Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Today I Turn Thirty!

photo credit: Blue Lily Photography , dress: Spotted Moth , earrings: greenerica

So my day is finally here... I'm THIRTY years old. 

These are my thoughts:

Maybe I should start taking care of my skin. 

I wonder if I will accomplish as many big moments in my 30s as I did in my 20s? 
*and if not, does that mean my 30's will be nice and easy and effortless? Intriguing, yet not really my style... but there is something to say about easy... I'm game. 

When I got married at 23 people said I was too young... I'm so glad I didn't listen to them.  Looking back, I'm glad to be sitting on a heap of blessings that abounded in my 20s as a result of that decision. 

I could have done without that belly ring after all...

In ten years, my Purpose and Happiness has evolved to something much more worthwhile and fulfilling.

With much less effort in comparison, I feel prettier, sexier, and more whole in my skin today than I did the day I turned 20.  Odd realization... but woooonderful.   

My favorite moments in my 20s:

-Marrying theHotness that Sunday in October...

-Sending him abroad to define his career path that first year... setting us up for a secure and bright future.  It wasn't easy being alone those months at a time- but I'm glad I was brave enough and secure enough to make that sacrifice for our future.family.  Who knew I'd know that? Afterall, I was still belly.ringing...

-Our European honeymoons every three months... and causing a scene at each airport when we had to part ways... *Thank goodness for kind human beings who'd scoop me up with tenderness and help me board my plane. 

-Buying our first house... and the house hunting- walking into these little old homes with JOY in my heart... knowing that even the ugliest duck would be wonderful if it were mine... because I knew Love would live there.  And that can make even the deadest thing come alive again.... we just needed bones. 

-Delivering our firstborn... just me and Marcus... and the color that suddenly rushed into my world. My life was suddenly saturated with Purpose.

-Graduating with honors with a degree I'm passionate about... having my favorite professors and mentors by my side... my best friend and her family beaming... and my husband and little boy perched atop his shoulders hooting and hollering for me.  ME. 

-That stormy day when I sent theHotness out for a pregnancy test... too early to check, but I did it anyway.  And that tiny pink line.

-Giving birth to theDuckling in that little country hospital... quiet... cozy... and introducing him to his brother and his brother to him. 

-And the day I realized that I have something to offer behind the lens... seeing things my way... working with an amazing set of clients who support my style of portraiture.  The day I realized that mustard.seed.photography was something special... to me and to a lot of somebodies else. 

Now THIRTY, let's get on with it.  I'm a force to be reckoned with and I'm ready to do some livin' and a fair amount of lovin'.  I'm the best version of myself now... and I'm excited about what the future holds for me and my manlies. 

photo credit: Blue Lily Photography
peace, love, and alpha hydroxy acid,


Melissa said...

This is the BEST birthday post. Love it! :) Happy 30th! I'm 33... and someone once told me that the 30's are the best years. I'm believing that's true! It's been pretty fun so far! :) I know there's lots of wonderfulness in store for you in your 30's!

Sharon said...

So beautiful. Made me weepy and I don't do that a whole lot anymore. Your thirty's are going to be fabulous - your adventure is just getting started. Much love and birthday wishes.

Sharon said...

Hey, it's me again. Since you're one of my five followers :) I thought you might like to know that I actually blogged tonite!