25 ’til 25

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This year marks my 25th birthday. A whole quarter century! Where did the time go?! As I reach this milestone, I look back on my life and realize… I still have no idea what I’m doing. But that’s ok! I hear you don’t figure that out until your 30s. I still have time before I really need to freak out. At least I’m on the right track and that’s a fact. I’ve made some pretty good decisions this past year, in my opinion. I’m a little bummed that I won’t be able to go anywhere for my birthday this year. I guess that is the sacrifice I’ve made for higher education, also the downside to having your birthday on a Wednesday.

I tried to start this tradition of philanthropy for my 23rd birthday, but it slipped my mind last year. I didn’t meet my fundraising goal that year, so let’s see if I can meet my goal for my big quarter century birthday. Please help me out!

This year, I’ll be raising funds for the American Lung Association in memory of my ông ngoại. The story is posted on my donation page. But, I will add a personal blog anecdote. My grandfather died when I was only 5 years old from lung cancer. I did not know until much later how much he did for my family. I remember the Egg McMuffin sandwiches and the big bags of puffy Cheetos. But, I also remember always seeing him with a cigarette in his hand. I wish I could have talked to him more when he was around, but he died when I was so young. He was 74 years old. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of his death. I can’t believe it’s already been 20 years. Imagine how much longer he could have been around if he hadn’t smoked. My grandmother wouldn’t have been a widow for 20 years. I would have gotten to hear firsthand stories about how he got my family to America. He would have gotten to meet his great grandchildren and see his grandkids get married this year. Then again, maybe living until 94 years old would have been a stretch. But, now we’ll never know.

I don’t ask for much. I’m not having a huge party. I have too much crap so I don’t need presents. I just ask for a little help in raising money towards a cause that is near and dear to my heart. Reaching my goal would be a great way to ring in my 25th. Oh and if any of you want to quit smoking in honor of my birthday too, that would be the best.

Here is the link to donate and read the rest of the story.

P.S. If any of you would still like to help me reach my goal from my 23rd birthday, the Susan G. Komen donation page is still up. You can go to it and read about my connection to the cause.

Thank you for reading <3

~SL

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