Wednesday, September 10, 2014

my life at 21 & 22

All aboard the memory lane train, y'all! Because I didn't blog way back when, I thought it would be fun to share a few years of my life with you. Since my birthday is in February, which is basically the start of the year, I'm gonna do it by my age. Because it's my blog and why not, yah?

Let's start at my 21st birthday.

I wanted everyone to wear black and white, and I would stand out in some awesomely bright colour like pink or yellow.. but then I found my dress and it was love at first sight. I still have it, but Zeus knows I don't fit in it.

And yes, I wore a tiara and had disney cups at my 21st birthday. It was held at my jerkboyfriend at the time's house, and 21 is not a HAYUGE celebration at home like it is here, because we can legally drink at 18.

I felt kind of sorry for the American girl at work that seemed lonely. She was very nice and so beautiful and I wanted to be her friend. So I invited her, and we learned how to make '21' with our fingers. See below.


After I discovered how awesome she was, I invited her out next time I went out with some friends. I told my friends to be nice to her, she was American, and very sweet.



I didn't need to, because they all absolutely adored her and she quickly became a regular when we went out, and soon you never saw me without her.


As corny and cliche as this will sound, I never had a best friend before this girl. I had friends, I had good friends - but I never had such a best friend that I didn't know I was missing out on until I met her. I learned what a best friend was and how much I needed one.


Being from KY, my bestie missed the fun of horse races and wanted to go. So we went. And then we went a lot. There is like a whole season at home, every weekend people go to the races. I reckon we went about once a month.




Remember that jerkboyfriend? Finally broke up with him, and went out to celebrate.


I discovered the awesomeness that is beer (by being introduced to the awesomeness that is beer pong)


I learned that I am not a fan of moet.


Tequila is never a good idea.


 But a jug of alcohol is a bloody brilliant idea.


Wow, I drank a lot of alcohol at 21 & 22.

I saw (fake) snow for the first time and tried my hand at snowboarding. I knew skiing and I would not go hand in hand, and I actually had a ton of fun snowboarding.


I learned that I am not a very good dancer but I really enjoy it, especially with my buddy alcohol.


I learned that getting ready and it taking 3-4 hours is the best part of going out

I HATED that haircut. Literally, tears.

I went to my first country concert. Country is not big at home, at all, at all at all so this was a big deal. It was one of the best nights of my life. It was Brooks & Dunn with Dierks Bentley and we were the only girls there in blue jeans and white tank tops.. we were pretty far away but he spotted us dancing and said 'I see my white tank top army up there' and we screamed like.. well fangirls.


I had a little going away party because I was going to the US for like a month. So many people came out to celebrate with me, and it was an excuse to drink and dance. But I felt really, really loved.


I went to the US for the first time! I had dreamed about this for so long... It was everything I dreamed and more, I couldn't wait to go back.



I had never celebrated NYE in the city before, because aint nobody crazy like that, but who moves to Sydney from KY and doesn't celebrate NYE in one of the top places in the world to spend NYE? We made it happen, and it was awesome.


But my American friend was missing her America. We had one more fabulous night out for old times sake.


And a sleepover complete with breakfast for dinner. Then she left me.


To say I was upset is a massive understatement.
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59 comments:

  1. wow, 21 was EONS ago for me...nearly TWO DECADES ago lol. i can't even remember what life was like back then!

    besties are definitely needed. i have 2 besties and i love them to death. i've been friends with them since grade 7.

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  2. I don't even think I remember much about that age, though I know I was away at college in Ohio, away from family. I had a blast while it last though and then came home. Glad that you had her for a best friend, everyone needs one.

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  3. I'll have to think on that, but I loved seeing all of your pics! I'm pretty sure I don't have that many from my 21st birthday. I know I had dinner with my folks, and my first drink. I have only had a few besties in my life and I'm so thankful to have had them!! You are sooo cute, thanks for sharing this time in your life!

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  4. Awwwww seriously that last part about her leaving and breakfast for dinner gave me tears is that crazy? Where does she live in the States now? Girl if we had known each other in our early 20's it would been a disaster well probably the most for me.....because all that tequila and dancing would have most definitely lead to wipe outs on the dance floor! Loved this post! Memory lane in the early 20's is so fun to visit!

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  5. Your life at 21/22 was way more fun than mine. I was working 2 jobs and going to school full-time.

    I know what you mean about best friends. My bestie and I have been friends since we were 10. She is moving 4.5 hours away from me tomorrow for a great job opportunity. :*( Tears will be shed.

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  6. I can't even remember what I did at 21/22 and not because I was drunk just because my memory is horrible and I can't remember that far back.

