Today is my birthday, this is what 39 looks like. 39 at it’s most primped and made up. I’m a bit relieved, it’s not as bad as I pictured it 20 years ago when I was 19 (how crazy is that – 20 years ago I was 19!!). This blog (for the most part) shows me at my best. What the photos don’t show is the shy, really skinny, gangly, nerdy, sensitive, goody two shoes teenager; or the 20 something girl that never found that dream job she was sure she was going to land right after university; or the exhausted woman in her 30s trying to manage 4 little ones and feeling guilty because she “opted out” of the work force and felt like she sold out that young idealistic 19 year old because she didn’t have it all, or at least all at once.
Life has a funny way of messing with your plans, especially when you’re young. This was a difficult post to write – reflecting on ones life usually is – doing it on a public forum is terrifying. But this 39 year old is happy and fortunate. I have a wonderful husband who is my partner and best friend and my four children are healthy while they drive me crazy. My parents are also healthy, want for nothing, watched their children become adults and have met and spent time with all their grandchildren (I hope there are more to come from my sisters, NOT from me). My sisters are making their way through life fulfilled and over coming their own difficulties. My extended family is doing well and I am surrounded by amazing friends.
I will enjoy this last year of my 30s. I am most excited about what is to come, both personally and professionally. This last year has seen me take on many new challenges and be handed some amazing opportunities. With my fingers crossed I hope they keep coming. Age has taught me to take nothing for granted and appreciate everything I am given and have earned. Working hard pays off as does surrounding yourself with good people. My life isn’t perfect but I try my best to make it my own.
For my readers I thank you for taking time out of your own busy days to check out my little space on the internet. I hope I’ve made you laugh and given you some interesting and useful ideas when getting dressed in the morning.
I don’t have any exciting plans today, I just need to pick up two new kitchen chairs (so lucky I have a minivan to transport them). I want to have a piece of my favourite cake and spend time with the kids and my husband. When the kids go to sleep my husband and I will watch some tv, have a glass of wine and I will thank God for everything I have.
I take that back, my day will be exciting because I got to celebrate being 39.
Outfit details Skirt, Zara (old, like this, this & this) || Top, Anthropologie || Shoes, Nine West (old, similar US here, CA here & here) || Belt, Banana Republic (old, similar here, fun idea here) || Bracelets, Earrings c/o Cocoa Jewelry here
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