The Big 2-5

Yup, you read that right. I’m a whole quarter of a century old.

As we were sitting and reminiscing my brother Karl asked me if I had any words of wisdom that I had learned in my 24th year. That’s an easy one:

Losing a parent sucks.

My 24th year was plagued with the death of my father and as the anniversary of his death is approaching I can’t help but think of how much I was forced to grow up this past year.

That’s another blog post for another day. Today’s blog post was sparked from that conversatio with Karl: I’m going to answer a birthday interview! Yes, I’m pretty sure these are intended for children but I don’t really care, I’m going to answer it anyway!

What’s your name: Kalissa Georgia Friedman

How old are you: 25

What’s your favorite thing to do: Take naps and clean house and watch the boys play outside

What do you want to be when you grow up? A flight nurse or a graphic designer or a keynote speaker.

What is your favorite food? I love all food but if I HAD to pick, I love Mexican food and breakfast food.

What do you do really well? Fake it till you make it. If someone told me I had to give a 5 minute speech about iguanas in front of a crowd of 100 people in 2 minutes I could probably figure it out. Improv is my jam.

What makes you laugh: My boys

My First Birthday Party

What is the best time of day? Alone time

What are you afraid of? Snakes. Mice. Other people’s negative opinions of me.

Who is your best friend? I have several. Regan is my girlfriend. My mom is my best friend. My sisters are my sisters. Craig is my soulmate. My brother Karl is a good friend. I’ve got some pretty awesome coworkers who are my work friends.

What do you like to do with your family? Go to Wisconsin Dells and supper at my moms 🙂

What do you love to learn about? The mechanism of action of drugs/medications on the body. How they work, why they work, what action it takes to create the desired outcome.

Where do you like to go? Home. To bed.

What is your favorite book? Currently: Chasing Cupcakes by Elizabeth Benton. Of all time: The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey.

If you had one wish what would it be? To have more wishes. It would be selfish to only use one wish on myself. There is so much this world needs right now. I need more wishes so I don’t feel guilty wasting that wish on myself. But let’s say the wishes have to be used on me, I wish for a healthy body weight, the ability to maintain it, and to be debt free.

What advice would you give your younger self: Don’t be afraid to wipe the slate clean and completely start from scratch.

My favorite thing about myself: I’m not afraid to try anything and my blue eyes from my dad.

That’s all I have for today! I’m spending the day with Craig, we are going BIKE SHOPPING! We are quickly outgrowing our garage sale bikes we got a few years ago and we just love riding around town! We have a ton of bike trails in NEIA and are excited that we can all ride bikes as a family!



  1. Kim LeMere
    May 16, 2020 / 12:18 pm

    Happy 25th Birthday to you Kalissa! I hope you enjoy the day while shopping for bikes and getting some time with Craig will be a treat with farming in full swing in Iowa.

  2. Elle
    May 16, 2020 / 2:54 pm

    Happy Birthday sweet girl! You are the best you that you can be 🙂

  3. Linda in NE
    May 16, 2020 / 4:04 pm

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy all that the day brings!

  4. Tammy
    May 16, 2020 / 11:47 pm

    Happy Birthday, Kalissa! My mom always makes me an Angel Food cake on my birthday too! My very favourite.

  5. Susan the Farm Quilter
    May 20, 2020 / 11:26 pm

    Happy birthday!! I’m sure I’m late with that, but I’ve been battling diverticulitis for the last 2 weeks and spending 2 nights in the hospital because of it. When you get sick, it is nice to have a few extra pounds on your body…I’m now too skinny and look drawn and old. When the doctor tells you that you have to have the dye-contrast for a cat scan because you’re too thin, it kinda hits ya weird, especially when I see the same chunky person in the mirror. The mirror lies because my brain hasn’t adjusted. So my goal is to gain about 5 pounds and hope that helps. I’ll bet that if you drew your silhouette on a big piece of paper and then had hubby actually draw around you with a different color pen, you would be shocked to see how off you are on your body!! Love yourself!

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