    Best friends are great and y'all look like you had a blast :-)

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  7. This is the sweetest and I love your BFF story! I met my husband three months after turning 21. He's a few years older and was past the drinking/party stage so I really spent that time being enamored and getting to know him and then moving in and growing up in that way. I also worked in morning radio so I was up before 5 every morning - very little partying for me. I love to see how much fun other people had, though!

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  8. You look so different; I love all the old pics! And how cute that you didn't meet your best friend until you were in your 20s. You waited for each other, ha! :-)

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  9. I love how you met your friend - that's so cool! You're such a cutie!

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  10. i had a jerrrrrk of a bf at that age too! and i didn't pluck my eyebrows. let's just say it wasn't my best beauty moment

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  11. First off, you are gorgeous! :) Second, I totally agree with you that spending hours getting ready with the girls & having drinks is the best part about going out haha. Love that you found a bestie :) Pitchers of alcohol are the best...at least back between the ages of 18-22 hahaha :) Loved reading this!!

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  12. i think we all had jerky bf's at that age! mine was just awful! awesome story about you and your friend!!!!!

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  13. Wow, 21&22 what great years....kind of....minus the jerk bfs....

    What a fun story about you and your friend!

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  14. What a great story, so sad that sometimes life takes us from the people we love into seperate directions, but it is great when you see them again and it seems like there was no time apart at all =)

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  15. Absolutely loved this walk down memory lane!! 21 & 22 are some of the best times in our lives and clearly yours as well!! Pretty similar to mine and I wouldn't have it any other way!! I love that your first best friend was an american girl!! Also just realized i didn't have your button on my page - that was fixed immediately!

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  16. I think I say this every time you post older pictures, but I love your blonde hair! I loved hearing about how you met your BFF and seeing more of how that played into you meeting your husband!

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  17. Yours sounds more fun than mine. :) I got engaged at 19, married at 20. So, my 21st birthday was nothing, and we were just living in Chicago and then moving back to Colorado. I'm boring!

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  18. I am pretty sure I was completely drunk for most of those years but they certainly were fun! Looks like you had a pretty good time as well!

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  19. 21 and 22 for me are all a blur now.. I did graduate from college somewhere in there so there is that. I love when you share your personal stories with us.

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  20. Loved the little walk down your memory lane ;) Your 21 & 22 was similar to my 17 & 18 haha. I got engaged at 21 and we got married when I was 22!

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  21. I love absolutely everything about this post! So fun!

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  22. Looks like some fun times! The jug of alcohol is classic! Reminds me of college.

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  23. Such a great post! Aww, there's nothing like a BFF! So sad she moved away from you though, do you ever get to see her since you live in the US now?

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  24. Interesting, as I believe I drank from a Disney cup on my 21st bday too! Obviously, we would have been besties back then! I was in my last year of college at 21, not being too crazy but certainly having some fun! Love all the throw back pictures!

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  25. Awww what a sweet post to your bestie! I totally wore a tiara for my 21st... scratch that... 30th birthday. Hahah! No shame in wearing a tiara!!! I met one of my best friends through work too! So crazy how inviting someone out to do something can change your life!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  26. This is cute! I actually never had a 21st bday because I had my first son a few weeks before my 21st! I did get a chance to head out to AC for my sister's 21st though so same thing right? By then I had two little ones though so my husband stayed home with the boys. XO

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  27. Anytime you want to share snaps of you as a platinum blonde works for me haha you're so cute!! Love these pics and stories about your younger years and life in Australia :)

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  28. Hah wow my life looked so very similar. Love the culmination of events that led up to becoming such good friends with your bestest. "Getting ready" with my old roommate was such a blast and I totally still listen to music now before we go out (in all its rarity hah).

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  29. Awww... I need a BFF like that :( Is your friend anywhere near you now?

    I met Zack just before I turned 21. So 21 and 22 was all about falling in love and getting married.

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  30. You had some great moments and looks like lots of fun:) I was boring at that age, working and studying hard:)

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  31. Aww I love 21 year old Kristen! We would have for sure made friends over a friendly game of beer pong!

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  32. Awww I love this...that age was some of the best times of my life. Friendships were so much more fun back before we were all married and settled down, like the majority of my friends are now. Do you ever see her anymore? She is beautiful!

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  33. Hmm...21?! I don't remember a lot - that was my senior year in college, the year I graduated, worked 3 jobs to save money and then moved across the country to go to grad school. I think your years sound way more fun.
    Now 23 - that was a good year - grad school and the year I discovered alcohol!!!

