Earth Day Birthday!


Today I turn 26. I’m still the baby amongst my friends, but it feels weird to be 26. I still feel like I’m a little 21 year old attempting to be an adult, but then I look at all I’ve done in Baltimore and what’s around me and I realize I’m no baby anymore.  

Every year I’m excited about how much I’ve grown and the lessons I’ve learned and this year was no different. 25 was a big year for me both personally and professionally! In the end, I learned some valuable lessons at the age of 25 and look forward to the ones I’ll learn this year.  

Hard work pays off 

For the past three years I’ve been taking positions hoping that each step would get me to a job I was passionate about. I’ve worked three jobs at one time and have felt unsatisfied with my career and downright discouraged. I’m happy to report that after three years of hard work I have the job I’ve been dreaming of. I am planning events in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore bringing locals and tourists together in our waterfront parks. It doesn’t get any better than that.  

Wine hangovers are literally hell 

How it took me this long to learn that a wine hangover is the worst hangover is beyond me. But it only took one REALLY bad wine hangover to promise myself I’ll never do that again and I actually mean it.  

Just say YES 

I’m a homebody. I love hanging on the sofa with a friend or alone. I think a little of my anxiety issues factor into this but it’s also just easier to stay at home in my comfort zone. Over the past year I’ve been working hard to get out, spend more time with friends, and open the door to meet new people. I’m networking and working together with other professionals to better our city and that makes me so incredibly happy.  I’m saying yes more, and no less.  

Do what makes you happy/Be able to laugh at yourself/Be silly 

You know what inspired the above lesson? Mr. Christopher. That boy is an angel in my life and I feel so incredibly lucky to have him by my side. In the past 7 months he has shown me a love that I never imagined was possible but has also made me a better person by encouraging growth, spontaneity, silliness, and the ability to have fun with no fear or worries.  I feel like a lighter and happier person and he has been a huge part of that change.  

Nothing compares to Papi’s Taco Tuesday 

Three visits in two weeks is not uncommon for me and I have the amazing happy hour specials at Papi’s to blame for that. $4 margaritas and $2 tacos?! You’d be crazy to not jump on that deal!  And this week I learned if you order tacos before 5pm you get a 3rd one for free. Oh be still my heart. 

Family is STILL the only thing that matters 

Friends truly do come and go, but no one loves me like my family.  I’ve made a point to see my parents at LEAST once a month for the past year. It gets harder to do in my busy season for work but they are so supportive and would do anything for me. I read an article, which prompted THIS post and made me realize that my parents won’t always be there. I won’t always be able to just hop in the car and drive two hours to spend the weekend with them. They are here now and time with them is incredibly precious.  

Here’s to the big 2-6! Also, it’s Earth Day! Please do something for the environment today!  


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  • Annie

    Love this, Meg! Happy Birthday, friend! Can’t wait to party hard with you!

  • gail

    Meggie, I missed How Long is Forever when you first wrote it but read it and the “Tail End” article now, So very sweet. Family IS the only thing that matters and I love you!

  • Jenn

    Happy Birthday! :)

  • Macy Volpe

    You are so inspirational and I love you so much for it! You have chased your dreams to make it happen, and you have been making moves ever since achieving them. <3

  • Setarra

    Happy Belated Birthday! Hope you had an awesome day! I totally agree with all the points you’ve listed above. Wine hangovers are definitely the worst and family always comes first :)