It’s my birthday (woo, yey, let’s all have some cake!) so I thought I’d write a little birthday post.
After turning 21 it’s too easy to be negative about birthdays: “I’m nearly THIRTY”, “OMG I’m nearly 40″, “I AM GENUINELY NEARLY DEAD” etc etc….and it’s nonsense. Getting older is a privilege and here are just 28 reasons that I’m excited about my 28th year on this lovely planet…
1. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.
Honestly and truly, I have never been this happy…not when I was going soft play crazy at Tumble Tots, not when I was snogging boys in alleyways (a good few years after Tumble Tots, in case anyone is concerned for how I was raised) nor when I was partying at uni. The happiest I have ever been is right now and I look forward to basking in this “ooooh I’m a pretty damn happy adult” lusciousness a while longer.
2. I don’t suffer FOMO any more.
I know what I like now more than ever before and there are some events/places/things that I just don’t enjoy, so I don’t waste my time with them any more. I love an evening at home with a 90s thriller and a bottle of good gin, so why force myself to go out if I don’t actually want to?
I’ve stopped fretting about FOMO in a professional sense too, I’ve never been so happy for the things other bloggers/people who are in my odd line of ‘work’ are achieving. It can be easy to think “WHY DID SHE GET THAT OPPORTUNITY WHEN I DIDN’T?!?” when really we should be thinking “awesome, another brand has realised people like us are worth working with, that’s great for all of us”.
3. I’m going to Nice in a couple of hours.
You can’t argue with a long weekend in the Côte d’Azur.
4. Exploring new shops and styles.
I don’t want to pigeon hole brands and shops as I do believe people should wear whatever they want, from whichever stores they want, but there are some shops that I consider ‘younger’ and others I consider ‘older’. I am so over cheap tat and I am looking forward to getting to know brands like Cos, Whistles, & other stories and so on.
5. My sister-in-law is getting married in June and it’s going to be the best wedding ever.
Honestly, Pip’s wedding is going to be brilliant. SO BRILLIANT. I could not be more excited for the two of them. ST and I are going to Nice for a week straight after too, so that’s rather nice.
6. And before the wedding, there’s the hen party.
I’ll be losing my Amsterdam virginity in May (heaven help me) and something tells me this might be a very naughty weekend. I can’t wait.
7. I have LOTS of TV shows to catch up on.
I was bought The Killing for my birthday (thanks Helen!) and I’ll be watching this in Nice this weekend, but I’m also looking forward to watching The Fall, The Bridge, House of Cards, Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black….the list goes on. I am genuinely very excited that I have all these shows to look forward to. I may even watch Breaking Bad.
8. I have a book shelf full of books to get through.
I have so many books that I’ve bought but not had time to read and that I’m SO excited to get stuck into. I have about ten books on my waiting list at the moment, from This House of Grief to Girl on The Train to The Farm to Dear Daughter. I AM SO EXCITED. Especially now I have my ‘reading sofa’.
9. My sister and Lukas are closer than ever to becoming doctors.
Watching your little sister become a doctor is a mind bogglingly mental thing to watch. “But you’re the girl who once made a fringe out of paper! How can you be a doctor?!” I am so proud of her – and Lukas – and over the course of the next year they’ll be near enough qualified. It’s seriously awe inspiring.
10. Lottie will be starting university
Again, when it comes to pride inducing stuff I could not be prouder that my teeny tiny cousin will be starting university in September to train to become a midwife. You can deliver all my babies Lottie, as long as you don’t mind looking at my bits….