It’s my birthday!! And I’m officially halfway through my twenties. Crazy, right?! How come life seems to all of a sudden speed up the moment you hit 18?! Or even when you hit 21! In my mind, this has always been one of those “milestone birthdays”. You have 16, 18, 21, 25 and then it just goes by decade from there. 25 is an age that I’ve had planned out for years now. As someone who’s super anal and very type A, I’ve always had kind of a set path for my life. Kind of like little checkpoints I guess you could say. And if I didn’t meet those requirements by each check point, then I always felt a little lost and disappointed. I really should get out of the habit of doing that, but I don’t think I ever will. I love having goals for myself and working hard to achieve them.
So by this point in my life (25 years old), I hoped to be married with a nice house that we owned together. Completely settled into our lives and in the home that we’d raise our children in. I wanted a dog, my first NEW car, my career, financial stability, an education, better mental and physical health, and lastly, I wanted to be a mom. I know it sounds crazy to have so much planned out for my life. Especially at such a “young” age. But this is just how I’ve always pictured my life at 25 years old. I wanted to have my sh*t together.
Now, here I am at 25 and thinking about those goals I had set for myself and honestly, I couldn’t be more pleased with where I am and how far I’ve come even since my last “milestone birthday” at 21. I have the best husband I could possibly ask for with a beautiful daughter on the way in just a few short weeks. Not only do I have the two of them, but we have such an amazing family as well back home. They’re our biggest supporters and we wouldn’t be where we are today without them. They’re incredible!
My mental and physical health are better than they’ve ever been in my entire life which is a really big deal for me. It’s been life-changing these past couple years. While we aren’t living in our forever home quite yet (one more year!), we do have a very nice apartment in a great family friendly community. I don’t have my career in sports quite yet, but I do have an amazing job that I love so much. My education has been rocky, but I’m finally less than a year away from being completely DONE and having my master’s degree. And while money can be tight at times, I couldn’t be happier to have paid off and gotten rid of all FIVE credit cards that I had when I married Zack at 21 (all maxed out at the time…). Thank you financial freedom!
At 25, I can honestly say I’m happy. I’m happy with the life Zack and I have worked so hard to build. I’m happy with how far my mental health has come over the years and with where I am in life. I’m happy with everything I’ve accomplished and everything I have planned for the future. I’m so excited to move forward and see what this next year of life has in store for our little family. It’ll be a busy year, but a good one for sure.
Since I’ve made a lot of changes around here the last few months and have gained a ton of new readers, I wanted to do a little bit of a re-introduction post today. That way you can all get to know me a little better and I can get to know you all as well!
So first we have the basics…
For those of you who are newer around here, my name is Keating and I’m the woman behind the blog! I’m a military wife, blogger, business coach, social media strategist, grad student, gym rat, coffee addict, and lover of baseball. My husband and I are from a small town in Maine and now live in sunny San Diego, CA thanks to the Marine Corps (although we fully plant to move back home next year when his contract ends!). We’ve been married for about 3 1/2 years now and are expecting our first baby (a girl) in May! As of today, I’m 33 weeks along so we’re super close to the end! You can read more about my pregnancy here! We also have a fur baby! A 4-year-old German Shepard named Jack.
I started this blog back in 2014 and originally called it High Heels and Combat Boots. At the time, I used it for personal reasons to keep friends and family updated on my life after marrying my husband and moving away. Since then, it’s evolved into a full business where I help and inspire other women to live happy, healthy, and balanced lives.
In addition to running this blog, I’m also currently earning my masters degree in sport management through Southern New Hampshire University. I also have an AS in Business Administration and a BA in Communications and Public Relations so I’ve been a little busy school-wise over the years. While I love being a full-time blogger and helping other business owners, I plan to work in sport marketing and/or public relations once I’m done with school. I worked in minor league baseball last summer for the Portland Sea Dogs (the AA affiliate of the Red Sox) and miss it terribly. I’d love to work for them again full-time when we move back home.
When I’m not doing schoolwork or running this blog, you can typically find me at the nearest coffee shop, Target, or the gym! I’m a HUGE fan of working out and creating a healthy lifestyle. I grew up struggling with anxiety and the occasional depression so I take my health very seriously these days. Especially with being pregnant as well. I’m incredibly proud of how far my mental and physical health has come over the years and I can honestly say, I’m now the healthiest I’ve ever been!
