35…….it’s just a number

This past weekend was my birthday! Happy birthday to me, wooo! And I turned 35. No biggie really, but I couldn’t help but think – just for a moment – my goodness I’m getting old……

Luckily after that brief moment, I realised I’m not really getting old at all. I was basically just being an idiot. Being 35 isn’t really any different to being 34, and I was aged 34 only 4 days ago and didn’t feel old!

The older you get birthdays start becoming less significant to you. Obviously when you’re younger you get really excited for your birthday because not only do you get presents but you’re growing up, and that’s all you want when you’re a kid – to grow up! Oh how foolish we are as kids……

I think I had a momentary wobble about my age because saying out loud that I’m 35 suddenly just made me think about other peoples perception of where I should be at this point in my life. When my mum and dad were 35 I was already 10 years old, whereas I am still single, with no sign of ever getting married let alone having kids! And actually, most people by age 35 are either married, engaged, in long term relationships, or having/have had kids. I think just for one single moment it scared me what other people might think of me being 35 and not having any of that.

How stupid am I?! I mean really. That’s a ridiculous thing to think isn’t it. And it goes against everything I believe in. I believe that you should live your life the way you want to live it and do the things in life that you want to do. I believe that if you are truly happy with your life it doesn’t matter what other people think of your lifestyle or life choices. Whatever other people think of you is their problem, not yours.

And I can honestly say that I am genuinely happy with life right now. I don’t have the most extravagant, the most interesting, the most scandalous or the most controversial life, not by any means! I consider myself a kind and decent person and I’ve worked hard to have everything that I have and achieve everything I’ve achieved. I’ve had some great experiences and been through some not so good times. I have a fab job, a fab car and my own beautiful little house and I’ve worked really hard to have all that. And having got to age 35 and to be as happy as I am now and having everything that I have is a great feeling.

So you see, it doesn’t matter what age you are. It’s such a cliché to say “age is just a number” but honestly, age IS just a number. I don’t feel 35 – in fact I don’t even know what it should feel like to be 35. And I know I don’t look 35 either, I’ve quite a young looking face (which really frustrated me when I was younger, but I appreciate it so much now!). But I am me. And me is exactly who I want to be, regardless of what age me happens to be.

And the most important thing to me is that I’m happy with my life. Which I am. And I am incredibly grateful to be this content at this point in life. There’s so much more to see, to do, to experience and so much more that I want to achieve. Whatever life throws at me, I’ll be ready to take it on whatever I age I am! So never let the dreaded age demons get you down. Don’t look at the number, look at yourself.

Now on to the more interesting stuff – last weeks outfits! Funnily enough after saying that I don’t feel or look 35, I don’t think I dress like a 35 year old either – but again, what is a 35 year old meant to dress like?! Who knows. What I do know is that by really focussing on and building my own style I’ve become more confident in myself. I’ve said that on many a blog post over the past few months – you have to feel great in yourself to look great on the outside. You have to wear clothes with confidence because inner confidence extends to looking confident on the outside. And that applies regardless of what age you are!

Last weeks outfits are up in the photo gallery – another week of just putting simple pieces together to create a simple look each day. I didn’t realise until I’d put the pictures together for last week though, that almost every day there was a shade of blue involved in the outfit. I promise it was nothing to do with feeling “blue”, it really was coincidental!

My favourite outfit is definitely the white jeans, grey t-shirt and navy blazer. If you look at each piece in isolation, they are all so basic and items that you can get pretty much anywhere. But put them together and they give a lovely fresh looking spring outfit!

I love the navy dress too – a perfect spring/summer piece from Gap (I absolutely adore Gap). But again it’s quite a simple dress – one colour with a bit of crochet detail, nothing too fancy. But perfect for me and I had several people say how nice I looked that day which was just so lovely and really made me smile.

So as I always say, and will continue to say, wear what works for you and wear what makes YOU feel great whether that be something simple, something completely extravagant, or anything in between. Forget others and their opinions, focus on you and your style and you can only end up feeling great!

Don’t forget that I’m always adding my favourite daily style pictures to Pinterest so you can usually see them there before you see them here. Link is on the Home Page.

Happy dressing y’all!

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