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  34. You live life... keep making every year full of fun :)

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  35. Why are you so fun?! I felt like I was just living life with you and then it ended and I wanted more haha! So do you see your American BFF still now that you live here? Ps you totally rock that blonde hair!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  36. Aw, this is such a sweet post. I almost get kind of teary eyed over your friendship with your American friend. Just reminds me of the handful of amazing girlfriends I have that are just THE BEST and I feel so lucky to have crossed paths with them. Aside from your American friend, your friend Alcohol looks like SO MUCH FUN. You can have the beer and I'll take the Moet and good times will be had. :)
    Gina - On the Daily Express

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  37. Aww love this sweet post and seeing all of the pictures of you!! Looks and sounds like those years were a blast!

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  38. Aww love this post, it is so sweet, and it makes me wanna be your friend. Now I sound like a crazy blog stalker haha. I had a really boring life at 21 haha, my fun really started at 23! :)

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    1. haha no crazy stalker at all :) ooh i want to know what happened at 23!

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  39. You were definitely more fun than I was at that age! And basically ever in my life, haha. I was in grad school and engaged at 21 and I got married and started teaching at 22.

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  40. All I have to say is, if you and I knew each other in real-person-non-blog life at 21, 22, 23, 24, 25... and maybe even 26 aaaaaand 27, we would be dead from partying too much. Livers would have exploded, dances floors would have been torn up, and high heels left in a boozy-sludge mess.

    That is all.

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  41. Mine was pretty similar to yours... especially the alcohol part, hahahahaha!
    Getting ready is my FAVORITE part of going out... I literally can spend 3 hours getting ready - it's FUN being able to take your time and feel like hot shit when you leave the house!

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  42. Wow, that is such a sweet post. I hope you guys are still super close today.

    Sadly, all I can remember from my 21st birthday in Las Vegas is copious amounts of green liquor, horrible...and I mean horrible dance moves, and stepping in a pile of my own vomit the next morning. Classy huh?

    Seems like a lifetime ago. And yes, Tequila is never a good idea. Never.

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  43. Ahh I have some of my best memories around that age too. I think it was all the alcohol induced dancing though ;)
    Its always fun to walk down memory lane...I feel like I knew you and we were besties! Where is your friend now?

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  44. At 21/22 I was still in college, having the time of my life (with the help of my good buddy, beer). Lots of friends, parties, and minor stress of class work and a part-time job. I loved every minute of it.

    Tequila is never a good idea. Never.

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  45. I think I got most of my partying done early at 18/19/20 so 21/22 weren't huge years for me. Lol. LOVE all the pictures...especially the drunk ones!

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  46. So crazy that you are posting this because I am literally in the middle of writing a post about things I learned in my 20's. Are you seriously only 23?! I love that this post double as a tribute to your best friend! Those are the best one's in life, I swear, soul sisters are everything. You had some good fun at 21 and 22!

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  47. What a great post! I used to think I was a fantastic dancer when I had a little (read a lot) of alcohol in my system too!

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  48. Ahhh fun post! hahaha I also drank A LOT at 21 and 22. Oopsies!

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  49. You're so cute and I think my life was more or less the same, although to leave home for the US is freaking brave!! I did move to the Netherlands for school when I was 20 and then backpacked South America when I was 21, so needless to say I was way more adventurous than I am now. also you and your bestie are gorgeous! And having a good friend like that is the best thing in the world. My bestie lives in Vancouver, which is about 12 hours away but we talk a lot on the phone and send letters. Still it's not the same :(

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  50. These pictures just scream FUN! I love looking back to see where you were at a point in your life, and think of things you've learned since then. :)

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  51. Tons of bars and constant going out and lunacy. It was fun but I'm glad it's over!

    Love all your pics.

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  52. All booze all the time.... It was fun!

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  53. I love this post! :) It's so much fun to look back at all the crazy times in the past. Granted, at age 21 I was in a serious relationship with an injured soldier. Instead of partying it up, I was going back and forth to doctors appointments. Oh, well.

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  54. well aren't you and your american friend just tooooo cute!

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  55. These are the funnest pictures! Can you believe I was married then?! I actually got married when I was 20!

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  56. Awwww this post was so sweet! You look like you had a blast at that age. I don't know what I would do without a best friend. There's really nothing like it!

    I'm newly-turned 23 now, so 21-22 wasn't very long ago haha, but it was good! A lot of wine and cheese nights, actually. I went to school in the (incredibly freaking cold) Ithaca, NY, so going out wasn't quiteee the go to. We'd have house parties, drink lots of wine, play water pong and drink good beer on the side (dorks, I know), and drunkenly make fun of the show "Ancient Aliens". It was a good time.

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  57. I always read posts about how people met their husbands/boyfriends, but it's cool to read how you met a good friend, too! I always find them so interesting!

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  58. You havent aged a bit!!! I love this post. BTW how can you NOT be a fan of Moet???

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