Last few things about me before we move on: Zack and I are super close with our family. I have three sisters back home: two biological and one step, along with an amazing dad, stepmom, and grandparents. I don’t talk to my biological mom quite as much these days, but I’m actively working on that relationship. Aside from Zack, my sisters are my best friends. I actually share a birthday with my now 18 year-old sister, Alex! Living over 3,000 miles away from them all completely sucks, but we’re so fortunate to have such a loving and supportive family back home. Our daughter will be pretty spoiled when she arrives!
And now, here are 25 random things you may not know about me!
- First and foremost, I completely suck at writing about myself. Which might sound weird to friends and family who have known me for years because I grew up doing nothing but talking about myself (I was a little conceited as a teen…). But for real. I completely fail at writing ‘about me’ pages or my social media bios or anything else that tells that world who I am. It gives me anxiety just thinking about it.
- In the 3 1/2 years that Zack and I have been married, I’ve lived in 4 different states: Vermont, North Carolina, Maine and California. We’ll be moving again this September and then I’ll be moving back home for good next summer. I’m more than ready to buy a home and stay in one place!
- I could eat sushi every single day for the rest of my life and never get sick of it. Seriously. I don’t even have to change it up. I’d have a plain salmon roll and be SO happy!
- I’m in bed by 8 o’clock and asleep by 9 almost every night. It’s a super nice change from being pretty much nocturnal for the year that Zack was overseas. I love waking up feeling refreshed!
- I paint my nails on an almost daily basis. No joke. Zack thinks it’s absolutely ridiculous and loves to make fun of me for it. But it drives me insane to have chipped polish…or polish that doesn’t match my outfit that day.
- I have an obsession with buying cell phone cases. It drives Zack insane. Especially when I beg him for a new LifeProof case only to take it off my phone within two weeks of buying it…oops.
- I’ve been kicked out of college. No joke. It happened. I got academically dismissed from FIU back in 2014 because I had three C’s…not even failing grades. I was completely devastated, but looking back, I’m glad it happened. Their online department was horrible and it just wasn’t the school for me at all. I went on to earn my bachelor’s from SNHU and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. I’m now earning my masters from SNHU as well because I love the school so much!
- Speaking of school, I started college in 2010 as a marine biology major! I wanted to move to Florida and work in marine mammal rehabilitation. I loved my science courses, but ultimately decided marine bio wasn’t for me. I ended up earning my AS in Business and my BA in Communications and Public Relations and then my masters will be in Sport Management.
- I’m sometimes horrible at finishing what I start. I have the habit of starting projects and getting super excited about them and then I never end up finishing it. Same with tasks…like laundry…Zack hates when I do this too (I swear there ARE things he DOES like about me! haha). I’ll spend the day doing laundry and feel super accomplished but then it’ll just end up in the laundry basket for days or even weeks before I finally get around the putting it all away. So horrible.
- I eat way “too many” berries. It’s kind of an addiction. I can easily eat an entire carton of strawberries or blueberries all in one sitting, by myself…big cartons, not the small ones. But I guess there are worse things I could be addicted to…like crack.
- I hate cats. A lot. There are very few cats I don’t mind being around, but there’s absolutely no way we’d ever have one in our home (sorry to those of you with cats!).
- The biggest risk I’ve ever taken is my marriage. I’m not a spontaneous person by any means but for some reason Zack was the one exception. I fell in love with him long distance after just two weeks of talking! We then eloped two months into dating and then I moved in with him two months after that. Super risky and kind of crazy at 21 years old, but it’s still the best choice I’ve ever made.
- I don’t care what anyone says, our dog is like our first child and he’s been just as much work as one. I’ve been talking about him a lot around here lately as we go through his training to prepare him for a baby. The amount of time, money, and work that goes into caring for that dog and helping him with his anxiety and lack of social skills is insane. Everything we do is based around Jack and his individual needs. The only difference is that he sleeps better throughout the night (most times). But I strongly believe that he’s helped a ton in preparing us for parenting…especially in the patience department.
- I hate running, but I’d love to run a 5K sometime. Makes sense, right?! It’s on my bucket list.
