It’s been awhile. The colder months make it hard to be fashionable and inspiring as a blogger. I guess you can say I took a little hiatus from writing, but the much-anticipated debut of Spring has my fashion juices flowing again.
Age 37 flew by. It’s hard to believe that I am blowing 38 candles out this year. What a boring and dreadful number! Last year, my birthday post consisted of my top 37 life lessons. I won’t bore you with a new list this year or share 38 fun facts likes most bloggers typically do! I always reflect back on each year. Every year continues to be filled with lots of ups and downs, trials and tribulations, culminating in continued self growth. I enjoy seeing how far I have come in all aspects of life.
Birthdays seem to always make me stroll down memory lane. I find myself reliving each year and relishing in all the wonderful memories and learning from all the mishaps. My stroll down memory lane actually inspired this post. Since we all dread getting older and seeing the numbers inevitably rise, I thought it would be fun to pose this blog post with a question: If you could travel back in time and celebrate one age again, what age would that be and why?
I analyzed this question for a few minutes. It didn’t take much deliberation. Without hesitation or doubt, age 18 reigns supreme. Why? For starters, I thoroughly enjoyed high school and everything social. I look back on my friends, my school, and my teachers with fond memories and adoration. Life was simple. My family members were happy and healthy, I was dancing everyday, had more freedom as a licensed driver, yet very minimal responsibility otherwise. That “not a care in the world” mentality never gets old. College also commenced at 18. A time of endless parties, late night snacks, 24 hour friend dates, and still minimal responsibility!
I don’t think I truly appreciated how perfect life was back then. At 18, I was carefree, vivacious, youthful, and optimistic. At 38, I am more cautious, less vivacious, not so youthful, and more pessimistic! Just being honest. Adulting is the hardest job in the world. With each birthday comes more responsibility and challenges to surpass.
While I wish I could replay my youth, I am grateful and blessed for all that I have at age 38. My beautiful daughters, a (somewhat lol) loving husband, a supportive and healthy family, loyal friends, and a job that I am passionate about make all the wrinkles and grays worth aging for!
As I blow out my 38 candles this year, I will take a moment of silence for the happy-go-lucky 18 year old I will always miss, but look forward to all that this 38 year old mama still has to offer and accomplish in the world!
Shop my Look:
Special thanks to NKB Photo for capturing my last few days as a 37 year old! Nicole always manages to make me feel comfortable in front of the camera.
I rarely get my makeup done, but after seeing Makeup by Samantha Linn do her magic on my best friend and then actually working with her at the wedding, I was hooked. She made me feel so pretty for this photo shoot. I have a lot of chemical sensitivities and she took the time to listen and modify her routine and products around my particular issues. She really gets to know her clients, is patient, detail oriented, and extremely talented. I didn’t feel like I was wearing a ton of makeup and most importantly the final picture still looked and felt like “me.” My girls kept telling me how beautiful I looked thanks to Sam!