I started writing this long post about turning 30. I talked about the Philly Geek Awards this year, the new book and signing with a literary agent, publishing an essay that will probably be the most famous thing I'll ever write, all the traveling I did and the new people I met... and I stopped.
Because as I prattled and rambled... it just didn't seem like enough. I was overwhelmed with the need to mention this friend or family member or coworker.
Suddenly the highlights I wanted to talk about had nothing to do with writing, travel, work... it had to do with simpler, but just as meaningful, things. Springtime picnics in the park and flea markets in the Fall. High fives with my nephew and boozy backyard BBQs with my closest friends. Epic paintball battles and quiet evenings writing in coffee shops.
And it hit me.
What really made me happy this year, and what generally makes me happy all the time, is sharing moments with the people I adore. So really, if I have to sum up the final year of my 20's, I can do that with photos. Of them. Of you.
I flipped through my Facebook photos and Instagram (which are generally the same thing, I know, shut up Mikey), and found my favorite pictures and moments. This of course isn't to say there weren't more. This year was full of so many lovely days. But these are the best photos. So here they are, the happiest, and sometimes simplest, moments of age 29.
Thanks everyone. Without you, the journey is pointless. Bring it on, 30.
Springtime rummage sales and farmers markets.
Paintballing in Maryland, "research" for my book.
Sunglasses and Summer.
The Legend of Zelda Symphony.
Beers and BBQ, arguments over hipster clothing attire.
Walks through Rittenhouse with a small gentleman.
Birthday celebrations at Tattooed Mom
Fall walks to writer's group.
LET THERE BE LEGOS.
One of my favorite married couples on a Spring day.
A sea turtle waves hi to my Mom.
Basement writing group meetings.
Nervous laughter and smiles.
VICTORIOUS laughter and smiles.
A surprised baby in my house.
Rock climbing with awesome coworkers.
Little moments of wonder.
Storytelling and firepits in Kensington
A first communion.
Building video games at Shake Shack
Friends visiting strictly for coffee.
Backyard armor building
Bike rides to buy Magic cards.
Friends and found kittens.
A first reading.
Northern Liberties BBQs.
Parties with these guys.
Daytime 4th of July traditions.
Annual 4th of July picnics with a plethora of friends.
Battling blogs in Foursquare.
Smug faces despite epic losses.
Rooftop drinks in the Spring.
Late nights at Cosi writing.
Meeting new babies.
Game of Thrones and themed dinners.
Early writing group meetings.
Paper boats for a special birthday.
Visits from best friends.
Fancy evenings at Cook.
Dinners on boats, just cause.
Climbing mountains cause we could.
Walks with this vixen through Old City.
A talented friend's art show.
Surprise flowers in the park.
PORK CHOP SANDWICHES, OH SH*T GET THE F*CK OUT OF HERE.
Trips to NJ to eat fancy food and make silly faces.
A pie eating contest in Northern Liberties.
Marshmallow roasting in Point Breeze.
Being in awe that this woman loves me.
Watching a childhood friend get married.
Afternoons writing in Shake Shack.
Podcasts in bars.
Late night blog writing
And endless more events and evenings that weren't photographed. It's been a good last year of my 20's. Thanks everyone.