Okay! So I'm not that old! I'm just saying that once you are in your thirties you start to realize you have been alive for a long time. 

I have a few friends who have too hit the dreaded dirty thirty around the same time I did & were quite perplexed about it. This is something that never really happened to me before or after my birthday last year. My thirty-first will be this week & I'm, dare I say, excited! 

Why? I just feel like my life is so much more meaningful than it was when I was carefree & twenty. I'm sure there are many twenty-somethings that are making a difference in the world & living full lives. I was far from being a member of that group!! I was a little too worried about boys, too concerned about how my makeup looked, & not focused on having ambition. 

I come from a really goofy family. I just couldn't choose better people to be around! The scale on which we weigh our place the family is how often jokes are made at your expense. Sounds harsh, but we laugh until we cry anytime we are together! (Don't worry, there are plenty of tender moments too! We just love to have fun with each other!) Instead of flying to Texas to see my parent's each year, I always chose to fly to Phoenix every Thanksgiving to see my grandparents. I fully expected to be spoiled & fawned over the whole trip. Most of the time, I was spot on! But, I remember them asking me about what I was doing with my life. This was always something that intimidated me. My grandparents are two of the most successful people I know! I would dress up my presentation & draw it out as long as I could. (If I could have typed it out for them it would have been double spaced & in a large font!) As pretty as it was, they were smart enough to see right through it. I'll never forget how sweet they tried to be & tell me they were proud of me, but their furrowed brows seemed to say "that's it?" I always had a job, groceries in my fridge & friends to visit. But, my life was definitely lacking in the substance department! 

With all of that said, I can tell you that I hardly recognize that silly girl in a party dress with too much makeup on. She was cool, but I really love the one I meet in the mirror each morning. She has chosen a good man whom she adores. She's a mom to the best boy in the universe. She has convictions. She can give advice, sometimes even good advice! She has a history of hard work she is proud of. She is much more intelligent than she used to be. She's a little more reasonable. She's a little more frugal. Her jokes are a lot better. Her smile is a lot bigger. She's content with her wonderful, crazy life! 

I hope I still have many many years left getting to know this woman. She has so much more depth in her life than ever before. 

All I mean to say, is that it's important to see aging as an opportunity to feel a little smarter & walk a little taller! There is always room for improvement. I have a long way to go still. There is just so much to love about a life well-lived. None of it needs to be perfect. It just needs to be recognized! 

I hope you are all kind to yourselves & look at your lives with fondness. It's important that we try to learn from the things we experience. 

Here's to hoping you have a fabulous Thursday with many new opportunities to grow! Until next time lovelies!! (Please brace yourselves for a super sappy comment or two from my mother!)


  1. I totally agree! I feel the same way as I'm getting older. And while those days were fun, I would never go back. I love the older version of me!

  2. I'm glad you feel that way too! I think more women feel that way, but think they have to be disappointed with aging. Spread the word that aging is awesome! -LaChelle

  3. I relate to this 100%! Thanks for giving me some reassurance, because sometimes I need that. And also.. hahahahaha you're older than me! (My bday is march 6)

  4. Hahaha! It just means I'm wiser, Jo! BAM!