Thirty One

March 4

I’m not the type of girl to shy away from stating my age. I turned 31 years old today, and I have no problem saying it. I think of thirty one years of a happy and fulfilled life. I’m starting to get laugh lines on my face, but I see them as all the times I’ve had something to smile about. There have been lows, things are far from perfect, but I’m the type of person to try and make the best out of any situation. I’ve had my fair share of hard experiences, but it makes me happy to know that right now, on my thirty first birthday, I’m exactly where I want to be. Even though I loved my twenties (the decade where I got married and had my beautiful children), I really am enjoying being in my thirties much more. I am beyond grateful for my amazing family and friends and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t appreciate them or what I have. I certainly am not old, but I am in the genre of getting older, and I love sharing experiences and the sometimes ( read : a lot of the time ) funny things of what that entails with my mom and sister and girlfriends who feel like sisters. And I have a secret for you : if you don’t have good girlfriends in your life by this point, you’re doing it wrong.

I recently read a quote on Pinterest that I love. It was : “We all have two lives. The second one starts when we realize we only have one.” I wasn’t always at that point in my life where this resonated with me. I am thankful for the good times and the bad during my thirty one years because it’s made me who I am today. Life is about learning and growing and changing and evolving. I like to follow my heart and my intuition and my instinct, and I’ve found that it’s never let me down. I’m not shy about my age because it’s thirty one years that I’ve gotten to spend with my loved ones, met amazing new people who have become a part of my life, and spent creating memories that matter to me.

Oh, and I am OBSESSED with this sequin swing dress and my friend’s amazing flower crown.

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Free People dress (no longer available), love this one
Topshop shoes, similar
Proenza Schouler bag
Miss Daisy Floral crown

Tell me what you think!

4 Responses

  1. SDM

    So so beautiful

  2. Happy Birthday, Lauren!!!

  3. barbara

    just beautiful-your post was so profound and wise and the photos magnificent. happy birthday sweet lauren

  4. Happy birthday !
    Your pics are so beautiful !

    x,
    Maïa
    http://wildandfolkheart.com