- Speaking of things I hate, I always hated growing up in Maine. There was once a time where you couldn’t pay me enough to even consider moving back “home”. In fact, that time was actually just a couples of years ago…and then I acquired an amazing new stepmom and stepsister, found a company I loved working for, and got pregnant with what will be the most adorable little girl ever. Now, we’re counting down the days until we can move back next summer and settle down for good!
- I can’t stand winter. I don’t do cold and I definitely don’t do snow. These days, may depression is seasonal and runs from early November to early May. If it’s snowing out, it’s best not to be anywhere near me. It makes me THAT moody.
- When I was in middle school, I loved doing school plays. Which is odd because I have social anxiety and am a bit shy as well. But I loved it so much. Maybe if I had continued it in high school, it could have helped with my anxiety. Who knows?
- I’ve been singing since I was in elementary school. When I was in the fifth and sixth grade, I was in a school choir called ‘Music Maniacs’ in addition to the regular school chorus. In middle school, I was in Chorus and the Honors Chorus which was a combination of middle schools across the state and required an audition process. And lastly, in high school I was in Chorus, Concert Choir, Show Choir, and District II Chorus. Concert Choir was only available to Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors, but with high recommendations from my middle school music teacher, I was placed in the class my freshman year. Show Choir required an audition and then District II was a combination of middle schools across the state which also required an audition process. So I guess you can say I loved music?
- I’m obsessed with working out my arms. When I started working out a couple of years ago and toning my body again, my arms were the first part of my body that I saw changes. I’m not sure if it’s just an easy part of the body to work out? But I always had arms that were super thin and weak looking and it always made me self-conscious. So when I got back to the gym, I knew my arms were one of the top areas of my body I wanted to focus on. Now, I couldn’t be more in love with how my chest, arms, upper back and shoulders look nowadays.
- I have a sweet tooth. I know I’m constantly promoting health and fitness around here and it’s a very big part of my life as well. But I’m human too! Thankfully I’m super good at controlling what I put into my body so this isn’t an issue or anything. But there are way too many times during the week where all I want is a brownie or some chocolate and peanut butter or even a cupcake. So sometimes, I just have to have something!
- I’ve never broken a bone. I sprained my finger once in middle school (?) and then I sprained my ankle a little bit shortly after Zack left for Japan but that’s as extreme as it’s ever gotten. I never ended up going to the hospital or doctor’s or anything for it. I’ve also never been hospitalized for anything either. I was a pretty safe child growing up.
- I never liked milk as a child…or as an adult. Zack for some reason doesn’t believe me on this, but seriously, I was never a big milk drinker. Then I got pregnant and for some reason that’s ALL I wanted in the first trimester. Anything dairy, really. But then about halfway through my pregnancy, I realized it was kind of making me sick so unfortunately, I had to quit the habit again. I now haven’t had a glass of milk since mid-January.
- I’m a huge procrastinator. It’s so bad. I do it with absolutely everything. I leave things to the last-minute and then I get super stressed over the “lack of time” to get the work done. 9 times out of 10, I work super well under pressure and you’d never guess I waited until the last-minute. But it’s still a problem that I’m continuously trying to work on.
- The worst part about school is the group projects. Does anyone else hate these with a burning passion?! I literally almost “failed” out of school this past term because of two group projects. They aren’t as bad when you go to school in person, but for online students they’re just so much more work than they need to be. When I was in undergrad, I had one group project that resulted in me having to do hour-long Skype calls at 10pm in order to work with my group members…half that hour was spent waiting for them to figure out how to use Skype. Not even kidding. Complete nightmare. I’m ready for online schools to just do away with group projects altogether.
- I’m deathly afraid of bees…and wasps…and hornets. When I say deathly afraid, I mean that if I were on top of the Empire State Building (without the fences and guard rails) and there was a bee flying around me, I’d be more concerned about the bee stinging me than I would be about falling off the building. Not even kidding. I even had a nightmare the other night where I jumped off a roof due to not being able to get away from a bee. It’s so bad. I’ve never even been stung before so I’m not sure where this tea came from. But it’s a pretty major fear of mine.
Tell me 5 random facts about yourself! I’d love to get to know you!