It is my 25th birthday, and I have finally launched Sheknows Blog. (Thanks Melerie) I am going to introduce myself as if people other than my huge supportive family aren’t the only ones reading.
My name is Erica and I am from Floresville, TX a town south of San Antonio where we dedicate an entire week to celebrating peanuts. Shout out to Mrs.Annie! I have been getting peanut brittle stuck in my teeth since I was 5. Also, had 9 cavities. Whats up with that mom and dad? #carefreeliving Who else can relate? Not to the cavities… the peanut brittle. Remember Floresville and San Antonio, I will reference them a lot in my blog. I live in Austin now, but I am excited to share some stories with you about my journey here. Sheknows blog is about real life stories… the good and the bad. It is about creating, living, listening, and eating. Also, keeping it real. All good vibes here. Lets begin!
3 months ago I felt so young and carefree. I literally packed my bags and moved to New York for a short-term project called Humans Best Friend. Now it just feels like house hunting, job security and all the other things that you face at 25 are just creeping up on me. It’s not a bad thing. I’m just finding it to be a lot all at once, but after everything I’ve experienced I am sure I can handle it!
See I am a Holiday Baby = born during the holidays, and at the beginning of October my Popo= Grandpa passed away from a disease that hits home for many people I know… cancer. He was 76 years old, but my family is/was very fortunate to have countless memories with him that we will be holding extra close this holiday season. My Popo was wild, funny, strong, and hardworking. He worked for and retired from H-E-B and he was a rancher. The land, cows, horses, crops, and all the tractors! I remember he once brought home a steel stock tank for all of my cousins to go swimming in. When I say ALL I mean there were about 10 of us there at the time. (We had to take turns) Can you imagine all 10 of us in that thing? Doing a swirly? Swirly= everyone get up close to the wall and run around as fast as you can until we say stop so the water could swirl us around. I also remember having a mud fight a long time ago when the weather cleared up on a rainy day. At first it was super casual… just jumping in puddles and splashing each other. Then it turned into this really intense game of hide and seek, but with mud as our ammo. Our parents asked us to stop, but my Popo said “Déjalos.” Meaning let them. In turn… a full on mud fight, and having to ride home in the bed of trucks!
I encourage you to spend time with your grandparents. Ask them how they met, and what their favorite song is, make them laugh. I love making my family laugh— even when we are having a hard time adjusting to a life without my Popo. It is especially hard for my grandmother who was married to him for 57 years. I stayed with her last week and we spent a day thrifting. Anything to make her feel just a little better, and she loves to shop! She told me that if anyone see’s me in my new cashmere turtleneck to tell ya’ll “it was gifted by my grandmother.” She always has my back. However, aint not shame in my game so I am going to share with you some of the pieces I scooped up!
If you can guess how much I spent on this haul I will send you the Banana Republic piece. It is the perfect Christmas dress or gift!
I am very much looking forward to 25 and keeping my family closer than ever even when they don’t text me back. @Mel @Gabby. (They did text me happy birthday though.) Here are 5 of my fav accomplishments in my 25 years:
Bought my dream car (even though I no longer have it)
Traveled abroad on my own dime (its a feeling unlike any other)
Excelled in my career
I’d say found the man of my dreams, but I didn’t know men like Anthony existed until I met him.
Call to action: Spend time with your family! Do not wait around for the holidays to make memories with them. Soon that is all you’ll be holding onto. **Play loteria if you don’t have anything to talk about. Lastly, let your kids play in the mud. They’ll remember that more than the iPad time you are giving them.
Song of the day: Brandi Carlile - The Story