I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend! And I also hope yesterday’s return to reality wasn’t too overwhelming! Why is it so hard to get back in the groove after a long weekend?! (Deep breaths!)
Luckily, the slight struggle was totally worth it yesterday, because this was a Memorial Day and BIRTHDAY weekend for the books! That’s right, in case you missed it over on Instagram, I turned 31 this weekend! I know I know… when did I get so old?! I’m confused too, guys ?
Because last year was the big 3-0, I really took the time to reflect and write down the 30 Things I Learned Before 30. It still happens to be one of my favorite posts ever, but it really came in handy on Sunday. If you remember in this other post from my actual birthday last year, I talk about how I never really had that “OMG I’m 30!” freak out moment that we all expect. But this year? This year, I felt WEIRD. Like… wait, now that I’m 31, I’m IN my 30’s! CUE: Mild Freak Out.
So, what did I do? I acknowledged it and let myself disconnect for a few hours, re-read my 30 things post, then put on some pop music and dolled myself up for dinner with Adam. We then met our friends at the Belmont & Sheffield Festival and danced to Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press all night. Wait, it gets better! The next morning, we got ready and made our way down to the harbor for a day on our friend’s sailboat. The weather could not have been more perfect, and as I felt the breeze on my face, looking at my favorite skyline, with 2 of my oldest girlfriends and our 3 significant others, I just felt so damn lucky.
See, this is where that whole “choosing happiness” thing is real.
I could focus on the fact that I’m now in my 30’s and there’s still so much I haven’t done, seen, or accomplished yet. I honestly could even read all of your sweet messages about how you thought I was younger and skew that into a bad thing if I wanted to! But what’s the point of that? You think I look younger than I am? AWESOME. BLESS YOU! Who cares that my life doesn’t necessarily look like yours did, does, or will at 31 years old? Don’t I always preach about how we’re all different and that’s okay? Why yes I do! I mean, this was my #1 point in my 30 Things I Learned Before 30 post for goodness sake:
1. timelines are bs.
Anyone who makes you feel like you’re “behind” in life should be ignored. Same with anyone who tells you that you should be this or that because of your age! Follow your gut, not theirs. As long as you are being considerate of the people in your life, you do you. I, for one, am not going to stop wearing girly outfits because I’m “too old” or feel bad about being unmarried/childless or change the way I write this blog because someone else thinks I should. That’s RIDICULOUS. Your life will progress in the way it should for you. Your 30 might not look the same as my 30 and that’s a-ok, folks.
Can I get an AMEN?! So this birthday, I’m reminding myself to live my life on my own terms. I’m allowed to feel old or like I’ve outgrown certain situations and experiences… but I’m also allowed to still feel young and fun! And most of all, I’m going to try even harder to appreciate everything I have each and every day. I have so much to grateful for, it would be such a waste to gloss over it all, wouldn’t it?
One of the ways I’m doing that is through the One Second Everyday app. As I write this, it sounds like a sponsored post, but I actually discovered this app through my cousin Lizzie!! She’s been doing it for a few years now and I always look forward to her finished videos. It’s so awesome to look back on not only the super fun memories, but also the simple every day ones that we sometimes take for granted. I started putting mine together on January 1st, and even though I’ve definitely missed a lot of days here and there, and my thumb has made an appearance in the corner of a few of these (? Oops!)… I’m still in love with this little video. Watch my memories from January 1 – May 26th, 2018 below!
If you don’t mind me asking… how old are you? And have you ever felt weird about a birthday?
I’d love to hear all about your experiences, whether you’re older or younger! Doesn’t matter! Also, do you guys like videos like these? I’m thinking that I’ll post one again in the Fall and then again after the holidays… thoughts?!