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Yes, it's true. I am wearing my birthday suit today because it's my birthday! Lucky me, I am now officially in my mid-thirties. Whooopeeeee! I say that with 100% sarcasm. I mean, how did this happen? How is it even possible that I am 35?
Yes, I am happy to still be alive to celebrate another birthday, but I am not nearly as excited as I have been in the past when May 30th rolled around. Heck, I used remind everyone all month long. Not one, but two Mexico vacations were planned around this day. Friends and family gathered for some serious throw downs.
This year? Eh, not so much. This year is low key; dinner with the family, lunch with a few friends and a hanging out by the pool on Friday. This plan actually sounds quite nice.
I can honestly say that I feel like (and possibly look like) I'm still in my 20s, only better. I am finally exactly where I want to be in life and it only took 35 years to get here.
Let me explain.
I am not working a dead end job, being underpaid and being called the "marketing girl".
I am doing something that I am passionate about and more dedicated than I ever been in my life.
I started a blog and post pictures of myself. Who would have ever thought? Not this girl.
I don't have to go to a bar to have a good time.
I can walk down the street and hang out with some of the best friends in the world.
Ross and I made it through some treacherous and agonizing bumps and now love one another more than the day we got married.
My kids can make their breakfast, dress themselves and wash their own hair. Definite highlight.
We found a church home that we love and has brought us closer to God.
I have learned to let go, move on and not let anything that happened in the past tarnish me.
I have faced my demons and fears and gave them a swift kick in the you-know-where.
I am stronger, more confident, courageous and self aware.
We are more financially secure thanks to all of Ross's tireless hard work for our family and company.
I have a core group of friends. We are raising our families together. It takes a village, ya know?
I will walk shamelessly into Forever 21 even though I am far from 21.
I no longer live in a house. I now have a home.
I can officially say I have traveled to another country besides Mexico. Still smiling from London.
We have child care tuition FREEDOM after 8 years. Can you say major raise?
Student loans are the thing of the past. It only took 10 years.
And did I mention that I started a blog and now I have friends from all over the world; one in particular that is coming to visit me in August! It's crazy for me to wrap my brain around this whole blog world. I will tell you one thing, it got me through some pretty dark times and provided me something that I can call my own. A place where I can express my thoughts, inspire others and push myself to do things that I didn't even know existed. I wake up every day being so thankful for my little space and that I can come here and share my life and loves with all of you, my friends.
In a nutshell, life is pretty darn good at the moment and I don't feel my so-called age one single bit. What other choice do I have than to embrace this time in my life...all 35 years of it. Now, in five years, if I am still around, then we will readdress this whole age thing, but rumor has it that 40 is the new 30. We'll see.