Cue the Stevie Wonder song because you can bet this will be on repeat throughout the day tomorrow!
In just 24 hours I came into this world determined to be fiercely independent from the get go. I have some amazing parents, pretty awesome brothers, a wonderful significant other and a slew of family & friends who’ve supported my stubborn ways along this crazy life journey.
Here’s my final reflection leading up to my 33rd Birthday.
Things change when you enter your 30’s. Your priorities shift & the things that once seemed so important take a backseat to other pressing matters such as family, career, time spent with loved ones, etc. It’s part of the natural evolution of aging and as much as you want to avoid it, it’s going to happen whether you embrace it or not.
With the rise of digital media we are constantly bombarded with beautiful imagery. Unfortunately, far too often we get caught up in the comparison game when viewing those images and begin to cast self-doubt upon ourselves simply because we don’t look like what we did back at 22 or what we see everyday come across our screens. On top of that we have the body shamers offering up unsolicited advice that make us want to crawl back into our baggiest sweatpants, curl up on the couch with an entire bag of popcorn and simply say SCREW IT! READ MORE
Anyone else feel like when the actual week of your birthday finally arrives that the final few days go by so slowly? I’m eager for Thursday to arrive so I can celebrate with friends, but I somehow have to find a way to stay focused and get some work done in the meantime.
As a woman, an entrepreneur, a friend and a citizen of this world now more than ever we should be lifting one another up and spreading positivity. I feel like we are bombarded with constant negativity in the news and playing the comparison game on social media, but what we should be doing is asking ourselves “what is one thing I can do today that spreads kindness, happiness or shows support?” READ MORE
The countdown is on! Let’s be real though, I think birthday’s should be celebrated the entire month. July is all mine & I’ve always loved it even as a kid because I was on summer break. That’s not quite so easy an adult to pull off, but summertime certainly has it’s perks.
When it comes to celebrating my birthday, I seek simpler things. I don’t need anything extravagant besides good friends/family, my pup and a cocktail in my hand. For my 30th a small group of us went camping up in Big Sur where we locked our phones in the glove box because we had no service and running water meant placing a jug on top of stacked coolers. Our days were spent playing bocce ball or frisbee tag on the beach and a good game of Phase 10. Quite honestly, it’s probably my favorite birthday ever. I loved the companionship enjoyed over the small things in life. READ MORE
Alright we’re just 5 short days away from turning yet another year older and if you haven’t read my reflections from Day 7 and Day 6 yet, go read those first. For those of you that have known me since I was a little kid or even throughout high school, college and within the past 10 years have known that I’ve always danced to the beat of my own drum.
I was the girl who ONLY wanted to play with the boys, had a bowl cut, wouldn’t play volleyball because I refused to wear spandex, dated the bad boys, moved across the country to California 2 weeks after graduating college, moved to Houston without ever visiting the state of Texas, and have been in a relationship for almost 10 years where we have no immediate intentions to get married and plan on remaining kidless. I like to think if Oprah doesn’t have to be married & is without kids, then darn it, so can I. READ MORE
As I stated yesterday, I plan on sharing with you my reflections each day leading up to my 33rd birthday next week on the 27th. I honestly welcome each birthday with open arms. I know some people who dread getting older each year, but I truly embrace it. Not only am I grateful to be alive and healthy with a great family, but each year comes with a better understanding of who I am, what I want out of life and eliminating things from it that are just a distraction.
You may have noticed on the blog that my home posts have been pretty minimal. This is because I made a conscious decision over a year ago to reduce spending our money on materialistic things for a house that is already beautifully put together. New seasonal throw pillows aren’t going to make my life any happier in the long run. READ MORE
While on our vacation to Lake Tahoe last week, my family & I decided to take an overnight trip to the Napa Valley region to enjoy some wine tasting and exploring. While there, my friends at Jackson Family Wines set up an AMAZING Cabernet Sauvignon tasting experience at the Freemark Abbey Winery in St. Helena.
Over the years I’ve done my fair share of wine tastings, getting personal tours of vineyards, walking amongst the grapes in Tuscany, yet I’m always intrigued to learn more. Freemark Abbey is nestled just north of Napa in St. Helena, a small town with a lot of charm. Upon pulling up to the estate, it may not seem like much, but once you enter their doors and take view of their exquisite restored interiors and gorgeous courtyard you’ll be encouraged to stay awhile. READ MORE
In just 7 days I’ll be turning the ripe old age of 33. I remember being in high school and meeting someone that was in their 30’s and thinking how old they were. Now that memory is a far distant past and just makes me laugh. I love my 30’s and feel anything but old. I’m more connected with myself than ever before and approach life with a bigger sense of purpose.
Beyond the fact that my favorite number is 3 and I get to have 365 days of living with two 3’s … I wanted to share with you for the next 7 days things that I’ve reflected on now that I’m approaching my mid-30’s and how I approach living life to the fullest. READ MORE