VA beach, and finds YOU.

Enjoy every minute of your day!


27 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 9, 2013 at 8:28 am

HAHA. What a great birthday wish!! Thanks, Kaitlyn!


28 Lisa @ Jogging on Coffee January 8, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Happy Birthday! Hope it’s a great one :)
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29 Becky @ Olives n Wine January 8, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Happy happy birthday, Alyssa!! Have a fantastic year of being 25 – it’s been one of my favorite years so far :)
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30 Tina @ Best Body Fitness January 8, 2013 at 2:56 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GORGEOUS!!! I hope the car accident wasn’t too bad and doesn’t cause too much stress. And I certainly hope you have a GREAT rest of your birthday and 25th year.
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31 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 9, 2013 at 8:28 am

You know what would make my 25th year the best? A weekend with you and the girls! lessssdooooittttt.


32 Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian January 8, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Happy birthday! And that really sucks about the car accident. But it sounds like you’re really living it up and that your 25th year will be great!
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33 Whitney January 8, 2013 at 3:20 pm

I am a new reader and just wanted to say Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day! :) I enjoyed reading through your blog and plan to continue reading! YAY!


34 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 9, 2013 at 8:27 am

Thanks so much, Whitney!


35 Chelsea @ Chelsea Eats Treats January 8, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Happy birthdayyyy!! Have a great year and so sorry to hear about your car :(
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36 Ali January 8, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Happy birthday lady!


37 Emily January 8, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Happy 25th Birthday! Make it a great one:)

p.s. I thought your cake said “Happy Birthday, Coach HATER!” I thought it validated you’re “put the track team through the ringer” sentiment haha.


38 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 9, 2013 at 8:27 am

HAHA. If they pulled that, they would be running a whole lot more, not less. ;)


39 Clare @ Fitting It All In January 8, 2013 at 4:02 pm

happy birthday alyssa!! so jealous of your lasik!


40 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 9, 2013 at 8:27 am

Thanks, Clarebear! Hope you’re doing well :) xoxo


41 Katie @ A Full Plate January 8, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Happy birthday! So funny about the frontal lobe…I never knew that!
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42 Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife January 8, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Happy Birthdayyyy!


43 cait January 8, 2013 at 7:43 pm

happy birthday pretty girl :)


44 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 9, 2013 at 8:26 am

thanks, babydoll!


45 Melissa @ Mouthwatering Morsel January 8, 2013 at 7:53 pm

happy birthday girlie!!

I have a question! How did you get into theater? I wanted to look into it but it seems you have to have a background in it? Is there other ways to get into it? Thanks!
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46 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 9, 2013 at 8:26 am

Hey, Melissa!

I actually happened to work with someone (with whom I had mutual friends) who happened to be involved with the local theatre around here. He encouraged me to audition for Gypsy way back last May, and considering I’ve been involved with four shows since then with no break in between, you could say he kinda created a monster. ;) It has its ups and downs, but it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made since moving here!

My best advice would be to look up auditions for community theatre in your area and just show up at auditions. Lots of people do that!


47 Melissa @ Mouthwatering Morsel January 10, 2013 at 9:55 pm

thanks for the information. I really want to but I need some pushing and shoving. I’m quite shy to take something on like that but I know I love to. I will def. look around. Thanks again!
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48 Amber K January 8, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Happy Birthday! Sorry about the car accident though :(

I have never watched the bachelor and I was only tempted to this time because I went to high school with one of the girls. I actually didn’t find out until this morning. Just can’t seem to muster desire to watch though!
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49 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 9, 2013 at 8:23 am

Isn’t it funny when someone you went to HS with is on TV? Who is it that you know?


50 Amber K January 9, 2013 at 2:14 pm

A total first for me! Taryn was a year above me in school. I don’t know if she was featured much or is still even there though.
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51 tiffany January 8, 2013 at 8:02 pm

happy bday!!



52 Jillian @ Sprinkle Massacre January 8, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Happy Birthday! And Yay for Lasik! Best decision ever!
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53 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 9, 2013 at 8:23 am

AH, I remember us having this conversation about it at the brewery in Colorado! Awww, I miss you.


54 Sarah B. January 8, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Happy birthday, girl!! STILL working on perfecting curls! I use a curling wand, which helps, but I’m still truckin’ away at it. Some day…some day…
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55 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 9, 2013 at 8:22 am

to be honest, I didn’t like the wand outcome as much as the straightener! AND I burned my little fingers.


56 em @ living & learning January 8, 2013 at 10:19 pm

so i kept thinking i’d see you get out of a limo last night, i mean what better birthday present could you have asked for? haha – but for real – HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOVE. I hope you had a fabulous day.
& Also, pleaseeeee tell me I will find some more hilarious post-bachelor show thoughts appear again soon on your ole’ blog. I loved them last season. HERE’S TO 25 MORE YEARS (: (: (:
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57 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 9, 2013 at 8:22 am

I will try my best. ;)


58 Nicole January 8, 2013 at 11:26 pm


Better you than me, i’ll be there in another couple of months. I was so focused on the quarter of a century bit but now that you’ve mention that my brain’s all finished!! uhoh :P :P


59 Rachel @ Eat, Learn, Discover! January 9, 2013 at 1:31 am

Wow, it seems like a lot of people share this date of birth – it’s my birthday too! Jan. 8th must be a birthday for awesome people.

Happy birthday, lady – stay classy.
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60 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 9, 2013 at 8:21 am

And happy birthday to you, Rachel!


61 Katie January 9, 2013 at 10:22 am

THE POSTER LOOKS SO GOOD…but that’s because you look so good. Sorry I continually sound like a mega creep on your blog.


62 Chelsea @ LittleOneRuns January 9, 2013 at 11:05 am

hope you had a great birthdya!
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63 Sami January 9, 2013 at 11:28 am

happy birthday, pretty lady! :)
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64 Meg January 10, 2013 at 9:23 am

I think your hair looks great, but here’s a tip for you from someone who has been having the curl fight for years! If you use a large barrel ( I like 1.5) curling iron and you take a section of hair and start curling from the top and keep rolling down (making sure the ends are smooth) you will get the more spiral look, also if you roll towards your face, your curls will last longer. Conair makes an excellent curling iron…if they stop making it I will have to cut my hair short!


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